Is Heaven a Place or a State of Mind?

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It’s thought-provoking to read an article by Dr.Wayne Dyer, the motivational speaker and self-development guru, published after his death. He speaks to us after his physical body has left, giving him immortality through his works. Planned or an ironic twist? This got me thinking. Is heaven a state of being – a peaceful place within the self, or is it a physical entity to which we aspire after death? Perhaps it is both.

The October, 2015 Queens issue of Natural Awakenings ran an article by Wayne Dyer, “Heaven Within” after his death in August, 2015. Did Dr. Dyer know his death was imminent when stating, “Heaven is a state of mind, not a location.”? Dr. Dyer tells us he learned to …”view people and events through special lenses…allowing negative judgments to dissolve…I feel more peaceful knowing I’m not just this body that I’m destined to discard… by seeing miracles everywhere by changing my view of the world to one of awe and wonder. Rather than looking for miracles, shift to see everything as miraculous.” Dr. Dyer goes on to tell us, “By being in a state of awe, you won’t be able to mentally experience boredom or disappointment. Try seeing the invisible Divine flowing through and supporting everyone and everything. A rainstorm becomes a miraculous event, the lightning a fascinating display of electrical fireworks, the thunder a booming reminder of the invisible power of nature.”

So, are happy people who are at peace with themselves more likely to accept the happiness in the their lives as a manifestation of heaven? If we consider such popular songs as “Heaven Is A Place On Earth” sung by Belinda Carlisle, “Cheek To Cheek” written by Irving Berlin” and “Almost Paradise” sung by Mike Reno and Ann Wilson then this idea is reinforced. Happiness in love may bring inner peace.

Are people who experience sadness and tragedy more likely to believe that heaven must be somewhere else, since it’s not happening in their lives or in the lives of people who have died tragically? If we consider such popular songs as “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” by Bob Dylan, “Tears In Heaven” by Eric Clapton” and “Stairway To Heaven” by Led Zeppelin then that idea is reinforced. Personal loss and emptiness may bring the hope that eternal life in another dimension will bring the peace and comfort that we so desire for our loved  ones.

We are well aware of accounts of near-death experiences whereby people are greeted by family members and are either invited to stay or told to go back since their time on earth is not finished. We know of mediums and psychics who contact “the other side” with messages so specific there can be no doubt as to authenticity. We also know of charlatans who claim gifts they do not possess. Okay, so we all know there’s always a jerk in the crowd. That doesn’t negate or contradict the message.

Which is the correct belief? I don’t know the answer.

Maybe it truly depends on the life we lead and our willingness to live authentically where we experience our full potential and live our truth.

Does God allow those who have not experienced a full, rewarding life a second chance at happiness in another realm?

Maybe we need to consider both possibilities. If living in Spirit requires appreciating the present, developing our God-given talents and respecting the humanity and uniqueness of those around us, then we can expect a culture of love from God. It’s feasible that the journey of self-discovery can be completed in another dimension for those of us who could not achieve it on our own.

Let me know what you think. I’d love to hear from you.

Next week’s blog post: The Power of Colors, Metals And Crystals

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