<> Monday Mantra <> Create Heaven on Earth <>
Sometimes I wonder what the world would be like if more humans went through life with the intention to create heaven on earth.
Growing up I was exposed to a few different faiths. I was raised in a household where we regularly attended Jewish temple as well as Catholic church. My dad had his Bar Mitzvah at 13 and was brought up Jewish. My mother attended Catholic school most of her life and her mother has always been a devout Catholic. My childhood summers were spent at Catholic camps and every week my family would observe Shabbat at our synagogue. Although these faiths are quite different, I recognized that they have very similar intentions and values. I enjoyed learning about both and to this day I feel blessed that my parents never pressured me to accept one or the other as finite truth. In fact, they encouraged me to come to my own conclusions on faith and religion from the time I was about 6 or 7 years old. I have always been fascinated by religion. When I was 11, I lived two houses down from a Wiccan family who taught me how boring the world would be if we all believed in the same God. Around this time I also began teaching Sunday school at a small Swedenborgian church. By the time I was 13 I had attended a Baptist church where you would stand out if you weren't dancing and singing at the top of your lungs. In middle school I briefly accepted Jesus as my savior at a televised Christian mega-church where they spoke in tongues and everyone was so beautiful and well-dressed that they looked like they just stepped out of a magazine.
All of these experiences created little imprints on how I express my own faith. My mother and I would have discussions on what it meant to be a good person. Around the same time I was attending the Christian church, my mother read the The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz and passed on the lessons to my siblings and I. She explained that she didn't think that heaven should solely be a goal for the afterlife. We talked about how beautiful the world is that we experience in this life. My mom and I agreed that we should try and create our version of heaven on earth.
I came to the conclusion that instead of searching for God in a church, I could look for God in the soul of myself and in others. I realized that I had been conditioned to believe that heaven is high up in the clouds with a large gate and angels flying around. Maybe it is. Maybe that is your version of heaven and that sounds amazing to me. I have decided, however, that my idea of heaven changes everyday. Sometimes it is being surrounded by kind and empathetic humans. Other times it is listening to music by the water. Heaven for me can be as simple as someone smiling at me when I'm having a rough day.
You may not agree and that is okay. I understand that everyone has a completely unique human experience which is a huge reason I view life as sacred. Time is precious, I think it is a waste to underestimate it's value. This is why this weeks Monday Mantra is a reminder to ask myself, "What can I do to create heaven on earth right now?" Imagine your answer to this question manifested into action. Imagine what your best friends' and family's heaven on earth looks like. Chances are that our definitions of heaven on earth are more similar than we may think.
Thank you for reading! I appreciate any feedback in the comments below. Love & light. xx Rachael Arias