I am not asking you to take up basket weaving and then purchase an assortment of goodies to fill it up with for Easter. I am suggesting something more personal and intimate—an “Easter basket” that is created deep within your heart and mind—one that will last forever!
Acquiring such a special basket will allow you to appreciate Easter on a more profound level!
According to theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, a “basket” represents what we allow angels to weave in our lives that can serve as a container to hold God’s positive influences. In other words, this metaphysical Easter basket is formed according to one’s conscience and choices made in life. After all, a spiritual Easter basket cannot be made from any other materials or values then could be gathered from one’s desires and chief interests.
This spiritual symbolism can be wonderfully expanded to include higher meanings for all the “sweet goodies” to be found inside an Easter basket as well. Because, what we value most and find most interesting in life is what our souls find most delicious and sweet.
In many cases, the inside of an Easter basket is lined with “green grass.” Psycho-spiritually, this can be interpreted to represent a new beginning (Easter comes at springtime when things first become green) or foundation for something good – growing and flourishing within our lives – as when we first become interested in the Lord God’s teachings. On this bed of “green” rests the higher delights (spiritual candies or treats) of the heart and mind.
Chocolate Easter eggs symbolize the formation and hatching of a new heart and will during spiritual re-birth (Easter is all about re-birth and resurrection). Jellybeans can also express powerful symbols of re-birth. Jellybeans are like numerous and colorful seeds that represent how the Lord inseminates all kinds of special knowledge leading towards serviceability, whose cultivation further multiplies heavenly blessings and their derivative truths deep within our lives. (This is why when people do nice things for others their actions are called “sweet” – symbolizing the higher sugar content of a good heart.)
The “cute” chocolate Easter Bunny symbolizes both innocence and the fecundity for reproducing innocence, which is the essence of spiritual love. Chocolate bunny “ears” symbolize sweetness of obedience.
Even the Easter colors “yellow” and “purple” represent God’s golden heart and wisdom!
The Easter basket is the modern and Christian version of the ancient “horn of plenty” which symbolized God’s infinite capacity to provide good things for humanity.
What’s inside your spiritual Easter basket?