The Road to Emmaus, Metaphysically Interpreted

As we leave Easter, it is important to remember a very important follow-up story that is often forgotten. Following the astonishing news shared by the women who had been at the tomb (which no one believed), two men (Cleopas and Nathaniel) were walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus, a village seven miles outside of Jerusalem.

They were discussing what the women had reported and were joined by a traveler they didn’t recognize. They told him all about Jesus – including their worries, doubts, and fears for the future.

When they got to Emmaus they invited the stranger to supper. He joined them and during their extraordinary conversation, as Jesus broke bread, they recognized him.

The next morning they returned to Jerusalem and told the others that the women were right. Jesus had risen from the dead!

From a literal point of view, that’s a nice story. The women tell the disciples what they’ve seen. The men don’t believe them. Two of the doubters were on their way back home when they see Jesus and realize he really is Jesus because he looks exactly like his picture on Facebook. They go back and tell the others, “The women weren’t kidding. Jesus is alive. See, we took his picture on our Smart Phone.”

If that’s all there was to that story it would be just another case of men realizing that women really do have brains and should be listened to more often. For us, the literal story just doesn’t cut it. If we take a metaphysical look, we see that all of these people are qualities within us. And so are the two cities Jerusalem and Emmaus.

  • Jerusalem is that place of abiding peace and harmony within us. It’s the place Unity calls headquarters.
  • Emmaus represents our total and complete alignment with our Christ Nature. Its being 7 miles from Jerusalem indicates that all of our chakras are opened and fully expressed.
  • Mary Magdalene represents unconditional love.
  • Mary, the mother of Jesus stands for our superior intuitive abilities.
  • Johanna is our capacity to discern the Truth.
  • Cleopas stands for our newly illumined awareness which has yet to become fully quickened.
  • Nathanael (Bartholomew) represents the power of our imagination as it relates to our being able to see our selves error-free.
  • Christ Jesus, of course, is our fully illumined consciousness that is the result of our Christhood.

So, the road to Emmaus is really about our intellect (apostles) yielding to our heart center (women). It’s about opening up our unquickened intellect (Cleopas) and believing that we can be error-free (our Nathanael capacity) by listening to our unconditional love (the Mary Magdalene of us), superior intuitive abilities (Mary, mother of Jesus), and capacity to discern the Truth (Joanna). When we do that we will open all of our chakras and fully express our Christhood (dine with the Christ in Emmaus).

So, how do we maximize ‘An Emmaus Moment?’ By taking what we call An Emmaus Vacation. Here’s how:

Consider every step you take as a step on the road to Emmaus (remembering that Emmaus represents our total and complete alignment with our Christ Nature.), and your job is to move from your head (intellectualizing everything) to your heart (that inner chamber, the Domain of the Divine) where you know that you know that you know you are always connected with Spirit.

There are two levels for this vacation experience. Phase 1 reaches out: Realize that every person you meet on this journey is the Christ, the Divine, Spirit (whatever name you choose to use), disguised as that individual. So, every person with whom you come into contact, enter into the meeting with anticipation, expectation, and readiness to learn. In your mind, affirm “I behold the Divine as you, and I am open to what you have to tell me.”

After you do this a few times, and it starts to become a habit, you will be amazed at the richness of every encounter you have.

Phase 2 reaches within! Recognizing that we are One, the Truth is you carry within you all the Divine Wisdom, Ideas, and Powers you need. We stand in the presence of our “I Am that I Am-ness” but fail to recognize it! We are too busy looking back in regret or sadness, or looking ahead in fear and worry. We miss this moment, when we are connected with the God Nature that brings us the fullness of life we so desire.

So, Phase 2 of your adventure is to “Be Still and Know.” It was only when the two men invited Jesus to dine with them, and He broke the bread and blessed it that they realized who He was. In the same way, it is only when we let go of our regrets and worries, our fears, our resentments — when we stop and enter into a relationship with Spirit, when we allow ourselves to enter Headquarters and be still that we become aware of the abundant Truth: we are God expressing! We have the same qualities that are the very nature of God — and we can use these qualities to “have life, and have it more abundantly!”

So this week, make every step a walk on the Road to Emmaus: Be aware that in every encounter you are in the presence of Divinity. And within yourself, as you go into the Silence, you are aligning yourself with the Divine that is always there, always available, always providing everything you need to be the best Christ you can be! Wow! What a wonderful, amazing way to walk the Spiritual Path on practical feet!

About the authors: In addition to their work with The Metaphysical Website, Revs. Drs. Bil and Cher Holton are co-ministers of a growing church in Durham, NC. They are prolific authors, dynamic speakers, and master facilitators. Learn more by visiting them at


About Cher & Bil Holton

Since 1984, Cher & Bil Holton have been co-owners of The Holton Consulting Group, Inc., helping corporate and association clients enhance bottom-line results using cutting edge employee engagement. Their keynote speeches, turbo-training, and coaching sessions are practical, grounded in research, and lots of fun to boot! They are prolific authors, and take "Indiana Jones" vacations to continually stretch their limits!
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