As time goes on I've come to the conclusion that we are both in 'heaven' and 'hell' while living in our physical bodies.
Man’s nature may be compared to the eyes. In sleep they are shut and there is darkness. They must await the awakening before they can see. Before the awakening it may be said that they possess chih, the basic substance or quality to see, but it is not yet awakened. It has to be trained before it becomes good. Before it is awakened, it may be said to possess the basic substance or quality to become good, but it cannot be said that it is already good… .
The nature (hsing) of man it like a silk cocoon or an egg. An egg has to be hatched to become a chicken, and a silk cocoon has to be unraveled to make silk. It is the true character of Heaven that Nature needs to be trained before becoming good.
Many the stars I passed in my journey,
many the races of men on their worlds;
some reaching high as stars of the morning,
some falling low in the blackness of night.
Each and all of them struggling upward,
gaining the heights and plumbing the depths,
moving at times in realms of brightness,
living through darkness, gaining the Light.
Know, O man, that Light is thine heritage.
Know that darkness is only a veil.
Sealed in thine heart is brightness eternal,
waiting the moment of freedom to conquer,
waiting to rend the veil of the night.
The Emerald Tablets IV