A letter from Heaven


Dear Friends,

I am writing you this letter from Heaven in response to my cousin’s letter from Hell (November 25, 2012). I, too, am surprised by the hereafter because Heaven—like Hell—is nothing like I envisioned it to be. Sure, Heaven is filled with warm, loving angels and angelic beings in a paradisiacal setting, but Heaven also tears families apart. I can verify this unexpected tidbit because my poor cousin is suffering in Hell.

I always thought that heaven would consist of those I loved most, especially my family members. But No! God is a home wrecker—at least when it comes to our earthly understanding of what constitutes our eternal family and abode.

It never occurred to me that the spiritual world is arranged according to the quality of everyone’s hearts. This quality is different even among those with strong family ties. Inwardly, my cousin’s heart and belief system was totally opposite from mine. He was unable to shed self-centeredness and self-importance from his innermost identity. He always wanted to be numero uno.

I was willing to put God and others ahead of me. Heaven consists of those of us who are willing to embrace sincere humility before the Lord God. Otherwise, even our best behavior will always be stained by the ego and keep us from obtaining spiritual innocence.

Eternal blessedness and happiness is a choice. And everyone makes their own choice.

It is said back on Earth that we can choose our friends, but not our family. In the Spiritual realm things are much different—our friends become our family according to the similarity of our affections and intentions. In the spiritual world, God makes no judgments and penalizes nobody. We all simply gravitate toward their heart’s desire.

This spiritual dynamic is what separates the wheat from the chaff. Such a law makes absolute sense and serves cosmic justice, but I had never given such topics much serious thought.

My biggest surprise is that Heaven is not the same for everyone. I do have other members of my earthly family and close friends also in Heaven, but even here, they live happily in societies different from mine—societies which most closely reflect their own innermost qualities.

When I first entered the spiritual world I was, indeed, reunited with family members and dear old friends. But as my earthly life was slowly shed to reveal my true spiritual reality and inner character, I found myself walking on various paths that led to other heavenly societies, where I found my true family and friends. In fact, I recently met a new male friend whom I had never come in contact with while we were both still living on Earth. We seem to be perfect partners. I also seem to be growing younger!

So my one bit of advice to all of you still living on Earth, is to look deeply into your hearts and minds now and remove any ignoble traits you may uncover—before they become the very fabric of your heart and the ruling traits of your innermost life.

Also, be sure ask God for divine help when you attempt to try what’s sure to be a balloon-popping plan of action!

With love,

Celestial Carrie




About thegodguy

EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at http://www.staircasepress.com
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2 Responses to A letter from Heaven

  1. Kenny Rumrill says:

    Edward, You have such a gift for putting complicated concepts into a concise, succinct and understandable form. Thanks ! This “answer ” from heaven is exactly what I was looking for.

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