Don discovers many surprises in heaven

hammock with dogwoodsDon slowly opened his eyes into a new realm. “Where am I?” he said.

“You died. You are now in the spiritual world,” came a friendly voice.

“Who are you?” asked Don, trying to get his bearings.

“I am the guardian angel who is assigned to help you make the transition into heaven,” replied the friendly person standing close by.

“If I died, then my departed wife must be here, too. Please take me to her,” demanded the newly arrived spiritual citizen.

“I am afraid I cannot do that. She is someone else’s wife now. In fact, even your parents and grandparents have all found new partners here,” said the apologetic angelic being.

“How is that possible?” questioned Don in complete disbelief.

“You and your wife were ‘externally’ close on earth, but inwardly your spirits embraced different ideas and loves, just like your parents and grandparents did. In this spiritual world, you find friends and partners according to your innermost qualities, which most people are oblivious to during their life on earth. In this world everyone finds out about their innermost qualities. But the process of removing your worldly baggage will be gradual. You will eventually find a new partner here as well.—a partner more suited to your spiritual reality,” answered the angel. “It is rare that partners from earth stay together when they get here. It all depends on how closely they were unified as to their spirits.”

Don looked upwards and noticed that there was a very bright sun in the heavenly sky. The rays of this sun seemed to be full of life and intelligence. “What kind of sun is that?” asked Don.

“That is the Lord God’s dwelling place. We angels call it the Spiritual Sun. It is at the center of the entire universe and its rays give off the light of God’s wisdom and the warmth of God’s love,” replied the angel.

“I want to get a closer look and feel the warm embrace of God’s love,” said Don. But as he attempted to get closer he felt a growing feeling of remorse. Don’s remorse became so intensified that he had to back up to feel normal again.

“In the spiritual world, closeness and distance to God is determined by the quality of one’s innocence. You felt the pangs of conscience increase because you were moving too close to the divine source of perfect innocence itself, which becomes unbearable to those who have yet to be purged of their personal impurities,” explained the guardian angel.

“Where are the hammocks? I thought I would be catered to and fussed over by you angels,” said Don. “Isn’t heaven kind of like a retirement destination? Aren’t I entitled to the amenities of heavenly hospitality?” asked a confused Don.

The angel shook his head, saying, “Heck, no. One’s laziness and self-importance is not celebrated here. Those who reach heaven work harder than anyone else in the universe. We call it ‘heavenly usefulness’ and it is the eternal source of our happiness.”

“Heaven is not like anything I ever imagined. May I look around for awhile to see for myself if there is not a heaven exactly like I have always dreamed it would be?” asked Don.

“Sure. Search as you must, but you will fail to find a heaven that matches your fantasy,” warned the angelic friend. “And remember, you are no longer in a realm of physical time and space. Heaven is not a place you go to. It is something you become. Do you really want to go in the direction your heart desires before getting my advice?”

Don thought about it for a moment then said to his counselor/angel, “I think that I will hear you out first, before making a move.”

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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
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4 Responses to Don discovers many surprises in heaven

  1. JD says:

    “Heaven is not a place you go to. It is something you become.”
    That is such a beautiful idea. Thank you for sharing!

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear JD,

      The idea is both beautiful and true. How else can heaven be “within” us all, as the Lord said? You now know a spiritual secret that few people on earth know!

      Spiritually yours,

  2. brazencam says:

    very nice! not surprising that people have unrealistic fantasies about what heaven is like when most of us still maintain weird conceptions of what God is like. enjoyed this.

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear brazencam,

      Thank you! I hope you become a regular visitor to my blog site (and maybe even purchase one or more of my books).

      Spiritually yours,

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