Resurrection means change of identity, from ego to Christ



Ozodi Osuji

     By tradition, I go to church on Christmas Day (Midnight Service), New Year and Easter Sunday. So, I went to a church service today, Easter Sunday.

     The talk was given by an African American; he is an ordained minister with background in religious science (which means that he had read Ernest Holmes Science of Mind).

    His one-hour talk was full of insights but the one that I took particular note of is his saying that Easter, aka resurrection of Christ, means change of one’s identity, from the ego, separated self that one made for oneself to the Christ, the son of God that God created one; he said that the ego is part of the manifest temporal, temporary universe whereas the Christ is part of the eternal, permanent and changeless universe of God and his son in heaven.

      The ego was made by each of us with the aid of all of us; it sees itself as one with the body it inhabits and since it knows that body will die the ego strives to seem powerful; the ego sees itself as in charge of its life; the ego pretends to have power hence is deluded, and often hallucinates.

     The ego, regardless of its pretention of having power, lives in doubt from not knowing; it cannot predict what will happen to one in the next second, minute, hour, day, week, month, year and the future. To identify with the ego is to live with not knowing, to live in ignorance. This is the human condition.

    The man said that we must metaphorically allow the ego separated self we invented for ourselves and with which we replaced, in our awareness, the son of God that we did not make, that God created, that is eternal, to become our identity. That, he said, is the true meaning of Easter.

     Easter is the resurrection of our true self in our mind’s awareness; Easter is the metaphoric day that the son of God is risen in our minds.

    Good Friday was the day our false, ego self-died and Easter is the day that our true self , Christ, resurrected in our mental awareness, the day that we are born again, Born in the awareness of the way that God created us; we let our old self die in our awareness when we gave up the conception that we are egos in bodies.

      Christ has total acceptance that his father is God and trusts implicitly and explicitly that his father, via the Holy Spirit, the manifest God in the temporal universe, is in charge of his life; he has given up the ego delusion that it is in charge of one’s life.

     The death of the ego separated self and resurrection of the son of God, Christ in one makes one know that one is one with God and all his creation, one ends one’s belief in separation and gain the power that flows with acceptance of oneness with all creation and its creator.

      Another way of putting it is that you forgive the past; the past is always a story you made up; you let go of the story of your past, the story of who you think that you are and gain the glory of the risen son of God in you.

     You forgive the ego self you made for it is false; you pass the final judgment on your ego, other people’s egos and the egos world of space, time and matter: that they are false, that  they are not real, thereafter, you forgive all egos, overlook them and live from the Christ in you and relate to the Christ in other people.

    The Christ, the son of God, is the real you; he is eternal. You have let the old you, ego, die for the new you to be born again in you.

     The old you, ego, and its body and all physical things are temporary; the son of God manifests in the temporary world and when he learns about his identity as the eternal Christ, he lets the temporary to be itself, temporary, and overcomes them with the awareness of the permanent self, the son of God.

     The temporary, human body, bodies of animals and trees will pass away for they were designed to pass away, but the force that made them, the son of God is in the unified self of God and his son, is eternal.

   Easter, the man said, means that you change your identity from temporary ego self to permanent Christ self, and, thereafter you live as the Christ, a loving and forgiving self and attain inner peace and joy.

      This is a powerful sermon on Easter.


      On my way home from the Church service, I will stop by Barnes and Noble Bookstore and order Otto Rank’s books: The Birth of Tragedy, and The Trauma of Birth. Rank (1884-1939), a psychoanalyst, said that the human body is traumatized during birth, and by sicknesses, and that those traumas form the basis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD. I do not know that birth, coming out of the vagina, leaves permanent trauma on us; however, I know that sickness, such as my body was subjected to, does traumatize the human body.

    Most contemporary Africans are traumatized by their poverty and abusive parents, and abusive society, and live with PTSD; that contributes to their madness; if you want to know that most Nigerians are insane, join Nigerian Yahoo Internet groups and see insane men abuse each other with words because they were abused by their abusive parents, each of them with total low self-esteem, thinks that he is powerful by putting other folks down; the idiots do not realize that you are powerful only when you love and elevate people.

     I need to know more about the writings of Otto Rank; the man was Sigmund Freud’s favorite disciple.

Ozodi Osuji

April 17, 2021

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