Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Heaven on Earth

This morning I went to Heaven. The sun danced on the waves, pleasantly blinding me with sparkles and shimmers. The beach was flat—the ocean was flat—and the surf was a surfer’s paradise. There was a barely perceptible mist that softened the light. The water was a greenish turquoise hue, punctuated by white frothy spray as the gorgeous waves tumbled in, row by row.

I’m sure more than one of the lucky surfers out there had called in sick this morning. Clearly they’d rather be in Heaven too. What a lovely place, Heaven. A pod of dolphins surfaced along the coast just yards in front of me playing and jumping in the surf. Babies leapt into the air with glee. My heart leapt with them. They contentedly swam slowly South, at a pace I could easily follow as I walked. Their bodies glistened in the sunlight, slick and perfect. I watched a paddle boarder make his way closer to them. "I’d love to be that paddle boarder right now…"

I was so happy. Yes, everyone, everything was happy to be in Heaven this morning. The gulls were happy, the people were happy. The speed-walking elderly man was very happy. We’re free, I thought. All of us. Free to enjoy the beauty that Heaven so generously gives us everyday. I’ve been to Heaven many, many times before thinking it was indeed a lovely place, but not necessarily knowing where I was. Today I recognized it for what it is. I’m so grateful it’s only two miles from my home. Where’s your Heaven?

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Cove - Powerless to Powerful

I struggle with how to write this today. The topic isn’t light—in fact it represents some of the worst aspects of humanity imaginable. But it needs to be told. I asked my angels to help me see the silver lining in the subject and what they showed me completely floored me. But I’m a little ahead of myself…

I went to see a movie called The Cove on the weekend. I warn you, this movie is not for the faint of heart. It’s about the senseless slaughter of more than 20,000 dolphins every year in Taiji, Japan. Actually, it’s about much more than that. With the insightful perspective the angels showed me I was able to see the silver lining right away.

The film portrays in graphic detail the barbaric (I’m going to call it) murder of helpless dolphins, deviously hidden from view in a small cove. The film is also about the brilliant plan by an American team, courageously and expertly executed to set up hidden cameras and microphones in the water, in the rocks and in the trees all around the cove so that the horrors that go on there can be documented for the world to see; in other words to bring the atrocity from darkness and secrecy to the light of truth.

I was overcome with anger and grief about how anyone could be so cruel and merciless to such beautiful creatures. This brings me to the silver lining the angels showed me. They asked me how it was different from the genocide that occurs today in certain parts of the world. How is it different from the Holocaust? How is it different from terrorism? How is it different from gang violence? How is it different from the long history of barbarism on this planet? I got the point. To be angry with the Japanese fishermen performing this slaughter while forgetting about the plight of humans in this day and age is almost hypocritical.

Then the angels told me something else. They said the consciousness that created the problem in the first place is not the consciousness that will heal it. Then I was shown an image of Mother Teresa. When she was asked to join a war against hunger, she declined, her reason being that a war against something is still a war. Mother Teresa said that if the same people were to start a movement for something, she would be happy to join them. Next I was shown the atrocities of the Holocaust and how they were mostly committed in secret, out-of-the-way places. Had the majority of the world known about the Holocaust while it was happening would it have stopped sooner? If the world finds out about what happens in Taiji, Japan, will it stop? Will we make it stop? Will we stop the genocide that still occurs today?

Personally, I feel overwhelmed by the thought of all of this. How can I possibly do anything to help this situation? I’m not much of an activist. I don’t feel that going out and getting arrested is helping stop anything, although I have the greatest of respect for those brave souls who do. There has to be another way. That’s when what the angels told me floored me. They said, love them. Send them love. Send all of those hiding in dark places committing unthinkable acts, love. It’s the equivalent to shining a bright light on them. It’s only while they’re in the light of love that they can see the horrors they commit. When they can see it, they can choose to stop. Then I heard the angels say “forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.” I’m not religious, but I do know that’s what Jesus said when he was being nailed to a cross.

The angels then told me that what I can do is to help bring awareness. They told me that I can envision a world of peace where all beings coexist peaceably; a world of safety; prosperity for all with clean air, clean water, fresh healthy food and plenty of love. They showed me a world where there was more than enough for everyone; where we only took what we needed of our resources and no more. They showed me a beautiful world, our beautiful blue planet, sparkling like the gem it is in our galaxy. The angels told me the way to achieve that vision is to see it as reality now. I know it sounds far fetched. But maybe if enough of us were to try this little experiment we could actually achieve it. I’d like to close with a quote that my coach recently re-introduced me to:

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has Genius, Power and Magic in it. Begin it now! - Goethe