I watched the movie, The Lost City of Z, this evening, and I was moved to grab my notebook and write down this quote: "A man's reach should exceed his grasp - or what is Heaven for?"
What is Heaven?
First, what is Heaven? According to Dictionary.com, our worldly dictionary of good use, Heaven is "the abode of God, the angels, and the spirits of the righteous [synonym: virtuous] after death; the place or state of existence of the blessed after the mortal life.
Realize God's Kingdom Through Meditation
Unfortunately, this definition fails to fulfill a positive state, as it limits access to this Higher Realm to only those that have died, and are experiencing an inner state that is virtuous. This is a definition that is used by the ego-minded.
Further, virtue is very difficult to achieve using only the outermost conscious mind, but this can be changed through meditation upon God's Presence. Ultimately, what we see as 'Heaven' is a realization of the Kingdom of God within oneself, now, through meditation.
The Kingdom of Heaven is an Altered State-of-Consciousness
The Kingdom of God is the same as the Kingdom of Heaven, and the location is an altered state-of-consciousness within oneself, wherein one is able to consciously make contact with God's Mind/Energy. How this manifests to the mind is truly wonderful, and is aided in description through the use of allegory, symbolism, or a structure of language (such as third-person), that naturally echoes the reflective learning mechanisms of the Paradoxical Mind of God within oneself.
Undo the Ego and Observe Your "self"
The experience of God's Presence is one that, once realized consciously, becomes a passionate love that embraces the mind and understanding of "self" in all ways: one's ego is undone, and the noose of this structure dissipates. One finds himself looking to God in all things in his daily life, and he receives intuited information from this Higher Understanding throughout the day. The result is peace, joy, and an expanded awareness of one's ability to perceive what is now understood as Spiritual information entering the mind.
Sit in the Presence of God
Overall, the quote is a placement-of-self within one's own story that speaks to his dependence upon God's Spirit for enlightenment of the whole mind. This is because we can decide to know "Heaven" within ourselves, now. There is no need for grasping, or attempting to try. By sitting in the Presence of God daily, the Higher Energies of God are fully known, and they radiate through the vessel within oneself that is the soul.
Take Action on Meditative Realizations (epiphanies)
When the outermost consciouness, or ego-mind, is made aware of God's Presence through this transfer of Higher Energy from within the meditative state, it disassembles easily and naturally. "You" do not disappear - "you" still have work to do. So, one must do with conviction what is realized within the Higher Mind through meditation, and allow this transparent reasoning to flow naturally into expression within physical reality.
Be Still. Know. "I AM." God.
I would think, given the state-of-affairs in what is now a "pandemic world," that one might race to sit still and till his own mind. Nevertheless, the unenlightened mind shirks the last statement as impossible, and may be mired in the physical. The solution is to meditate: Be Still. Know. "I AM." God.
Know Heaven for Yourself, Now
Overall, yes, man's reach should exceed his grasp, but it is not a physical action this is referencing - it is a mental and spiritual one. The final thought: Decide to stop reaching, and sit still in God's Presence, and in this way, you will know Heaven within yourself and for yourself, now.