John Paul said the same thing!!!!!! And this is from a Catholic web site!!!!!
Heaven, Hell and Purgatory by Pope John Paul II
Hell is the State of Those who Reject God
At the General Audience of Wednesday, 28 July 1999, the Holy Father reflected on hell as the definitive rejection of God. In his catechesis, the Pope said that care should be taken to interpret correctly the images of hell in Sacred Scripture, and explained that "hell is the ultimate consequence of sin itself... Rather than a place, hell indicates the state of those who freely and definitively separate themselves from God, the source of all life and joy".
And he said:(from a Catholic web site....)
Heaven is the transcendent dwelling-place of the living God
Metaphorically speaking, heaven is understood as the dwelling-place of God, who is thus distinguished from human beings (cf. Ps 104:2f.; 115:16; Is 66:1). He sees and judges from the heights of heaven (cf. Ps 113:4-9) and comes down when he is called upon (cf. Ps 18:9, 10; 144:5). However the biblical metaphor makes it clear that God does not identify himself with heaven, nor can he be contained in it (cf. 1 Kgs 8:27); and this is true, even though in some passages of the First Book of the Maccabees "Heaven" is simply one of God's names (1 Mc 3:18, 19, 50, 60; 4:24, 55).
See: Metaphorically speaking......
He kinda got it right, how amazing!!!
True, Hell is NOT a place, but a CONCEPT/CONDITION.
There are two basic ways you could say one creates a "living hell" for themselves. The most common being shutting themselves off from God, by allowing themselves to be brainwashed by religious lies, that are so far removed from God, and destroys their minds, that they could never understand God, nor spiritually evolve enough to pass their judgment and enter Heaven. All because the man made religious lies rarely have anything to do with God or real spiritual matters. Your Christianity is one of the most spiritually void religions that creates living Hells for many of it's followers.
The second way one creates a "living Hell" for themselves, is by WANTING to go against God, or at least shutting out God's guidance, and do evil things.
As to Heaven, it is NOT the "dwelling place" of God, it IS God.
God is the vast and all powerful soul who creates, maintains, and controls the universe. God's soul has existed through out all eternity. But God created the physical world/universe/realm within himself, God/Heaven/The Spiritual Universe/Realm. Both are separate, side by side, yet both are of God, they ARE God. For God IS the living universe, and the universe IS the living God.