Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Illusion of Haven and Hell

by Thomas Kwan.

“In the summer of 1999, Pope John Paul II stated that heaven and hell were not actual places but rather that they were states (of this life) involving being in relation with God or out of relation with him. I was in Costa Rica when the pope said this, and the newspaper were filled for weeks with letters from disgruntled Catholics wondering if the aged pope was losing his mind. My friend Marcel Kinsbourne, a distinguished cognitive neuroscientist, told me that American and European Catholics, including members of his family, had similar reactions.” (Flanagan 185).

People should be rejoicing when finally told by the authority that there is no heaven and hell but instead are wondering if he is losing his mind. This is the natural spontaneous reaction of a programmed habitual belief system. But over time people will begin to wake up and wise up and start questioning what else have they been told for centuries and then contradicted at a later time, which just adds to the confusion to their spiritual path.

On the lighter side of things; in the constant search of the vast multi-verse out there by astronomers for new stars, galaxies, asteroids and planets, they have yet to name one such discovery as ‘heaven’ or ‘hell’. Surely with such clear and vivid religious descriptions of ‘heaven’ and ‘hell’, these two prime and important planetary properties would be glaring into our scopes the moment we gaze into the stars.

So heaven or hell on Earth is really what we make of our life by how we view life’s issues. In quantum physics terms this is known as ‘The Observer Effect’ which when simply put is that we create our reality. This not only apply to life’s issues but also how we gauge and perceive people in our life. They can be ‘devils’ or ‘angels’ depending on how we chose to see them. But what we chose with our thinking conscious mind determines how we feel inside and thus how others see us on the outside. Hence people are our reflection of what is inside us. Our outside world need not change but when and its easier we change from the inside, our outer world responds accordingly.

We are responsible for our own happiness and not someone else. We tend to expect others to make us happy but since no two people have the same interpretation of expectations, and therefore expectation are never met, this is a fruitless pursuit and thus no one is happy. It is time to take our own responsibility to create heaven on Earth.

To learn how to create your heaven on Earth, contact Thomas Kwan.