This article is from an interview with John Morton and Leigh Taylor-Young Morton on October 10, 2018, just a few days after their return home from the Alps/Italy Heaven on Earth and J-R Legacy Fund Benefit Tours.
Question: John, in one of your talks toward the beginning of the Alps trip, I recall you commenting that choosing the theme of heaven on earth was in some ways a bold choice. Can you share more about what you envisioned when you first chose heaven on earth as the focus for this trip and this year, and also how you envision it now - going forward?
John: I still have that experience that it was somewhat of a bold choice. We’re taking something that is in a higher dimension, or a higher consciousness, that we can call heaven. And it’s not really on earth in the fullness. There’s more that we can be open to, more that we can manifest with our spirituality and with our divinity. And that is the opportunity.
And then there’s a level of what it is, where I’d say it’s not meant to be on earth, because earth is in the negative, or the material level. So, it’s that dimension that does not contain the full spirit. We need to go into the spiritual consciousness, the soul consciousness, in order to experience and be aware of what the divine nature is. But that intention, that ability, could also be an authority that someone has, like they’re empowered with a mantle to bring forward spiritual expression in the physical form. And I view that as something we all have as souls in bodies. We can bring forward the divine nature in our expressions. So then, it can be expressed through the mind, through the emotions, and through our physical choices in nature.
Taking on that intention, that commitment, for this trip, became in a way, “Well, what if, in a sense, we don’t make it – what if we don’t really bring forward heaven on earth - and if anything we bring something like hell on earth?” Like, “Nice try!” And it kind of backfired, like, “Who are you to try to do heaven on earth?” So it’s almost like it would go in the opposite way, because we’re not prepared, we’re not ready, we’re not authorized or qualified.
My experience is we had a really beautiful experience that sustained itself. We were experiencing really great levels of heaven and heavenly consciousness. That was the intention when we gathered for the Royal Road PAT Training in Santiago de Compostela, Spain – and that was a beautiful experience. Then when we met in Geneva at the start of the Alps Tour; the experience started up immediately.
Another aspect of heaven on earth was that it was as though it was happening to us. I kept reminding people that we bring heaven on earth, we are heaven on earth because of our divine nature. So when we choose to be aligned and be open to our divine nature, that is when heaven on earth is in front of us, on our left, on our right, beneath our feet, in what we see and what we hear. And I referred to St. Patrick’s Prayer, and to J-R, lots of J-R, so that all along the way we were playing excerpts and making J-R’s statements and teachings available as a reference.
Leigh: I remember when John and I were discussing the theme of this next trip, with the Alps having come very much to the fore of our awareness. And when heaven on earth came up, I felt my whole body frankly vibrate to whatever frequency seen or unseen it was carrying, whatever consciousness or spiritual promise that I felt was already in place that we were capturing.
Then once John laid it down as the intention, my reflection is that it’s not unlike what we learned in Insight I - that when we take the action, when we make the motion, then spirit matches us and meets us. If it’s just ideological and a conversation, then that is what matches us. But we began moving the energy on every MSIA trip we were taking. We were speaking and sharing about it, and it was like a collective gathering for well over a year, of people beginning to respond to the idea. When the presidency first asked, “Well, what do you mean heaven on earth?” I said, “We are heaven on earth. We’re the living heaven on earth by the nature of the consciousness we’re choosing, by the nature of our dedication in going home to God, and by being God-centric. That we can’t help but in due time to become what that is.”
Back to placing the idea of this trip out, and making the motion and the movement: Spirit just began to abundantly, almost like a tsunami, bring forward response from people’s hearts and souls to be there. And initially without much information of what the details would be. They had caught the spirit of this. It would be a gathering of souls who were called to be there.
I think that what we all experienced is that as we hold to that consciousness of our own divinity in our practice, in our loving – all loving – whether we speak or whether we’re silent, we’re demonstrating heaven on earth, we’re radiating heaven on earth, we’re touching to other souls whether they consciously know it or not. It really doesn’t matter.
We were this pod of people traveling around with each other in these places and no matter where we went, we transformed where we were. We transformed others through our joy. We were simple, ordinary, and laughed a lot, and did everything else wonderfully together. We were demonstrating what heaven on earth can be in loving each other and supporting each other. And we noted all along the way that it was an extraordinary group of people who were in the highest levels of cooperation - again, for this energetic, this frequency of heaven on earth. It became something divine. I think the “boys upstairs,” the Travelers, the line of the Travelers, the Christ, were having as much of a party as we were! I felt that all above and all here on earth were together traveling, enjoying all the blessings that earth can give us, and taking them through our consciousness and just radiating loving and appreciation and gratitude.
These are my perceptions. I watched John unravel this, unfold this, and, by the way, at no small cost. When one aspires to the highest, the highest angels, the highest path - you can count on the tests coming. It seemed to me as witness to the process of creating this journey that there were all kinds of obstacles, all kinds of details that were complicated and difficult. Lots of times there were “no’s” and not “yesses.” There were lots of times when he and Brooke Danza had to work out assumptions from other cultures, but nobody gave up.
They just kept holding this intention of heaven on earth, so when the trip started I was awed at how fluid and how seamless it was. It seemed that all the tests had been traversed. John endured with a level of magnificent focus to serve all who were coming with the absolute best that could be had. I got to witness what this is. What heaven on earth can be on all levels of creation that includes the testing . . . And in the end, we are it! Weare heaven on earth.