We are spiritual beings living a human experience….what happens when we actually believe this and allow it to be true? We just might experience heaven on earth!
Heaven Can’t Wait!
What is your idea of heaven? If you are like most raised in the Western spiritual traditions, heaven is some place “up there” in a galaxy far, far away where we might go after we die, if we are good enough or follow the rules like we are supposed to, but (only if you are Catholic) you might have to take a detour in purgatory for awhile burning off the remaining sins that have not yet been forgiven. Heaven feels far away, possibly unattainable and jealously guarded by the old man in the sky God with clipboard in hand determinining if you should stay or you should go (to that other place…..hell….argh!) While this may be what many of our Western religions teach us about heaven, this was not really Jesus’ idea of heaven. What Jesus reminded his disciples over and over and over was that the peace, contentment and joy that we imagine as heaven is not in some galaxy far far away, but is right here, right now in our very midst. AND….”heaven” cannot wait for us to discover and embrace it!
Lost in Translation
The word that Jesus used to describe what we might call “heaven” or as is usually translated in scripture as “kingdom of God” is the Aramaic word, Malkuthakh. As I discuss in Chapter Two of Authentic Freedom – Claiming a Life of Contentment and Joy, While malkuthakh can be taken to mean kingdom, it is actually feminine in its form, and could be even better understood to mean “queendom.” While this idea implies further discussion for all those religious structures based upon the idea of a masculine God, even queendom does not fully express the fullest depth of meaning in the word malkuthakh. Thanks to the work of Neil Douglas-Klotz in his book Prayers of the Cosmos, we now understand malkuthakh to mean something more like:
“Malkuthakh” (kingdomof God) is the determined
extension of the Universal Source of power which draws us toward unity
(Oneness) and the visible and experienced sign of that Oneness. It is that which draws us to Oneness and the
experience of Oneness itself. In achieving this Oneness, we have reached the fullness of our potential and so has God.
When we throw this into the mix of Jesus’ teachings on the “kingdom”, we get a much bigger picture than what we have previously been invited to explore. That which we call heaven may be perceived as outside of us, but even more urgent is the invitation to recognize the kingdom that lives within us, among us and all around us.
Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus said in reply, “The coming of the kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or ‘There it is.’ For behold, the kingdom of God is within and among you.”
Luke 17: 20-21
Eternal Sunshing of the Spotless Mind
So if heaven cannot wait and it is right here in our very midst, how do we get there? The answer is easy and was revealed through the wise women who gather on Monday evenings at Authentic Freedom Ministries. Here were their answers to this quandary:
Empty yourself and there you’ll find everything
We are being invited to live inside out
I need to lose myself to God
As above, so below
That pretty much sums up the magical formula of how we let go of the things that are currently standing in our way of knowing heaven on earth….right here, right now. Lose yourself to God. Become empty so that the Divine can live in and through you. Turn yourself inside out and let the spiritual being live on the outside instead of the illusions of the human condition that usually live there. Recognize the beauty of heaven that is right here – peace, contentment, joy, bliss, love, compassion, mercy, justice. It is all right here…if we only have the eyes to see. Let the sunshine in and allow it to shine through the darkness that usually clouds our thoughts and our minds. It is all right here just waiting for us to see and BELIEVE it! What are we waiting for????
Let the Sunshine In!
And if that isn’t enough to convince you, here is a link to my FAVORITE song of all time and the song that first inspired me at the ripe young age of 4 1/2 to embark upon this fabulous journey: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm_pRKSCDxo&feature=related
What have been your images of heaven?
How are you being invited to expand this vision?
How might you begin to experience heaven on earth, RIGHT NOW!?
Authentic Freedom Ministries