A guest post written by Lani Meanley Collins from Santa Barbara, California
We have all experienced it: a brilliant sunset, a colorful rainbow, unconditional joy in the smile of a young child, a loving embrace. In that moment our thought is transformed. In that moment we experience proof of heaven. And this proof is health giving.
I’ll give you an example. Once my husband, son, and I were exploring around an old pier – I was snorkeling and they were scuba diving. I didn’t notice something sharp sticking out from one of the old pilings and as the ocean surge moved me in and out from the pilings, I suddenly felt a sharp pain in the side of my head. In that instant I knew I had a choice: accept that I was still in God’s love and that I had never fallen out of His love, or accept the fear that overwhelmingly flooded my thought.
What should I do?
I knew that heaven is a state of consciousness or thought. The Bible explains that we live and move and have our being in God. In this state of consciousness is wisdom, purity, understanding, spiritual power, love, health, holiness – heaven, reality. In his best seller, Proof of Heaven, Dr. Eben Alexander defines heaven as unconditional love and goes on to say, “I understood that I was part of the Divine and that nothing – absolutely nothing – could ever take that away. The (false) suspicion that we can somehow be separated from God is the root of every form of anxiety in the universe, and the cure for it…was the knowledge that nothing can tear us from God, ever.” While he was experiencing heaven, his family and colleagues saw only a struggling physical mind and body – ultimately in a coma and brain dead. Which was reality? Alexander had no doubt he was experiencing reality while he appeared brain dead. When he woke out of the coma, he regained one hundred percent of his human functionality despite the initial negative prognosis.
But back to my choice. Give in to the gathering fear? What if I lost consciousness? Would it be wise to get out of the water before that happened? Was I bleeding?
There was no doubt which reality I wanted to claim. I had to face down the fear. I chose to swim to get out of the water and prayed as I kicked my way to shore. The 23rd Psalm ends, “I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” Mary Baker Eddy, health researcher and the author of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, gives a spiritual interpretation of the 23rd Psalm: “I will dwell in the house [the consciousness] of [Love] for ever.” This reality – proof of heaven – flooded my consciousness, and the pain was gone.
We each can find true reality as God’s loved children – held in His love and untouched by anything un-Godlike – and thus find uninterrupted wholeness and health.