Cholesterol From Hell

Everyone knows that having a proper diet leads to proper health. For instance, if we ingest too many fatty foods we can increase the risk of cholesterol accumulating and sticking to the walls of our arteries. This accumulation can restrict the flow of blood and eventually lead to a heart attack.

While it is common sense to restrict one’s diet of fatty, greasy, artery-clogging foods, there is also a psycho-spiritual side to health. It is generally known that our mental states can affect our immune systems and overall health.

Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg took this holistic idea of mind-body health further than any other researcher I have ever come across. He realized that disease could have physical causes, mental causes and even spiritual causes. Each of these causes could produce real changes in the chemistry of the blood and the condition of the bodily tissues.

For instance, his anatomical investigations led him to observe that joy, happiness and love expanded many organic forms, allowing for various fluids and energies to flow more freely and perform their vital functions more efficiently. On the other hand, anger, hatred and repulsion constricted organic tissues, membranes and the flow of our life forces. Antipathy also has a hardening effect while mercy and compassion has a softening effect on the bodily systems.

Furthermore, love and happiness thins and clarifies the blood while sadness and melancholy thickens and “gunks-up” the blood. So when we decide to watch what we eat for holistic wellness, we must also include categories of sustenance beyond the main terrestrial food groups.

We not only eat and digest physical food, we also partake of—and metabolize—mental food. That is, information. We instinctively realize the truth of this analogy when we use lexicons like “chewing on ideas” or “ruminating” over some topic. The point is that some information is healthy for us but other information can be hurtful and lead us astray.

In the same way that food is turned into the fabric of our physical bodies, information can be turned into the very fabric of our inner being.

Swedenborg became uniquely aware of the affects of hurtful information on the health of the human spirit. Eating is appropriating. We appropriate ideas when they become our personal convictions and beliefs. This is why we must be careful not to “swallow whole” false ideas—especially about ourselves—from the over-magnification of our self-importance.

False ideas and principles, which are generated from the love of self, accumulate and stick to each other, clogging up the proper flow of spiritual forces in the human heart (will) and mind (intellect). This is cholesterol from hell—a byproduct of rejecting spiritual goodness from our lives. It cuts us off from God’s loving influence, ultimately threatening the spiritual wellbeing of our souls.

LIFE flows from God into our souls, and from our souls into our bodies. Any blockage along this top-down flow can threaten our wellness. Heart attacks can indeed result from non-physical causes and one’s mental states. Doctors have found victims of heart attacks who show no visible signs of heart disease and healthy people living long lives with high cholesterol levels. Medicine needs to bring God back into its therapeutic arsenal.

The purpose of true religion is to provide the proper dietary and medicinal needs for the eternal health of the human spirit and soul.

http://www.provinggod.com

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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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16 Responses to Cholesterol From Hell

  1. swword says:

    Hi. I have read several of Swedenborg’s books and have his “Dream Diary” on order. You have a way of simplifying many of his concepts. Wonderful.

    Regarding your comments above, I, too, think that “information can be turned into the very fabric of our being.” [Good way to say it.] I am curious about how you view the Lord’s Supper or taking “communion.” The Apostle Paul seems to say that there is a direct connection between rightly taking communion and not being “weak and sick.” 1 Cor. 11:30. What do you think?

    Blessings to you…

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear swword,

    Thank you for your supportive words. I will try to answer your question about the Lord’s Supper and communion in as simple a way as possible.

    The Lord’s Supper, while it was a historical and literal event was “loaded” with symbolic meaning. It symbolized that it is the Lord alone who really sustains us. Communion with God is to be understood that we are to get proper nourishment for our hearts and minds from His teachings. “Bread” corresponds to Love and “wine” corresponds to Truth. In fact, wine represents that God’s Truth contains more “kick” than any human knowledge.

    To “eat” means to digest, appropriate and make the Lord’s teachings a part of our living fabric. But just as eating involves breaking down food to get to its deeper and more beneficial nutrients the mind can assimilate and digest deeper meanings from the Lords Words as well. The symbolism behind Jesus asking his disciples to find a room for their sacred gathering on a “second floor” and climb up steps, represented that they were to come to the supper with an “elevated” mind. Therefore, the proper way to take communion is through humility and to prepare one’s mind to digest “higher” meanings from the Lords words.

    Swedenborg’s “Journal of Dreams” is a great book to witness how dream interpretation lead him to a new method of Bible interpretation. Both made use of a similar symbolic language called “correspondences.”

    As to Apostle Paul’s statement about taking communion correctly is that through humility and proper assimilation of the Lord’s message and teachings we increase our spiritual health. To be “weak and sick” from God’s point of view is to have one’s heart and mind in a poor state, resulting in deteriorated vitality of the spirit – which rejects that God’s words have deeper meanings.

    Hope this helps. Keep reading Swedenborg! By the way, I will have a new book coming out entitled “Proving God.” It covers Swedenborg’s scientific and theological concepts in an attempt to unify science and religion. It will be available Spring 2010.

