If light is in your heart, you will find your way home. Rumi
A group of children were asked, “What do you have to do to get into Heaven?” One child answered, “You have to serve the church.” Another called out, “You have to give away half your money.” And the last child answered, “You have to die in order to get to heaven.”
I love the simple message in this story. I grew up always believing I had to be someone or do something, in order to be loved or rewarded. Nathan’s death made me question every one of these beliefs and I realized in my grief, that I knew nothing about living authentically.
It takes courage to live authentically, it is difficult to let go of all the beliefs and the obligations we have been taught. We are all different and beautifully unique, and we all lose when we live in someone else’s shadow, or under a belief that is not true for us.
I feel more freedom now than I ever have before, simply by being me and by letting go of everything else.
The little boy is right. All we have to do, in order to experience heaven, is to die. Die to all the beliefs that keep us small.