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Term: heaven


Heaven: The name used to describe a place—often considered to be outside normal time and space—where God or the gods live. Also said to be the home of various angels when they are not directly helping out in the physical universe. In some religions, heaven is also the place where the spirits or souls of people (and in some beliefs, animals) go after death. Some religions limit this to the souls of people who are either “good” or have followed certain guidelines of the religion.

Originally, the word referred to the sky and areas above the atmosphere where “heavenly bodies” and “heavenly phenomena” appeared. This eventually evolved to the current meaning.

Heaven, Ross: Ross Heaven (United Kingdom) is the founder and director of the Four Gates Foundation, one of Europe’s leading organizations that offers courses and workshops in spiritual wisdom and Freedom Psychology. Heaven has worked and trained extensively in the shamanic, transpersonal, and psycho-spiritual traditions. An award-winning author, he and his work have been featured in national newspapers and on radio and television.


The “higher heaven” is the Causal Plane and the “lower heaven” is the Mental Plane. Both provide blissful states to the soul between incarnations during which past life experiences are transformed into wisdom. It’s a time when creativity becomes perfected reality for the soul. 

Carl Llewellyn Weschcke


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The Northern Tradition
The climate of the Northern world is mostly cold and wintery, and the land is rugged and more demanding than comfortably beneficent. Survival requires knowledge and planning, and strategy for survival. It necessitates protection against the harsh ...
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The Astral World
The word "astral" comes from the Greek word meaning "related to a star" and it originally described the heavens of the Greeks and the abode of their gods. The concept of the astral world expanded in time to refer to what the ancients called ...
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Celtic Religion
Druidism can be used synonymously with the phrases Celtic religion and Celtic magic. In order to enter into this magico-religious system, a familiarity with mythology is necessary. Celtic mythology is best represented in the Irish Book of Invasions ...
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Shamanic healing often employs plants to good effect, though it is rarely about herbalism, per se. Indeed, most shamans are explicit that the pharmacological properties of the plants they employ are of far less importance than the spirit which is ...
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Fet Gede - the Vodou Festival of the Ancestors
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Understanding Astrological Houses
The chart’s houses symbolize different facets of the self. Think of them as the fields of experience upon which you live your life. Each relates to a certain environment and specific relationships. One way to understand the houses is to consider ...
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Shamanic Healing Through Soul Retrieval
Soul retrieval – a contemporary therapeutic practice rooted in the ancient spiritual tradition of shamanism - is attracting significant attention in the modern world as the holistic healthcare movement continues to gather force. Shamans believe ...
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The Work of the Medsen Fey - the Leaf Doctors of Haiti
Loulou Prince is the medsen fey (leaf doctor/herbalist and shaman) for a Haitian community of around 1,500 people who live in the vicinity of Jacmel, a small town close to the border with the Dominican Republic. In his daily practice, he deals with ...
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