“Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
(Matthew 6:10 NRSV)
The first time, I had a reading with a psychic medium, I was understandably nervous and had no idea what to expect. I was put almost immediately at ease, however, when my deceased cousin Lina came through. The medium gave me several validations which indicated that it was indeed my cousin including mimicking her personality. But one thing he said has always stayed with me, “She said to tell you, ‘Boy, wait until you see how beautiful the afterlife is. Heaven is beautiful.’”
The day was December 28, 2007. I have never forgotten about that reading and, truthfully, so much has changed. For one, I believe in the afterlife and the existence of heaven more than ever before.
At the time of the reading, I was in the midst of doing research for my book, Visits from Heaven. Since then, I have continued my afterlife research and have written several books. One of the main and most difficult questions that I consistently get is what is heaven like? It’s difficult not because I’m not sure of its existence but rather because it has proven to be indescribable in so many ways.
Fortunately, I’ve interviewed many who say they have been to heaven and back over the years. And who better to answer this question than someone who’s been there? There was something about Steven Musick’s story that really struck a chord in me.
After having a severe reaction to the swine flu vaccine while he was in the Navy, Musick died, went to heaven and even had a conversation with Jesus. As remarkable as that is, it’s not what drew me to his story. Truthfully, I’ve heard it all before when speaking to NDErs. What intrigued me was his claim that heaven is much closer than we think.
When asked what heaven is like, Musick admits it is extremely difficult to describe the vitality of “That Place” but equates it to super high-definition TV on steroids. In his book, Life After Heaven, he describes seeing green meadows, rolling hills, billowy clouds and bright sunshine.
“The light is brilliant, beyond description,” he writes. I can see no roads or other construction. I am surrounded by a profound sense of abundance. Of completeness. Of perfect being.” He goes on to describe heaven as a place of “explosive peace” and pure joy.
Heaven is a very real, physical place. In fact, he writes, it is more real than this world. It’s a beautiful place that commands you to be present in the magnificence of the moment. Although I’ve never had a near-death experience, I understand full well what Musick is saying. I’ve seen the vibrant colors in the visits from heaven that I’ve received. I’ve felt that peace and the magnificence of the moment.
I couldn’t help but wonder what it was like, however, to actually be in the presence of Jesus. While walking with Jesus, Musick said he was given a life review. At that time, he understood that nothing in life is without purpose—both the good and the bad. “He made everything that happened to me make sense,” said Musick. “There is no real vacancy. God was and is always there.”
Although he wanted to stay in heaven, he was told that he had to go back. When he did, he found that he had been in a coma for five weeks and his body was now weakened with 60 percent damage in both lungs along with a heart murmur. His body once fit to join the ranks of the prestigious Navy SEALs went from 195 to 126 pounds.
He explains that his recovery was painful and the very act of breathing became an inconvenience. All that changed when he was allowed to visit heaven again. He experienced a miraculous healing while attending a church service. He passed out on the floor of the Denver Vineyard church and found himself in the presence of Jesus once again. This time, Jesus tells him, “Things will be different now.”
When he came through, he was able to take a full breath of air for the first time in 10 years. He felt whole once again. Things were different; very different.
“When Jesus said, ‘Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven,’ he wants us to experience heaven here on earth. We should all experience more of the kingdom of heaven than we do,’” he explained. We do this, he points out, by taking advantage of what he calls bubbles of heaven. These bubbles of heaven are, according to Musick, indicators of God’s profound reality in our lives. They are opportunities to feel God’s presence in the here and now. They are opportunities for us to spread joy and good in this world, love others and share God’s message. They are profound moments when we can make a difference and heaven literally shines through us.
Musick shares examples of his own bubbles of heaven in his book. In one case, he confronts a stranger who was physically abusive to his wife. The encounter ended with the man shedding tears of repentance.
Love, he says, is the language of heaven. “The economics of the kingdom of heaven are upside down: giving is better than getting, death can be life, life as the world sees it can be death, loss can be gain, gain can be loss,” he writes. “God’s kingdom often flips the way we do little things upside down.”
The kingdom of heaven he notes is closer than we are led to believe but in order to notice it we have to allow it into our lives. When these bubbles of heaven arise, he notes, they need not be miraculous or paranormal. Sometimes they are seemingly ordinary events with the power to transform everyday lives.
His mission, he pointed out, is to share his experience and help people take full advantage of these moments. “My mission in life is to bring the message that the kingdom of heaven is closer than we think,” he said, “and everyone should experience it.”
For more information about Steven Musick or his book, please visit www.stevenmusick.com.