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"Heaven means to be one with God." - Confucius

     
"Imagine there's no heaven ... It's easy if you try ... No hell below us ... Above us only sky ... Imagine all the people ... Living for today ... " goes the lyrics of the famous John Lennon song.  And for us in metaphysics, this song has great Truth in it.  Dr. Holmes writes in "The Science of Mind" that "Heaven ... is a state of happiness.  Heaven is within, it revolves about us; it is the result of that atmosphere of conviction which our thought awakens within us."  The Master Mind Jesus taught the very same idea, "the kingdom of heaven is within."  

    What is taking our joy away?  Is it our health, our financial condition, our relationships, our work?  Each of these has been created in our mind and in our mind we can transform each of these into that which brings us a greater sense of satisfaction and joy.  But first, we must know what it is that we want our life to be.  And for many of us, we must find the answer within ourselves as we don't fully know what it is.  We must take the time to "seek within" our mind and our heart, to know what it is that we really want.  And once we find what we really want, then we can begin to embody these things in mind and know that our life will reflect this "heaven within" in our experiences.  

     So, how do we begin to reveal what it is that we really want?  Some time ago I found a simple, yet powerful practice from Dr. Deepak Chopra from his book, "How To Know God."  It could very well be the most important spiritual practice that we bring into our day.  If we consistently make use of this practice, we will become aware of what we really want ... all we must do is enter into this practice with the conviction that we will know:

God: Fulfillment of Desire Practice
by Deepak Chopra 
     What do you really want in life? Love? Abundance? The well being of others? You are invited to meditate on your deepest desires and to take a journey into your heart.  Keep paper and pen handy so that you can take notes on what you discover along the way.  You can also print out this practice for daily use. Once you learn this exercise, it is best done with your eyes closed.

Sit comfortably. Take a deep breath and let it out slowly.

Now, bring your attention into your heart.

Consider all of the things for which you feel gratitude.

Take another deep breath and let it out slowly.

Now, ask yourself: "What are my deepest desires?"

Let your mind reflect on the various domains of your life:

Consider the level of your material satisfaction.

Consider your health and well being.

Consider your relationships and emotional life.

Consider your spiritual longings.

Remain very still.

Now, in your silent awareness, ask this question of yourself:

What do I want?

What do I want?

What do I want?

Do this for a few minutes. Every 10 seconds or so, ask yourself the question "What do I want?" and listen to the messages that arise from the deepest chamber of your heart.

Continue for another couple of minutes, simply reflecting on the questions:

What do I want?

What do I really want?

Now, open your eyes. Write down the answers that came to you. Saying them to yourself aloud also helps.  This daily practice can help you realize your deepest desires by mobilizing your energy, will and intention to what you truly want.

    
As we work with this practice and consistently affirm the good that we really want, as being ours now, we can give thanks every day as we live in our heaven right here where we are.

AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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