Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The following is an excerpt from Paradise: The Prime Real Estate of Consciousness.
In the vast majority of religious beliefs there is a tradition that humanity, once perfect, has fallen from its original state. The spiritual endeavors and religious beliefs throughout the centuries have been to guide humanity to climb out of the spiritual pit they had seemingly fallen into. This has been and is the impetus for spiritual discovery and enlightenment.
You do not need to observe for very long the current human conditions to be persuaded that the garden either does not presently exist or it is in desperate need of weeding. So what of the garden? Does it or does it not exist? Did it ever? Will it in the future?
Any conversation on paradise must include a discussion of this previous utopian state of human existence. Paradise is seen as a return to that original state of being. Humanity—unworthy, damaged and plagued by the physical world—needs redemption, salvation or intervention by the one who originally created the garden.
Theologians throughout the centuries have made excuses for the demise of humanity’s original state, pointing fingers and throwing stones at the human condition. Unfortunately the result of such beliefs has caused humanity to feel guilty, inadequate and un-savable.
The truth of paradise is far different than any construct or condemnation created by humanity. Where does the garden exist, if it does? The garden exists and is present wherever you are. You cannot be thrown out of the garden: first because consciousness never rejects any of its children; secondly because creation is the garden. Wherever you are, the garden is.
So it might be asked: Is this paradise? Are the challenges, obstacles and events that I face paradise? Is that all there is? Pretty disheartening, for sure.
This belief is created from the misunderstanding of what ‘paradise is present’ means. Rather, this statement indicates that the possibility of paradise is present in any situation or circumstance that you experience. It has been questioned if Paradise, Heaven, Valhalla or Utopia is a place or a state of consciousness. My friend, consciousness is the place in which you dwell and paradise exists in consciousness.
Consciousness creates paradise. Paradise exists because you are conscious. Paradise is the perfect state of consciousness available at every moment and every place in your journey in physical form. The garden is green. The fruit on the vine is ripe and sweet. The sweet aroma of blooming flowers fill the air—and the garden gate is open, waiting for your conscious arrival.
I am accepting of the possibility of paradise being present
in any situation or circumstance I experience.
The above concept promises you that
creation is the garden. Wherever you are, the garden is.
Make a conscious effort to identify the garden where you are.
Write a story or a poem; draw a picture; sing a song or dance to music to express the paradise you’ve discovered around you.
Be creative, have fun.
The activity will assist in experiencing the garden you’ve discovered and make it real.
The concept asks?
So what of the garden? Does it or does it not exist?
Did it ever? Will it in the future?
What are your thoughts about the garden?
Paradise is seen as a return to that original state of being. Humanity—unworthy, damaged and plagued by the physical world—needs redemption, salvation or intervention by the one that originally created the garden.
Do you believe that humanity has been “cast out“ of paradise?
Why or ?Why not?
If so, by whom?
Do you need redemption?
If so by whom?
If you do, How do you obtain it?
‘paradise is present’… indicates that the possibility of paradise is present in any situation or circumstance that you experience.
What does this statement mean to you?
What impact would the acceptance of this statement have on your life?
Before reading this concept what was your vision of paradise?
After reading this concept has it changed?
Why or Why not?