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When we plan a trip to a place we’ve never been before, we need to know how to get there and will want to learn more about what it is like there before we go. Eventually all of us will leave this earth and take our trip to the spiritual world. How do we get to heaven? In the book Heaven and Hell, we are taught that it is “not so difficult to live the life that leads to heaven as is believed.” There is no need to renounce things of this world. The life that leads to heaven is a life that accepts a spiritual life by means of the moral and civic life we live. A life where we choose to live honestly, justly and sincerely in our occupations and in our relationships. Heaven is a choice, not a reward and is open to all of whatever religion who lead a good life and fight evil tendencies for the right reasons. The wrong reasons are doing what appears as good to impress others or to serve our own selfish ambitions. The right reasons are the two great commandments.
To love and follow the Lord and to love others as we love ourselves.
It is comforting to read Swedenborg’s descriptions of what we will find in heaven. Not only will we be with people we love but will experience beauty and peace beyond anything experienced on earth. It is a world of mutual love where each has the joy of using their loves and talents to serve others. “We may gather the magnitude of heaven’s pleasure simply from the fact that for everyone there it is delightful to share their pleasure and bliss with someone else…” Heaven & Hell 398
We will enjoy the pleasures we have enjoyed in this world, only more perfectly. The difference between our natural and spiritual senses “… is like that between something clear and something hidden by a cloud, or like noonday light and the dimness of the evening.” The life of heaven is a busy, joyful and fulfilling life.