Spirit in the Sky

It’s one of the great one-hit wonders of all time. Norman Greenbaum recorded “Spirit in the Sky” in 1970. It became an instant FM sensation and rose to number three on the top-forty charts as well. Its overtly Christian message captured the ears of believers and non-believers alike.

Forget the mythical geographical references to “up” and “sky.” Do you believe that when you die you will be welcomed by a benevolent Spirit that has some presence with you now, but will be totally present and totally accepting in the next life? You may call it the Holy Spirit, the Great Spirit, Mother Spirit, Father Spirit, the Spirit of Yahweh or Jehovah, the Spirit of Jesus, the Universal Spirit, God, Goddess, or countless other names. All the names point to the same reality.  A vast majority of the world’s people believe there is a Spirit present with us in some kind of positive, protective way in this life and we will live with that Spirit in a new life after death.

If that is the case, why do we have so much pain in this life and fear death and the next life? There is a scientific principle called entropy that says that matter has a tendency to break apart, to disperse. That is also true on a mental and spiritual level. We learn things and them we forget them. We find a genuine closeness of spirit with friends, lovers, and families, and then it seems to slowly evaporate. They or we are drawn in different directions. It is similar to our relationship with the Spirit. The intensity comes and goes more often than we can imagine and when it is most distant, we tend to have the most pain in our life and fears of death.

Interestingly, the more we become influenced with the Spirit, the more connected we become to the spirits of those around us and the spirit of the earth, and the less we become burdened by the terrible fear of death. If you are asking the question, “How do you become more open to the Spirit when you seem to be disconnected for a time?” The answer is to remember the intensity of your feelings when you had peak Spirit experiences: in prayer or meditation, relationships, nature, creativity, and so on.

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Bonnie Morét is an award-winning photographer recognized by The Georgia Council of the Arts as "an exceptional representation of contemporary Georgia art work." Her photography is featured on Georgia Public Broadcast's Georgia Traveler. Her exhibitions include Fifth Annual Exposure Awards at Musee du Louvre in Paris, France, Art Takes Miami at Scope Art during Art Basel Miami, Metro Montage XIII at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, World of Water at the Georgia Aquarium, Open Walls at Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Wholly Georgia: A Look at the Effects of Southern Religious Culture, sponsored by the Art History League and Georgia State University, at Mint Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, 6x6 at the Rochester Contemporary Arts Center in Rochester, New York, @Phonography: Dialogue in the Wireless Age, at 3 Ring Circus in New Orleans, Louisiana, and About Lands and Lives of the Civil War at the 6th Cavalry Museum in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. Her photography appears in Modern Luxury/The Atlantan, Jezebel Magazine, and hangs in the executive offices at the Georgia State Capitol as part of the Art of Georgia exhibit. Corporate clients include Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta History Center, Chanel Cosmetics, Christian Dior Cosmetics, Sharp Mountain Vineyards, PM Realty Group, Granite Properties, Road Atlanta, Patrón Tequila, Georgia's Own Credit Union, StubHub, CBM Records and The Washington Auto Show.