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What Is Heaven And Where Is It?

There are more than 20 different religions in the World. Not taking into account the smaller groups that have sprung up over the last few hundred years. But they all have one thing in common. Well nearly all of them.The all believe in a Heaven of some sort. Whatever they call it, it really does amount to the same thing. Without going into the actual religious beliefs it's a fact that thousands if not millions of people around the world pray to a Deity or Deities on a regular basis.Take Buddhism for example. Some believe in more than one God, others don't believe in it at all.

But the most fundamental question?

Where is Heaven?

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Stairway to heaven

Is God In All Of Us?

Before I start, I just thought I would mention the reason for this question. I was watching an old Star Trek film, yes bear with me! I think it was The Final Frontier if I remember right. And in it Spock's brother wanted to go through the barrier in Space because he believed that God was on the other side. Yes it turned out to be a nasty alien. But it did get me wondering.

Why do we always say Heaven? And why don't we question what it is? We all believe, as I do, that there is something out there. Some people believe in one God, others multiple Gods. But is that the same as Heaven? No I don't believe so.

Take God for starters. Is He or She an actual physical being? If so where does He live? If you believe in physics then maybe its some sort of atomic structure that makes up the Universe. But if that's so, then it would be easy to follow that with the fact that each and every atom is a part of God.

And as we are all made up of atoms, along with everything around us, does that not mean God is in us and the flowers and plants so to speak? If this is the case, then God and Heaven must be in our Dimension.

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Is Heaven Another Planet?

Silly question I asked there, but is it? If God is in our Universe or dimension, then surely Heaven must be too. But we can't see God. Or Heaven. So does that make it physically part of our Universe somewhere far out in Space?

Its a real conundrum. Over the centuries we have become so programmed to believe in Heaven that the part of our brains that ask this question just gets pushed back into its little slot and we forget to ask the obvious question.

If Heaven is in fact another dimension, then how do we get there?

I remember watching a film a few years ago, that in a nutshell, was about our Souls shooting out into Space and landing on another Planet. Yes I know, another Sci Fi film.

But maybe that's what happens. Surely if that was the case then the Planet would be pretty full up by now. So many Souls over the Centuries. And who knows, maybe there are other beings sent there from different Planets. Now that's a thought!

There are also black holes in Space, a possible explanation for why they are there. We may shoot through the Singularity at the centre, and plop there we are!

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Dimensions and Reincarnation.

Over the years Scientists have stated that there are multiple dimensions around us, and throughout Space. It makes much more sense to believe that we go to one of these. There is also the belief that the Earth has many mirror images out there too.

In each and every one of them we are there. We maybe a dancer, in another a top scientist. We are ourselves yet we are different. I would like to believe this is true. But proof of it is a different matter.

I recently got a a message on facebook from someone who wanted to show me a film on YouTube. We both have an interest in the unknown and psychic phenomenon.

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In the film, a women who was being interviewed told a very startling story. Evidently she was near to death, after suffering an illness. As she was fading, she started to be able to hear her family speaking in a room along the corridor.

She also saw two of her relatives who had died. This near death experience also had a rather strange twist. Evidently she 'saw' herself living in these other dimensions or 'Times'. She said her experience had told her that everything is connected, and the other Past Lives were in fact occurring now. If we believe in reincarnation, then the 'you' who is living in the 16th Century for example is actually running parallel to our time!

All she felt was love. And when she woke up the doctors took tests to see why she had recovered. To their astonishment she was nearly cured! Of course being medical staff they had to come to the conclusion that they had misdiagnosed her at least 6 times! Take a look at the video and tell me what you think.

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Do We Live In Multiple Dimensions?

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A Dream or Reality?

After my aunt died I had the strangest dream. I was aware that in life many years ago she loved playing tennis. But it wasn't something that had been on our minds over the years. But a few days after she passed, I dreamed that she was playing tennis with a friend. It wasn't like a normal dream.

In fact it was quite disturbing at the beginning. I was aware of her dying and then she suddenly appeared young and strong at the tennis court. She looked startled then started to laugh. Her companion, a man said, 'there you are, this is going to be game set and match for me'!

She laughed and said, 'This is wonderful'! And started playing. I then woke up. I burst out crying, not because I was sad, but because I felt she had gone home. Was it real? Maybe, I really hope so.


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So What Is Heaven?

