“Heaven is not a state of mind. Heaven is reality itself. All that is fully real is Heavenly. For all that can be shaken will be shaken and only the unshakeable remains.” -C. S. Lewis
I just saw this quote the other day by C. S. Lewis, a professor at both Oxford University and Cambridge University, a philosopher, a writer, a theologian, and all around brilliant thinker in the 20th century.
Lewis was born in Belfast, Ireland and later moved Oxford, England, he lived through both World Wars, married Joy Davidman, who died just four years later of cancer, and was the writer of some of the world’s most beloved children stories, and some of the most enduring books on apologetics and Christian thought.
I agree with Lewis’ quote above and I am inspired by it. I know that some of those who read this blog and follow me do not. I respect the differences of opinion and points of view you may have with me.
Something about this quote speaks to the existence of the supernatural in the natural. The extraordinary that exists in the ordinary day to day. There is more in this life and world than meets the eye. The reality of things is not just what we can see, taste, feel, hear, touch, or measure with scientific instruments. The sciences of this world is not all that exists in this world.
I recently read the first two books of Lewis’ science fiction series, The Space Trilogy, written in the late 1930s and 1940s, the plots of the respective books are the first human missions to Mars and Venus. Lewis masterfully uses mythology and narration to move away from a purpose of the universe being one of scientific discovery and resolving the beginning of things, and more towards the great myths of antiquity and how the story unveiled in those fables speak to something greater and grander than we can even comprehend.
His vision of what is and what could be and what we do not understand as humans expanded my own mind and thinking to an understanding I had never even imagined.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
– Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)
My encouragement to you would be not to constrain your mind or thinking to what you know, to what you see, to what you believe now, but open your mind up to those things that are unknown to you. Open up your mind to things you’ve never seen or experienced before. Allow yourself to listen to that voice in your head speaking about the truth of things. The Heavenly things that is the truest reality. Follow that voice.