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About thegodguy

EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at http://www.staircasepress.com

“God tempts no one.”

The above phase is taken from Emanuel Swedenborg’s Apocalypse Explained (246). Yet elsewhere, Swedenborg insists that God’s truths cannot be instilled (acquired) into one’s inner life without temptations. So what gives here? According to Swedenborg, the Lord God uses every … Continue reading

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The wrong kind of Love

Most people feel loved (and affirmed) when others show them kindness. This is because most people are treated like crap most of the time. But how does one come upon deep, sincere, spiritual love when one is calmed only by … Continue reading

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You cannot change your mind in the spiritual world

Some people believe that if they were to die and find themselves in a spiritual kingdom they would instantly change their minds concerning God. But if you had nurtured a predisposition to not have such a notion in the very … Continue reading

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Our spiritual remains and the sensing of the flow of time

Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg introduced a very strange concept into human psychology and spiritual themes. He stated that the Lord God implanted within each of us a place for spiritual truths and affections to flow into our lives. He called this … Continue reading

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Spiritual Fashion Trends

Are there fashion shows in the Spiritual World? Probably. But the latest clothing and fashions at such heavenly shows represent the most desirable and sought-after inner qualities of one’s heart and mind. In other words, all clothes in the other … Continue reading

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Is spiritual growth gentle or harsh?

Depends on how we approach religion. When Emanuel Swedenborg tells us that the Lord God and His angels always work gently to bend our flawed desires into something that is more, noble, this does not mean that we are separated … Continue reading

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Serving others

Theologian Emanuel Swedenborg said that the way we serve others is the way we ultimately serve the Lord God. Service determines where one’s heart really is and where our actions stem from. Therefore, we must sincerely evaluate our way of … Continue reading

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When “Love,” “Faith” and “Hope” no longer works!

Only Emanuel Swedenborg and George Gurdjieff have focused on the human consequences of having two distinct kinds of minds—an inner and an outer mind. This dual nature in humans has rendered the spiritual impulses of “Love,” “Faith” and “Hope” ineffectual … Continue reading

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An incomplete metaphor

One of the most familiar metaphors used to depict human spiritual growth is that of a lowly caterpillar transforming into a beautiful butterfly. While it is true that we all can manifest greater beauty in our lives, it is wrong … Continue reading

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Make a wish upon a “star”

Almost everyone has heard that phrase for successful wishing while he or she was growing up. But what does it really mean to make a wish upon a star? It seems more enchanting than even throwing coins into a wishing … Continue reading

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