Heaven on Earth
What does that mean? We say it a lot, but how many have investigated, plumbed their little heart spaces, to actually get at the meat of that sentiment? Heaven on earth. This phrase means many different things to each of us. For some it means unity. Can you experience unity in suffering? Yep, you can. You can experience unity in the circle of life and death. For some it means no suffering. But I look at that and my logical mind says, well, death also provides no suffering and I don’t really think that’s the goal. It sure as shit isn’t my goal. For some it means justice. But justice, as a word, has also become a bit convoluted hasn’t it?
Let’s take a look at that word, justice. Common understanding of the word justice includes:
1 a : the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments meting out justice social justice
b : judge a supreme court justice —used as a title Justice Marshall
c : the administration of law a fugitive from justice; especially : the establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity a system of justice
2 a : the quality of being just, impartial, or fair questioned the justice of the their decision
b (1) : the principle or ideal of just dealing or right action (2) : conformity to this principle or ideal : righteousness the justice of their cause
c : the quality of conforming to law
What does “just” mean?
Definition of just
1 a : having a basis in or conforming to fact or reason : reasonable had just reason to believe he was in danger
b : conforming to a standard of correctness : proper just proportions
c archaic : faithful to an original
2 a (1) : acting or being in conformity with what is morally upright or good : righteous a just war (2) : being what is merited : deserved a just punishment
b : legally correct : lawful just title to an estate
Within these definitions are a whole bunch of things we don’t currently agree on. We have culturally unique interpretations of “law”, of righteousness, of morality, of “correctness”. So, how then, could we expect to experience “Heaven on earth” if our definitions of what that looks like have yet to be agreed upon? Language barriers make it very difficult to attune to an overarching conceptualization of what justice reads as, in terms of energy signature. It is ephemeral, it is moving, it shows up where/when/how it is needed. What is just in one situation is not necessarily what is just in another. Do we even know justice when we see it?
For some people, justice means that people on a spiritual path should become detached from all things material, taking vows of poverty and asceticism. For some people, justice means that those greedy materialists finally get their comeuppance by some roving band of spiritual ninjas or the Almighty Hand of God. For some people justice means you get what you deserve.
This is what our society has been built upon. If you are dumb enough to fall for a lie, you deserve to be taken advantage of. If you don’t work hard enough to break out of your chains, you deserve to be chained. If you are not smarter than your masters, you deserve to be a slave. If you break a law, no matter how corrupt the lawmaker was or how immoral the law is, you deserve to be punished. If you don’t get caught breaking a law no matter how corrupt the action, you’re good to go.
Justice by these terms, means to imply that good things only happen to good people and bad things only happen to bad people. Is that rational? Is that reasonable to believe? We’ve all seen supposedly bad things happen to good people and supposedly good things happen to bad people. Perhaps if we take time and intention out of the equation this would be justice but without doing that, what we are looking at is an accounting system (with life and death consequences) built on faulty logic.
The Sanskrit word means health, happiness, welfare. I think “faithful to an original” is also a hardy use of the term. Without these roots, and the intention their vibration offers, justice becomes simply another tool, without value until used and the potential for misuse inherent.
I think Heaven on Earth does contain an element of just-ness. And I do think Heaven is very present everywhere if we choose to be one with sensing it. Getting clear on what JUST means, may make this a lot easier. It sure as shit will let you know how little you know. And let me tell you something, accepting how little you know is the first step towards freedom. With that step you will see, if I am only now aware of how little I know and I made it this far… how much better is this going to get? And whoa does the Universe have some absolutely beautiful unheard of ways of showing you the answer to that one.
So if I had to sum up in a brief statement what Heaven on Earth looks like to me, to the child within that has constantly cried out “when is it going to get better”, it would be that we stop feeding our children the fruit of strife and envy. So many of our young ones are growing up and have grown up in the midst of these.
How to stop it? How to genuinely examine how much of our time is spent cultivating the tree of strife and envy when just two clicks away is the tree of Life which is Peace and when our eyes are actually opened, the understanding that we too are trees. Trees of hope, trees of abundance, trees of joy and sunshine and laughter and goodness. The same air, water and spirit that feeds the tree of discord feeds our trees as well. We must simply wake up to what we are eating from and more importantly what we are feeding to our children.
Are you consuming envy? Strife? You may think that because you live in a comfortable home, make a decent income, don’t yell at your kids that you have done your due diligence. I humbly ask that you take one more look and be certain that you are not inadvertently or surreptitiously feeding strife by way of envy through your child to the classmate or teammate who goes home after nine hours of hard school to get yelled at and frightened or ignored by an overly stressed parent. Extend your compassion beyond your front door. It does make a huge difference.
I think we’ve all had enough dog eat dog and do it right or be punished. Because the truth of the matter is, we all come into this world innocent. You want to dig up your past lives, blame karma, what have you, that is your choice, but we have absolutely zero way of justifying that mindset. It is conjecture. We are here and now and here and now is what we should be focusing on. From the here and now, all children come into this world innocent, blameless, free.
A full recognition of that and all that it implies, will change the world.
If we are brave enough.