Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Ahhhh.... Heaven! Does it really exist?


This is an age old question that many wonder about, for if there is a Heaven there must be a God. The Bible tells us that there is a Heaven, but what do we really know about it? Many people have had near death experiences and live to tell us about the glorious things / beings they saw, felt and spoke with. Personally I have known someone that has more insight than most... some may say I'm crazy or that she is, but when we think about it, really think about it, who's to say what's possible or not? The Bible gives several references to Angels visiting people and most of the time the person was unaware they were in fact Angels until they vanished into thin air. Some people believe in Aliens, and there too has been information supporting these facts, so why would I or 'she' be the crazy ones when history has long shown many things to be true, including and especially Angels? It's not us that are crazy if you ask me, it's those that still do not believe things outside of their imagination or their personal reality and lives are possible. There have been many times too, that people have escaped death defying moments only to claim there must have been an Angel looking out for them for they too do not know how they survived except by a sheer miracle.

So, does Heaven really exist? Of course it does! As does the Almighty God... What I have learned about Heaven from my friend, is that there is one, yes. Just because you or I have yet to see it (or remember it) does not mean it doesn't exist. What I have learned is that in Heaven, we are able to create anything we want. If you want a giant mansion, all you have to do is picture it the way you want it and poof there's your mansion! If you decide you don't like it, you can imagine it gone and start over. There is no need to eat in Heaven, however if you decide you'd like to, you can. Everyone in Heaven also has jobs to do, and everyone does whatever it is they truly enjoy. My Mom had a dream a few years ago about my Dad, he came to visit her as she has had a hard time dealing with the loss of her husband of 30+ years. When he came to her, he told her not to worry about him, that he's very happy and he's a gardener! Now here on earth he was a painter but in Heaven he's a gardener in charge of a beautiful greenhouse where he's growing many rare and exotic flowers and trees. Yes, it was 'just a dream' you may say, but to Mom and I, it was a direct message from him, showing her that there is a Heaven, he's happy and waiting for her. In the meantime, he's doing something he loves and is looking forward to sharing it with her.

It's been said many times by many people all around the world from different walks of life that they too have been visited by family members sharing similar experiences of happiness and waiting for them. Many people that have had Near Death Experiences also say that they saw a tunnel and in that tunnel was their family and friends, waiting for them, waiting to greet them or turning them back and telling them it's not their time yet but that they'll be there for them when it is and when they get 'home' they're going to have a huge party to celebrate their return. I've heard it said that the party lasts for what here would be measured as days.


I have also learned that there are different levels in Heaven, each wonderful and magical in it's own right. Our time here on earth and how we advance spiritually dictates which level we will advance to when we arrive home. Time is not measured the same here as it is in Heaven, a month here is but a moment there so we each choose to come back to earth to live again so that we may advance spiritually in Heaven, working our way to the top as many of the Ascended Masters have such as Gandhi, Mary Mother of God, Mother Teresa, Buddha and many more. What I have learned in reading some of their works, deeds and quotes of things they have said is that they had it figured out... they knew that the key to the Highest Gates of Heaven is to Love one another. Not for fame, glory, wealth, or other materialistic items, no it's pure Love of each and every person here on earth that gets us there. It's not dwelling on our woe full pasts, the wrongs that have been done to us nor the pain that others may have caused us or the misdealing's we face, those things are meant to empower us and help us rise up above them and truly Love someone and forgive them regardless of what they have said or done that caused us pain. We are not meant to wish for ill will on others, lie, cheat, steal, kill or rape the innocent. We are meant to help one another, forgive ourselves and others for what they have done and move forward, spreading the Love so that it will not only help us get to Heaven, but help others too. For when we share Love and kindness it spreads, just as negativity and fear spread so does Love. We are here to learn from our experiences to be strong, look at our fears head on and move right through them to the Love that awaits us all.

In regards to fears, my Mom has been afraid of so many things I cannot list them all. She hasn't 'driven' on a freeway in over 20 years out of fear of getting in an accident. When she drives down the street she only goes about 15 miles per hour when the speed limit is 35 or she'll drive 20 when the speed limit is 45, out of fear. Me on the other hand do many things that she is in shock over. I like to drive long distances, taking road trips alone across several states, driving with the windows down and the wind in my hair of course. I go camping alone when I feel the need to get out and enjoy nature, with no fear of anything. Mom says I'm brave, but I don't think it's bravery I think it's just me not choosing to live my life in fear and knowing that God will protect me. I always tell her, "When it's my time, it's my time and in the meantime I'm going to enjoy my life!" One of my favorite things to do is take my dogs for long drives to the mountains and go hiking in the desert or near the lake. If we lived near the ocean I'd be there more often than not, as I was when I was a teen. Enjoying nature is by far one of my favorite things in life. It's when I feel most connected to God and feel as though the most beautiful scenes in nature are a glimpse of what Heaven will be like. I've been told it's even more breathtaking than anything here on earth... 

