What the Passover holiday is really here to teach us.
This evening marks the eve of Passover, the holiday where Jews around the world celebrate the story of Moses leading the people of Israel from slavery to freedom.
As a Hebrew man myself, I’ve come to appreciate this time of year in a whole new way ever since I came to understand the metaphor and message this holiday brings us. Passover marks a time when we collectively can pause and reflect on our spiritual journey and on what we are willing to let go of.
Every part of the Passover story represents our spiritual path from being slaves to our ego to becoming liberated and free. If we can experience our own Passover internally, this holiday can have a deeper meaning that can be truly celebrated.
I can imagine that you’ve heard the actual Passover story as it is told in the Haggadah (the book that is read during the Passover meal). It’s one of those stories that lends itself perfectly for a Hollywood type movie script and indeed, Hollywood has made many block buster films on it (The Ten Commandments, Prince of Egypt, and the most recent one, Exodus).
The story tells us of the people of Israel who were slaves to Pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt. Pharaoh represents our ego and its control over us. This control is so strong that we often come to believe that we have no other choices in life and that our situation is hopeless with no change in sight.
Our ego will convince us that we’re small, weak and helpless. It’s a like background soundtrack in our mind that stays on auto-play every second of the day. It says “don’t bother, you’ll fail anyway” or “no one will like you if you do that” or “you aren’t good enough”. These thoughts are our prison and unless we recognize that they are only thoughts that are controlled by an ego that wants to hold us back, we’ll stay in this prison forever.
Moses represents our free spirit, our inner value and our desire to progress and grow. He is the voice of our essence. He is challenged by the Pharaoh who refuses to free the slaves but his will is so strong that he brings on ten plagues onto Egypt that finally convinces the Pharaoh to free the Hebrew slaves.
Moses isn’t alone in his leadership. The story tells us of the guidance and support he receives from God and the faith he has in his power. If it wasn’t for Moses’ trust and faith, he wouldn’t be able to connect to his own courage and create change.
Can you imagine if Moses was afraid of the unknown? Or if he would doubt his ability to lead or question the power of the spirit that moved through him? Moses reminds us that the power to lead ourselves to our own inner freedom and liberation is in each of us. It’s up to us to stop doubting ourselves and to trust that we have the power and the support we need to liberate ourselves from the prison of our ego.
So today, whether you celebrate Passover or not, take a moment to pause and reflect on your life and the prison that you may be in right now. Are you yearning to go from slavery to freedom? Maybe it’s freedom from a workplace, or a relationship, or your eating habits, or the amount of time you spend on your mobile device? Each of us has their own prison that we know of and may be afraid to admit.
My wish for you on this eve of Passover is that you stop wishing for a change and start taking action towards freedom. Be brave, be bold and trust that you have what it takes to liberate yourself from anything you feel stuck around. You have the creative power to be anything you want to be so trust that it is possible. Get clear on what it is you want to be freed from and the universe will align itself to support you.