Recently I attended a memorial and took comfort in a speaker’s words about the afterlife. He pointed to a rope behind him and held up the end with about two inches of black tape. The rest of the rope trailed behind him at least thirty feet. He said, “This end with the tape represents our life here, and the rope, our life in heaven and in eternity. The best is yet to come.” I could see the family of the deceased relax at his words, thinking of their loved one in his new home.
Since the memorial I’ve been thinking about our life here and our afterlife quite a bit. I agree with the minister in that I, too, feel there is no death, and believe we are immortal. The only issue I have with believing that the best is yet to come, and this life is only a preparation for the next, is that we may not live as fully here, may not live in the present moment and savor its beauty and connect with those we love as closely.
What if we lived here with the intention of being the best people we can be, loving, generous, kind, compassionate, unselfish, thoughtful, honest, loyal, full of purpose and in service, not because our reward is in heaven, but because we want to live lives that are meaningful and of worth?
What if we live our soul’s purpose here, staying present within ourselves and with others, and we do this so we raise our consciousness and our vibration, evolving each moment into the highest humans we can be? This means we are also happy here, living our dreams with passion, loving others deeply and helping them live lives that are meaningful, too.
Then, aren’t we living in heaven on earth? This is actually the subject of a future book, “Bringing Heaven Home,” but I needed to talk about the topic here as well. To me it is a win/win when we can live a heavenly life here on earth and once we are spirits, continue to evolve higher and higher in heaven. In this way, our lives as spiritual beings are seamless; we can transform here while embodied, and continue to evolve as souls free of our physical form. I am looking forward to no longer having a body and just being a spirit, but am going to savor life as a human while I can. I want to feel sun on my face, and swim in the sea, eat my favorite foods and dance the night away; I want to wrap my arms around my children and friends and tell them I love them. Why not love where we are and look forward to where we’re going?