Not long ago I read a book by Wayne Dyer, “Being in balance”. One of the chapters in this short but very inspiring book is called “Earth’s crammed with heaven”. The author is suggesting that we shouldn’t think of heaven as a far away place that we arrive at when we die. In fact heaven can be experienced here on Earth, right this very moment.
One of the presuppositions of NLP says that “The map is not the territory” which means that we cannot access an objective reality. We perceive reality through the filters in our mind. The broader our map is, the better. When we have an open mind, we see the world as full of possibilities.
So whether you perceive your life as beautiful or as horrible is totally up to you.
The modern society supports more materialistic approach towards life which leads a lot of people to be out of balance with their spiritual self. When you focus most of your life energy on the material world, you become out of balance with the spiritual part of you. You are constantly worried about what you have and what you don’t have. You start comparing yourself to others and become obsessed that you always have to be the best. Such preoccupation with material things leads to looking at life through very superficial glasses. Appearances become more important than the substance. It leads to immense imbalance between your material and spiritual parts.
Being focused on the material side of life, you forget that there is eternal energy of life in all of us. Our inner being that is always in harmony with the Universe. This inner being does not know worrying and frustration. Its natural state is love and joy.
When you concentrate on the material things and pursuits, you create a false image of yourself by weakening the connection with this spiritual side of you. Doing so leads to a life that depends too much on the outside things, on things that will wear out one day sooner or later. Money, material goods, youth. All of these things will lose their value or disappear and if you perceive yourself through the prism of these unstable material goods, you will be empty and depressed when they are gone. And they will be gone one day, we can be sure of that. What will stay with you forever is your spiritual self. And that’s the ally you want to stick to.
So how to regain the inner balance between the material and the spiritual realm?
Make a conscious decision to notice the perfection of life around you. My experience shows me that it is the easiest to begin this practice while you are some place in nature. Just observe the world around you and try to focus on the spirit that is present in all beings. Notice how everything flows without struggle in nature. There is this beautiful quote from a Persian poet, Hafiz:
“I once asked a bird, how is it that you fly in this gravity of darkness?
She responded, “love lifts me”.
Observe nature with the intention to learn from its wisdom and trust the process of life.
Be grateful. The conscious practice of gratitude is an extremely powerful tool to realise how many blessings you get from life on daily basis. Notice how fortunate you are when you are healthy, when you have people you love around you. Be grateful for things that we usually take for granted, like running water or electricity. When you realise how much you have, it will make it easy to shift your perception from stress to love and appreciation. With every passing day you will notice that heaven is really a state of mind, not a distant, utopian place that no one arrives at alive.
Heaven is a balance of your inner and outer self. It is available right now, this very second as you are reading this.