February 17, 2017 at 3:35 am #128514
It was mid-afternoon. We were sitting outside in a desert plain. He was pointing to the sky.
“Look,” said the teacher, “the heavens…a shadow of the true and ultimate heaven. How do you get there?” he asked. “How do you get into heaven?”
“Most people would say you get into heaven by doing good deeds.”
“Yes,” he replied. “Most religions would say that . If you do enough good works, if you avoid enough evil, if you master the discipline, if you end the self, if you attain the enlightenment, then you get into heaven. But is that the way?”
“You would say it’s not.”
“It it’s based on what we do, then the source of our salvation is ourselves. And if we could save ourselves by ourselves, then we wouldn’t need salvation in the first place. How can the answer come from the one in need of the answer? It’s like telling a drowning man that if he would only swim well enough, he could save himself, If he could swim well enough, he wouldn’t be drowning. He’d be the lifeguard.”
“So then what’s the answer?
“The answer is that the problem can never answer itself. Only the answer can answer. So the earthly can never attain the heavenly. But the heavenly can attain the earthly.”
“What do you mean?”
“Salvation can never come from earth to heaven…but only from heaven to earth. All these paths are hands reaching up to heaven. But the answer is radically different. It’s a hand reaching down to earth. The answer must come from the Answer. So salvation can never just end in heaven. It must begin there.”
“So it’s not so much about getting into heaven.”
“No,” he said, “it’s about heaven getting into you.”
“Heaven coming down…to us.”
“The descent of heaven…the heavenly visiting the earthly…the heavenly One becoming earthly…so that the earthly might become heavenly.”
“So it’s not about attaining anything.”
“No,” he said, “it’s about receiving everything…starting with heaven.”
The Mission: Make it your aim today not to strive for heaven, but let heaven-its love, its blessings, and its joy-get into you.
Isaiah 45:8; 55:10-11; John 6:51
Cahn, Jonathan. “Heaven’s Descent.” The Book of Mysteries. Lake Mary, FL: FrontLine, 2016. Day 51. Print.
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