Do we actually do anything in Heaven

Q. I know that once God takes the final step for us we will enter Heaven and bask in His indescribable Love for us, and in our unshaken innocence and Selfhood, but do we actually do anything in Heaven? I guess what I’m almost equating Heaven with is this: If someone is basking in the sun on the beach (sort of like basking in the Love of God in Heaven), or doing a similar activity, eventually that person will want to get up and do something else, perhaps because of boredom. It seems like right now I haven’t been able to get over that hump, that Heaven might be a little “boring.”

A. It’s true that the Course sees Heaven in the same way that many mystical teachings see the ultimate state—as basking in an experience of perfect, timeless oneness with God. Based on that, we would assume that the Course’s view of Heaven is strictly passive and receptive. After all, there is no time, so how could we “do” anything?

However, the Course adds a crucial element into this picture. This is a truly important contribution that I have not encountered anywhere else. The Course teaches that the creative impulse is fundamental to our nature, just as it is fundamental to God’s. In short, it says that God created us to create.

Everyone has the creative urge. We all want to take the very best in us and express it, so that we bring into being something new, important, beautiful, beneficial, and lasting. This creative urge is not an artifact of being separate. It does not pass away when we wake up. Rather, when we awaken, the creative urge is set free to at last assume its true, unlimited form.

What, then, do we create in Heaven? We don’t create forms, because there are no forms in Heaven. Therefore, we don’t create anything that can be seen with physical eyes, anything that has a certain size and shape. In Heaven, there is only formless spirit. Therefore, that is what we create. We take all that we are and then express it, extend it, thereby creating “more” of what we are. We thus bring into being living, conscious, minds that are just like us—perfect, changeless, eternal, formless—yet are also our children, our creations.

This creative act, says the Course, goes on continuously in Heaven, which, after all, is “one time,” as the Course says. In human terms, then, we create all the time, without letup. We give everything we have and everything we are to this process, just as the greatest artists and the best parents do in this world. And just as it is satisfying to create something limited in this world, so it is infinitely satisfying to create the infinite in Heaven.

How does this relate to the experience of basking in God’s Love? When God’s loves us, we quite naturally love Him back; we return His Love. And returning His Love is simultaneously our act of creating. These two forms of expressing ourselves are actually one and the same. The Course describes it as a song of love. God sings this song to us, and we sing it back to Him. And as we do, our singing creates. “His Son gives thanks for his creation, in the song of his creating in his Father’s Name” (S-1.In.1:6).

I find this to be a truly beautiful vision of Heaven. Just basking in God’s Love would, of course, be satisfying beyond belief. And yet we do have this unquenchable urge to create. That urge, which finds only limited fulfillment in this world, at last finds its unlimited fulfillment in Heaven.

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