I am beginning to think that there is an explanation that we have just not thought of yet. It could be one of the above or something that incorporates them all. Maybe a little bit of all our faiths and then some.

What if when we eventually leave this mortal coil we transport to another one of 'us' in another dimension? Maybe our Souls reach for the sky and skip through layers of other Earths to find the one that we really want to go too. The other 'you' is there, but our Soul from this life just joins up with it somehow. And this goes on and on.

It would certainly explain reincarnation. And it would also give thought to multiple Universes.

Our Universe, God and all Infinity is a strange mysterious place. Maybe we are not meant to know what Heaven is. All I know Is:

I do believe in Heaven.

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Nell Rose (author) from England on February 04, 2019:

LOL! thanks Tim! I would love to play marbles!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on February 02, 2019:

Dear friend,

In no way was I suggesting you didn't have anything but wonderful views. Heck, you keep us thinking. I was just sharing with you my ideas because when we both make it there, you owe me a game of marbles, especially if we don't run across each other here.

Love your work, Nell.

Peace be with you, friend.


Nell Rose (author) from England on February 02, 2019:

Thanks Tim, I have my own beliefs and a dollop of Christianity too, lol!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on January 31, 2019:

Hi, Nell,

I do believe in the indestructibility of the soul. I recognize there is a Heaven, and I intend to make it there. I believe at death we become energy beings, made of all of the molecules of time and space, allowing us to combine and recombine with many dimensions, universes, and portals. The more we followed the Rule of Love as laid out in the Bible in our life time, the more possible this will be. The more we imagined Heaven to be governed by His Mercy, the more we will see of the Heaven we think exists.

Likewise, the less we acted according to what was taught to us by the Prophets and Christ, then we loose that ability. Fore what is Hell but complete separation from God. In other words, we become caught in a tortuous "burning" void, unable to connect with others. Permanent aloneness can burn worse than any fire we could possibly conceive.

It is written in so many religions that God is a spirit, and unless we are familiar with the laws governing how our "eternal spirits" behave, then we cannot ascend, crashing into the emptiness which is Hell where other loss souls wind up.

Wonderful article. I truly enjoyed this piece.

Much to think about.

Keep us thinking, Nell.

Much respect and deepest admiration,


Nell Rose (author) from England on September 01, 2014:

Thanks Ronald I will definitely check out her site, and thanks so much for your point of view, and reading for reading it, nell

Ronald D Bruno on September 01, 2014:

The idea of God and heaven has been spread throughout many religions since the beginning ... so has the truth, but it has been distorted in all religions except the Judeo/ Christian religion. If you want a more concise idea of who God is and what He is like, look at Jesus. If you want a more trustworthy account of heaven, look to the Bible. God has prepared "many mansions" for His believers, those who put their FAITH IN JESUS! Revelation chapters 21 & 22 describe it, yet we can only imagine it dimly. It is a spiritual location, more real and brilliant than our reality.

A couple very special children claim that they have been there. In the movie Heaven is For Real" a small boy visits while in a comma. He describes its beauty and meeting Jesus and others who have passed on. His confirmation of what Jesus looks like happened when his father showed him a painting painted by an 8-year old prodigy artist, Akiane Kramarik; who began to have visions of heaven when she was four years old and started painting. Her parents were atheists btw. Check out her site under her first name.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 12, 2014:

Hi Skul, thanks for reading, yes its fascinating to wonder where it actually is, or indeed if it really does exist, good points, thanks

Nathaniel Plumtree from Basingstoke on August 12, 2014:

Very interesting hub Nell, I believe in heaven and hope to be greeted by it when I die but I see that if heaven is truly heaven then it will look like you think it should look like, therefore heaven would look different to everyone. As to where it is I believe that it is in the highest dimension, which is where our mental self goes after death and your mental self goes to either heaven, limbo or he'll.

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 16, 2014:

Hi Dream On, thanks so much for reading, yes its one of those questions isn't it? nell

DREAM ON on April 16, 2014:

Another hub that creates beautiful thoughts and makes people think. I believe when we do something right it is our heaven on earth happening and creating right before our eyes.Which is only a microscopic view of what comes next. loved your you tube tie in Dying to be me. Thank you for sharing.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 26, 2013:

Hi Mel, you may well be right there, thanks so much for reading, nell

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on June 25, 2013:

Is it possible we create our own collective heaven or hell through the power of the collective consciousness? Perhaps what you believe in becomes reality after you die.

