Heaven is Now

After reading The Untethered Soul last fall, I wrote, or rather, I received this poem.  I say received because sometimes things flow through that feel bigger than me.  

Since I technically put the words on paper, it seems odd for me to even say this,  but they resonated with me so much.

It felt so beautiful and true…and powerful. So naturally, I hid it away on my computer…

Why do we do this?  Why are we afraid of our own light?  


Even though I intellectually understand what these words say, like everyone, I still face the practice every moment. The ironic thing is, I needed to accept what reads in the second stanza:

There is no end. There is nothing to complete. There is no over and done. There is nothing to beat. There is no game to be won. There is no finish line.

We will never be the perfect vessel (What is “perfect” anyway? A perception in our own minds.) I’ve come to believe that it’s not only possible but necessary to share the masterpiece of who we are while we all continue to be works in progress.  We exist as both. These parts of us are not mutually exclusive.



And so, here is it, Heaven is Now…


Heaven is Now

Just when I think I’m at the core,

Another layer is peeled,

And another revealed.

And I realize again:

There is no end.

There is nothing to complete.

There is no over and done.

There is nothing to beat

There is no game to be won.

There is no finish line.

We were given this time

for growth.

I take a silent oath

To self:

Let Go.

And go with the flow of the force

That is love

Not presiding from above

Rather residing in all.

Be aware.

Dare to accept the invitation.

Become a manifestation

Of the Conscious self inside.

And if the pain arises

-And it will -

Step back and play witness

Until it passes through.

No need to engage or explain,

No need to rearrange feelings

To fit the mold you have made for life,

A preconditioned container

That holds your perceived happiness.

Those walls are too small

for the mystery!

All the mystics in history,

The saints and the seekers,

Through prophecy and parable,

And unlikely teachers,

Have shared the truth

That gets lost somehow.

This life’s not a test.

Heaven is…

Now


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The first time I truly accepted the idea of heaven being in the now was after reading The Four Agreements nearly 6 years ago.  I continue to listen to it regularly on audio as I think it is one of the simplest most practical texts to create inner peace.  

And of course, Untethered Soul.  If you are looking for a transformative, rock-your-emotional- and-spiritual-world type of read, this is a good pick.  Also, the author Michael Singer has a great interview on Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations podcast as well.