Holding on to the idea that we cannot bring Heaven to Earth on our own, without external help, many people simply wait, hoping for that day when a superhero will arrive and clean the mess that we have created. Think for a moment on the long list of blockbuster movies and our adored superheroes: Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Thor, Captain America, and so on. This idea — that a superhero will come and fix our problems — is etched in the collective unconscious of humanity. The story of the hero who sacrifices himself to save others is one that has been told and retold innumerable times in all cultures: it is a constant tale in our universal human mythology. Joseph Campbell, the great mythologyst called it The Hero’s Journey. Such repetition of the story has led many of us to believe that the only possible way for justice and harmony to reign on Earth rests on the intervention of one of those prodigious beings. Many of us have convinced ourselves that that is our fate, and that we should accept it with resignation. So all we do — all we believe we can do — is to hope and pray for a mighty being with super powers to come and save us.
Although I don’t dislike the idea of a superhero who will come to our rescue, I feel that this thought unconsciously leads us to leave the hard work in someone else’s hands. It is easier to say, “We cannot do anything. Only someone with enormous power can bring the peace and unity of Heaven to Earth!”
Well, in my opinion, this is just an easy way out, an excuse we have created for doing nothing. We need to put our fear and indolence aside, roll up our sleeves, and take action. We have work to do, and I suggest we begin this work by examining the validity of the ideas we hold, such as the idea held by many of those who embrace the Christian faith that the second coming of Jesus is the only way of solving humanity’s problems.
Let’s pause and think for a moment…
Maybe those special envoys from Heaven — the ones who we believe are the only ones capable of installing generosity, justice and solidarity on Earth — will actually come when they are no longer needed. Maybe we have to do the work first, fix what needs to be fixed first, and then they will come. So, let’s embrace the idea that those heroes come to Earth through us. Instead of waiting, and leaving everything that needs to be done in their hands, I feel called to put my talents and skills to work, and offer my contribution, however humble, to bring justice, peace and unity to Earth now. And I invite you to do the same. We are the heroes of our own dreams. We are the ones we have been waiting for. If we imitate the Evolved Masters who came before us, and if we practice the lessons of unselfishness and loving kindness that they taught us, we will bring them back to Earth; we will bring Heaven to Earth.
This is not difficult, not at all. In fact, it is quite easy. It starts with recognizing that God is within everyone. Once we recognize the Divine Presence within each person, we are compelled to treat everyone, even our enemies, with the utmost kindness. We realize that no one comes into our lives by chance, and that everyone we interact with is as important to us as we are to them. We realize that we can learn from them as they can learn from us. We come to the understanding that we can teach them as they can teach us. We develop this inner conviction that we are all interconnected, and that we are all in this together. Every encounter becomes a special opportunity to love, care and share, and it is through this mutual loving, caring, and sharing that we bring Heaven to Earth.
So let us love others, care for others, and share with others, because whatever we do for others, we do for our own selves.
Namaste! I bow to the Divinity in you. I salute God in you.