Yotopia: A Yoan conception of Heaven

Excerpted from "A Ladder to Heaven" (South Park episode 612)

For some folks, the idea that we can create Heaven on Earth seems either too religious or too idealistic (unrealistic). If you are one of those who are put-off by such language, check out this very reasonable, "down to earth" conception of heaven.

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I feel as I always have, that the earth is the home and the only home of [hu]man[ity], and I am convinced that, whatever [we are] to get out of [our] existence [we] must get while [we are] here.   —Clarence Darrow

And Yo! This Is How

The Wombat Put It!

Here's a sample of how Belinda Carlisle put it.

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Ooh, Baby, do you know what that's worth?
Ooh, Heaven is a place on earth.
They say, "In Heaven love comes first."
We'll make Heaven a place on earth.
Ooh, Heaven is a place on earth.

When the night falls down
And the world's alive
With the sound of kids
On the street outside . . .

Ooh, Heaven is a place on earth.
They say, "In Heaven love comes first."
We'll make Heaven a place on earth.
Ooh, Heaven is a place on earth.

In this world, we're just beginning
To understand the miracle of living.
Baby, I was afraid before,
But I'm not afraid anymore.

And here's Charlie Chaplin's version.


And Yusuf Islam's (Cat Stevens) "Peace Train"

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If "Heaven on Earth" is still too "religious" for you, try this:

If you prefer parables or like stories written for children, try this story
for adult children living in the post Nine-Eleven-World (the NEWorld):

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Heaven is a Place on Earth

I think it ought to be explained that Heaven is a state of experience that can deepen with practice and community. Thus, the ends are alive in the means -- we Yoans can choose to live in Heaven on Earth here and now by choices we make, our daily actions, our mode of listening and engagement of conflict, and the relationships we cultivate. Heaven is not a place free of pain, but -- as Buddhists point out-- although pain can not be avoided, suffering often can. What I understand from this Buddhist teaching is that FEELING our pain, although terrifying (especially when powerless and alone), can also be liberating if done in the context of emotional support and love. The moment of opening onself up to feelings that are normally fled from or locked tightly away, is truly transformative. It is the threshold of conversion, it feels like a death and rebirth, it is the doorway to Heaven (or Hell, but don't get lost in this false dualism). And entering Heaven can only be accomplished in communion with others--in partnerships, relationships, that express saftey, love, and true compasion (the roots of compasion mean "to suffer with"). This is a bonded spiritual community, who when they Gather for worship are at a level of emotional intimacy that produces a commraderie that is both easy and enviable--attractive and palpable to newcomers who might wonder, is this for real?

And THAT question can only be answered with the obvious: try it out and judge for yourself. Clearly it is only as real as it feels. If you can't experience HEAVEN on Earth in the here and now, then why should you put any faith in its possible occurrence at some future moment? That would be magical-thinking and very un-Yoan.

~~~~Orion "I-believe-in-the-salvation-and-healing-of-the-world" Kriegman