I also learned that whether we believe in God or not, we all return to God and will once again return to Heaven. (I'll write about those worshipping false idols, Fallen Angels and Lucifer another time.)  As far as coming back, it will depend on what we did with our time here on earth. If someone is a 'horrible' person, showing no remorse for the pain they cause others, then they are destined to repeat their lives here on earth until they get it 'right' or make amends with the souls they have hurt. This is where our Karma comes into play... I heard a story that a woman caused great pain and suffering (and even death) to someone that was her friend and in their next lives the roles were changed. The woman that caused the pain (with no remorse) became the mother of the girl she hurt and that girl had autism, teaching the mother to love and care for her child regardless of her disability, for her entire life. I read a book about reincarnation and people that had been hypnotised to help them in their current life and a movie was even made about one of them. A woman and a man continued to be each others' lives, her loving him even though her gut instinct told her to stay far away from him each and every time. In every life he wound up killing her in the most brutal ways. Sometimes the situations in our lives replay so that we may learn a lesson, whatever that lesson may be. In their case, in my personal opinion it would be that she needed to learn to trust and listen to her instincts and he was being given a chance to do the right thing and not kill her. Each time they both failed and wound up repeating it over and over again until she finally fell in love with another man who saved her from being killed.
In essence, yes Heaven exists and it is our job to get ourselves there and not have to come back! If we continue to make the wrong choices and cause ourselves and / or others harm and don't learn to Love one another regardless of color, religion, male or female, animals, nature and all, then we are destined to keep coming back and facing hardship after hardship until we wake up and learn. Now some people may say they have a great life and the hardships they've faced weren't all that bad... but are you loving everyone and not being materialistic or judgmental? In essence, what I'm getting at is that everyone has their lesson to learn here on earth regardless if you feel your life is perfect.

I know a man that was born into wealth, and not just a few million, we're talking near billions. From what I know, he doesn't volunteer his time to help others, he doesn't donate money to help feed the hungry or help disadvantaged children; he doesn't even feel sorry for those less advantaged. The only good deed I know of that he does, which quite frankly isn't that good if you think about it, is he redecorates his several houses every year or when it suits his fancy and what he decides he doesn't want he donates. In the meantime, he's very materialistic, snobbish and looks down on others who aren't successful (financially) in his eyes and he basically 'throws' money away... while others in the world are starving, homeless and more. Now I'm not saying that one man can change the world by donating a couple million, but if one man did that and encouraged his other wealthy friends to do the same, together they could make an amazing difference in many, many lives.

I am not trying to be judgmental here, I'm simply stating facts as I've seen and heard them to help others learn from their mistakes in an attempt to 'open eyes' so to speak. To each and everyone who may happen to read this, I say this: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Put yourself in other people's shoes and think about the needs of others and what you can possibly do to help them. In doing so, you will also help yourself, for what goes around comes around and someday whether it is in this lifetime or the next, you may find yourself in need in someway and the good you do will come back to you. What is it that I'm doing you ask? Well I too have learned that although I don't have much money, I am able to help by volunteering my time, by writing to the best of my ability to help others learn from not only my mistakes but others as well. It's not as much as I want to do, but it's what I'm able to do at the moment. There are many things I plan on doing, but this isn't about me, it's about helping others realize that there is such a thing as Heaven and how it is we'll get there.

Before closing, I would like to share another story, in the words of Mother Teresa:
"I once picked up a woman from a garbage dump and she was burning with fever; she was in her last days and her only lament was: ‘My son did this to me.’ I begged her: You must forgive your son. In a moment of madness, when he was not himself, he did a thing he regrets. Be a mother to him, forgive him. It took me a long time to make her say: ‘I forgive my son.’ Just before she died in my arms, she was able to say that with a real forgiveness. She was not concerned that she was dying. The breaking of the heart was that her son did not want her. This is something you and I can understand."

Love & Light,

Shelle
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