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 24, 2013:

Hi Ruchira, thanks as always, yes you could well be right there, and Anita's story was amazing wasn't it?

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 24, 2013:

Hi Doc, thanks so much, yes I think there are many ways to interpret Heaven, maybe each and every one is right, or maybe we haven't seen the real picture yet, thanks, nell

Ruchira from United States on April 24, 2013:

Beautiful facts, and I agree Nell.

Heaven could be just a place where souls get to connect with each other. Those souls who have lost their physical bodies. It could be a state of illusion for a man on earth but, a reality for the souls actually existing.

I too believe in heaven. that story narrated by the author, Anita was mindblowing. It is as if her soul departs and comes back again in the same body.

Mohan Kumar from UK on April 24, 2013:

fascinating Nell..there are so many interpretations and perspectives.. its good to see a thought provoking discourse on this matter. Heavenly! shared, of course.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 26, 2013:

Hi Colin, I am reading the old testament at the moment, partly religious but mainly for historical reasons, never read it before properly, and I think that what they meant by heaven was purely the sky and the stars, that's how it sounds to me, how it became more than that is anybodies guess, just got to jacobs ladder now! lol! talk about heavy going, phew! thanks so much for your kind words, and its always great to see you too, from bucks in England, cold snowy and downright miserable weather, at 12.13 am! lol!

epigramman on February 25, 2013:

By the time I scrolled down to the end of this page, Nell, I felt like I had reached heaven which is a perfect segue way to say that every time I am in the presence of a hub legend like you I feel like I am in hub heaven.

Personally though I think heaven and hell is all in our minds and it's what we make of it. Heaven and hell is currently with us here on earth and it's also the choices for each one of us when we are alive.

I would make the most of my time now (which is why I am here with you tonight Lady Nell) because I sure as heck don't know what's beyond this life.

Maybe there 'is' a Hub heaven but it surely can't get any better than spending some time here with you tonight.

Sending warm wishes from lake erie time ontario canada 9:29pm

courtesy of Colin and his cats who are in a pussycat heaven all of their own - sleeping on my bed, waiting for the next meal.

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 28, 2012:

Thanks so much Life, glad you liked it. yes you never know, wouldn't it be wonderful if that was true? my heaven would be a mixture of music, writing and family, oh and get to lay on the beach! lol! thanks! nell

LifeAbundance on November 27, 2012:

Hello Nell Rose,

I came across your hub. I enjoyed it immensely. You really summed it up when you said, "Our Universe, God and all Infinity is a strange mysterious place. Maybe we are not meant to know what Heaven is. All I know Is: I do believe in Heaven."

This is truth, though let me explain it my own words.

Our view of Earth is manifested through the unique actions and thoughts of ALL the people living here, and we call this The World. The really mysterious thing is that we share the same planet with billions of others and yet we still manage to live in our own private world. i.e. my perceptions and beliefs about things are going to be different than the next guys.

Well heaven is going to be the same essentially. Since my profound joys are inspired through music, I would say this is MY heaven. And better yet, miraculously, I have the power to share my heaven with the rest of my fellow beings here on earth and spread joy...

Heaven on Earth so to speak...

So though we can never FULLY grasp heaven since there are SOOO many, we should be glad, for the mystery gets to continue and fill us up with more, and more joys, the more we share ours with others.

Variety is the spice of life.

Enjoy your Journey

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 27, 2012:

HI Lilleyth, nice to see you! that's a lovely way of looking at it, I really hope so, glad you liked it, and thanks!

Suzanne Sheffield from Mid-Atlantic on November 27, 2012:

Catching up on my "Nell Rose"...I believe in reincarnation myself, however, I also believe not everyone returns, but stay behind to be our guides.

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 25, 2012:

Thanks for coming back lizzy, I was just jumping over to you! lol! actually you have a great point there, people may make believe but animals don't, they see it for what it is, and yes I have had some spooky encounters, its just my stupid science brain saying no, when I no darn well there really are ghosts etc, I had a particular experience in my old house, spooky stuff, I will go and take a look at your blog, thanks lizzy, nell

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on November 25, 2012:

Hi, Nell,

I agree, a lot of it is wishful thinking, etc. However, I do think there is SOME kind of continuation of our energy force... how else do you explain ghosts?

