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What if THIS is Heaven?

“WHAT IF THIS IS HEAVEN?”
—Anita Moorjani


The myth, story—however you see it—goes back a lo-o-o-ng way… Shrouded in the mists of human memory, the origins of the tale of the Garden of Eden meander farther back than anyone knows for sure. The name has a pre-Biblical connection to a city in ancient Mesopotamia as well as to a Sumerian Deity. Sumeria was one of the earliest urban societies to emerge in the world in Southern Mesopotamia more than 5000 years ago.

In his book, Congo Kitabu, Jean Pierre Hallet recounts a version of the story told to him by the Forest People of the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. In this telling, humankind was not exiled from the Garden as in the Biblical version, but rather, it was a gift. According to the Wambuti, the Forest People, we came into this Earth place, as a way to gain perspective. According to them, as finite beings folded into the bosom of the Creator, we were so engulfed by the magnificence of Divinity that we had no sense of comparison in order to fully appreciate it. So we were placed in this Garden, apart so that, like gazing at a snow-capped mountain in the distance, we could more fully take in the sense of what Divinity is.

Here’s another perspective on the story expressed by Steven Forrest in The Inner Sky, included in his description of the sign of the sign of Aquarius.

    The Aquarian glyph — a pair of parallel wavy lines — is often mistaken for water. That is not the case. Those lines are serpents, symbols of knowledge.

    In Eden, the serpent tempted Eve to eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. She did, and God threw her and Adam out of the garden for it, setting into motion the history of the world.

    But in acquiring that knowledge Eve did something more. In that single rebellious Aquarian act, she gave birth to a quality far more precious than safety, far more precious even than wisdom.

    She gave birth to human freedom.

 

(Obviously, this was back when people still talked to animals and I guess there are those of us who still do.)

Well, if we follow this line of thinking, we acknowledge that human beings do, in fact, have the ability to think and learn through their own experiences. However, given the preponderance of martyrs and exiles among those of the human race who question authority (think Joan of Arc, Galileo or Edward Snowden, the list goes on… and on…) a majority of us seem to have trouble detaching from the need for approval, or the imagined security that someone else can tell us with final authority how to live our life.

May I suggest that many of the problems we face in our World at this time stem from this widespread gullibility/fear?

Take away dependence on culture and convention, face the world on your own terms and for sure you’ll find yourself confronted with what has been called “The Terror Barrier,” the dilemma of choosing for yourself what the meaning of your existence is — for you. Beyond this lies the Garden of Eden…

Most, if not all, Indigenous cultures have and still do, provided rites of initiation to help people face this issue but in our present situation, we seem to have all turned back to worshiping “The Golden Calf” that for some reason we’ve been taught to accept as reality, failing to chart our own escape route through the desert to freedom. And so we continue to reinforce our internalized slavery to the “Pharaoh’s Kingdom.”

Or like the Dark Lord’s henchman in the Disney movie, The Cauldron, when the prisoner escapes, even though it’s not actually his fault, the "Henchman" says to the Dark Lord, “Allow me, Master!” as he proceeds to strangle himself.

Back to Anita Moorjani again. (What If THIS is Heaven? is the title of her new book, by the way.) She’s questioning that if we’re to “love our neighbour as ourselves,” why don’t we first love ourselves?

We’re not talking about narcissism. That’s just another way of not truly loving yourself, a sort of extreme poverty conscious, you might say, that believes there’s not enough to go around, “So give me my share of everything first.”

Here’s the kind of thing I’m talking about.

Do you know anybody who doesn’t get to bed in time to get a good night’s sleep? Who works extra hours just to please a tyrannical boss? Who doesn’t eat foods that are nourishing? Or even take time to eat? Don’t even mention drinking too much or taking pain medications rather than changing bad habits… Or having sex with someone we know doesn’t really care for us…or that we don’t really care for… Someone who can't accept compliments…?

So, to treat our neighbour (or our partner, our kids, our pets) as we treat ourselves means that, well, we treat them badly too, expecting them to have our same bad habits or else we feel uncomfortable around them when they don’t.

We inadvertently sanction the production of sprayed and genetically modified foods (75% to 80% in supermarket products) even when we’d really rather eat better, thereby condemning the environment to reflect our internal chaos… treating others as we treat ourselves.

Any love that we feel for another, we feel inside ourselves. So if we truly take the time — and this also means summoning the courage — to care properly for ourselves, this will inevitably extend to “All Our Relations,” as the First Nations people say — the Plant People, the Winged ones, the Finned ones, the Four-leggeds and, god forbid, the Two-Leggeds — ourselves — as well.

I agree with Anita when she says it really doesn’t have to be this way. We do have a choice. We can return our Planet to Eden by first taking care of and loving ourselves.

So, please take the time to enjoy some music designed to remind us that life — that we — are good. I know it doesn’t make headlines, it’s not sanctioned by any money-making empire. I’m sure it’s no style you ever heard before. Does it matter? Go ahead and enjoy it anyway.

But most of all, just enjoy yourself!

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/kuimba3

http://www.kuimba.com/store/

 or, itunes store

(search ‘Kris & Lark’ or ‘The Ballad of the Salmon People’)

 

Comments

RUBÉN DOMÍNGUEZ MUÑOZ
November 02, 2016 @11:18 am
Great taste and talent for music !!!
RUBÉN DOMÍNGUEZ MUÑOZ
November 02, 2016 @11:17 am
Great taste for music !!!

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