I Love a parade! From Memorial Day to Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day; and the Rose Bowl Parade they all have these three things in common; the sights, the sounds and the motion.
From frivolity, to politics, to honor, parades have a rich and colorful history dating back as far as Mesopotamian rulers who paraded their conquests as a show of power. One rather famous parade of power is that of the Israelites around the city of Jericho causing the wall of the city to tumble down.
The parade was led by seven priests, carrying seven trumpets, parading around the city for seven days, and then seven times on the seventh day. Seven indicates completion. In the description of the Jericho parade, seven appears five times suggesting all levels of being and all senses aligned, marching together, in a harmonious movement, shouting words of power.
Imagine the sight of the Israelite priests in their priestly garb following a great golden ark like a float in a parade. Imagine the movement of this assembly along a unified route around and around the city. Imagine the sound of the trumpets playing and the shouts of the people. Imagine a vibration so profound that the walls of the city begin to vibrate and disintegrate. That is a display of Power!
The battle of Jericho is an intriguing event in the history of the Israelites. But the more interesting story is the one beyond the historical account. The metaphysics of the story reveal a powerful tool for spiritual unfoldment.
The priests are Levites, the tribe that does not own land, that which is not attached to matter. The repetition of the number seven represents all levels of being and all physical senses working in unison. The seven trumpets, blown on the seventh day represent the WORD, the vibration, an affirmation of all that is Spiritual and whole.
Jericho was the first Israelite conquest following forty years in the wilderness escaping bondage in Egypt. From bondage to victory, Israel continued conquering other lands, always preparing for the next battle. Until Jesus, the one who was to save them, who turned out not to be a warrior. Jesus held a higher ideal than victory. He demonstrated being a vessel of God with no sides, no judgment, no battle. Out of this vessel consciousness awakens the CHRIST, fully at one with Spirit.
Today we stand at the edge of an awakening Christ consciousness, knowing that in Spirit there is no land to conquer, only harmony and wholeness to be revealed. Let the walls of resistance come tumbling down. Form a parade of Sights, Sounds and Movement at all levels of being. See only floats of oneness. March in alignment with Truth at all levels of being. Sound the trumpets, affirming Truth in all that you speak. Let the walls come tumbling down to reveal our oneness in the kingdom that has no ends, no walls, and no-thing to conquer.
© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra
Rev. Eileen is an ordained Unity minister currently serving Unity of Livonia in Livonia, Michigan