2.6.1 OVERVIEW OF HEAVEN
Heaven, as the Seven Heavens is often referred to, plays a different role for the children of fire than it does for the children of clay. For humans, Heaven is seen as a sanctuary when the turmoil of life has finally ended. For them it is a place of rest, a reward for life well lived. For angels, however, it serves a more fundamental purpose. To them it is simply home. It is the place they feel most comfortable, most at ease. It is not a physical plane, but rather an ethereal one. It allows celestials to exist, move, and interact in a more natural state.
Heaven is of the angels, meaning its structures and boundaries are made of the same ethereal
building blocks as the angels themselves. Here they are in touch with their essence. Here they are in touch with their true nature. A child of fire who has been removed from Heaven for too
long will lose his sense of self, forgetting he was ever such a divine creature.
Movement between and within the Seven Heavens is much more comfortable for the children of fire than movement on Earth. Here they are able to travel in a more normal fashion, just as humans would travel upon Earth. They do not blink from location to location as they can in the material world, nor do they skirt the terrain at high velocity. Imagine Heaven to the children of fire, much as you would imagine Earth for us.
Hell, as our modern minds have come to know it, is not a separate place from Heaven. Instead, the various aspects of hell manifest in the Seven Heavens themselves. While it might be hard to fathom initially, the fallen angels are themselves inhabitance of Heaven. Additionally, the wicked
mortals, whose lives were wasted by corruption and greed, are punished in regions of Heaven.
Think of Heaven not as a paradise, though some areas are indeed near perfection. Rather, imagine it as a realm of diverse regions, each with its own character and feel. Some places are light while others are dark. Some are fertile, while others are desolate. Some are warm, while others are bitter cold.