Finding Heaven Here by John C. Robinson
Finding Heaven Here is a guidebook to the universal teachings of spiritual practice and transformation—achievable in everyday life. This is a passionate book that shines a light on the most inspiring of human qualities: our capacity to perceive and experience “heaven on earth.” What the author means by experiencing heaven on earth is our ability to mindfully shift our way of being in the world, so that we continually attune to what is beautiful, sacred, omnipresent, conscious, present, and divine. When we do this consciously and gratefully, we discover the world around us in its goodness, creativity, and love: the infinite possibilities of divine life.
This is a well-researched book, punctuated with quotes from mystics, poets, and religious/ spiritual leaders past and present. The author’s personal descent into darkness and resurrection is a compelling anecdote that twinges our own ego-based suffering—or our desire for a more meaningful life. From the author’s dark experience emerged “Heaven’s Compass:” Robinson’s contemplative method for finding heaven on earth. We get generous helpings of this process of transformative self-inquiry throughout the book, guiding us through our own spiritual practice and divine encounters. Succinct while being comprehensive, Finding Heaven Here is a little bit of, well, heavenly delight.
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