A little-known secret is that we can enjoy (right here, right now) Heaven on Earth. Pardon the pun, but there is absolutely no earthly reason to forgo the goodness until we’re pushing up daisies.
You’ve heard the axiom, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Oh, how easy it is to know something and how very hard it is to DO IT.
So, the average Joe trudges through this earthly existence not realizing, “We get what we allow.” Like a rat in a maze and the proverbial hamster on a wheel, life for that fellow is an anxious and tiring existence. Surely there’s a better way.
All We Do Begins With A Thought
There are three dimensions to human Thought: Flatliners, 2-D, and 3-D.
Flatliners are just that — draw a line, from left to right, and that represents the Zombies of the world. They don’t think; they just exist. If we let that flat line represent the horizon, there is never anything on it. No ideas, no plans, and no sense of direction, or purpose.
2-D Thinkers have a horizontal and vertical axis. In addition to left and right, they have an up and a down. Now, we get a picture of who they are. Literally, as we view any work of canvas art, we have a sense of the creators’ style, taste, and intention.
3-D Thinkers have a depth to their thoughts. That flat picture image we admired for a moment, now extends backward and forward, to offer an exciting opportunity for us to engage with that individual.
Creating heaven on earth, though, requires a higher dimension of thinking. For those willing to accept that we enjoy a Universe purposefully designed, then we can morph into a 4-D Thinker to consider our role in Creation.
In fact, to enjoy heaven on earth, we must become Creators of an environment pleasing for us and those in our sphere of influence.
Buckets of Knowledge
There are those things we:
- Know that we know.
- Know that we don’t know.
- Don’t know that we don’t know.
Guess what? We tend to run on autopilot utilizing only Bucket #1. Habits consume large portions of our days. We’re comfortable doing the same things over and over to get the same results over and over. The insanity of this lifestyle is that many times those same people are hoping for a different result.
Recognizing they don’t like what they’re getting the solution is for them to change what they’re thinking and doing. To get something different we must do something different. Cause and Effect is an immutable Universal Principle.
The journey to heaven on earth begins with an inner belief that if we give our best effort, the Hand from above will guide those actions to either Success or a Lesson learned.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.Good Book
Whatever the mind can Conceive and Believe, it can Achieve. The caveat here is that flying leaps of faith must be accompanied with acceptance of the consequences. Remember, discretion is the better part of valor.
Designed for greatness, engineered for success, and motivated by goodness as Captains of our ship Destiny, we can courageously head into uncharted waters to serve the multitudes. We have already been given the opportunity — by our Creator — to create.
To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.Dr. Seuss
I know you’ve had the experience of a HUG. On occasion, you have served another person. Think back to the last time you offered your best for the benefit of someone else. Were you watching their eyes? Odds are great that, with their eyes and maybe words, they expressed a newfound Hope, Understanding, and Gratitude (HUG) of life, once again.
My Definition of Love
Through the ages, the great philosophers and sages have attempted to define unconditional love. Since each of us is unique in our education and experience, this is the introduction to my belief about the topic.
The greatest gift is a chosen, purposeful effort — often done in the face of fear — to nurture our own growth and the growth of others.The Want To
Many individuals are quite proud of their IQ (Intelligence Quotient) — yet EQ (Emotional Quotient) is the more important facet of our core character. EQ is defined as the ability to recognize emotion in ourselves and others — and then, to use that awareness to guide our decisions.
The Greatest of These
Each person is granted freewill — to choose, from the buffet table of life, what our belief system will be. What is right for me will be different for you, guaranteed. Because WE (you and me) are unique in tone and texture. I give thanks daily that there is only one of me. Variety is the spice of Life.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.Good Book
Odds are good that everyone has heard the three little words, “I love you.”
As you dig into the memory bank, what emotions are stirred within your Soul?
Was it really love? — or was it something else entirely different from my definition, above? In fact, before we engage in a debate about the meaning of love, let’s resolve the issue of semantics. The best way to do that is to put on our 4-D Thinker hat and consider the encouragement of a higher dimension. Because, after all, we want to create heaven on earth.
Real Definition of Love
Rejoices with the truth,
For those times someone said they “loved” you, is this what their actions communicated as well? Or how about that time, after enduring the scorn of a narcissist, you heard, “No one will ever love you the way I have!”
Many times, we discover what we like by experiencing unpleasantness. Remember how, as children, our parents were bound and determined to expose our palates to a variety of food. From colors across the rainbow to textures far and wide, their encouragement to, “Try this,” was never ending. For me, the “Thanks, but no thanks,” food was brussels sprouts.
LOVE IS (DOES) NOTGood Book
Keep any record of wrongs
Delight in evil
Creating heaven on earth is only possible by, first, building dynamic relationships. If we always give the benefit of doubt to believe the best in people, then time and money will be required. How much will be dependent upon the importance of the relationship.
Because time and money are limited, how do we quickly test for love?
Love rejoices with the Truth.
The quick test is pretty dang simple:
- Are they happy?
- Are they truthful?
If the new acquaintance fails this facet of love, they will generally fail the rest.
Do The Next Right Thing
There’s a notion in our society, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” In fact the male ego really wants to believe that’s the Truth. Although, in a recent conversation with my son, Ryan, he brought to my attention the merit of this phrase.
He said, “Dad, if a person will always do the next right thing, then there will never be the need to apologize.”
So, now, we’ve come full circle back around to thoughts and freewill. By default, we were created with freewill — the right to say and do anything imaginable. Just because we have the right to do something, that does not relieve us of the responsibility to accept the consequences of our choices.
The stinkin’ thinkin’ that gets us into trouble will not be the thinking required to enjoy heaven on earth.
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.Maya Angelou
Love Our Enemies
Yes, when reminded to do this, I tend to balk, too. However recently, I read the Rest of the Story to realize, “We’re not alone in our daily effort to fix what is broken.”
When someone with the Power to heal the deformed is condemned by the local yokels, then we find ourselves in extraordinarily great company.
He looked around at them one by one and then said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So, the man held out his hand, and it was restored! At this, His enemies were wild with rage and began to discuss what to do with him.Good Book
Short version of the story is they killed Him.
Although before they did, our Hero had a word of encouragement for us.
To you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.Good Book
That’s the way to fix our Thoughts.
Do we change the character of our enemies, the haters, the vulgar, or the abusers?
Simple answer: No.
Why, then, are we encouraged to Do It?
Because it is refreshing tonic for our Souls.
Heaven On Earth
Life is not about the empires, because empires come and go. Life is about the doing, and the fun is in the doing. Actions speak so much louder than words and bright lights make absolutely no noise.
The difference between hell and Heaven is the difference between words and Deeds. Please, tune out the static shrill of the 24/7/365 societal propaganda and follow the example of an Inspirator — to become one.
Your life and the lives of many will be positively changed to make a difference in this Universe and beyond!
Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.