I’m sure most of us have the idea of what Heaven is like.

To many on the Christian side of belief, heaven must be something like this, “A very nice bright place among the clouds, nice weather, angels floating around, non-stop praying and praising. A choir might be singing in the background and maybe you get a glimpse of some of our “good” dead friends and relatives. But of course, you have to be dead before you can get there and you also have to be on the guest list of the guy known for denying the Lord three times before he got the job as a gatekeeper of paradise.”

And all of these you’d be doing for eternity. Well, if that’s the case, show me door number 2. If I’d be spending the rest of eternity praying and singing and staring at floating beings, I’d rather be in some other place, warmer perhaps, but somewhere less boring.

Tell you what guys. Heaven and hell is not a place, it’s a state of being. You experience it whether you are dead or alive. God is here if you believe so. God is far away in heaven if you believe that too.

Think this through, if you will be admitted to enter heaven but the rest of your family and friends are in hell, do you think you are in Heaven?

So where’s heaven?

When you are in your most happy state, whatever it may be (birth of a son/daughter, passing an exam, buying your first car, enjoying your work, laughing with friends or even having sex), and there is no DOUBT or QUESTION to it, you are in Heaven. And you are with God because God is in Heaven. Surely, we all had been there and sure enough, we also went out.

You do not need those self-proclaimed you-know-who’s to lecture how you can be saved. Saved from what? When you die, you will leave your physical body and your spirit goes to where your consciousness is. So might as well train it to enjoy paradise now while still alive so the afterlife will just be a continuation.

The rule is very simple: Love God and love others more than yourself. This rule is so powerful it covers all others. God and Heaven are the same, so when you follow the one you get the other.

God does not need praises; he knows you’re fooling Him. God does not need your prayers; you’re the one who needs those prayers. God will listen to your heart. God will see when you genuinely help others (who to help was discussed in a previous article) not when you give a donation box.

Just love (everybody, everything), just forgive (everybody, including yourself) and never judge (anybody, anything, even yourself). Master these three things during your lifetime and you’re sure of an admission pass to Heaven faster than the gatekeeper’s cock can crow three times.

As for me, I still have to find my buddies in door number 2. After all, Heaven is not Heaven when your friends aren’t there.

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