While talking with a friend this week, he asked whether I believe in Heaven and Hell. I loved his question and it's been on my mind since.
I'm not completely sure of what happens once we pass away. What I know to be true is that you and I have authoring rights within our corner of this world. We create and choose to live a life of either heaven or hell right here. Right now. On earth. In this very lifetime.
This really is my life and my day-to-day choices determine how I will experience it; peaceful, grounded, filled with joy, levity and faith or panicked, disconnected, frustrated, fearful, emotionally heavy, filled with doom and gloom. I've selected where, how, on what, and with whom I invest my time and energy. I choose to either limit or honor my ideas, dreams, and vision. I elect to perform for me or for the satisfaction and judgment of others. I've picked the people with whom I will walk this journey or allowed others to make those choices for me. I've allowed myself to create or to get sucked into others' drama or have determined to not be embroiled in it. I've opted to either hold onto things and relationships that no longer work for me or to replace them with nothing at all or things and people that are more closely aligned with how I want to spend my days. I've resolved to make a decision and let things go or to spend valuable time analyzing, back-tracking, and criticizing myself. These are just a few of the crossroads I've encountered.
There have been times in my life that I have, literally, felt like I was walking through a hellish nightmare. Things weren't right. I felt tired, energy-less, and sluggish. I was on complete auto-pilot, all the time, and hated it. I was dis-connected from myself and, therefore, could not truly connect to anything. Certain people simply did not fit and should not have been allowed to take residence in a way that was most comfortable for them, with little consideration for me (by me or them). I've been miserable, exhausted, energy-less, searching outside of me for the answers. I've been out of self-alignment and in turmoil and inner conflict.
There are also times when I feel like I "have" it. Life flows smoothly. I am grounded and at peace. I am clear within myself and with/for those around me. I meet each day with excitement, energy, gratitude, and ready for the adventure of the day. I trust that I have every little and big thing I need to have the life I want. The latter is where I feel strongest, am happiest, and am living and loving from my heart.
The bottom line is that we either believe we have the power to create our own world, or we opt to sacrifice the path we desire for the needs, opinions, judgements, assumptions, and "alleged" approval of others (alleged because attempts at external approval are often futile). You and I are born with the inherent ability to change what no longer serves our highest good. Isn't this Change Management in its most basic form?
What I love about this journey is that we do not have to make a one and done decision. We have choices and can exercise our ability to make them each and every day. My prayer for myself is that I remember this as my human right and not lose sight of this power that is at my disposal; right here and right now.
I wish us all Love, Peace, Prosperity, and Abundant Joy.