An Inside Story 32
ORIGINALLY, the plan was to simply experience this negative land and thus gain appreciation of the life we are eternally blessed with back home. Instead, we find that we have identified with this hell of a place as being our home, experiencing the ravages of hunger and thirst, crime and violence, hate and selfishness, sickness and disease – all the negativities we had only heard about before.
As time goes on, we get used to the battle for life and somewhat inured to the inner suffering that we now constantly feel. This life for us has quickly become commonplace. The memory of our life back home is pushed further and further back into the recesses of our mind until we forget the truth of who you really are and where we come from and where we will eventually return.
Not remembering the loving joy and peace of our homeland, we take what the locals here call pleasure and thrills as a substitute. Using these emotions, we find small comfort from the destitution that is now part of our everyday world. Eventually though, our self imposed life sentence comes to an end and we are miraculously given the opportunity to return.
Upon arrival back home, we fully remember who we really are and with a sigh of relief, rush outside and kiss the ground in loving appreciation. We have returned from our escapade into hell, fully aware and unscathed. Asked by our loved ones what our experience was like, we surprisingly answer that it was the best thing that ever happened to us.
We now fully appreciate the wonderful life that is ours forever – and in fact, we will even consider returning to this harsh land on a regular basis to learn more about ourselves and to re-bolster our appreciation of what we eternally have.
Although this is only an imaginary tale, it might serve as a contrast between what our earthly physical life experience and our eternal spiritual existence may be like. It’s fun to imagine such a scenario anyway…
Dan’s Quote: “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.”- John Lennon