An excerpt from the fictional tales of The Wandering Monk.
When I think of the Garden of Eden, I don’t think of man’s expulsion as physical, but perception based. In other words, man remained in the general proximity but began interpreting his surroundings as unpleasant, seeing the good as gross. And likewise, man’s entrance into Heaven is the realignment of his perception, seeing only good.
Biblically then, the teachings of Jesus are the light by which man finds his way back to paradise. By abandoning brutish negativity and adopting limitless forgiveness, man releases his grip on darkness and opens his heart to the light. Eden surrounds, but man can only appreciate this when he’s open to receive.
There are those that walk a resplendent earth with an open heart and those that crawl upon a desolate rock, closed-off to the beauty. Heaven is here, but so is Hell. We choose our experience by the love and acceptance we maintain within.