Heaven Forgives Death
“Heaven is not a place nor a condition. It is merely an awareness of perfect Oneness, and the knowledge that there is nothing else; nothing outside this Oneness, and nothing else within.” (T-18.VI.1)
In A Course in Miracles, “Oneness” refers to the “only Truth” (nothing outside), to “the same throughout” (nothing else within), and to Wholeness (perfect). As you can see in the quote above, these are the same thing, and being aware of them is Heaven.
“Love” is also experienced as Wholeness, or Oneness. So an awareness of perfect Love is Heaven.
Love came for me in August of 2018. Oh, I’d had many experiences of It before, but this Golden Light of Love was different. Its arrival in my conscious awareness signaled a major shift. And what I’ve faced since is that a part of my mind fearfully equated the arrival of Love in my conscious awareness with “death”. My thinking was that since Heaven comes after death (in traditional thinking), Love must mean death. And it does mean a certain consciousness is over. The consciousness of fear and lack. The consciousness of death. So Love—Heaven—does come after death—after the consciousness of death falls away.
Have you ever considered the implications of “going on” after death—or after Love? I never did; not in any real way. Going on reveals not just that you are not now what you thought you were. It reveals you never were what you thought you were. You don’t go from form to Spirit. You were Spirit all the while, but thought you were a body.
A few months ago on a walk I experienced Myself. I had by then had a few experiences of “I am Spirit”, but this was a moment when I was fully There: Holy Spirit, Christ, Awareness of Truth—whatever you want to call It. And as I stepped away from that experience I wondered about my past life, before Love, before Spirit, when I identified with a body. And what I felt was: “it was insignificant”. This was not a brush off. It was a fact. It was forgiveness.
The other implication of going on is that Love/Heaven is Life, not death. Life has no beginning and no ending. What seemed to begin and to end was never life. It was an interlude of time in Timelessness; an experience of form in Formlessness. Timeless, Formless Life is untouched by it. It is here before, during, and after experiencing lifelessness—death. Life/Love/Heaven forgives death by its very nature.