Choosing Lightheartedness

In Egypt, the story is told in hieroglyphics of the pharaoh on the day of his last judgment. He stands before the 40 judges and his heart is weighed against a feather on a balance scale. If his heart is lighter than a feather, he may pass through and enjoy the paradise of the next life with Isis and Osiris.

We’ve been considering the movement from grief to grace. It does not have to be a long trip—in fact, it requires no physical movement at all. It is just the experience of remembering our oneness with Spirit, and that despite appearances, all is well. Grace is the never-ending allness of God that is the truth of us.

When we are experiencing grief, it is sometimes said that we have a “heavy heart.” Our hearts lighten when we choose to forgive, to release resentment, to stop taking anything personally, and allow Spirit to move us forward. Then we become “light hearted,” and are able to return to the experience of heaven, or “paradise” like the pharaoh did.

The Abraham teachings remind us that we can always look for a thought that feels better. Light heartedness feels so much better than heavy heartedness. And it is always our choice.

About revjerryt

I offer spiritual counseling around healing issues related to relationships (with our Higher Power, ourselves and family), coming out (regardless of sexual orientation), and other concerns. I am a Religious Science / New Thought Minister living in the San Diego area, and senior minister of Joyful Living Spiritual Center, meeting at the Days Hotel (543 Hotel Circle South, Mission Valley/San Diego) in the East Wing Meeting Room on the second floor. Learn more at Other services include weddings, holy unions, baby blessings, baptisms, and memorial services. Learn more about me, and my book, at I am also the founder of the LGBTQ Spiritual Summit, bringing members of the gay and lesbian community together with leaders of various religious denominations and spiritual traditions, in order to start the conversation about healing. Learn more at
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