Heaven and hell are not places on some metaphysical map, but levels of consciousness we carry with us wherever we go. We create them from our own image and likeness. Heaven is an emanation from the center of the heart. Hell is the heat produced from the friction of opposing desires, a dissonance between what we thought we should be and what we thought we were. It is maintained by judgment and righteous indignation.

Stephen Levine, A Year to Live