Living for the future, in any form, is a distortion of life. The religious seek heaven. The political ideologs seek utopia. Whenever a future goal or destination becomes so important that we become willing to sacrifice the present, all is lost. This is what is meant by “the ends do not justify the means”.
Any true vision, goal, or destination must be accessible immediately, in the present. That which is real is eternal and unchanging. If what you seek is beyond reach now, then it cannot be considered eternal and, therefore, is not real. You are sacrificing all that is real in pursuit of an illusion. This is a tragedy in any and every form.
When Jesus referred to the “Kingdom of Heaven”, he was not referring to a future destination in the sky. He was telling us about consciousness, the awakened state, enlightenment, which is accessible only now. Of course, the church has distorted this message by having us believe that this life is only meant as a preparation for death. Life is supposed to be hell. Death is supposed to be your reward. This has created the sickness of fear, obedience, and suffering in the lives of countless people over hundreds and hundreds of years.
Any state of being that is real is accessible now. Nothing external, nothing in the realm of form, is required first before you can enter the state of bliss, awareness, utopia, nirvana. Heaven is now. You are meant to go there now and to bring others along. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.
"Belief in a future heave creates a present hell." The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
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