Religions should be helping us — all of us — to develop an intimate connection, communication and communion with the Divine. I believe that this is attained through the diligent practice of mindfulness in silence and solitude. Attentive observation of nature brings about a greater understanding of the interplay of every single thing and being. We see the roots of the trees intermingling underground, while their branches touch each other. We sense the power of nature both in a subtle breeze and a huge storm. We develop the same great reverence for a little ant and a massive whale. Diligent observation makes us more aware of the immense abundance of this planet, and also makes birth, growth, decay, death, and rebirth — the perennial and unstoppable transformation — very evident, which humbles us, the observers.
Once we have that deep Experience of Oneness — a clear and deep knowing of our inter-relation, interconnection, interdependence, and inter-existence — we are moved to proactively connect, communicate and commune with each other.
Once we go through those mystical awakenings, we experience radical transformations that tame our egos and inspire us to respond to all life’s challenges and difficulties selflessly, with kindness, compassion and love; and with that, the ways we treat one another, our home planet, and the entire Universe change. We begin to see what we weren’t able to see before. We begin to see how fortunate we are, and be grateful for all the gifts that we have received. We begin to see that this planet of ours is a beautiful garden and an amazing playground — a divine gift — that was given to us.
We will, then, feel inspired to slow down to enjoy the beauty of the garden and have fun in this playground. We will soon realize that we have more fun when all others are having fun, and this realization will lead us to enthusiastically share our toys. We will feel inspired to make the garden more beautiful and the playground more enjoyable for all. We will realize the abundance that surrounds us and will organize ourselves to live on this planet in ways through which everyone will be able to have what they need to live dignified and thriving lives, realize their potentials, and give their best contributions to the world. We will be inspired to help one another, realizing that when we help others we are helping our own selves.
And by doing so, we will be bringing Heaven to Earth.
If Heaven is a place where everyone is loved and taken good care of, then we have all that is necessary to manifest Heaven, right here on Earth. We just need to be kind and compassionate. All we need to do is to love and support one another.
Heaven is here, if we want it to be!
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Believe, promote, and spread these ideas!
I am very interested in bringing about an enlightened society, a community of evolved, awakened individuals. I believe that in order to get there, we all have to engage in the activity of looking deeply within ourselves, exploring the fundamental questions. That’s one of the reasons why I consider Liberal Education, which gives students an ampler view of the world and prepares them to deal with diversity, complexity and transformation, so important. We have to reflect and gain a better perspective of who we are, what life is, and what we are doing here. I believe that with these insights, we will live less violently and more kindly. We will be more content, happy and peaceful. We certainly can educate and inspire each other to work on our own selves, and create this more just and happier society.
Again, if Heaven is where everyone is loved and taken good care of, then Heaven is here, if we want it to be!
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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.
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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”
– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”
– “Silent Peace Walk”