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The Situation and Changes in the Spiritual World (pp. 90-94)
Cheongpyeong Heaven and Earth Training Center Workshop Guidebook 
Published 2002

Dear Beloved True Parents, I want to share this for the sake of the members, that they may understand the changes taking place in the spiritual world and its situation in detail.

If you want to ascend to heaven, first you have to go through a door between the middle level of the spiritual world and Paradise.  As you enter, you see fog, such as you see when you climb a mountain just before you reach the summit; looking down you see the fog beneath you, and as you descend the fog again gets thicker and thicker.  But as you continue upward and approach the Kingdom of Heaven, it gets brighter.

In the Kingdom of Heaven, you will see green grass everywhere.  Birds are singing, flowers are blooming in profusion, and animals are playing happily together.  The air is fresh and filled with fragrances like lilac.  Bright light shines throughout, more beautiful than diamond and clear as crystal.  As you stand there, you feel so comfortable and refreshed.  A feeling of love and happiness fills you.  Unlike in earthly life, in the Kingdom of Heaven these happy feelings are continual.

In the Kingdom of Heaven there is no anxiety or suffering.  All the spirits have bright and peaceful expressions; they donít need to talk as they automatically care for each other.  There is no fighting, no jealousy, no hate or arrogance, and no fallen nature.  Everyone is filled only with true love.  However, only people who were blessed through the True Parents can enter this place.  Even people on earth who led a good life cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven unless they have been blessed.

You cannot go to this place by living in a haphazard way.  In order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven you have to live a clean and beautiful life, crystal clear with no blemishes.  In order to live here you must have a smile on your face and a light that shines like jewels.  Blessed couples should examine themselves every hour of their life to check whether they are truly becoming citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven by leading an earthly life of which they will not be ashamed in any way.

As you descend from the Kingdom of Heaven, you will encounter many different regions of the spiritual world.  Many people on earth think that there are only two different places; Heaven and hell.  In reality, there are many regions, from very evil places to very good places.  Although there are many different levels, any level other than the Kingdom of Heaven is not at all comfortable, because the people fight each other, insisting that their opinions alone are correct.  Each region is filled with people who are of the same type, so it is not comfortable to remain there.

For example, in the region where people who were accustomed to stealing things on earth dwell, they are always thinking that other people will steal things from them.  Amid such distrust of others, fighting goes on continually.

When they come here most of the spirits are placed in various regions of hell and the middle realms.  Where they are placed is decided by how they lived their lives on the earth.  Therefore, if you donít want to suffer in hell you must not live an unprincipled life, but go the way of absolute faith, absolute love and absolute obedience.  God is only goodness and love.  Unless we make effort to resemble God, we cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

If you descend further into the lower regions, you come to regions of hell where you cannot breathe.  It is dark and scary, and it has a terrible smell, worse than the smell of rotten meat or fish.  Deformed figures appear in front of you, biting each other, yelling and screaming at each other.  Some regions are filled with burning holes, and in them are people who are forever angry at each other.  The worse regions are reserved for those who were sexually corrupt or who committees suicide.  It is difficult to look at the many ugly figures there, who are slithering all about like snakes.  People living on the earth donít recognize how frightening it is in these areas.  If you could see it, you would not be able to remain there even for a minute.  Fortunately, all blessed couples have had their original sin forgiven and have the chance to cleanse their ancestorsí sins, collective sins, personal sins and fallen nature.  Yet blessed couples donít recognize how precious and valuable is the grace that they possess.

As the Principle teaches us, no one forces people to go to a particular region of the spiritual world, but people find their own place by their own will according to the spiritual level they attained on the earth.  If only we could make people understand this, they would know how to live in the future.

The colors of the different regions of the spiritual world differ, one from another, from the Kingdom of Heaven to hell.  The Kingdom of Heaven is extremely bright and white, clean like flawless white jade.  But as we descend the colors become darker and darker and it is dirtier.  Descending from the Kingdom of Heaven the color turns beige, then darker shades of purple.  Descending to still lower regions the color becomes light brown, then gray, dark gray, black and pitch black.  The more sins that were committed, the darker the color.  Also, spirits who committed many sins with a certain part of their body show dirtier and darker colors on that part.  After receiving the blessing, people can get rid of their fallen nature and live in the Kingdom of Heaven.  The more true love they possess, the closer they can get to the Kingdom of Heaven.  But the more fallen nature they have, the darker their spirit self becomes and the darker a place they go to.

It is so important after we receive the blessing to remove evil, resentful spirits and to remove our fallen nature, because this will decide our environment after we go to the spiritual world.  People may enjoy their wealth, power and good position, but the situation in the spiritual world is so different.  The more money a person misused while he was on earth, the higher the position that he misused, the greater their troubles are in the spiritual world.

In the Divine Principle it reads, ďSin is a violation of heavenly law which is committed when a person forms a common base with Satan, thus setting a condition for give and take action with him.Ē  Most people think of sin only as personal sin, but there is original sin, ancestral sin and collective sin as well.  We are burdened with sins inherited from our ancestors even though we personally did not commit them, and we are also responsible for sins that were committed collectively.