An Old Story About Entrance Into Heaven
There is an old, old story about a great spiritual teacher who knocked at the gates of heaven for admission into paradise. After some time, God came to the door and inquired, “Who is there? Who knocks?”
To this query, came the confident response, “It is I.”
“Sorry, very sorry. There is no room in heaven. Go away. You will have to come back some other time.”
The good man, surprised at the rebuff, went away puzzled. After several years spent in meditating and pondering over this strange reception, he returned and knocked again at the gate. He was met with the same question and gave a similar response. Once again, he was told that were was no room in heaven; it was completely filled at that time.
In the years that passed, the teacher went deeper and deeper within himself, meditating and pondering. After a long period of time had elapsed, he knocked at the gates of heaven for the third time. Again God asked, “Who is there?”
This time his answer was, “Thou art.”
And the gates opened wide as God said, “Come in. There never was room for ME and thee.”
(Taken from “Practicing the Presence”, pg 55-56 by Joel S Goldsmith)
As we advance in our spiritual studies, we eventually realize it’s not about us… it’s always about our creator, God.
God is all loving, the only wisdom and intelligence there is. Never think you know more than God knows, but ask for His advice, guidance, and plan for your life. He knows ALL.
Reading the ‘old story’ leads me to write what I have learned through years of spiritual study that heaven is not a place, as most people believe. No ‘pearly gates and streets of gold’. Mary Baker Eddy, in Science and Health, writes… “Heaven: Harmony; the reign of Spirit; government by divine Principle; spirituality; bliss; the atmosphere of Soul”… thus heaven is a state of consciousness forever in operation.