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Can You Make Heaven on Earth REAL? 3 Questions to Ask Yourself + Marianne Williamson's Answer
Lee Doyle
By Lee Doyle
Shift Team

Heaven...
 

Imagine all the people living for today... Imagine there's no countries… Nothing to kill or die for and no religion, too… Imagine all the people living life in peace... You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us and the world will be as one.
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Do you believe in Heaven?

For many, heaven is a view of humanity and our planet in which all unnecessary suffering ends, everyone’s needs are met and we are truly thriving individually and collectively — a world guided by love, rather than fear.

For those steeped in spiritual tradition, heaven might be called Paradise, Nirvana, or The Promised Land...
 

However YOU describe it,
the idea of heaven
is embedded in human consciousness...

And, we all get glimpses of heaven: Watching a child be born. A walk in nature.  A delicious meal with family and friends. Helping someone suffering or in need. Creating a work of art. Making love, perhaps.

These are moments in which you’re being and doing the thing that connects you with something bigger — love, justice, peace, even the God, Higher Power or Spirit as you may define it.

Though fleeting, these powerful experiences can point to the larger possibility and qualities of Heaven on Earth, and yes it beings with small and big acts...

You see, the keys to Heaven on Earth are in YOUR hands...

And here are 3 Questions to Ask Yourself to Make Heaven on Earth REAL for YOU!

Martin Rutte, founder of Project Heaven on Earth, conceived of 3 simple questions that every aspiring “Heaven Maker” must ask to define his or her own version of Heaven on Earth:  

  1. Recall a time when you experienced Heaven on Earth. What was happening?

  2. Imagine you have a magic wand and with it you can create Heaven on Earth.  What is Heaven on Earth for you?

  3. What simple, easy, concrete step(s) will you take in the next 24 hours  to make Heaven on Earth real?


Becoming a co-creator of Heaven on Earth is really about discovering all the little (and big) ways you can make the world reflect your most heartfelt vision AND your true essence.   

The seeds of a vision of a better world, right here on Planet Earth live the heart of every child, woman and man. So how can you coax this vision into the sunlight so that it might sprout and flower?  
 

Identify Your “Keystone Suffering”

Your version of Heaven on Earth could also address what Martin Rutte calls your “keystone suffering,” the one suffering that you feel MUST end — violence against women. Poverty.  Bullying.  Unfair labor laws.

The list goes on...only you can define your own keystone suffering.  

(See below for some of the most courageous Heaven Makers Martin Rutte has worked with!)

Some of today’s most respected visionaries and spiritual leaders invite us to see heaven as a possibility and take the necessary actions to “make it so.”   

Marianne Williamson Answers 3 Questions:
 

 

There are countless examples of “average people” creating their own versions of Heaven. These courageous and humble Heaven Makers are quietly changing the world, slowly but surely.

They offer a beautiful example for the rest of us of what it takes to create change... A desire, clear answers to Martin’s 3 questions and concrete steps to bring the vision of heaven down to Earth!  

Here are just a few Heaven Makers to inspire YOU:

Sue Bookchin’s keystone suffering is violence against women on a global scale, so she decided that a penny a day would raise awareness, and launched “Making Change.”

Katherine Burnett is a tea lover who turned her passion into her business running Lady Baker’s Tea. She now features a special mix for a Heaven on Earth tea, her most popular tea so far.  

Amanda Gallant, a talented singer and event organizer, established her version of Heaven on Earth as Anderson House. The 24-hour emergency shelter in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, serves women and children who are victims of domestic abuse and violence.

Dr. Dana Colson introduces the concept of Heaven on Earth to her dental patients. While they’re in the chair, patients can look up at a “Heaven on Earth” sign. If someone inquires about its meaning, Dana asks them the 3 Heaven on Earth questions, inspiring dialogue and maybe even seeding ideas for their own Heaven on Earth project!

Justin Criner, a police officer in Texas, is applying his hope for Heaven on Earth to policing.  His 16-page manual, Discovering Heaven on Earth for Law Enforcement, helps anyone begin the process of ending crime in their own community, whether they are in law enforcement or not.


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Lee Doyle
About Lee Doyle

Lee Doyle has been writing for more years than she’s willing to admit. A native of San Francisco, she was partially raised in the Salinas Valley where John Steinbeck novels and roadside keg parties took up the better part of her summers. She’s lived in Santa Barbara, Southern France and virtually every neighborhood in San Francisco.

She now makes her home in Marin County with her 16-year old daughter.  When she’s not writing for The Shift Network, she’s playing silly games with a black lab that seems to have manifested out of the pages of her first novel, The Love We All Wait For. Her second novel, now in progress, has nothing to do with dogs and everything to do with love.