“We believe that heaven is within us, and that we experience it to the degree that we become conscious of it.”
This is the fourth statement in the Philosophy of Centers for Spiritual Living. If you are just tuning in, I’ve been doing a series of posts on this statement which is distributed as a sort of informational statement in Centers for Spiritual Living throughout the world. This statement was originally written by founder Ernest Holmes and is called “What We Believe.” Before I get any further with this post, please know that the statement is a guide, sort of an informatory handout for people who want to know what we are about. The reality is that everyone I’ve ever met in any Center has their own beliefs, including me, and that sometimes we have the same beliefs and sometimes we don’t, and it’s OK. This is what I like about CSL: we are free to believe whatever we wish. The bottom line is that we are in alignment with our own truth, and all of our classes and teachings are designed to help you with finding and keeping that alignment. In terms of this third statement, what we teach will allow you to find heaven, right here, right now.
So… heaven is within. I’ve always felt this. I’ve never identified with the “heaven as a separate place” philosophy, just as I’ve never identified with the “God as a separate entity” philosophy.
I like the more accurate description of the kingdom of heaven which comes from Unity founder Charles Fillmore in his Metaphysical Bible Dictionary. He says the kingdom of heaven is “a state of consciousness in which the soul and the body are in harmony with the Divine Mind.”
What does that look like? What does it feel like when our souls and our bodies are in harmony with the Divine Mind?
For me, it looks like freedom and feels like peace. It is when I am comfortable in my own skin, fully aware and accepting of who and what I am. There are no doubts, no fears, no hesitations, and I am able to listen to that still small voice within and know….simply know.
Can I do this and be this all the time? No. And this is the beauty of what we teach in CSL, because I have tools to get back in alignment when I get out. All the spiritual practices: meditation, journaling, introspection and others are designed specifically to help us remain in alignment. And when I can’t remain in alignment I go to a coach to help me.
If you don’t feel like you are experiencing heaven in your life, consider taking a class at your nearest Center, or take advantage of one of the online classes, or hire a coach to help you. In Centers, we have Practitioners which are licensed to do just that. You are worth experiencing the heaven within.