Ghouls, Goblins, and God

With Halloween just around the corner I thought that this might be a perfect time to both enlighten you and scare you.

All the horror movies ever made can provide unexpected insights into the challenges we must face for the purpose of our spiritual evolution. The real horror of horror movies is that all the various monsters they portray have real ontological status. Ghouls, goblins, vampires, werewolves, and zombies are not simply the creative products of folklore or Hollywood writers, but have their basis in spiritual realities.

They are the products of human instinctive knowledge that physical things correspond to psycho-spiritual qualities.

Monsters are all real creations of the id and represent subconscious qualities deep within the human heart and mind. The Sci-Fi thriller Forbidden Planet really brought this idea home. In this famous movie a murderous monster manifested from the psychic energy of a scientist’s hatred and fear.

The significance of Hollywood monsters acting out this metaphor is that horror movies contain twice the fright that we give them credit for.

On one level, monsters portray violence inflicted on our physical lives. But on a deeper, psychological level, they represent violence inflicted on our souls.

This is a double BOOO!

Symbolically, monsters represent the fearful and terrorizing things that lurk in our conscience. They are the embodiment of all our Godless motives and actions, attacking our spiritual lives and opposing God’s laws of love.

Let me provide a few examples.

Dracula and all vampires symbolize the profanation of God’s spiritual love. Sucking blood from victims is a metaphor for extinguishing the life-giving force in a person’s heart – from a principle of hatred. This is a profanation of God’s commandment to love the neighbor. The fact that vampires are repelled by a crucifix and holy water is evidence that these “entities” have a spiritual significance.

Werewolves and other kinds of “satyrs” represent worldly lusts because they are men given the form of various beasts, which have no awareness of God or heaven. Werewolves symbolize that which snatches away our innocence, since wolves often snatch away and run off with the young of other animals. Furthermore, a werewolf can only be killed from a silver bullet. Silver corresponds to and symbolizes spiritual truth.

The Frankenstein monster represents the human folly of trying to be like God. Frankenstein is a metaphor for what humans bring forth from their own prudence and misguidance—a monstrosity and artificiality that will cause harm to our real spiritual life.

Zombies are the living dead—all those who walk around in the world without a spiritual life or worship of God.

Giant insects, amoeba-like blobs, and reptiles all represent the magnification of lower and more primitive levels of the human heart and mind, which seek to dominate and take over our inner world.

The ensuing battle against all these creatures depicted in the movies represents a more crucial conflict. It is a life and death battle for our souls. All these horrible monsters symbolize the various evils and falsities that rise-up to defeat our spiritual advancement.

The Great Red Dragon and beasts of the Apocalypse in Revelation is God’s grand screenplay that employs the same symbolic drama. The Second Coming represents the Lord God entering into this inner world of our heart and mind and helping us to become victorious over these inner demons and monsters!

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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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3 Responses to Ghouls, Goblins, and God

  1. •Betty• says:

    I really enjoyed reading your blog. I liked all your analogies. Good post!

  2. gragecirebon says:

    Hi, i have a question:

    Why English language use name GOD as refection of DOG?

  3. thegodguy says:

    Dear gragecirebon,

    I find the reverse spellings interesting as well and do not know if this is a conscious outcome of the English language or an unconscious result. There is an element of truth expressed by this reversal of spelling if we understand the psycho-spiritual symbolism of a “dog.” Dogs represent various worldly lusts (creature comforts) and the corporeal/sensual things that close us off from true spirituality. Therefore, a “dog” represents something opposite to GOD.

    Here is another example – “live” spelled backwards is “evil.”

    I hope I have provided you with a rational answer to your question.

    Spiritually yours,

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