During the season of Easter and spring, we are reminded that nothing truly rises anew without going through suffering, death and burial first. That to go on an authentic soul journey inevitably includes facing our fear, being rejected, abandoned and forsaken – by the world as well as by the failing idols we had made from our childish ideas about Ultimacy, Reality, or God. That unless a seed falls to the ground and dies, it bears no fruit. That encountering our soul only happens when in the wilderness of life we are first tempted and ultimately reject the empty promises of wealth, status and power. For a life of loving compassion only fully emerges after we grow beyond the fear motivated self that has served us up to this level of awareness. Only then can we complete the descent into death of the small ego self, bury what is behind and ascend to a new abundant life of loving, peaceful presence.