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Heaven: City or Garden? (3 min 6 sec)


    1. Heaven is often portrayed as a physical place, such as a heavenly city with streets of gold and pearly gates.

    However, heaven is not a place at all, but rather a state of mind. The idea of heaven as a city is a metaphor that speaks to our human desire for structure, order, and community. We imagine heaven as a perfect place where we will be reunited with our loved ones and live in harmony with all of creation. But this conception of heaven is still rooted in the ego's belief in separation and individuality.
    In contrast, the paradise garden is a symbol of a state of mind that is heaven. It represents the peace, beauty, and abundance that are our natural inheritance as children of God. In the garden, there is no separation or conflict, only the perfect harmony of all things.
    Heaven is not a place that we go to after we die, but a state of mind that we can access here and now. It is the awareness of our oneness with God and with all of creation. It is the recognition that we are not separate beings, but rather expressions of the same divine love that is the source of all life.
    When we substitute the heavenly city for the paradise garden, we are trading in the truth of our being for a more limited and ego-driven conception of reality. We are buying into the idea that we need to earn our way into heaven through good deeds and righteous behavior, rather than simply accepting the love and peace that are already ours.
    This substitution is a reflection of the ego's desire for specialness and individuality. The ego wants to believe that it is separate from God and others and that it needs to prove its worth to be accepted and loved. But this belief is a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of reality.
    We are already one with God and with all of creation. We do not need to earn our way into heaven, because we never left it in the first place. The paradise garden is our true home, and it is always available to us when we are willing to let go of our attachment to the ego's version of reality.
    As we begin to awaken to this truth we experience a shift in our perception. We see the world differently, not as a place of lack and conflict, but as a reflection of love and beauty. We recognize that heaven is not a distant place that we need to strive for, but a state of mind that we can access at any moment through our willingness to accept the truth.
    The choice between the heavenly city and the paradise garden is a choice between the ego's version of reality and the truth of our being.
    I am sorry.
    Please forgive me.
    Thank you.
    I love you.
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