Text Box: Eternal Life in Heaven on Earth
Text Box:            Eternal life in heaven; what does that really mean? If you are like millions of other folks, you probably have a difficult time conceptualizing life after death. You recognize any effort to conceptualize life beyond death  as nothing more than a feeble attempt to rationalize the ultimate loss of control, symbolized by death. If believing in a meaningful state of reality beyond death appears irrational then consider the fact that in this universe Heaven and Hell already exist subjectively for each of us. Human history easily testifies to this fact. Moreover, consider that in a universe where space and time are combined into a continuum, eternal life is more probable than eternal lifelessness. Our expanding universe of dark energy provides each of us with an  opportunity to experience life in a spiritual sense as our own eternal consciousness. To achieve it—we need only to believe it. In all three contemporary monotheistic religions, the most profound truth might be that everyone has already died, but nobody believes it. It is only this collective disbelief that renders it highly improbable that true existence really consists of being both dead and alive simultaneously. Indeed, Plato presents this truth as self-evident when he has Socrates state, “... I think that Euripides may have been right in saying, Who knows if life be not death and death life; and that we are very likely dead;” (Plato, Gorgias 493a) 

	Any objective experience of resurrection is constantly masked by its subjective nature. It cannot be objectified as a temporal reality. It is a diachronic event—a continuous occurrence throughout the continuum of space and time. Although impossible in any objective sense, resurrection of our consciousness in a subjective sense is highly probable—most likely a completely natural phenomenon within space-time. It is written into the cosmic code. 

	Since resurrection is a completely subjective event it must be understood in terms of subjective probabilities. In a Bayesian sense, the probability of a resurrection hypothesis being true varies directly with an individual’s expectation that the hypothesis is true. The degree to which an individual’s resurrected consciousness is NOT surprised by its resurrection confirms the truth of resurrection.    

           The true secret of resurrection and transfiguration is most likely found in the incredible fact that you are presently here, consciously reading these words. As a subjective experience, this conscious moment or any other moment of consciousness in your life is an eternally self-referencing event in space and time. In truth, the divine nature of existence is only found in your subjective personal participation in this life. As an objective reality, divinity does not exist. It is and always has been a completely subjective experience, totally unobtainable in any objective sense. Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
(Luke 17:21) Only as a completely solipsistic experience can we ever encounter the Divine. Throughout human history, a failure to recognize and accept this universal truth has continually prevented us from achieving the Kingdom of God on Earth and creating a Kingdom of Heaven throughout space and time.

           From a perspective of divine consciousness, when we became “I am” we became a reflection of God. In this transcending image is His image. In this image He enables us to conceive of Him eternally. Jesus and Muhammad discovered this truth in their quest for God’s Kingdom. The Sufi mystic Rumi discovered this truth in the 13th century when he found Him in his own heart. Nietzsche glimpsed this truth when he conceived of life as an eternal recurrence and declared his own god to be dead. Hitler as the Anti-Christ also encountered this truth at an early age and although he never understood it completely, it still enabled him to realize his own kingdom here on earth. 

           In a universe where space and time form a continuum, birth and death must be a matched set. Birth preceding death, death followed by birth; as a continuous rhythm these two points in space-time mark the limits of our entire being. Almost intuitively and yet shrouded in disbelief we sense the past, our past is still alive. All our yesterdays still await us, silently beckoning us back—warning us that we will live them all again. For here is where we live, in this moment and every other moment between the two limits of our being—from our first moment of dreaming while still within our mother’s womb until our last moment of consciousness.  From a divine perspective, these two moments are one. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
(Deuteronomy 30:19)

           If we interpret death as one of the limits of our being, then the other limit will only be a dream away. In death’s approach, we can always choose life by focusing our thoughts on a vivid dream from our past. As the time of death arrives, our present perception dies but that vivid dream replaces it. In a continuum of space-time, the REM sleep episode that originally presented us with that dream will draw us back to it and from it we will again awaken. We will awaken from that same dream and just as we have no memory of being born here we will have no memory of dying there.

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Text Box: Have you already discovered the beginning, that now you seek after the end? For where the beginning is, the end will be. Blessed is one who stands at the beginning; that one will know the end and will not taste death. 
(Gospel of Thomas 18)