I cannot imagine that it would be so black and white. I cannot imagine that we would have to wait until so-called “death” happens until we actually would reach these states of eternal damnation or bliss. However, I can imagine that heaven and hell are states of mind, which are actually already within us, here and now.
I’m sure we can agree that we all have seen the visible expression of hell, called wars and destruction, abuse and torture, heartbreak and disease. We also have seen the visible manifestations of heaven in the beauty of nature, the love of an animal, the calmness of a content heart, or Love in action.
Heaven is a harmonious state of mind, and of course this harmonious state produces good, right, calm, loving, and charitable thoughts. We can call these concepts heavenly angels or right thoughts, which come from “heaven” - our harmonious state of mind. Those angel-thoughts protect and lead us to right action, and help us through the rough times with strong faith and the trust that all is good. Those uplifting thoughts give us hope and courage. We certainly can call on them anytime we need guidance, as they are within. Isn’t our right thought a God-sent message? Isn’t the assurance that the Allness of Good is always protecting and guiding us a heavenly, blessed feeling?
The concept of heavenly angels, being exceptional beings, coming down from the heavens to aid and protect us, has been all over the world in one way or another. Religious teachings calling the angels ‘messengers of God’ in some mysterious way are outdated. This surely is a material belief in a material world, and there is nothing mysterious about right thinking. However, our world is not material – it is mental.
The teaching about heaven and the angels needs another look; let’s see it in a different light. We know that misinterpretation of the ancient writings in any religion is so common, that we constantly must be careful what we believe to be true. Let your heart guide you, but let true reason rule! Heaven is here and now, not in a far off place…so create that piece of heaven that is yours, always.