A Narrow Doorway to Heaven
A 2014 Religious Landscape Study from Pew Research Center reported that 72 percent of adults surveyed believe in heaven. Yet often people who are raised with a belief in the afterlife continue to wonder about loved ones who have died. How can they prove to themselves that heaven exists?
Sri Harold Klemp and his wife, Joan, had an office visit with their eye doctor shortly after the doctor lost his father. Perhaps their answers to the doctor’s questions can help you understand more about heaven.
The Narrow Doorway
By Harold Klemp
My eye doctor had lost his father earlier this year. In the final weeks of his father’s last illness, the doctor had dropped everything on weekends to fly from Minneapolis to Arizona to visit him.
Unexpectedly, he said, “The door to heaven must be narrow.”
A twinkle in his eye begged the question, Why?
The doctor and his father had grown very close over the past few years, so death had left a big vacuum in the doctor’s life.
“My dad was nearly ninety,” he said, “and had been a rather stocky man most of his life. But he was very thin when he finally left.
“The same with others I’ve known,” he went on. “So the door to heaven must be very narrow.”
We had a laugh about that.
On a more serious note, he recounted the last days of his father. The old man had lived a long, full life, yet he clung eagerly to this life, uncertain about what the next had to offer. But as time passed, he began to have inner experiences of a bright white place. Ahead of him in the vision stood a white staircase. It led up to a door.
Yet no matter how hard he tried to get through the door to a new life in the heavenly worlds, he couldn’t get it open. It frustrated him to no end.
Then he’d open his eyes in the hospital room, look at his son, and say, “I’m not in heaven yet, am I?”
“How do you know that?” his son asked.
“Because you’re still sitting here.”
They enjoyed a good laugh.
Then, his father had gone on, happy and content at his good fortune in having mastered the secret to opening the door at the top of the white staircase. However, he left behind a very reflective and lonesome son, the doctor.
“The passing of one’s parents can be a traumatic event,” I said, addressing his unspoken fear. “It means we’re next in line.”
He smiled ruefully, relieved that someone had put a handle on the cup for him.
When the eye exam was over, I made as if to get up from the chair, because my wife, Joan, wanted him to recheck her prescription. The conversation and exam had eaten into his lunch hour, but he seemed grateful for two sympathetic listeners. So he waved his hand for me to stay seated a moment more.
“Since you’re here,” he said, “may I ask you a question? What do you know about parallel worlds?”
The doctor is a Christian; his father was a benevolent agnostic who simply didn’t know what to think about the hereafter. He was perfectly satisfied to enjoy the fruits of this life: his wife, family, friends, good health, and profession. His heaven was earth. That’s all he could be certain of, and it pleased him.
Our good friend the doctor now felt a desire to know where his father was and how he was doing. Hence, the question about parallel worlds.
“Going into the heavenly worlds while still in the human body is the key to Soul Travel and dream travel,” Joan and I said between us. He looked uncertain of how to use either to accomplish his desire of meeting his dad again.
“Love is stronger than fear or even death,” I said. “Whenever there is a strong bond of love between two people, they can meet again in their dreams or by Soul Travel.”
But the doctor, the Christian, hesitated.
I continued: “A master you trust spiritually, like Christ, can make it happen. Just ask him in your prayers. He can take you to your father in a dream. He’ll take care of all the details so you won’t have to learn the dream methods yourself.”
That agreed with him. An air of tranquillity now settled upon his face. He thought for a moment longer, then smiled.
Heaven’s narrow door?
Yes, an individual must indeed leave behind all attachment to the things of this world before it’s possible to go through heaven’s door.
Abandon all things but one.
It is the key that opens the door to the highest place in heaven—God’s home of Love and Mercy.
Excerpted from Spiritual Wisdom on Life after Death.