Would you consider something with me? If your time on Earth came to an end and two windows opened before you: One filled with Light, an ethereal sky and people who almost floated in their other-worldly surroundings; and the second window showed dark skies and people rushing everywhere in a rocky city carved into the side of a craggy mountain–and this was all the information you had–which would you choose? If you knew your decision would affect you for a very long period of time, hundreds of thousands of years and many lifetimes, would that make a difference?
Which window popped into your mind? Do you know why? I’d like to think I’d pick the world filled with light, but it is very hard to change, isn’t it? As souls who have peopled this world for thousands of years, we are used to dark conditions, evil kings and dictators, corrupt governments, slavery, savagery, and wars over land and other valuables. We are used to feeling guilt and shame and being told that we are certain for hell. The dark, rocky city seems a comfortable fit.
What would it be like in the world of light? Are we beaten down enough that we’d be willing to take a chance on something different, something beautiful and peaceful? Or, certain of our own unworthiness, would we stand too long and watch the first window finally close? “Wait!” we’d shout, but the time for choosing has come and gone. Our souls would be sucked into the dungeon of the stone castle, where we’d await our fate, settled on by a savage, corrupt, and evil ruler.
Almost all of us have committed so many errors against ourselves and others by the end of our lives that it would seem we’d be given no choice. But what if all of us are Loved so much that it is understood we’d only been human. Perhaps we even tried to be better people. What if we were given the choice? If we were offered the world of light, would that mean we were wrong about our self-judgments and our judgments of others? Would it mean we were ready to live in the light?
Just in case this is possible, shall we affirm now that if given the choice, we are ready to make the leap from darkness into the light? Hearts filled with gratitude, and after only a few seconds of surprise, we’d cross into the world of light and love, ready to make a blessed leap in consciousness.