This is not an article about death, Bob Dylan, or Guns-n-Roses for that matter. Although I like the G&R version of the song.
Knocking on Heaven’s door is about connecting with the Universe. What does that mean exactly? Everyone has their own take on that, but for me, it is from a spiritual perspective. If you’ve read my writing, you know I use swear words. It’s how I talk, and it does get your attention. It doesn’t seem to fit with spirituality, but I think it points to the reality of it.
To me, spirituality is the down-in-the-dirt, daily life of belief. As much as would wish otherwise, life isn’t the sunshine and rainbows and manifesting everything we want version of spirituality. Human life is messy, and sometimes we get handed a big pile of sh*t that makes us swear the air blue. That’s reality.
I believe we come here to grow our spirit and ultimately, Spirit. When we are born, we conveniently forget that we were created by the Universe, full of love and knowingness. We have to forget or we wouldn’t be able to grow. Babies and small children retain some of that connection for a bit, and then it is lost.
Part of our purpose is to re-establish that connection so we can grow our human spirit. How do we do this? I think the first step is to believe in the Universe or something greater than ourselves. Secondly, talk to the Universe. (You can apply any name to the Universe as you wish.) Ask for help. Listen to and follow the guidance you receive. This paves the way to a more peaceful life.
Another great method to really connect with the Universe is through meditation. Meditation is really nothing more than being quietly present in the moment and opening your mind and heart to the messages you receive. You can make it a formal ritual with candles, incense, breathing or whatever is meaningful to you. You can go for a walk in nature and connect with the Spirits of Nature. Many people say they can’t quiet their mind, that all these thoughts come rolling in. That’s normal and there is nothing wrong with that. Let them roll through your head without really focusing on any one of them or pushing them out. After all, there could be messages within them that you are meant to hear.
How do you know that the messages are real or from the Universe? Anything in Spirit’s form is going to be positive. The messages will be consistent and repetitive, without being “gotta-do-this-right-now!” (unless it is life-saving). Anything negative or extremely urging you is your Ego trying to prevent you from connecting to Spirit, as the Ego loves being in charge. The more you connect with the Universe, the meaner the Ego gets in trying to keep you away. Tuck it behind your ear and tell it that you don’t need it right now.
Because you are too busy Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door.