“[I]f you knew the Heaven that awaits you here and now you would cry of happiness.” COL bk.2, 16::II
Here we are considering a series of quotations attributed to Mary, mother of Jesus. She constantly reminds us of joys that we could know, if we weren’t so obtuse. We can even know Heaven, she says here, and she adds, we can know Heaven “here and now.”
What a glorious promise! We would be happy beyond compare if our world were to open up into an experience of Heaven. And this can come true, regardless of outer circumstances. Of course, it takes some mental adjustment on our part. We need to turn inward, not outward, because within is where the treasures are.
We turn inward not in a self-centered way, but in a way that opens up God’s treasure house for our enjoyment. We touch God when we clear our mind, open our heart, and listen to the gentle, quiet promptings from inside. Then Heaven really does begin to appear outwardly, too, for we are projecting our vision from the inside, making for the perception of a better world.
A Course in Miracles tells us that projection makes perception. And it is this truth that allows us to see how Mary’s promise can come true in our lives—even when things seem darkest. We are not fooling ourselves when we see a better world. We really do see a better world, for we are not adding our pain to that world.
Our happiness is seeded from within. And there too we find Heaven on earth.