Sure, people can be "guilty" of wishful thinking and pattern matrixing of light and shadow... but not cats and dogs. We do have a spirit in our house, and there are times when we might not notice, but all of a sudden, all of the cats will snap to attention and stare down the hall, at apparently nothing at all....and there was not any noise, or shadow or light play involved... And, there are times when we definitely know she is present... she has, a few times, gone right through my husband.... he says that is a very strange and uncomfortable feeling.

You can read all about it on my blog:


Nell Rose (author) from England on November 25, 2012:

HI Lizzy, yep totally agree with you! I do believe in the life force and the power of the universe, atoms etc, but Heaven I am not sure about. Part of me wants to believe there is something after this, but most of me doubts it, if that were possible why don't we get messages from them? I know people say they do, but I think that's psychological, what do you think? thanks as always, nell

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on November 25, 2012:

There was a point in my past where I went through a religious phase. To date, however, my life experiences and research have made me an atheist. I most especially do not believe in any formal, organized religions, of any stripe. I go with the Pagan philosophy of, "Do as ye will, nay harm ye none."

I do not believe in any deities, nor in evil entities in the hereafter. I do, however, believe that our energy force, which is essentially electricity, continues on in the space-time continuum. I do not think there is any such thing as "heaven;" it is not a physical place, but whatever comes in the afterlife is different for each person, and is a place of the mind and the energy. My father's "mind space," for example, is likely to be full of machine shops. My mothers, of beautiful bulb gardens. It is our "home" space between lives on earth.

As far as "gods," for all I know, we may have been planted here by aliens as an experiment. ;-)

I think we just need to focus on the here and now, and not worry overmuch about what comes after, since there is nothing we can do about it.

Carpe Diem!

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 25, 2012:

Hi rema, thanks so much, and yes you are right. making a difference to people and the world is so important, much more than what we actually believe in, thanks, nell

Rema T V from Chennai, India on November 25, 2012:

Hi Nell,

Nice to be back to read one of the most interesting hubs of yours. Great job Nell! I do believe in God but am not sure of the concept of heaven and hell.

But I am very sure of something -that we can create heaven on earth by making a difference in the life of people around us thereby helping to better the world. All the same, this has been one great hub, very well-written Nell and your efforts in writing this are greatly appreciated. Sharing all over the place. Cheers, Rema.

f_hruz from Toronto, Ontario, Canada on October 31, 2012:

What value is there in having a rational mind if one gets depressed just over the fact that a lot of things don't exist in the real world?

One has to learn how to mature and not cry at some point in ones life that St. Nick was never real!

Why people don't want to learn how to be realistic instead of fooling themselves because it makes them feel better, is not clear to me at all.

I'd much rather learn how to live with the real answer than go on hoping for some god to come and do things for me because I'm still fast asleep following the american dream ... ahahahaha :)

Franto in Toronto

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 30, 2012:

Thanks midget, glad you liked it, nell

Hi Conservative, thanks for reading, nell

Hi Nyamache, thanks for your thoughts, nell

Joshua Nyamache from Kenya on October 30, 2012:

As a Christian I believe that God lives in heaven. By faith I know Heaven is there anything farther than this I cannot explain.

Sheila from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State on October 29, 2012:

Nell you have a way of provoking deep thought my dear. The pictures are so beautiful too. Very interesting hub, Voted Up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on October 29, 2012:

Heaven will always be an elusive concept for all of us, I guess. We all have our thoughts on it, providence in the many forms that we subscribe to. But as they always say, heaven is in the heart! You got me philosophical this morning!Thanks, Nell, sharing!

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 24, 2012:

Thanks Alastar, it is an intriguing thing to think about, perhaps its one of those things we shall never know, thanks for reading, nell

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on October 23, 2012:

Some interesting speculations in a very good article, Nell. Your dimension skipping souls into waiting bodies is a new one and really intriguing; high level pondering there Nell. Aren't we human beings just microcosms in a macrocosm after all. You know, 'cause everything that exists in the universe also exists in the human, like you pointed out with the atoms. The dimensions within us must be endless. Perhaps we contain all dimensions within and at the same time transcend all dimensions. The spirit is the wonder of wonders isn't it.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 23, 2012:

