Conscious Living Jewel

Ishtar Howell – 2021 Easter Series

Ishtar Howell

Ishaya Monk, Gardener
Astrologer, Meditation Teacher


Ishtar was aware of Presence as a young child and transformed by an NDE. For more than 15 years Ishtar has been an Ishaya monk and a teacher of the Ishayas’ Ascension meditation. He is teaching people powerful, effortless, and effective practices with which to relax into Pure Awareness and cultivate deep Awakened Presence as a constantly lived experience. Otherwise known as Enlightenment. Since 2015 he has also been working as an Intuitive Astrologer, with a focus on helping people align with their soul’s purpose.


What is the true Meaning of Easter?

Ishtar:  The esoteric Christ is the Totality, living openly and transparently while clothed in matter.  This combination is the deeper meaning of the cross, the vertical Transcendental joining horizontal unconditional Love, coming together in union in the space of the sacred heart.  When a human being resides in this place, they redeem the world, for here all is forgiven, and all the knots of tension are smoothed in Samadhi.


One of the first things to be repressed and thrown into the shadow self is in fact the Superconscious Self.  We hide away our own Wholeness- our Christ Consciousness- in order to blend in safely with the world.  To those who are deeply attached to their false identities, the energy of their true Self can even be somewhat terrifying.  As a teenager, I was absolutely terrified by some vast Presence that would show up whenever my mind would find silence.  Years later I realized that it was actually my own Higher Consciousness knocking on my door.  Love itself is frightening because it destroys the boundaries between self and other. It takes courage to drop our masks for the authentic.   In fact, in my own spiritual tradition, we recognize Christ as a form of Siva (Isha is also a name of Siva, meaning “the Lord”) and the love of Christ as Sakti.  Love destroys the limited dreams of separation as the ocean sweeps away sand castles.

The crucifixion has little to do with gruesome pain.  Rather, it is symbolic of the ultimate act of sacrificing the false safety of attachment, to fully immerse in the Oceanic Source.  The crucifixion is a relinquishing of the limited in exchange for the unlimited.  As it’s written in the New Testament, “. . . And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. . .”

The resurrection is the second birth available to the human being.  It is the full return of the prodigal son, and we are all the prodigal sons and daughters of our own Wholeness, of the Self, of Brahman. The core of Easter is an invitation to bask in Silence, standing naked, revealing the Timeless essence that was never born and shall never die.