Sky — and Heaven
Where does God live, where can one find Him? The overwhelming majority of people involved in primitive forms of religion answer this question by pointing up to the sky, just as they raise eyes and hands when praying.
Where does the belief that God is above originate from? Maybe the reason is that on the Earth’s surface one sees suffering and temptations while in the sky — tranquil clouds, endless expanse, caress of the Sun, mystery of the Moon and distant stars?
But Jesus laughed at such speculations: “If your leaders say to you: ‘Look, the (Father’s) Kingdom is in the sky!’ then the birds of the sky will precede you.
“… Rather the Kingdom is within you and outside you” (The Gospel of Thomas, 3).
“(And) those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed…, they will marvel, and (having settled in the Kingdom) will reign over everything.” (The Gospel of Thomas, 2)
So, what does it mean — “within you and outside you”? And why the one who has found the Kingdom “will be disturbed” and “will marvel”?
We have already discussed the multidimensional nature of the Creation. All spatial dimensions exist right here — in the multidimensional depth beneath any material object, be it a stone or a tree or our planet or a human body. This is true also for any volume of space where there are no dense objects but only air. This is what is meant by “within and outside us”.
Thus, in order to find the Abode of the Creator, one has to direct the search not upward but depthward. First, inside one’s own body — by transforming the emotional sphere: renouncing coarse emotional states (first of all — various forms of enmity: not only anger but also condemnation, envy, jealousy, etc.) and cultivating subtle ones (first of all — all kinds of emotional love: tenderness, caress, ability to admire the beautiful and to attune to it, etc.). Usually, success in this work can be achieved with the help of cleansing and development of the chakras and meridians.
The further refinement of the consciousness is performed in the spiritual heart. The initial container of the spiritual heart — the anahata chakra — is a volume existing on the subtle dimensions within the chest of the body. The spiritual heart is a bioenergetic organ that produces the emotions of love. The ability to move the concentration of the consciousness into the spiritual heart enables one, in particular, to live in the world of light and love.
Jesus said about this: “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” (Matt 5:8). “Enter into your temple, into your heart. Illumine it with good thoughts and the patience and immovable confidence which you should have in your Father” (The Life of Saint Issa 9:12).
After the cleansing of the chakra anahata with the help of special methods, one can easily cleanse the whole organism: the organism has to be made so pure that it looks transparent to the spiritual eyesight.
Having purified themselves in this way, spiritual adepts gain the ability to see the Divine Consciousness, to see not with the physical eyes but with the eyes of the consciousness. This can be realized inside the expanded spiritual heart.
Now let us get back to the subject outlined in the title of this chapter: sky and Heaven.
It is not by chance that the word Heaven is different from the word sky. Assigning the same meaning to both of them is a misunderstanding caused by religious ignorance.
Heavens are the subtlest eons.
Though these eons are present everywhere — above us as well — there is no sense in trying to find them by looking up or even by flying up. God in the Aspect of the Creator and of the Holy Spirit is present in the subtlest spatial dimensions, which cannot be perceived with the physical eyes. One can see Him only having refined oneself (as a consciousness) to His level of subtlety; one can see Him not with the eyes of the body but with the eyesight of the consciousness.
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“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’, will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only those who do the will of My Father Who is in Heaven!” (Matt 7:21)
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to the (True) Life, and only a few find it!” (Matt 7:13-14)
“… One who seeks will find, and for one who knocks it will be opened!” (The Gospel of Thomas, 94)