― Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
― Thích Nhất Hạnh
Over the years, most of us have accumulated a subterranean reservoir of repressed emotional energy. As we take the time to patiently and gently observe and touch the layers of fear and frustration and sadness, the subterranean residues of our grasping and aversion, all Hell does tend to break loose. As we open our hearts to our own shame and humiliation and jealousy and the myriad of other ghosts and goblins haunting the basement, there is a Deep Healing. As we touch these submerged parts ourselves with compassion and understanding, their energies are released -- and Heaven remains.
At some point it became clear to a lot of us. We don't have to die to go to Heaven. Like Yogi Jesus is said to have proclaimed, Heaven is right here, right now, in the One Love that exists within and among us. It seems rather amazing that Just Sitting Still can support opening the Pearly Gates. But it does.
Don't take my word for it though. In fact, don't take anybody's word for it. We all have the on-board equipment to determine the Truth of the Matter. Check it out for yourself.
It just takes Practice.
Originally posted, April 11, 2015. Revised