By Sue Paulson
Sue Paulson will be presenting at the CSQ Spring Conference in Red Deer, Alberta
It has been 10 years and 7 months since near death plunked me into the midst of what felt like heaven. There I was surrounded by total acceptance and bathed in a sea of unconditional love. Although the usual descriptors seem inadequate, the feelings of bliss, joy, and ecstasy have stayed with me. Even today, they fill my soul the second I focus on that space and time. You can imagine then how much I look forward to my return to Heaven, the Other Side, the Afterlife or whatever anyone wants to call it.
With my current life on earth still filled with plenty of challenges, there are days when I wonder, “Why am I still here?” Richard Bach, author of Illusions – the Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah says on the back cover of his book, “Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you’re alive, it isn’t.” Last I checked, my feet were still on the ground, so I guess I’m not done yet.
Maybe you, like me have believed for years that it was important to feel that your life mattered and that making a difference would count for something. I was taught that my ticket to my banquet chair at that big table in the sky would come from self-sacrifice and the use of my talents to serve humanity. I strived mightily to serve – with some success – only to discover that I was dead wrong about parts of my belief – please pardon the pun!
You see, when I crossed over, I found a place and a chair with my name on it, just as there is for each of you. All that’s required is to pull back the chair and sit down. It doesn’t matter to the Universe if someone has been particularly “good” or has been particularly “bad”; each is a part of the whole and has a unique role to play for the growth of all. Really?
“But what about suffering?” you ask. “Don’t we have to suffer on earth in order to earn our heavenly reward?” Actually, no, not that either. I confess, having all my long-held notions tossed out like yesterday’s newspaper turned my world upside down. Since 2007, I’ve asked myself, “Now what?”
I have come to suspect that heaven is more of a state of being than a place. If that theory holds true, then suffering would feel like hell and happiness would feel like heaven – right here on earth! What if it’s that simple – not necessarily easy, but simple? As a result of my musings, I’ve been experimenting with this idea of heaven on earth. So far, my results are pretty encouraging.
If you’re curious to learn more, then join me at the upcoming Questers Conference in Red Deer this May. My topic: “Heaven is Here – Did You Miss That Memo?” I promise it will be a fun, thought-provoking, and action-packed session!
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