Memory Loss In The Afterlife

Everyone gradually loses their corporeal memory upon entering into the spiritual world. The reason for this is that our worldly memory contains all kinds of data, some of which we believe in, and some of which we don’t.

In the spiritual world, an individual’s heart and mind forms a perfect harmony and “marriage.”

Because of this mutual support between the human understanding and the will, we cannot hold onto ideas that have nothing to do with, or support the quality of our hearts (which is the true quality of our spirit).

The physical cerebrum and its hemispheres are designed in a way that allows the human intellect to operate separately from the human will and its volition while we are on earth. This design strategy serves God’s wise purpose for human salvation.

Since it is the human heart that has to repent and change, the human intellect and understanding needs to operate separately in order to be able to receive information that transcends the quality of one’s proper love (ruling love).

For instance, the rational mind can receive and grasp the idea that love of the neighbor is superior to love of self. (We all need to work on this area.) Therefore, once we have this spiritual information in our memory, we can use it to apply force on our volitional nature and transcend our biological selves.

But this system is also open to abuse.

Noble and spiritual information in the memory can also be used by our lower self-interests (whether it be for personal gain or for the sake of reputation) to feign goodness of heart by merely verbalizing these ideas of the memory in front of others and applying the correct facial expressions. This is the origin of hypocrisy and the existence of hidden agendas.

But when we die and become spirits, the true nature of our heart comes to the surface and it becomes more perfectly aligned to the ideas, which are in total agreement with its disposition.

This process of our inner qualities being opened up in the spiritual world is what removes ideas of the memory, which do not support our deepest beliefs and inclinations. This process is also what separates those who go to hell from those who go to heaven.

God punishes no one.

Each person actually finds him or her self in the environment that is in most concord with his or her inner reality. There is no other means by which justice can operate.

In the spiritual world, the angels of heaven cannot hide their love. In hell, the evil cannot hide their anger.

In the spiritual world we lose our ability to talk with a “forked tongue.” One is no longer able to think other than what one loves, and therefore, is unable able to draw on the information necessary for deceit.

Be careful how you use what you know.


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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
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