Tomb Time

12 04 2009

Christian or not, the resurrection story is metaphorical and instructional. Years ago I heard a progressive minister give a talk on “tomb time.” It really stuck with me. She talked of the darkness and uncertainty of the time when Jesus was in the tomb and presumed dead after he had been taken down off the cross.

We’ve all had tomb time. We’ve been through a trauma or a lifetime of trauma. We feel depressed and discouraged and down-and-out. It seems like nothing is happening. We can’t see the light. We see no way out. We think we are doomed. We feel alone.tomb4 We feel persecuted and cut off from others.

We feel misunderstood. We have no answers. We are in darkness. It is uncomfortable. We hate it. We want out.

Instead of struggling to roll away the heavy stone and screaming for help, we can benefit by sitting with ourselves and being in tomb time. Be still. Be quiet. Be open. Be humble. Be present. Listen. Accept.

Time passes. Quiet and acceptance of things as they are lead to a more peaceful mind. The stone rolls away and the light shines in. We were not doomed, we were not done, we were not dead. We are born anew. We arise from the darkness, a resurrected being.

We see with clarity and with fresh eyes. We appreciate the beauty of life…a beauty that we could not see when we were in the darkness.

If you are in tomb time, realize that it won’t last forever. Cherish the gifts of tomb time. Know that you can come out of it and with a renewed clarity and vision. Every moment is an opportunity to allow the stone to roll away, step forward into the light, and live a new life.

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2 responses

19 04 2010
Jeff Baker

What a beautiful way to inspire us to find contentment in all things. You are very gifted and I so glad I stopped by. Great post!

15 07 2010
bear cormani

Excellent post!!! I did some spiritual work w/ a Native American group I met at Unity Ft. Collins a few years back… Shamans like to use “everyday animals” for their parables…. Grandfather stated that a “Caterpillar’s Tomb is really a Butterfly’s Womb..” He also stated that when the Butterfly came out of the cacoon he needed to make changes… The worst thing he could do was to let his old habits & memories take over… “HolyCow!! what happened 2 all of my legs!! What are these 2 huge things on myback!! How can I crawl around like this???”

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