“I’m in Heaven” in the New York Subway?!

June 27, 2015 “I’m in Heaven”

One month has passed since I went to New York to attend Book Expo America with my MWTM front covernew book, Mornings with the Masters: Mystical Journeys in a Postmodern World. I cannot tell you how divinely guided, inspired, uplifted, and blessed I was at the whole book expo, and throughout the entire experience. I felt as though my vibration was raised as high, or as higher than ever before.

How I got connected the first morning was due to pure angelic humor – what fun!

Please understand that being in New York City above ground, wonderful as it is, nonetheless is pretty low on my list of places I would choose to go for fun and relaxation, because when I’m in New York, I literally crave trees and greenery and fresh air. Driving in New York is really one of the lowest items on my list of what to do in life as well. Being in the subway in New York City represents my idea of a place to leave as soon as possible, in order to get somewhere sunny, above ground, and quiet!

The next morning, however, I got to rise at 5 am, shower, meditate a few minutes, ride with my nephew-in-law to the Amtrak station in New Canaan, Connecticut, and ride the train with him to Grand Central Station, where he left to go to Wall Street, and I continued on my journey.

The next step for me was going downstairs, which was challenging with a suitcase full of books, to take the shuttle to Times Square, and then the subway to Penn Station.  Finally, I had to walk seven-tenths of a mile with that heavy suitcase, or ride the M34 bus to the Jacob Javits Center where the Expo was taking place.

I was walking down in the subway of Times Square, when I started seeing all these black and white posters for a new movie about Texas. I think the movie is called “Texas Rising,” and the posters were dark, “shoot-‘em-up” Western scenes. Then I saw a big poster with the movie’s slogan: “When you’re in hell, fight like the devil.”

I instantly thought, “No … when you’re in heaven, love like God.” Then, because that beautiful thought had obviously just come to me from a Higher Source, I thought, “Oooh! I love that!” And then, my guardian angels* started singing in my head, “I’m in heaven; I’m in heaven,” which song I recognized as having come from an old movie.

Blissfully, I laughed inwardly at and with my angels, thinking to them, “Oh, you all are good! How incredible and ironic that you are getting me to sing ‘I’m in heaven’ in the New York subway, which feels more like the opposite of heaven to me! You are amazing! I get it!” I felt the bliss of non-attachment to this world, and direct connection with the Divine.

So, I kept inwardly singing “I’m in heaven” in order to shift my perception of the situation, and got on the subway train to Penn Station.

Typical of my experience of the subways and trains in New York, when I got out at Penn Station, I had no idea which way to go. I stood still (difficult enough in that busy setting) and looked at two different flights of stairs, wondering which way to go, when a lady with pink hair came over to me and asked me if I knew how to get where I was going.

Of course, “I replied ‘no.’”

She asked me where I was going, and I told her that I needed the M34 bus to the Javits Center. This kind lady with pink hair not only showed me which stairs I needed, but also waited while I lugged the suitcase all the way up. She then walked me to where I could catch the bus, showed me where to buy a ticket, and insisted on buying a ticket for me!

Maybe I was in heaven. As I have traveled in New York before and since, while having a sense of the presence of God, I have repeatedly and often found really kind strangers, usually New Yorkers, helping me.

Apparently, heaven is wherever God is. Apparently, heaven is a state of being inside us that can resonate outside us and turn anywhere and any situation into heaven as well.

That, I believe, is the Truth!

It turns out that the old song was actually Irving Berlin’s “Cheek-to-Cheek” sung by Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, who also danced to it beautifully.

We create heaven when we dance with our one True partner in life: our Divine Source. We human beings can also create heaven together through loving one another with unconditional love and non-attachment. So, wherever we are, let’s dance with the flow of life, knowing that God is our partner, and all will be well, because, when we are with God, we are always in heaven, no matter where we are!

Love and Light,
Nonnie Carol

Mornings with the Masters:  Mystical Journeys in a Postmodern World is available hMWTM front coverere:

Link to Mornings with the Masters




* I believe I have three guardian angels/spirit guides:  two female and one male.  They are delightful, and, like all angels and Ascended Masters, they have a great sense of humor!


About selfrealizationtherapy

I am a healer, life coach, author, and spiritual teacher. While I am ordained in the Christian tradition, I have also studied Eastern spiritual disciplines and practices, including Raja Yoga Meditation; Intuitive Coaching; Reiki; Falun Gong; and other forms of energy healing for both people and animals. I am available for distance healing and spiritual coaching via phone, Skype, WhatsApp, or Facetime; please email me at: carol.dodson.richardson@gmail.com to schedule a session. My goal is to assist you in connecting with your Higher Self to find fulfillment, peace, health, and happiness in life. I typically work with people for about six weeks, and then they either take classes with me and advance more, or simply go their happy way. While I cannot guarantee results, many clients find that in a few short weeks, more is accomplished than could be with years of traditional talk therapy. Born on the equator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, I grew up moving back-and-forth between Africa and the United States my whole childhood and youth. We lived in three different countries in Africa, and three different states in the USA. I now live in Maryland, close to Washington, DC. I was widowed at the age of 28 when my 34-year-old husband died suddenly of a cerebral aneurysm that hemorrhaged, leaving me with an infant and a toddler. This crisis led me to believe that God loves us even when "bad" things happen, and also led me to pursue spirituality and become a minister. In 1996, thanks to "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramhansa Yogananda, and a meditation class called Raja Yoga, I started on an Eastern spiritual path, a journey which included becoming a healer and a mystic. On Thursday, May 27, 2010, I experienced what I call an Enlightenment Vision, in which I ascended and was blessed by Ascended Masters of many faiths: Master Lao Tzu, Mother Mary, Mary Magdalene, Jesus Christ, Lord Buddha, Paramahansa Yogananda, High Priest Melchizedek, Lady Kwan Yin, Master Usui, and then by the Seven Archangels of the Seven Rays. After this vision, the teachings in Higher Consciousness began. Apparently, my crown chakra was opened, and direct contact with the Ascended Masters has been possible ever since. My message to everyone is: this is possible for you to achieve as well, although getting there is not necessarily quick or easy. With a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas Health Center at Houston, and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Texas Christian University, I perceive a unity in my readings in Eastern religions and in Biblical studies. As a result, I believe the original message of Jesus Christ was and is a call to Self-Realization, which may also be called following The Way (a term used in the book of Acts by very early "Christians," although they did not call themselves "Christians;" they called themselves Followers of the Way. The Way, or the Tao consists of the practice of peace and love in every moment, honoring the Divine Presence within ourselves as well as within others. The Way of early Christianity was a spiritual practice which similarly focused not on the material world, but on the practice of Divine Presence within the earthly realm. When we practice The Way, or The Tao, we become one with Divine Peace, Love, and even bliss. When we attain this, we experience the "Kingdom of God" or Reign of God, within ourselves, Nirvana or possibly Samadhi. Achieving this Way within each of ourselves is the only way we will be able to usher in the Reign of Divine presence among us all here on earth. The ultimate goal of The Way, and of Self-Realization, is the attainment of unity with the Divine Consciousness, or Buddha-Consciousness or Christ-Consciousness, within, and beyond our normal mortal mind. This Unity-Consciousness is eternal, but begins in the here and now. May it be so.
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