Metaphysical Snoozing

One of the most overlooked details in biblical interpretation is the fact that before the eating of the forbidden fruit, before listening to the serpent, and even before Eve was created from a rib bone, Adam had been put into a deep sleep.

Little theological attention has been given to Adam’s snoozing. Of course, everyone knows that it was during the time Adam was nodding off that God was busy fashioning Eve from his rib. But what I am getting at is that it is hardly noticed by anyone that no mention is made of Adam’s ever waking up. This would put a whole new spin on the events that followed.

In fact, there is lots of mention made of others throughout Scripture suffering this same fate!  For example in Genesis 15:12 we read:

. . . a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.

In Isaiah 29:9,10 we read:

They are drunken, but not with wine, they stagger, but not with strong drink; for Jehovah hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes.

Jeremiah 51:57 reads:

Yea, I will make drunk her princes and her wise ones, and her leaders, and her primates, that they may sleep the sleep of an age and not wake up.

When we get to the New Testament Gospels, Jesus is imploring people to wake up:

Keep awake, therefore, because you don’t know what day your master is coming. Surely you recognize that if the homeowner had known during which night watch the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have allowed his house to be invaded. (Matt. 24:42,43)

Behold, I come as a thief, happy is he who is awake and keepeth his garments. (Rev. 16:15)

The theme of wakefulness and sleeping is also addressed in Luke 12:37,40, Mark 13:35-37, Matt. 25:1-13, and in Rev. 3:2. Has humankind been snoozing all this time? Have we been asleep at the wheel?

Spiritually speaking, to be asleep in Scripture means to live life apart from spiritual life. Those who are not spiritually evolving are living out their lives in a dream state. Over time, this situation becomes chronic and leads to a diminished level of cognitive function known as the habitual human mind.

Evidence of this diminished state of consciousness is the habitual blaming of others for our faults and situation, or seeing the negative qualities of others while being blind to our own rotten side. More evidence of diminished human capacity is the failure to grasp the spiritual meaning of the word “sleep” from a merely flat and literal translation of the Holy Word.

To wake up spiritually is to see the unflattering inclinations of our own heart and mind. Then we must ask for God’s help in removing these negative compulsions. We cannot truly love God and the neighbor until this introspection and repentance is done.

The Lord did not come into the world to offer us comfort. He came to de-hypnotize us and snap us out of our dream worlds.

Organized religion won’t tell you these things.


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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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2 Responses to Metaphysical Snoozing

  1. joyce Schwaller says:

    Oh this is so awesome. You are so right. Did you ever notice that in Genesis ii. 6 it says,
    “But there went up a mist from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.”

    A mist, a fog, a dream state all the same thing.
    You might really enjoy a book that I have been reading for years. “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.
    In it the author takes a metaphysical deep dive into the chapter on “Genesis.” Maybe you have already read it. It sounds like you might have. I hope you write more I like it.

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear Joyce,

    Thanks for your response. I will check into the book you recommend. I also hope you check out the works of Emanuel Swedenborg. He takes a metaphysical dive into all the chapters of Genesis, Exodus, and Revelation (with symbolic insights towards some of the passages of the New Testament).

    I would suggest, as starters. either Swedenborg’s “Arcana Coelestia” (Secrets of Heaven) Vol. 1, or his most popular work entitled “Heaven & Hell.”

    Spiritually yours,

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