Looking for adventure?

Bored with your life? Do you wish that your world could be filled with more intrigue and excitement? Maybe, even a little danger?

Actually, everyone’s life is filled with more intrigue than a Hollywood spy thriller or murder mystery. Unfortunately, few of us are paying any attention to the real drama that is taking place in our personal world.

If we pay more attention to our inner lives we will be kept on the edge of our seats! Each one of us lives secret lives that are as interesting to watch as any character ever created for a book or the big screen.

Let me explain.

What makes works of literature or movie films so exciting is that the actors must portray a duality of character. This duality of character is designated as the text and subtext of the storyline. In other words, an actor will not simply say something but will offer clues to let the audience know what the character really intends. We call this intrigue a hidden agenda.

Like the characters of a movie we all try to get what we want. And we are not always upfront about it. We go through life as actual character actors, disguising our motives, in order to obtain what we seek.

The problem is, that we have become so good at dissimilarity and “acting,” we barely notice that this is what we are actually doing. But, when we open our eyes to our subconscious strategies we can begin to grasp the extent of the real intrigue and drama that is taking place just under the surface.  

Religion addresses our personal inner cinema. Unfortunately, religion has failed to convince us of that fact. However, religion is largely ineffective unless we pay a visit to the movie theater of our hearts and minds. We can go to church, observe various ceremonies, give to charities, but never change the plot of our personal cinema.

Evidence that religion addresses this deeper cinematography is the Lord’s warning not to throw the first stone, or point out the speck in another person’s eye while there is a log in our own eye, but that we need to clean the inside of the cup.

We can easily observe the character faults in other people but fail to view the motion pictures of our inner reality. The reason why it is so hard to get a good picture of what we are really up to is that we must want to see it. When it comes to introspection, we see only what the heart lets us see. No one wants to find out that they are the villain in the plot.     

The price of an admission ticket for such theater is inner sincerity. The purpose of religion is to put a new “director” in charge of how this inner drama is to unfold – even doing heavy re-editing as needed.   

Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg provided powerful additional evidence that religion addresses this inner motion picture. He discovered that the narratives of the Holy Word contained deeper (higher) levels of meaning. When one interprets Scripture from these higher levels, a whole new scenario comes into view.

All the journeys, conflicts and battles depicted in the Holy Word symbolize and correspond to the inner, psycho-spiritual conflicts we must personally face to strengthen our relationship with the Lord God and obtain eternal life and happiness.

We each play a role in all these stories, including Revelation! But we do not know whose role we are playing without a trip to this inner movie theater. Only when we grasp the importance of this will we get the opportunity to change which of the biblical characters we represent.

Many of the posts on this blog have attempted to offer short “movie trailers” of this Divine cinema. It is drama that does not ask us to suspend disbelief, but rather, to intensify belief.

Are you ready for more adventure in your life?  

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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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