Hi Cyber, sounds like the most feasible idea doesn't it? unless of course it really doesn't exist at all, and that would be too depressing! lol! thanks so much, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 23, 2012:

Hi BeatsMe, thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 23, 2012:

Hi suzette, sorry it took me so long to answer, I was ill yes I agree, there are so many places on this planet that are so beautiful, I remember going to Kos in the Greek islands, I stood on the headland and looked down over the water, and I was so stunned at the sight, never seen anything like it before, wonderful, thanks so much as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 23, 2012:

Thanks again Integrity.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 23, 2012:

Hi Thom, yes I know what you mean! lol! the more I think I know the more I know less! thanks so much for reading, nell

IntegrityYes on October 22, 2012:

You are very welcome, Nell.

ThomW on October 22, 2012:

A very interesting read! The one thing I do know is that the older I get the less I know about the things I thought I knew a lot about. So, instead of trying to figure it all out I've learned to trust that there's a purpose in all of this, including the pain, hardship, terror, and love we all experience. Some day we may understand, but for now why not just trust that it will take us where we need to be. For me this trust takes away any fear about what is to come. In my mind there's nothing worse than living in fear of the unknown.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on October 22, 2012:

Great article! I love your ending. I, too, believe in heaven. May be it is not so much a place as a rhelm. I don't know what the destination is but, it is a comforting thought that there is something out there after death. I have found places here on earth that are 'heaven on earth to me.' Most involve nature - the beach and Gulf of Mexico, the Tyrolean Alps. My heaven is a beautiful place in nature. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and I find it so interesting that many times I think the things you do, but you have the courage to just write about it! That's what I like about you Nell.

BeatsMe on October 22, 2012:

It's an interesting hub, so many theories, but no one knows what is and what's not. :)

Shelley Watson on October 22, 2012:

I loved what you wrote and I think heaven is around us, another dimension as you say. Re-incarnation a distinct possibility, perhaps we learn to be better and better human beings each time we come back. Who knows? Up, interesting and beautiful.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 21, 2012:

This is a fascinating hub, Nell. Several of your ideas have occurred to me too. It's wonderful to speculate about the true nature of the universe and reality, but it would be even more wonderful to have the answers to our questions! I love this sentence of yours: "I am beginning to think that there is an explanation that we have just not thought of yet." I agree with you!

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 21, 2012:

Hi christopher, glad you liked it and thanks!

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 21, 2012:

Hi Ruby, thanks so much, yes I know what you mean, my gran always swore that she would never set foot in a church because of all the stuff that was spouted! lol! but she was religious, thanks as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 21, 2012:

Hi Integrity, thanks so much, glad you liked it, nell

IntegrityYes on October 21, 2012:

That is fantastic and I voted up for sure.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on October 21, 2012:

Nell, This is certainly thought provoking. There is much that I don't believe. I believe in God, a higher power, but to believe in all that is spewed from the pulpits, I would have to hate, and I refuse to exclude those who choose a life style that's different than mine. I leave judgement up to God. There are so many different beliefs, some say that heavesn will be here on earth afrer the judgement, some believe it is in the sky. I do not believe in a fiery pit. I choose to believe that all people who love and do the best they can will live again, whether that's through incarnation or what ever. I guess we all will find out someday, until then, love is the key...Cheers..

Christopher Antony Meade from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom on October 20, 2012:

I look forward to seeing you there Nell, but not for a few years yet.

Thanks for a very interesting, thought provoking article.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 20, 2012:

Hi Franto, yes you may well be right. However depressing the idea, its a very real possibility, thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 20, 2012:

Hi Mhatter, thanks for your points, yes there are so many different ideas about it, its one of those things that nobody will ever know I believe, thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 20, 2012:

Hi Lord De, yes the brainwashing of thousands of years does come into play with most people, that's why I try and take a step back and think what if those people never said anything? go back to the source of the particular religion and make our own conclusions, thanks so much, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 20, 2012:

Hi Paula, you can get it from as well if you have problems, I did give the link, but obviously we can't advertise our own on here, but it will give you an idea, and yes a review would be great! that way I will be able to see if it really is worth buying, thanks! have a great weekend, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 20, 2012:

Hi Eddy, thanks so much, and have a great weekend too, thanks

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 20, 2012:

Hi Shri, maybe paradise is just another dimension, thanks for your thoughts, and for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 20, 2012:

Hi alocsin, lo! that's so true, glad you liked it, and thanks for reading, nell

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on October 20, 2012:

I always thought it was near Poughkeepsie ;)

One can get a foretaste of heaven by surrounding oneself with good people and worthwhile acts. Having that foretaste makes us anticipate it even more for the afterlife.

