Navigating the In-between
As a young boy I attended Sunday School where they talked about heaven. It must have played on my mind as I clearly recollect asking my older sister, who was 18 months my senior, how could I get to go to heaven? She was incredibly wise and seemed to know everything; or so I thought at the ripe age of 7.
She said that if I asked for forgiveness for all my sins before I died, the gates would be open for me. This was music to my ears as I did misbehave at times and had often been told hell was in my future. My response was, “This means I can do whatever I want and just ask to be forgiven at the end?” She replied that if someone died suddenly there wouldn’t be time. This posed a dilemma for me, but I reasoned that as long as I was quick it should be OK.
Where is Heaven?
It’s hilarious thinking back how my thought processes operated at that time. However, it was a tremendous weight off my mind.
Many, I’m told, believe in asking for forgiveness. I am not suggesting this isn’t a positive, as for some of us, the weight of our past actions can weigh heavily on our conscience. However, it’s a dubious premise to say the least, that the heavenly gates will open no matter what actions you previously took.
So, is there a heaven and what are the entrance qualifications? It makes sense to me you would first need to be an elevated human being and that today’s world would be the arena to achieve such status. We also need to have an understanding of the possibility that time is cyclic.
Imagine, if you will, an ideal Earth in total harmony. Nature at its finest. A perfect climate, birds that sing and entertain us, flowers of exceptional beauty and aroma, delicious fruits of many textures and tastes. There will be an absence of creatures that cause harm to others, and given that we, the souls, will be completely pure, our bodies would reflect that. We will have the ability to communicate using the mind, plus our intellects will be clear of any clutter so technology will serve us, not enslave us.
We wouldn’t work per se, just carry out our roles with love for all.
Additionally, considering how much money is currently spent on the military, police, hospitals, natural disasters, governments etc., in the absence of vices, none of these services are needed. Our entertainment is by the means of using our talents as all will have a beautiful voice and acting abilities.
However, everything goes from new to old, so over a period of eons the Earth ages, as does the purity of the Beings that enjoyed its perfection. Every time we take another body, some purity is lost and eventually we arrive at our present state. It’s interesting to note here that some ancient beliefs have some memory of this ideal era.
Where is Hell?
Not a lot needs to be said here as we need only look around us. So many are watching their families suffer from lack of food, medicine, illnesses, violence etc. Even clean water is a huge issue. Countless souls in the affluent countries are also suffering, and I imagine we all know someone who is dealing with illnesses, depression etc. Hell is today’s world and is the arena where we settle our karma.
Many years have passed since believing I had discovered the easy path. I’ve realized that the key to attain Heaven is by purifying the soul, and that this is attained by practicing soul consciousness, performing right actions, and most importantly, connecting to the Source via meditation.