Bob’s brain goes on an unexpected journey

Once upon a time there lived a fellow named Bob. He was not satisfied with his life and wondered where he could move to that offered a better life.

One evening when he was looking through a pile of travel brochures he had an unexpected visitor. An angel suddenly appeared before him.

“What are you doing?” she asked.

After getting over the initial shock he replied, “I am looking for a better place to live.”

“Why?” inquired the angel.

“I want to improve my life,” answered Bob.

“If you are looking for true happiness, perhaps I can help you move to a better place without you even getting out of the chair. I can take your brain on a journey that will be absolutely life changing,” said the angel with confidence and a glowing smile.

“Well, I’ll try anything that will save me all the expense of moving to another city or country,” was Bob’s reply.

The angel began to tell Bob that to properly take his brain on this new journey he needed to learn new things, acquire new talents, and change the focus of his finding happiness—not on helping himself, but in helping others. “If you do this from sincere spiritual love, it will take you to the place you are looking for,” she said.

“I will give it a try,” said Bob.

The angel left as mysteriously as she appeared. And Bob was true to his word. He studied many new things, acquired new interests, and with those new talents, made himself a blessing to others.

After a period of time the angel returned to see how Bob was doing. Bob was glad to see her again. “I did everything you said and indeed I have found a better life,” exclaimed Bob who seemed genuinely happy with things.

The angel was delighted.

“You know what happened?” asked Bob. “Everyone of my acquaintances has commented that I am coming from a different place. I never looked at religion or spiritual love that way before. It is an inner journey of the heart and mind. In fact, it is a journey that is more real than any path taken with my physical feet.”

“Yes,” said the angel. “It is the path taken by your inner spirit. You have made a discovery that few people make. You have journeyed to a new land, without leaving where you are.”

“Gee,” said Bob, “why doesn’t the Bible cut to the chase and immediately focus on the importance of that kind of journey, instead of wasting so many words on stories that have little relevance to my life in today’s world?”

The angel flew over to a Bible in Bob’s bookcase and brought it back to him. She quickly opened to a page in Genesis and pointed to a passage concerning God and Abram. “What does it say?” she asked.

Bob looked at the passage she was pointing to and read it out loud, saying, “Get thee out of thy land, and from thy birth, and from thy father’s house, to the land that I will cause thee to see.”

“Now that you have discovered the importance of making an inner journey, your brain is ready to make new discoveries about how these words and others throughout Scripture are really addressing that very same journey,” said the angel. Then she turned back to the very first page of the Bible and asked, “Are you ready for me to take your brain to a deeper place?”

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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 http://www.staircasepress.com
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2 Responses to Bob’s brain goes on an unexpected journey

  1. Lucia Grosaru says:

    Indeed, I also believe inner journeys cand help a person evolve. Actually, they are the only way one can feel true happiness… Even if you would be taking a real trip to an amazing place on Earth, it’s not until you check with your inner self that you can actually say “I like it and it makes me happy”. Your story is a great way to show the core of all human experiences… they all need to be validated by our inner self.

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear Lucia,

    Thank you for your comment.

    What is unknown to most of the world, including most religions, is that the Holy Word has inner levels of meaning – one of which addresses a person’s inner journey towards finding true, eternal happiness.

    This blog is dedicated to revealing both the inner wisdom of Scripture as well as to show how science and theology can be ultimately united.

    Spiritually yours,
    TheGodGuy

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