This isnt true. Consciousness is not the kingdom of heaven, as in state of mind, which is what the man is implying. The kingdom of heaven is a state of reality which exist in the spiritual realm but does not make any sense to natural minds. If what the man said was true then everyone who followed Jesus would live in bliss and never suffer especially mentally. So he is wrong. Only by the Spirit can we enter into Gods kingdom, and this life is preparation for the next life which is eternal.
It is for discussion and since no one knows what is true in this regard but only what they think is true, the discussion continues.
Jesus asked us to look neither high nor low, here nor there, that heaven was in our midst, and we in its.
I see heaven and hell as choices, perception choices, reaction, choices of how we respond to material occurances.
After 4 years of recovery from strokes, dissected aorta and a couple open heart surgeries, I listen to folks whine FML about such minutia I watch them struggle in their version of hell, while I chose to remain in bliss, in peace, not freaking or fretting about what was next but allowing, and living day by day.
His thoughts and words may not be for you, this is why there a dozens of religions and 3k versions of Christianity, it is such a blessing for folks to find a belief they are comfortable with and my wish is they find one without hurting others or impeding others on their paths