‘I don’t believe in an afterlife. I don’t have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse.”
—Author Isaac Asimov
For decades now I have been intrigued by ideas of heaven. I don’t mean a religious concept. It’s more the creative writer in me that likes to take the idea of a paradise for humanity out for a spin.
I simply wonder what a heaven would be like. If I were to design heaven, what would I create? What would it be like, the familiar and the unfamiliar?
I have been surprised over the years how little people conceive of heaven—sometimes even when they think they’re headed there after they die. It’s not a discussion they’re comfortable having.
Some people say they want to live in the now, not to live for the future. They’ll be happy to find out what’s in store for them when they get there, but not sooner.
I’ve known people who have been afraid to daydream about anything they think might be too good to be true, and I do not mean just heaven. What would be the perfect life for you to lead? Describe your ideal mate/job/home/vacation. They don’t want to go there because they don’t want to be disappointed if/when they don’t get their dreams.
CONFLICT, NOT HARMONY
It does not seem to be a publicly acknowledged rule—thou shalt not explore paradise. Yet I’ve noticed a remarkable lack of exploration in mainstream media about heaven, bliss, natural ecstasy, the heights of human emotion. We seem so eager to explore the worst of humanity and so reluctant to explore the best.
Like one time I thought I would write a visionary, emotionally-charged screenplay where a bunch of extraterrestrials land in a very conspicuous place, like on the White House lawn. They’d come to help humanity, and instead of playing peek-a-boo, they played shock-and-awe, but in a good way. I wanted to call the movie The Second Coming.
A writer friend mocked me. “Where’s the conflict in that? There’s no story if they come down and solve all of our problems for us!”
I tried to explain that I thought it would be brilliant to watch two hours of speculation on how a group of ETs would deal with our issues. The conflict would be how would Earth people behave if we were given a clean slate. Would we bring a new global personality to the fore with a fresh start, or would we go back to our old cruel, greedy ways and ruin the planet again?
He told me that while he appreciated the idea, Hollywood wouldn’t.
I have often wondered why we are so reluctant to design heavens, whether they are on Earth or in other dimensions. We are constantly reminded of hells. Constantly. Turn on the news. Read a book. See what movies are playing. These days even a Facebook newsfeed, A constant bombardment of pain, suffering, and dystopian visions greets us.
Yet somehow we are supposed to feel good about humanity and heaven?
I have duly noted that many people echo Isaac Asimov’s opinion that too much heaven equals boredom. It’s logical. If I ate carrot cake (my favorite) after every meal, I’m sure I’d get bored with it. Soon enough I wouldn’t be able to stomach another bite.
But I also feel that our lack of exploration of heaven, the afterlife, the spirit world, or whatever you want to call it leaves us mentally unprepared.
Some spiritual sources teach us that we create our own realities via our thought and beliefs. Some say that lack of preparation leaves some people clueless when they die (as told through NDE accounts or hypnotic regression.) It’s like showing up on a movie set to play the lead role without having read the script.
My concern is that too many of us have been so bombarded with negativity that we will eventually head to heaven with great foreboding. I feel for those who will have great fear of the unknown, of judgment/punishment, even of those caretakers in spirit who reach out wth a helping hand.
I know that others are great believers, but the heaven they envision stems from religion. Afterlife research via NDEs, channeling, and hypnosis indicates that religion may not have it right for everybody, or, there is great variation depending on one’s beliefs.
A working SoulPhone will undoubtedly generate more interest in the afterlife since more people will see that we go somewhere beyond death.
On the other hand, SoulPhone technology could reveal that heaven is for one and all. Admittance is by nature, not religion or faith. You just end up there. It helps to know how to deal with the new reality of spirit, because there is great diversity, but there’s a place for everyone there. It’s all part of the Earth School plan.
It looks as if both the secular world and the religious world will have some bending to do.
Although written from a more Christian perspective, this article discusses Hollywood’s issues around depicting heaven.
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