Two women having died quite unexpectedly found themselves at the gates of heaven, greeted by Saint Peter. “Before you may enter, we must first test your heart.”
The women looked down at their laps and noticed they were holding their human hearts. The woman on the right looked up smugly “I’ll go first.” Her heart was in near pristine condition, which made the woman on the left nervous with apprehension, for hers was tattered and beaten, falling completely apart in places and sewn haphazardly back together in others. She thought back on her time on earth, as a friend, mother, lover, community member and wondered where she had gone wrong…
Soon enough her name was called and she placed her heart on the scales. “Near perfection, beamed Saint Peter. You may enter and await your next assignment.” The gates swung open and the woman stood frozen “but, I don’t understand. My heart is so…well…ugly. And that other woman’s was in amazing shape.”
“On the contrary,” Saint Peter replied “you put your heart into everything you did, that’s why it looks so worn. You gave your heart, without condition, to everyone who crossed your path…even perfect strangers. You did this without expectation of reward or reciprocity. The woman who came before you lived her entire life in fear and seeking the approval of others. She gave little of herself and died alone, having earned immense earthly wealth and riches she could not take here with her. She will try again. You, however successfully completed the earth mission, which was simply “to love.” Take a look down there and see the ripple you left behind…isn’t it beautiful?
Humbled, the woman passed through the gates, eagerly awaiting her next assignment.
I say without reservation, that your only task is to love. Unabashedly, unconditionally, without fear or hesitation, in every choice that you make and every encounter you have. You are not a human being having a spiritual experience, you are a spirit being, having a human experience. And the only requirement for this experience is how you learn to give and receive love ….