Both heaven and hell are states of mind. We create both heaven and hell right here and right now by our thoughts, words and deeds. So where are you and your world going? Are you going to heaven or to hell?

When we look out at the external world and judge it to be heading in a direction that we think it not in our collective highest good, we tend to say “the world is going to hell in a handbasket”. Interestingly a quick internet search tells me that the origins of this phrase are not completely known although some conjecture that the meaning related to handbaskets allowing us to easily carry their contents. So, as we know the phrase generally means that things are deteriorating rapidly around us, we seem to also be saying that we are easily carrying out that worsening condition.

Students of metaphysics are well acquainted with the Law of Attraction. That which we tend to place our attention upon is then that which we tend to draw into our existence. “The Secret” emphasized how we could use this law for material gain. Although many of us who were already familiar with the Law of Attraction were pleased over the publicity “The Secret” brought the teachings, we were somewhat critical of the film’s limited use of its power. Yes, it can bring material wealth and new relationships and the like. But its real power is in how it can bring us to higher levels of our spiritual evolution.

So where do we want to go? Where are we being called to go? If by chance we look out and proclaim that “the world is going to hell in a handbasket”, could it be that we are contributing to the problem by the focus of our attention? What if instead we looked out and turned our attention on what we wanted to draw more into the world?

This is not a “head in the sand” philosophy that denies that negative stuff is going on in the world, but rather it is a clarion call for us to wake up and move our focus away from that which we don’t desire and to place our attention on that which we do. What is that for you?

For me, I can see so much.

I see people who are assisting one another in meeting their basic needs.  

I see people who are valuing our diversity in lifestyles and opinions, knowing that all contribute to the beauty of the whole.  

I see people expanding their circles of care and concern to include the entire world.  

I see people who are honoring that there are many paths back to Spirit. 

I see the world making these shifts each and everyday.

I see us all going to heaven in a handbasket.



NOTE: An edited version of this article appeared in the November-December 2009 New Dawn Center for Spiritual Living “Messenger” Newsletter.


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