Stephen Hawking is an interesting man. Trapped in his own body he is left to ponder the mysteries of the universe. Recently, he made this pronouncement.
“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”
I don't think that heaven is on a white puffy cloud or place that is far away. You see, heaven is very much related to our consciousness and a direct result of an expanded awareness. Our minds have the ability to grow and expand...and evolve our awareness. It's a little bit like the evolutionary process of black and white to color vision. This is an expanded sense of "color" awareness that has made our senses greater and richer. The frontier of human awareness is to expand our senses to a broader level and realize that the current reality is nothing more than a myth.
OK. Let's stop right there. A myth?
Yep. The world we perceive in only a small part of the reality that surrounds us. What we see is only a small part of the electromagnetic spectrum and the smells we smell are just part of the vast molecules that we inhale with every breath. Just think about the cell phone conversations that transverse our space and our bodies and we have no awareness of this at all. Or of the rich smells that our dogs sense that, again, go unnoticed by our noses. The examples are endless. And simply put, the true "reality" is something other than what we generally perceive.
So, what does this have to do with Heaven? Well, at some times in our lives we sense something special. A star-filled night, a timeless moment between two people, or a simple moment of contemplation are some of these special moments of transcendence. Musicians know this. So do the mystics. And I'm sure many of you do too!
And here lies the secret--a secret that is as obvious as the nose on your face. Introspective transcendance allows us to experience a profound interconected reality that manifests bliss. We sense a connecction with indivuduals and the universe...and sometimes this special connection is an articulation of God.
This direct reality...touching the face of God...is Heaven.
It's not far away. It's not a fairy tail. It's your true self that emerges when stillness allows it to emerge.
And it's this simple (and complex) construct that is Heaven. The connection to God is natural and the association of God = Heaven is the result. And perhaps God is the very essence of transcendence and this special experience that has been interpreted by seekers and sages into a more "human" tale? And could hell be that converse? Could it be "without transcendence" or even without God? Perhaps the biblical inference to Heaven and hell are a simple reference to the notion of advancing our awareness to a higher level? From black and white vision to color vision. From dark to light...
Sorry Stephen, I think you might have missed the point with this one. And see you in Heaven....because it's right here!