To create Heaven on Earth, we must embody it
Heaven on Earth is not an abstract goal for some future time; it begins to come into existence in the moment we live positively. Everyday, we work to enable ourselves and our communities to embody what we are striving to create.
We come to embody our goal by emanating cooperation, validation, encouragement, courage, caring concern, generosity, attention, joy, vigor, diligence, patience, forgiveness, integrity, wisdom, openness, intelligence, and all other forms of loving action and being.
While striving to embody Heaven on Earth, we remind ourselves that divinity does not derive from such loving action; human divinity is unalienable. We embrace our ongoing responsibility to evaluate and improve our realization of Heaven on Earth, while remaining wary lest we use such evaluations to bring into question our own or others' divinity.
In each and every moment of every day, as we take on this responsibility to embody what we strive to create, we become divine manifestations of actualized possibility.
To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest . . .
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
This is a paraphrase of what Gandhi is actually known to have said: "If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. ... We need not wait to see what others do."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Our goal is to create a beloved community, and this will require a qualitative change in our souls.
You never enjoy the world aright,
till the sea itself floweth
in your veins,
till you are clothed
with the heavens,
and crowned with the stars;
and perceive yourself to be
the sole heir of the whole world,
and more than so,
because [others] are in it
who are every one sole heirs
as well as you.