WHAT IS HEAVEN AND WHERE DOES IT EXIST?
Heaven while not definitively expressed in the Urantia book is nevertheless mentioned in varying
contexts throughout the revelation. The term “heaven of heavens” or “universe of universes”
refers to Havona - the central universe, a concept presented to us on earth only in the Urantia
Book, yet is a place well known to all spiritually advanced beings throughout the universe. The
term heaven is also used to represent a state of consciousness describing a contented feeling
of spiritual well being wherein one is at rest with his spiritual inner resources. “The heaven
conceived by most of your prophets was the first of the mansion worlds of the local system.” And
while there are many references to each of a myriad of intermediate destinations, it is Havona
that offers a description that most coincides with that of our images of what might approximate
the state or condition that we have longed to experience as heaven (as utopia). Havona – the
destiny of spiritualized mortals is: “The perfect and divine universe that occupies the center of all
creation; it is the eternal core around which the vast creations of time and space revolve.
Paradise is the gigantic nuclear Isle of absolute stability which rests motionless at the very heart
of the magnificent eternal universe. This central planetary family is called Havona and is far-
distant from the local universe of Nebadon. It is of enormous dimensions and almost
unbelievable mass and consists of one billion spheres of unimagined beauty and superb
grandeur, but the true magnitude of this vast creation is really beyond the understanding grasp
of the human mind.” (P. 152-1)
“This is the one and only settled, perfect and established aggregation of worlds. This is a wholly
created and perfect universe; it is not an evolutionary development.”
“The billion worlds of Havona are arranged in seven concentric circuits immediately surrounding
the circuits of Paradise satellites. There are upwards of thirty-five million in the innermost
Havona circuit, and over two hundred and forty-five million in the outermost, with proportionate
numbers intervening. Each circuit differs, but all are perfectly balanced and exquisitely
organized, and each is pervaded by a specialized representation of the Infinite Spirit, one of the
seven Spirits of the Circuits. In addition to other functions this impersonal Spirit co-ordinates the
conduct of celestial affairs throughout each circuit.” (P. 152-L)
None of the physical beings of the central universe would be visible to Urantians. Neither would
any of the physical stimuli of those faraway worlds excite a reaction in your gross sense organs.
If a Urantia mortal could be transported to Havona, he would there be deaf, blind, and utter
lacking in all other sense reactions; he could only function as a limited self-conscious being
deprived of all environmental stimuli and all reactions thereto. (P. 154-6)
LIFE IN HAVONA
“Life on the divine worlds of the central universe is so rich and full, so complete and replete, that
it wholly transcends the human concept of anything a created being could possibly experience.
The social and economic activities of this eternal creation are entirely dissimilar to the
occupations of material creatures living on evolutionary worlds like Urantia. Even the technique
of Havona thought is unlike the process of thinking on Urantia.” (P. 158-5)
“During your sojourn in Havona as a pilgrim of ascent, you will be allowed to visit freely among
the worlds of the circuit of your assignment. You will also be permitted to go back to the planets
of those circuits you have previously traversed. And all this is possible to those who sojourn on
the circles of Havona without the necessity of being ensupernaphimed.” (P. 159-1)
“There is a refreshing originality about this vast central creation. Aside from the physical
organization of matter and the fundamental constitution of basic orders of intelligent beings and
other living things, there is nothing in common between the worlds of Havona. Every one of
these planets is an original, unique, and exclusive creation; each planet is a matchless, superb,
and perfect production. And this diversity of individuality extends to all features of the physical,
intellectual, and spiritual aspects of planetary existence. Each of these billion perfection spheres
has been developed and embellished in accordance with the plans of the resident Eternal of
Days. And this is just why no two of them are alike.” (P. 159-2)
“Not until you traverse the last of the Havona circuits and visit the last of the Havona worlds, will
the tonic of adventure and the stimulus of curiosity disappear from your career. And then will the
urge, the forward impulse of eternity, replace its forerunner, the adventure lure of time.” (P. 159-
“Monotony is indicative of immaturity of the creative imagination and inactivity of intellectual co-
ordination with spiritual endowment. By the time an ascendant mortal begins the exploration of
these heavenly worlds, he has already attained emotional, intellectual, and social, if not spiritual,
Not only will you find undreamed-of changes confronting you as you advance from circuit to
circuit in Havona, but your astonishment will be inexpressible as you progress from planet to
planet within each circuit. Each of these billion study worlds is a veritable university of surprises.
Continuing astonishment, unending wonder, is the experience of those who traverse these
circuits and tour these gigantic spheres. Monotony is not a part of the Havona career.
Love of adventure, curiosity, and dread of monotony—these traits inherent in evolving human
nature—were not put there just to aggravate and annoy you during your short sojourn on earth,
but rather to suggest to you that death is only the beginning of an endless career of adventure,
and everlasting life of anticipation, and eternal voyage of discovery.” (P. 159-4, 5, 6)
It might be further stated that Havona is by no means the next step in mortal evolution; it
requires many years of universe experience in spiritual development before any mortal meets
the requirements for entrance to the circuits of the central universe – but it is attainable and the
goal of all genuine truth seeking mortals throughout the cosmos.
Havona would most certainly be heavenly to anyone living on this planet, unless one thrives on
the interplay of war, crime, institutional deceit, government exploitation, industrial waste, over-
taxation and individual self-interests, etc.
Havona is comprised of native personalities living in a circuit of 1 billion non- evolutionary
architectural spheres all completely different from each other. The nomenclature regarding the
reality of these native inhabitants is (Absoniters), implying eternal personal entities without a
beginning in time (eventuated), albeit, neither are they considered existential. There is no
record in the entire universe of their ever having come into existence. All native beings in
Havona are basically self governing and entirely beyond evolution – each one of the billion
worlds is presided over by an Eternal of Days.
There is nothing they do that mortals can relate to – can comprehend – yet in time as spiritually
perfected finite mortals it is our destiny to interact with these absonite personalities created in
perfection – inherently incapable of making a mistake.
In the post human existence, when we arrive at this stage, we are no longer mortal and quite
capable of interacting with these eventuated (no beginning) beings of divine perfection.
This partial overview of paper 114 in the Urantia book offers just a partial glimpse of this
quintessential utopia – a heaven beyond human description! Of the interim universe locations
perceived by prophets of the past, as utopian, such are only relatively utopian by way of a
comparison to our life on earth -- nothing outside of Paradise can compare in anyway to the
heavenly nature of Havona!
By Dick Ziglar