Voting this Up and Interesting.

Shri Mc on October 20, 2012:

Hi Nell. Well we do know that Jesus told the man crucified along with him that he would be with him in Paradise in that day. So is paradise just an alternate dimension? We also know that Jesus told his own apostles that he would go an prepare a place for them in his Fathers house which clearly meant Heaven. Plus he told them that flesh would not accend into heaven so their bodies would be left behind unless hidden by God. Now that Peter states that some will be taken in the twinkle of an eye and transported as not to even see death. Revelations tells of the selection from the TRIBES which are sons of Israel and includes Menassah son of Joseph born to him and his Egyptian wife. These will rule with Jesus from Heaven. Yes a ruler must have a Kingdom or something to rule over, hence Paradise. Land of the faithful.

Eiddwen from Wales on October 20, 2012:

Wow nell this has to be one of your very best and certainly left much food for thought. Voted up and across the board. Great work and have a wonderfu weekend.


Suzie from Carson City on October 20, 2012:

Nell....I went directly to my local library and asked them to find the book in our County system somewhere and please make it available to me. I should be able to pick it up by Tues. I will definitely keep you posted... Maybe I'll do a book review hub!

Joseph De Cross from New York on October 20, 2012:

People associate heaven with its "self-centered" definition and cannot go any further for fear of that mental heresy instilled from past generations. The concept can be deeper than thought before. We cannot see our creator because he is everywhere. We all have 5 or 7 senses, but having the mind of trillions at a fingertip can be hard to hold grip of. Maybe one day we will be able to put everything together spiritually and physically. Great read by the way! Above all I believe in a personal heaven, where we all will meet after playing our drama of life.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on October 19, 2012:

Thank you for sharing. My heaven was Arlene. But on the spiritual level, I am with the school who believes my physical body makes it impossible for me to have any concept of "heaven".

f_hruz from Toronto, Ontario, Canada on October 19, 2012:

The answer to the question: "What is heaven?" is quite simple.

It's a human idea, like many others, created by minds unable to understand the limits to reality ... all these religious ideas, such as gods, angels, souls, etc. are all in the realm of human imagination, totally divorced from the real world based on what nature is and does.

Franto in Toronto

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 19, 2012:

Hi Angela, that is a great quote! and probably the best way to look at it, until scientists come up with the answer! lol! wouldn't surprise me if they did, because most of them are searching for God and Heaven whether they admit it or not! nice to see you and thanks as always, nell

Angela Blair from Central Texas on October 19, 2012:

Great Hub, Nell -- and I think most people have asked the same question at sometime in their life. After much musing on the subject (I'm also a fan of the paranormal, etc. and even have occasions of "knowing" which I try to avoid at all costs) I've come to the conclusions that I'll just go with a quote from the bible which says "faith is the hope of things unseen." Personally, going to heaven is high on my list of "want-to's" and I definitely believe in heaven -- I'm just not smart enough to come up with any answers to explain or describe it. Best/Sis

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 19, 2012:

lol! we women love cheese cake and gateaux it just takes a bit more exercise to get rid of it!

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 19, 2012:

lol! Larry!

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 19, 2012:

Thanks barbara for reading, glad you liked it, nell

Alan R Lancaster from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire) on October 19, 2012:

If women could eat as much ice cream as they wanted without putting on fat, the rest of the food industry might miss out. That's why they've got some of you on cheesecake and the rest on gateaux.

Who said anything about winning when you went to Heaven?

