I’ve done a lot of thinking about this over the years. As long as I can remember, I have felt in my heart, mind and soul that Heaven is indeed a real place where we go after we leave this Earth. Our unique and magnificent souls are eternal, and I believe that we are the most comfortable in our original spirit form. Once we slip into our human bodies, we are Earth-bound, heavy, complicated, with either good or bad health, issues and problems that are unique to our circumstances, and so on.
I believe that in Heaven we choose our parents; we choose those who will teach us those things we must learn in order to go forward. We may also choose parents who will help us right a wrong made in a prior life on Earth. Or we may simply decide that, after living many lives, that we need a real challenge in order to move to the next level. So we choose the parents best suited to help us.
Think about it: if our parents were strict, tough on us, even uncaring or hurtful; we chose them to help us become stronger. Many people have had hard upbringings or have even had to raise themselves. Often a person raised in a tough family will acquire skills to help them be strong and self-supporting.
Here on Earth, we can count on death and taxes, of course, but also emotions, family, friends, education; also light, dark, good, bad, easy, difficult, heart-breaking and so much more that we just didn’t see coming. A sudden illness or house fire or job loss or new baby or new circumstances; so many things can shake us up. We have to pick up the pieces, re-shuffle the deck, and try to adjust.
Then there are our bodies–frail, subject to cold and heat, disease, age, and so on. When we are young, we imagine that life will go on in the same way–that our strong, healthy, vigorous bodies will live on and on and on. We think that we will always be fit and strong, never thinking of all those bogeymen like cancer, heart trouble, worn-out joints, devastating injuries, aging; in short, “…*all the ills that flesh is heir to.”
But that is our life on Earth. I imagine that it is quite different in Heaven, where we go back to our original and oh-so-comfortable spirit forms. The following are, I believe, those things that we will not find in Heaven:
- Mean spirited-ness
Those things I am sure that we will find in Heaven are these:
- Endless and boundless love and acceptance
- Perfect joy
- Reunion with those we have loved so dearly on Earth
- Happiness beyond all reckoning
- Pure knowledge
- All our questions on Earth answered
- The freedom to move in the blink of an eye, to travel anywhere unencumbered by a body
- The ability to see the whole plan of our lives and understand all the “whys”
I also believe that everything we have on Earth came first from Heaven. That includes books, music, TV shows, movies, dance, art; you name it, it started in Heaven first. The older I get, the more sure I am of this. I think that we are programmed to forget those things we once knew in Heaven; we require a clean slate in coming to Earth. I believe that, when we return home to Heaven, we will be embraced by all who love us, all our beloved pets will come running to jump up in our arms, and we will know that at last we are home.
*From Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” from the “To be, or not to be” soliloquy.