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“It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living.” – Eckhart Tolle
“The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.”
Wouldn’t you say that whatever the “kingdom of heaven” is, it would be something we’d all desire?
While most think of heaven as a future destination, Jesus stated that this kingdom of heaven was here.
“The coming of the kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the kingdom of God is among you” (Luke 17:20-21).
That is also translated by some as “within you.”
When Jesus likens the kingdom of heaven to a pearl of great price, he intimates that it is available now.
All it takes for the merchant in his story to experience it – is to sell everything he owns.
The kingdom (the loving realm) of heaven (peaceful spaciousness) is available now for you and I to experience, we only have to detach ourselves from everything else that we cling to.
When you are compassionately present to life without judging, dividing, and separating, literally being here, the kingdom of heaven comes.
Abundant life happens.
Some type of meditation such as Centering Prayer is a helpful practice of letting go and being present.
The pearl of great price is readily available to everyone.
And it’s totally free.
All that’s required is to let go of everything else.
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