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 19, 2012:

Hi Paula, I am so glad you watched the video. its something isn't it? gave me the shivers! I must get the book too, I will see if its on amazon, I am so glad you liked it and found it inspirational, thank you, nell

I was surprised to see it on amazon, but the links there now.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 19, 2012:

Hi alan, Oh Ernie! haha! and he drove the fastest milk cart in the west! love that video! haha! as long as theres tea then my dad is okay! thanks so much, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 19, 2012:

Hi rajan, yes that does make sense, I do believe that each faith has a little bit of truth that if we put it all together we may just get the answer, thanks so much, and I am glad you liked it, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 19, 2012:

HI ImKarn, I think if we step back and just ask a question without giving our beliefs then it should be okay, I hope! lol! I totally understand what you mean, I am a true believer in quantum physics, and believe me there is some strange stuff going on at the tiniest depth! got the video! lol! I noticed there was a convention of scientists and theologians recently thank goodness for that, with both their knowledge they may make good work partners, thanks so much for reading, and sharing, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 19, 2012:

Hi mary, wouldn't it be wonderful? I really do believe but I think there is more to it than we know, thanks so much, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 19, 2012:

Hi Michele, yes its a fascinating thing, I did have a book on the subject years ago, can't remember the name of it now, thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 19, 2012:

Hi Hypno nice to see you, that sounds fascinating, do you hear as in clairaudience? think I got that right! or do you see? thanks!

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 19, 2012:

Hi richard, sorry to hear about your health, and I do believe that some people don't have any experience, isn't it strange that some do? maybe that's what should be looked at with science, thanks so much, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 19, 2012:

Hi Larry, great points about the different gradations and our souls may well go from one to another, interesting stuff about your 19th Century life, you really should take a look and see, you may just find yourself! lol! seriously! I know of others who have done that, thanks as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 19, 2012:

Hi Jackie, that's so true, we have not seen it, but we all believe, thanks so much as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 19, 2012:

Hi Vellur, thanks so much for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 19, 2012:

Hi Janine, that's a lovely story about your grandfather, something similar happened to me with a friend that I had lost, thanks so much for the votes nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 19, 2012:

Hi carol, glad you liked it, and yes its one of those things we don't tend to ask, that's why it suddenly occurred to me, trust me to ask an awkward question! lol!

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 19, 2012:

Hi jpcmc, yes there are so many names for it, every religion regards it as similar but slightly different, thanks so much for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 19, 2012:

Hi sparkster, great minds think alike! lol! no seriously I do get what your saying, in fact scientists go for this idea too, and yes it does make sense. interesting about the non religious doctor though, real or brain chemicals? um, another one of those questions! thanks for reading, nell

Marc Hubs from United Kingdom on October 19, 2012:

I think the universe is a holographic impression that we are pre-programmed to be attuned to, there are other dimensions we are not attuned to - just like radio stations. We only perceive what we are meant to perceive as being external which forms an internal visual map inside our minds which is what we 'think' we are seeing, hearing, etc.

This holographic impression is possibly being emitted from the 11th (highest) dimension where heaven may exist and this holographic impression crosses over into all the other dimensions manifesting what we call and regard as being physical matter, but this is only our perception of what exists and nothing more.

There was one recent case I read about where a non-religious doctor went into a coma and although the scans showed no brain activity during this period of coma (he woke up 7 days later) he explained that he had experienced what he could only refer to as Heaven and was turned into a believer - he felt comfortable, warm and sooth, he heard heavenly music coming from above and saw what he says was an angel. He had never believed before and had always put such phenomena down to "mind tricks".

Larry Fields from Northern California on October 19, 2012:

Hi alan. I like your sense of humor. I'd like to add one speculation to your list.

Heaven is a place where women can eat as much ice cream as they want without gaining weight.

Go-Barbara-Go from Philippines on October 19, 2012:

Yes...I do believe in heaven too, and I think that the one that matters.

Thanks for tackling this issue. Very comforting!

Suzie from Carson City on October 19, 2012:

Nell....amazing. The video had me in a literally rocked me to my core. I MUST get hold of the book this young woman has written. Her story is beyond anything I have yet to hear.

So much of what she speaks of, have been thoughts and beliefs I have entertained at times and come to terms with by getting so much more in tuned to my spiritual self.

I can't thank you enough for this hub, Nell.....there are not enough descriptive choices.....I can vote this off the charts and describe it as enlightening and profoundly inspirational.....I feel a strange surge of hope and comfort......which may have reached beyond what your hub was intended to express!!!..........UP and shared!!

