Heaven on Earth is possible

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HELEN Keller, deaf, blind and mute from an early age, inspired millions with her writings about recognising the divine on earth.

“I thank God for my handicaps, for through them, I have found myself, my work and my God,” she wrote.

In March, 1887, Helen Keller was first introduced to her teacher and life mentor Anne Sullivan. With the help of Sullivan, Keller, went on to become the first deaf-blind person to graduate from college.

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. ” she said.

Dostoevsky, in The Brothers Karamazov, wrote of one of his dispirited characters waking from a dream, transformed by a glimpse of heaven.

Something buried in his heart burst forth and he walked out into the night to see the stars.

The silence of the Earth, wrote Dostoevsky, “seemed to merge with the silence of the heavens, the mystery of the Earth touched by the mystery of the stars.

‘IT was as if threads from all those innumerable worlds of God all came together in his soul, and it was trembling all over, touching other worlds.”

There is a story told about ancient monks who searched earth looking for the door to heaven. Finally, they found it, the place where heaven meets earth. When they opened the door, they were back at their monastery, where they lived their daily lives.

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14 thoughts on “Heaven on Earth is possible

  1. Interesting Bryan,
    If you can commend some of the spiritual insights attested to by a Swedenborgian heretic, then perhaps there is just some hope that you might appreciate some of the views and insights held by a Gnostic or a Pantheist.

    Cheers, Rian.

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      • I too find Swedenborg interesting. I believe his claims of things he experienced on his spiritual ‘journeys’, but I believe he saw only a portion. That there is much, much more.

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    • Bryan, there are insights to be gained from Swedenborgian thinking. And heaven knows, Hellen Kellar, that wonderful lady had many of them. Thank heaven for her and for many like her regardless of their religious views.
      Rian.

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      • You just don’t get it Bryan, do you?

        There is the most unimaginable Eternity both ahead of us and behind us. We have an unimaginable infinity around us in the Cosmos. All human beings are equal under the Divine. In that timeless space of opportunity, there are ultimately no singularly fortunate or unfortunate persons. Every single one of us has the innumerable classrooms of earth and doubtless other spheres in which to learn all the many lessons of life. None among us is uniquely favoured by the Divine above the others. In the long run only a very few – if any, get to be irretrievably LOST. Much much more is provided for each one of us, than can be predicated within any brief span of a single human lifetime. No specific single eternal Heaven or Hell is a final destiny for anyone. We all get to ‘work out our own salvation’ but not necessarily in fear and trembling. Grace is available in abundance for those who seek it and see the light at any time; and the understanding and promoting of Grace represents one of the specific blessings that the Christian Faith can teach and bring to the rest of the world. Behold these things the Lord hath done many times with man. None can in the long haul ever complain that justice has not been done. The temporary Hell that any experiences is for the prime purpose of refining him and for teaching him the necessary lessons. Each of the great Faiths of the world brings blessings to humanity in its wake, and ‘The Lord’ uses them all that all may find their salvation. And we are indeed Spirit having a long term series of earthly experiences.

        There is the Good News for mankind!

        And in the words of Milton…
        ‘The mind is its own place, and in itself
        Can make a heav’n of hell, a hell of heaven.’

        While in the words of CS Lewis….
        ‘We are like blocks of stone, out of which the Sculptor carves the forms of men. The blows of his Chisel which hurt us so much, are what make us perfect.’

        Rian.

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      • Rian,

        Your shopping trolley of spirituality has wonky wheels.
        The speech is pretty in a vague hippy way, but essentially leads nowhere.

        But I do agree with this: Grace is available in abundance for those who seek it and see the light at any time; and the understanding and promoting of Grace represents one of the specific blessings that the Christian Faith can teach and bring to the rest of the world

        And I do agree with C.S.Lewis: ‘We are like blocks of stone, out of which the Sculptor carves the forms of men. The blows of his Chisel which hurt us so much, are what make us perfect.’

        We can only know our true identity in relationship to God. John Calvin begins his monumental Institutes of the Christian Religion with the following axiom:
        Our wisdom, in so far as it ought to be deemed true and solid Wisdom, consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves. But as these are connected together by many ties, it is not easy to determine which of the two precedes and gives birth to the other.

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      • Oh Bryan
        You are just priceless. Shopping trolley? Wonkey wheels? Pretty? Have you stopped to consider just what your pieces might sound like to an outsider? You are just closing your mind and heart to an expanded universe.

        Good try old mate. Rian.

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      • Rian and Bryan, you do like to stir each other! :-))
        So different, yet so alike, I think.
        How wonderful that God loves both

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      • Well Strewth,
        Bryan and me. Hm… well one of us is right practically all the time, — but shucks, modesty forbids me… (Interesting, a Journalist debating with an Actor.).
        Rian.

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      • Oh Bryan,
        Just a miniature niggle here. You wrote rather carelessly of me being an old amateur actor. Well, my old mate, just to put you right, I bear a long time Equity Card as a Freelance Actor. And in my history are professional jobs on Radio as both Actor and Announcer, and Television, not to mention a few movies and voice-overs as well.

        Sure in between times I did a heck of a lot of Community Theatre on stage, and in the process, directed a number too.

        So – ho hum. Rian.

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