Why not choose the Reality of Grace?
Why not choose the Reality of Grace?
In my mid twenties I started telling anyone who was within 2 feet of me about God and heaven. I was a new convert to the principles of One Mind and perfection. I talked and talked and people balked and balked. What didn't they like? The idea of perfection. Yuck. Perfection is boring. Where is the fun? Where is the drama? Where is the comfort? Where is the excitement?
I was stunned into silence and thought. How could perfection be boring? Two words that often describe heaven are balance and harmony. Are these two states boring?
Harmony is the fullness of many notes blended in infinite ways to produce unlimited variations of sound. One note alone is not harmony. Harmony assumes a variety of forms, but it is not boring.
Balance is not static. Anyone who has ever tried to balance knows that hundreds of little muscles in the body move constantly to produce what looks like a still point. Balance is not boring.
Webster�s dictionary defines heaven as: "Any place of supreme happiness or great comfort; perfect felicity; bliss; a sublime or exalted condition; as, a heaven of delight. A heaven of beauty." The brightest heaven of invention." And "The dwelling place of the Deity; the abode of bliss; the place or state of the blessed after death."
Does this mean we have to die to reach heaven? Yes and No. And this may be the reason for our resistance to heaven here and now. It is not that we think it is boring, we think we will have to change to get there. Absolutely - we will have to change.
It is easier to resist heaven because we think it is boring, than to resist heaven becomes it is demanding. To be in Eden, paradise, nirvana, heaven, Promised Land, Shangri-la -- (any place of complete bliss and delight and peace) we have to give up preconceived notions about what is harmony or bliss. We have to yield to the Divine Ego. We must grow.
I planted morning glories outside my porch and watched as the tendrils searched for places to twine. I was constantly untwisting the branches as they twined in onto themselves because I had neglected to place enough places for them grow onto. As I untwisted I reflected that it is the morning glories' nature to twine.
Nothing will stop the irresistible movement of that drive. Our nature is to twine too, to grow outward, express ourselves and bloom. But, we often neglect to provide a place to grow, or where we are growing is too weak to hold our weight. We will then twine back into ourselves and call it anger, boredom, depression, rebellion. To bloom and grow as intended we must provide the structure of Truth.
Just as our understanding of musical harmony improves with study so does our understanding of Spiritual harmony. As we become more aware of God, what we consider fun changes. We will have to change. We will have to die to what we used to think was harmony and for us has become discord.
In balance what is "still" is the mind. I was visiting my parents� gym a few months ago and trying out a piece of equipment that required balance. As I stepped onto the equipment my mom said, "Keep your mind still." If we keep our mind still in what we know as heaven, the awareness of our beingness in One Mind, we always have balance.
It is easy to be in heaven. We are already here. "The kingdom of heaven is within." What can be hard is being conscious of it, acknowledging and living it. It can feel hard to give up what we already know not to be harmony. But it is only hard if we hold on to a limited boring sense of perfection. This perfection is the one we think we have to produce, be responsible for, and keep it in place. This perfection is really personal ego and the limited sense of self; hanging on hoping it doesn't have to die.
Supreme happiness is different for each of us at different times of our lives. Like balance, heaven is not static. What heaven demands of us is the willingness to die. Not die as the physical death of the body, but the death of a point of view; actually many points of view; all of them limited and ego driven. The word perfection implies movement and all that would be necessary for us to consider something perfect. Nothing about perfection is boring.
Give up personal ego for the One Ego, become conscious of only Love and in less than a moment heaven appears. Bliss is defined in Buddhism or Hinduism as a "state of blissful peace and harmony beyond the suffering and passions of individual existence; a state of oneness with eternal spirit." Since the eternal spirit is God, and God is the all and only creator, power, movement, growth, joy, fun, activity - and we are that expression of all that God is - then can heaven be boring? Not!
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