Quite simply, you are in heaven when you completely open and are in total surrender to Spirit, feeling your oneness with the love, peace and joy that is our Source.
You are in hell when you choose to stay stuck in your ego/wounded mind, disconnected from your Source, feeling alone on the planet.
Our mind is a wonderful thing, yet it can be used in two totally different ways.
1. We can use our mind to access information stored there, information that has been programmed and hard-wired in. The problem with this is that much of the programming is based on false information, especially information about who we really are and about what we can and cannot control. It is great to access programmed information regarding such things as adding numbers or memorized facts. However, accessing false beliefs about our worth, adequacy, and lovability, and about controlling others and outcomes, can put us into hell.
2. We can use our mind as a receiver to access the information that is available to us from the universe.
Cellular biologist Bruce Lipton, in his wonderful book, "The Biology of Belief," proves that the brain of a cell is the membrane surrounding the cell, with its tiny antennae that are constantly being informed from the environment. When Bruce Lipton realized that our trillions of cells are not being informed from within us, but from the environment, he instantly went from being an atheist to believing in God. He went from being a very unhappy person to being very joyous. He went from hell to heaven.
When we keep our focus in our mind and our thoughts come from our mind, we are in hell - anxious, depressed, stressed, angry, empty, alone, lonely, judgmental, hurt, fearful, jealous, envious, resentful, blaming, manipulative, addicted, and so on. When we choose to use our minds like a closed circuit TV, we are stuck in our programmed wounded self, our ego mind. Whenever our intent is to control our feelings, others and outcomes, we are stuck in our wounded self/ego mind, and we are in hell.
However, given that we have free will, we never have to stay stuck in hell. We can always, at any moment, choose to change our intent and open to learning with our Guidance about what is true for us, what is kind and loving to us, what is in our highest good. The moment we truly open to learning about loving ourselves, we start to use our mind as a receiver.
When our intent is to learn, our mind opens to the vast information of the universe.
When we open and allow the truth, wisdom, power, love, peace and joy of Spirit to come through our mind and into our body, expressed as loving thoughts and actions, we are in heaven.
Why, then, would we ever stay stuck in our limited mind? Why are so many people in hell?
It is very compelling to want to have control, and many thoughts and events trigger this desire. The moment having control over getting love, avoiding pain, and feeling safe is more important than being loving to ourselves and others, we get stuck in our ego mind. Loss or thoughts of loss can instantly trigger our desire for control - loss of love, of money, of approval. Any event or thought that brings pain can immediately trigger the wounded self's desire to control the pain, the person or the event. The irony is that, in our effort to have control over avoiding pain, we put ourselves in hell.
Trying to control disconnects us from our Source and creates our inner hell. Our challenge is to remain open to learning with our Guidance about what is most kind and loving to ourselves, even in the face of fear and pain. When you can stay connected with your Source, you are in heaven, regardless of what is happening around you.