There's probably never been a soul who hasn't pondered "if I died today, where will I be when I wake up, where do I go."
Most believe they wake up in either a heaven -- a state of bliss; or in a bad place called hell. The Urantia Book describes neither -- but rather a place called the "mansion worlds" -- where all mortals awaken after death.
Jesus taught, "in my Father's house are many mansions, I go to prepare a place for you."
According to the Urantia Book, these mansion worlds are in reality the "correction worlds" ... where we awaken to iron out the wrinkles and errors and defects of our mortal life.
There are Seven of these Mansion worlds. In other words we wake up with the same habits, patterns, thinking and attitude that we went to sleep with, and 'have some correcting to do.' We ascend each mansion world, from the first through the seventh, and then onto the higher worlds of our universe educational ascension. We "earn our strips" so to speak, we don't just awaken into bliss and lazily meander enjoying the grandeur, no, we have some changes to make and progress continues.
In 1991, one such person who had experienced death and resurrection on these mansion worlds transmitted a message to his "students of the Correcting Time," describing his experience and observation upon awakening. All such transmissions/teachings are categorized at mansionworldteachings.org
(Note: In the below, the term "morontia" is a description of the 'less-physical' body we receive upon awakening. Our bodies here are made up of the materials of earth -- our bodies there are made up of the "morontia materials" of the mansion worlds.)
Greetings this evening. I am HAM. I am your teacher. Tonight I would like to enter into a discussion of the celestial chamber of the first Mansion World. "In my Father's house are many mansions." This is referring to actual structures on the Mansion Worlds. The worlds are architectural, and the structures are made of morontia materials. You may picture in your minds a very fine and beautiful tile or marble-like substance which is more delicately, more fine or delicate in molecular level construction than is marble. The molecular structure is sexageimal which makes this stone very fine, almost crystalline in structure, but it more closely resembles stone to the eye.
These buildings are very large and have many rooms and corridors within them. Each wing, or separate area has many rooms, small rooms for re-personalization. This I speak is on the first Mansion World, the resurrection halls. Each person is resurrected separately and alone, or separated from all the others. A morontia companion greets each new arrival individually upon awakening. The vast roll call of a dispensation is still administered on an individual level.
The beauty and grandeur of these fine structures are very awe inspiring and amazing to the awakened one. The expanded senses of color and sound are immediately apparent. More of the spectrum of light is visible and color is greatly enhanced and expanded so that colors can be perceived in finer, on a more subtle and fine level than you can perceive them now. Hearing is expanded similarly and music becomes more intricate, in that the notes can be heard on a subtler level also. In both sight and hearing, appreciation for beauty is greatly enhanced and broadened. Also, by analogy to these physical senses, if you can imagine, the mind capacity level to be similarly broadened, and the ability to discern, subtly again, is enhanced.
You will have a fairly good understanding of how you will be on awakening. Other senses are enhanced and spiritual senses of course are greatly enhanced. Your ability to discern your Thought Adjuster will be greatly magnified. Also you will be able to greet your guardian angel in a personal way, face to face, as it were. You will also have a dwelling place on this new sphere, shortly after registration on your new home. You are shown to a new dwelling place. These dwelling places are simple and efficient. They are not austere, if you think that, for it is all very beautiful.
Many activities await you on your new home. Besides learning and spiritual advancement, you may also be employed in producing what you can best do. For example, you who are musically inclined will find it easy to give of yourself in self expression for musical enjoyment of others. This is very well thought of on High. Creativity in all areas is greatly valued and encouraged. Therefore, fear not if in this life you have insufficient opportunity for self expression, for in the future you will have ample opportunity to do so. Science, technology, art, teaching, exploration, theology – many of the things you do here, you will also do on high. At least this is true for the first seven Mansion Worlds.
This discussion is with the idea to keep hope alive in your hearts, and to let you know that what you do on this world is valuable.