I was listening to Tracy Chapman recently and the lyrics of the following song reminded me of something I have learned from working at The Option Institute. That we see the world the way we want to see it. If we see it as beautiful, miraculous and full of hope, that’s how our experience of the world will be.

If we see it as sad, tragic, and hopeless, then that’s how our world will be to us. When I work with children and adults using The Son-Rise Program, I choose to see them as amazing, unique and capable, and indeed that’s what they become to me and to anyone else who chooses to see it. Enjoy!

Heaven’s Here On Earth

You can look to the stars in search of the answers
Look for God and life on distant planets
Have your faith in the ever after
While each of us holds inside the map to the labyrinth
And heaven’s here on earth

We are the spirit the collective conscience
We create the pain and the suffering and the beauty in this world

Heaven’s here on earth
In our faith in humankind
In our respect for what is earthly
In our unfaltering belief in peace and love and understanding

I’ve seen and met angels wearing the disguise
Of ordinary people leading ordinary lives
Filled with love, compassion, forgiveness and sacrifice

Heaven’s in our hearts
In our faith in humankind
In our respect for what is earthly
In our unfaltering belief in peace and love and understanding

Look around
Believe in what you see
The kingdom is at hand
The promised land is at your feet
We can and will become what we aspire to be

If Heaven’s here on earth
If we have faith in humankind
And respect for what is earthly
And an unfaltering belief that truth is divinity
And heaven’s here on earth

I’ve seen spirits
I’ve met angels
Touched creations beautiful and wondrous
I’ve been places where I question all I think I know
But I believe, I believe, I believe this could be heaven
We are born inside the gates with the power to create life
And to take it away
The world is our temple
The world is our church
Heaven’s here on earth

If we have faith in human kind
And respect for what is earthly
And an unfaltering belief
In peace and love and understanding
This could be heaven here on earth

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  • What great lyrics! If there was ever a place where I met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people leading ordinary lives
    Filled with love, compassion, forgiveness and sacrifice" it would be my fellow Son-Rise parents and volunteers!