the kingdom of heaven

the kingdom of heaven

It’s amazing, how many different ways there are to interpret what it means to live your best spiritual life. I’m not an expert on religion, other than Christianity, since it’s what I was brought up in, but I’ve always thought it would be interesting to become an expert on world religions.

I’ve met enough people to know many times people interpret religious text differently, even the same verse, for example, from the Bible.

I was brought up in a home where scriptures were interpreted literally, and I’ve spent my life, to this point, untangling the literal cords that nearly strangled me. 

My spiritual journey has been a winding, uphill road, but recently I had a moment, while listening to an interview on YouTube, where a massive, meaningful part of the puzzle, relating to experiencing the presence of God, fell into place. That interview, with Eckhart Tolle, can be found below, under today’s resource.

One night, when I was in college, in my dorm room, and my roommate was away overnight, I was determined to lie on the floor of our room, in the darkness, until I felt the presence of God either enter or surround me.

I was at a point, even while attending a Christian university, where I did not feel God was accessible the way I had been taught.

I could never really access God or Jesus the way I had when I was an impressionable, gullible child. There were just too many holes in the story, and the narrowmindedness of only “one way” to God felt dead wrong to me.

But on this night I was willing to once again open myself up to the possibility that maybe God would show “Himself” to me, if I pleaded and strove for it. So, I lay there in the darkness for hours, asking God to “show me a sign You’re real” or “Bring Your presence into me,” and, after hours of lying on my back in the darkness, I had to admit to myself, I felt & experienced NOTHING.

That was a turning point for me. Not long after, I decided that would be my last year at a Christian university. University of Colorado was looking real good. Al though I had encountered several awesome, groundbreaking Marketing professors and found an amazing church called Higher Dimensions, something about that experience on the floor, receiving nothing when I’d been pleading to experience ANYTHING, was a total let-down and game changer. If God really worked that way, God would have been sure to show up for me that night in a way I could have felt.

Fast forward years later to this video… it is truth for me and freed me up in how I experience the presence of God. Maybe it will do the same for you.

Specifically, this post focuses on the part of this interview identified as The Kingdom of Heaven, 23:21 into the video.