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Heaven’s Here On Earth

How many of us go in search of Heaven, having been taught that it is some distance ‘place’ we go to when we die and only if we adhere to a certain set of regulations and rules?  In no way do I mean disrespect to anyone’s spiritual beliefs who may be reading this entry. My experience and set of life lessons tells me that Heaven can be felt in the presence of kindred spirits, in love making, while dwelling in nature,  listening to music, in the midst of prayer or meditation, even while doing the dishes.  It is a state of being, in my book…not a specific destination.

 

One of my favorite songs, that my friend Molly Nece (a.k.a. Molly Sunshine)reminded me of that sparked this blog is by singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman

Heaven’s Here on Earth

You can look to the stars in search of the answers
Look for God and life on distant planets
Have your faith in the ever after
While each of us holds inside the map to the labyrinth
And heaven’s here on earth

We are the spirit the collective conscience
We create the pain and the suffering and the beauty in this world

Heaven’s here on earth
In our faith in humankind
In our respect for what is earthly
In our unfaltering belief in peace and love and understanding

I’ve seen and met angels wearing the disguise
Of ordinary people leading ordinary lives
Filled with love, compassion, forgiveness and sacrifice

Heaven’s in our hearts
In our faith in humankind
In our respect for what is earthly
In our unfaltering belief in peace and love and understanding

Look around
Believe in what you see
The kingdom is at hand
The promised land is at your feet
We can and will become what we aspire to be

If Heaven’s here on earth
If we have faith in humankind
And respect for what is earthly
And an unfaltering belief that truth is divinity
And heaven’s here on earth

I’ve seen spirits
I’ve met angels
Touched creations beautiful and wondrous
I’ve been places where I question all I think I know
But I believe, I believe, I believe this could be heaven
We are born inside the gates with the power to create life
And to take it away
The world is our temple
The world is our church
Heaven’s here on earth

If we have faith in human kind
And respect for what is earthly
And an unfaltering belief
In peace and love and understanding
This could be heaven here on earth

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy8Rnn95iDw

 

How can you create Heaven on Earth today?

BYOB

BYOB-Be Your Own Bliss!

Ask yourself:

What would my life look like if I was fully living my bliss?

What is my life purpose?

How can I join in the Divine Dance each day?

Breathe into these questions and you will find the answers revealing themselves to you.

 

More questions…

 

What stops me from living my life full out?

What messages, beliefs or worn out ideas stand in my way?

What would I be willing to give up to move to the next level of delight?

Am I ready to take the leap into the unknown in order to land in the life I desire?

 

 

 

Hereafter

Movies move me in powerful ways. I call it cinema-therapy, especially when the subject matter is near and dear to my heart. Such was the premise of the recently released Clint Eastwood directed film Hereafter. He explores the idea that life in the midst of death in the midst of life is the way of things.  Three main characters’ relationship with death is touched upon in a profound manner. They range from a successful newscaster who has a near death experience, to a ‘retired’ medium who swears never to enter back into the work that made him an international sensation, and a young boy who experiences a gut wrenching loss.  It brings into question “what really happens when we die and what awaits us on the other side?”  I found the acting to be superb and genuine, with veteran actors Matt Damon and Marthe Keller side by side with charming relative newcomer Cecile De France and delightful child actors, twins Frankie and George McLaren.

My own take is that there is indeed something that invites us in as we make our transition and from what I have heard and read from those who have crossed over and then came back to tell about it, loved ones are on the welcoming committee and that there is an exquisite experience of feeling embraced by love.

What is your belief about the afterlife?

Feel free to share with the other readers.

 

www.hereafter.warnerbros.com  

Angelic Guidance System

 

Angels come in all forms; sometimes in written or verbal messages, other times in gut-felt responses to questions. Inner guidance: turn here, go this way, don’t go that way. A few years ago in the midst of a winter storm, the celestial beings were out in full force. My friend Gary Schoenberg and I were headed to Princeton, NJ to attend an annual New Years gathering of a group called the Peaceweavers. Their purpose is to encourage environmental sustainability, conscious awareness of our impact on Gaia, building community spirit and leaving the planet a healthy place for the next seven generations. Much of the focus of ritual is Native American. I have friends in this community and was looking forward to celebrating with them. Gary and I left my place in plenty of time and since we had handy map- quest instructions, we thought it would be a piece of cake to get there pretty close to the beginning of the event. About 15 minutes out, we encountered our first detour…an accident seemed to have traffic backed up for miles in either direction. We turned around and headed another way….soon after another traffic jam as a result of a downed tree limb that a police officer was struggling to move in the blustery wind and rain. I kept wondering if we were really supposed to go or if it would be the better part of valor to simply turn around and hang out at home.


Onward we went until we found ourselves on a road that we weren’t certain would take us to our intended destination. We stopped at a gas station/Dunkin Donuts and asked various people there. No one had the answer….until a coffee stirrer chewing, fairly zaftig, curly haired blond angel offered her input that sounded a lot like: go here, turn there, take this road and it will get you where you want to go. We thanked her and soon were on our way, with a renewed sense of hope that we would eventually arrive. As we made the first turn, I commented that angels come in all forms…..and Gary chuckled, saying: “I can see the wheels turning; there’s a story percolating in your brain.”


By that time, the rain had intensified and deep puddles were gathering on the roadways, which we managed to wade through. (I could hear the old spiritual “Wade in the Water” being sung by a gospel choir in my head) The clock was ticking, as we made it to Princeton and the search for a parking spot began. I invoked the spirit of Uncle Jim (our family parking angel) and sure enough, we found a spot on the same street as the gothic cathedral that housed the gathering. Clutching our djembe drums, we battled the wind gusts and burst through the doors of the church. The event was underway as we heard the sweet and powerful voice of our friend Deva Troy offering a song she wrote called “The Path To Peace” (written to honor the Dalai Lama). Gazing up at the high ceilings of the cathedral, I felt enveloped in a sense of let-go. We had arrived. We were home. Soon came drumming and the walls echoed with the heartbeat reverberations of many hands impacting on their instruments. This was followed by an honoring of those who had passed in 2005. One by one, we stood and called out names of those in our lives who were not in body any longer, but no less present. To balance that energy, we welcomed newborns who had entered the community in the past year. Lastly, a talking stick was passed and the 100+ embodied souls (I know that there were many more that we couldn’t see) individually called out a word (or few) that was our intention for this year and for the planet. Two that got the most laughs and applause were sex and chocolate! (And no, neither of them came from me :) As the evening wound down and we bundled up to head out the door, we noticed that the precipitation had changed from wet to white and that the 50+ mph wind gusts, were blowing it horizontally.

 

Back out on the road, visibility almost nil, we missed a turn and ended up driving through a park that I’m sure is lovely under other circumstances but took us way off course. More than two and a half hours later, well after midnight, having stopped again for directions, we made it back to Bucks County. The entire evening seemed to have been orchestrated courtesy of the angel of patience, the angel of trust and the angel of surrender. It also gave us an opportunity to sing, chant and enjoy each other’s company. I can’t recall the last time I had so much uninterrupted time with my friend. For that, I’m grateful.


A gift we received at the end of the night contained a message that I pass on to you. It was written by David Eisenberg:


How exquisitely fortunate we are who have vision extending beyond our personal needs and the ability to act on that vision with integrity! This is a gift of awesome gravity. It attracts others with such gifts from afar, grounding us all in our common work of healing each other, ourselves and the whole world at the same time.”

 

 

www.peaceweavers.com

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