“Can Heaven be a place on Earth?”
What began as an interesting question became a quest to: 1. learn what people of various faiths and backgrounds believe about Heaven, 2. to learn how we are connected in our needs, hopes, and values, and 3. to find a way to connect these concepts with life in the present moment, right here on Earth. What resulted was a compilation of concepts about Heaven from a variety of religious faiths and philosophies. From that list I was able to identify seven meaningful characteristics of Heaven that we could strive to accomplish living on Earth…
3. Fulfilling Wishes and Dreams
In some faiths, Heaven is a place where wishes and dreams are fulfilled. But do we have to wait for Heaven to fulfill our wishes and dreams? Examine the limitations we put upon ourselves. If we can identify the wishes and dreams we desire to fulfill, we can begin to direct ourselves actively toward those dreams. We can create goals and plans to put us on a path. We can open our minds to believe that we can attain our goals and we will be open to meeting others who may be able to assist us on the path. Like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., we can work together with others who share the same dreams, and we can make those dreams realities. When King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C. in 1963, he said:
“I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.'”
One man shared his dream with a nation, and many came to hear his words and to support that dream. Many people have continued to keep the dream alive and to work toward making that dream a reality, even those who were not yet alive when King spoke. If we look around us, we can see the impact that King’s words made, not just on those who heard him speak, but on our nation itself. Our American society today has been shaped by the positive actions put into motion by the sharing of many dreams. We are living some of these dreams today and we continue to work toward realizing others. What is your dream? If you identify it, share it, and work at it, you have the potential to make it a reality.
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