Have you ever noticed how easily you can slip from one state into another. You’ll see this very often in a movie, that the scene can drastically change within seconds at the drop of a phone call, or the sight of some auspicious character. This happens in real life too, its just more subtle and there is no ominous music to que that your state has been altered. I bet Liam Neeson wasn’t expecting his daughter to call him while she was in the process of being kidnapped in Taken. How easily one person can go from Heaven to Hell in a matter of seconds.
Heaven and hell are not places you go to after you die, it is much more serious then that. It is here right now, the transition of state that the self identified puts themselves in many times during the day based on conditioned expectation of the way “they” want reality to go. I can show you exactly how it happens. Reality sits here just being what it is (because it can’t be anything other than what it is.) and then the thing that says that it has its own preferential reality tends to butt in a bunch of preferences. The next thing happens that doesn’t quite match the preference and thus enters the altering state, as scenarios and emotions begin to swirl around in ones imagination, one is enveloped in their fantasy world where they no longer see reality for what it is. The sad thing is, is that people are not aware that this is happening, that these fleeting fantasies are not reality and are not real because they are too busy with “their preference” to realize it. How can they though, when they aren’t even aware that this ever goes on, they just assume that this is the way life is.
When someone feels that they are living what they think is self fulfilling and things are going the way they want them to go, they are in heaven. When something goes wrong in that little bubble of fantasy that is not fulfilling their idea of the way things should be going, they immediately switch into hell as it ailes the body physically and emotionally. Some people even stay in this hell for long periods of time without realizing that they are there. Here is a good example, at the very beginning of a break up, one would feel varying degrees of sadness, anger, sorrow, guilt, worthlessness. I think most of us can agree that these things at times even feel un-bearable, and the person going through all of this will not pull themselves out until they either understand where those feelings are coming from, or they become exhausted of them and just let them go. YOU have no one to blame but yourself for putting yourself there, this is hell, and its torture. What would you expect for putting such expectation or such ideas out there? Were you expecting it to last forever knowing that the reality of all things that are impermanent? You’ve deceived yourself into thinking that this relationship was an exception but even the longest of relationships are halted by the death of the body.
That is just one example of the hell that you create yourself because you have this fantasy idea of something that isn’t true. It all comes from “self” perpetuation, that there is even a self to begin with. That there is even a self that interacts with other selfs, but if you only knew that those thoughts and states were all love abiding in each other through concepts and words, but not necessarily a “me” things might be different. The thought of self exists but the actual self does not. You’re assuming just because the thought is there makes it so, but it does not. Just because a character exists in the dream state doesn’t make them real when you wake up does it?
So when are you going to wake up and realize that you either put yourself in heaven or hell now, through this idea that there is someone there living a life. The only way to heaven is through “me”, to be truly selfless, that means without self. There is no self there to claim anything, there is only claiming and works being done; There is truly no one doing works, and no one claiming to do them.