Alan R Lancaster from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire) on October 19, 2012:

Everybody's got their own idea of Heaven, depending on the hue of their beliefs. Some people see a brewery tour as Heaven, others see it with singing angels (possibly even Hill's Angels, with Ernie on his electric milk float), and many see it as pure, the land of milk and honey (yugh, what a mix)! Maybe it's where we get free Kit-Kat and Tea for all eternity, or where the landlord pours out free double measures of Famous Grouse? Or to Frenchmen it's a Burka-free zone.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 19, 2012:

Nell, our faiths determine our beliefs. So, I do believe in rebirth and all that associated with it like heaven, hell, someone keeping our account of good vs bad deeds etc. And then God does not have a physical form in the truest sense. My faith tells me that God is physically present in each and every thing and still remains separate from his creation. Indeed difficult to comprehend. But then these things are not easy to understand as we do not see God or even heaven and hell.

It is a difficult subject to tackle and all conjectures depend on one's faith and leanings.

You have done a good job with such a difficult subject.

Voting it up and interesting.

Karen Silverman on October 19, 2012:

Good morning, Nell - what a deep, thought provoking hub to go with my second cuppa coffee..

First, i love that you have 'risked' writing this because, it appears to me that hubpages is not the best venue for controversial pieces. i know this from my seemingly constant struggle with the hubpages powers that be - and most of my hubs are 'advertising disabled' due to 'adult content'. i also notice that 'hubs of the day' are VERY uncontroversial - almost to an extreme..

Now..back to the question at hand..(lol)..

I am not a person of faith - i have often wondered why and often envied those that are - but, i just am not..

i am spiritual and believe in the vast powers of the universe and nature - but i have no belief in heaven or hell - none..

i don't envision it as some garden of eden - i don't see it as a beautiful place to catch up with old friends and loved relatives..i don't see it full of chubby, happy, haloed angels..

i just don't see it at all..

Again, thanks for writing this and i am sharing with the hub-munity!

ps..LOVED your 'stairway to heaven'...gorgeous...

Mary Hyatt from Florida on October 19, 2012:

Who knows, Nell? You have written a wonderful Hub here. I do believe in Heaven because I believe in the Bible: pure and simple. Also, it gives me great comfort believing there is a Heaven, to think of being reunited by my loved ones (even my pets).

I voted this UP, etc.

Michele Travis from U.S.A. Ohio on October 19, 2012:

Very interesting hub. I don't know the answer to the question in this hub. But, I have heard of people who have died and been brought back to life talking about going to Heaven or Hell. There are even videos about people who did not believe in God, who died and then came back to live and became Christians.

Voted up.

CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on October 19, 2012:

Interesting hub Nell. As Peter Pan says 'to die will be an awfully big adventure', so all we can do really is buckle up and try to enjoy the ride. In my work as a spiritual medium, I have have never come across anyone in spirit who has said they don't like it on the other side, but however long you have been doing readings and working on the platform, I'm sure there is only a tiny corner of the curtain that has been twitched back to allow communication from spirit to grieving loved ones and that there are so many great mysteries still waiting to be explored.

Rich from Kentucky on October 19, 2012:

Nell, extremely interesting. I've often thought the same as you. However, the conditioning over the years is simply to say, "Have faith." I've often thought of one supreme being, appearing at different times to different lands, creating the segments that religion is made up of today. Yet, to be blunt, I have flatlined twice in my life, and saw nothing either time. No bright lights, no paths, no nothing. Others believe that religion is only a tool developed by the rich to keep the poor in line (if they don't follow the rules then Heaven cannot be theirs). I know I don't fear death, regardless of the consequences. Yet, I'd prefer to have a full enlightenment at a much later date. : ) Again, great job and interesting! Voted up & interesting!

Larry Fields from Northern California on October 18, 2012:

Although I believe in reincarnation, I'm not sure why. I'm not willing to become a martyr for the sake of that belief. If a friend asks if I believe in transmigration, I must be honest, and say yes. However I don't have proof to back up that belief.

My intuition is that I had a 19th Century past life mostly in Victoria, although I had been born in Ireland. I was killed in one of the devastating Black Thursday Bushfires of 1851. Since the human death toll was relatively small in the then-sparsely-populated state of Victoria, it would be interesting to see if my intuition jibes with the available historical records.

About Heaven. There may be one or more gradations of these, but they are not necessarily eternal resting places. Heavens may be R & R for souls in transition, who have manifested an unusual amount of kindness and integrity in their immediate past lives, but who have not yet mastered everything that souls are supposed to learn in their serial incarnations.

Voted up and beautiful.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on October 18, 2012:

I do believe too and that eye has not seen nor ear heard the magnificence of heaven.

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