    Spiritually yours,
    TheGodGuy

  3. swword says:

    Hi. Thank you for your response above. I am looking forward to reading your book. 🙂 Interesting point you made about the second floor and an elevated mind. Thanks.
    As far as “weak and sick”, I see you point about God’s point of view, but I also think there is something that literally happens to our physical bodies when we partake. Just as you pointed out above, there is a connection between our spirit and emotions and our bodies. I think the Lord has given us a “procedure” of sorts through the communion supper that not only changes us spiritually but also physically. Literally heals us. Keeps us healthy.
    I think what Jesus did through the cross and resurrection brought about a major change in the spiritual world. Most important accomplishment that has been or ever will be. All that Swedenborg experienced was possible because of what the Lord had done.

    Blessings,
    SWword

  4. thegodguy says:

    Dear swword,

    Yes, there are changes that can bring us healthier physical bodies if we correctly partake of the Holy Communion. But it would take a chapter of a book to communicate this arcane process within a scientifically plausible theory. The topic of health has to be treated on three distinct levels – the physical, the mental, and the spiritual. My new book addresses this topic.

    And yes, the Lords crucification, resurrection, and glorification brought about an upheaval and reorganization in the spiritual world so that terrestrial humans (who are spiritual beings in physical bodies) could have their spiritual equilibrium restored. Without the Lord’s life and death on earth humans would no longer have enjoyed free will. Without free will the human race cannot be saved.

    Spiritually yours,
    TheGodGuy

  5. swword says:

    Hi. Interesting point about having our “spiritual equilibrium restored.” Yes, I see… and our center-of-gravity must be the Lord. Looking forward to reading your book.
    Without free will we wouldn’t Need to be saved. 🙂
    Blessings,
    SWword

  6. thegodguy says:

    Dear swword,

    What one LOVE’s is one’s center-of-gravity. The purpose of true religion is to guide us to a proper love – towards God and the neighbor. Free will allows humans to choose their center-of-gravity. I use that term a lot in my new book. It allows one to put religious principles into scientific language.

    Love is the ultimate science!

    Spiritually yours,
    TheGodGuy

  7. swword says:

    Hi GoodGuy,

    Yes, I think that is right. Reminds me of the greatest command: To Love God, and of course the second, to love others as ourselves. I like the idea of putting religious principles into scientific language, and probably even more, the idea of connecting actual verses from scripture with scientific principles. I think the actual words of God carry a “force” in them. I was impressed with how Swedenborg knew the scriptures so well and would quote long lists of scriptures to back-up his points. Wonderful.

    God bless,
    SWword

  8. thegodguy says:

    Dear swword,

    My new book will demonstrate how Holy Scripture can be grasped as a multidimensional and scientific document.

    As I mentioned above, the Lord’s Supper contains “loads” of symbolism – even to the most minuscule detail. These details can provide a scientific basis for why Holy Communion, when approached properly, can bring health benefits.

    The communion wafer consists of “unleavened” bread. This signifies the importance of coming to the communion ritual with humility. Yeast does to bread what a big ego does to one’s personality – puffs-up and magnifies one’s self importance (rather than the Lord’s).

    When a person is identified with their own self-importance the Lord is put to a lower position of importance. One’s love determines one’s center-of-gravity. This has real consequences as to the “directionality” of the flow of forces within one’s being.

    If one loves the Lord, spiritual love becomes the “anode” or active principle and one’s self-importance becomes the “cathode” or passive principle. This allows the Lord’s saving force, energy and influence to flow from heaven into the human heart and mind, and ultimately into the body. This flow is the proper order of the universe.

    A person who puts him or herself first in all matters obstructs the proper flow and influx between God and oneself – resulting in compromised health, both in mind and body.

    That you have become interested in Swedenborg’s writings means that you have “activated” the Lord’s Second Coming within your life. Your study is actually helping God to usher in the Holy City, the New Jerusalem on earth!

    Spiritually yours,
    TheGodGuy

  9. swword says:

    Hi GoodGuy,
    Thank you for your comments above. Interesting illustration you used about love and the flow of electricity. I agree. I am a member of a Charismatic church, and I know that the Lord’s energy, or anointing, even manifests at times with physical sensations similar to electricity.
    I received Swedenborg’s “Journal of Dreams” today and find it very interesting so far. So many very private thoughts… But, I am thinking he will understand that readers of his journal, like me, are very impressed with his goodness and truth-seeking, and are only wanting to know him better because we admire him. Do you think he will know that? Hope so…
    My copy of the book includes a commentary by Wilson Van Dusen, but I have decided to just read the dreams by themselves first and then re-read the journal with the side commentary. Commentary does look interesting also.
    I hope you are having a lovely evening.
    Blessings to you…

  10. thegodguy says:

    Dear swword,

    Swedenborg would be happiest if we focused our admiration on the Lord. In the “Journal of Dreams” his truth-seeking begins to take a different turn. Rather than studying truth as an intellectual undertaking he begins to move into an area of profound self-examination and introspection. He believes his dreams are warning him about some of the negative qualities of his HEART.

    He grasps the symbolic language of his dreams as pointing the way towards purifying his heart. As the Journal progresses, you will see signs that Swedenborg is becoming conscious of a higher calling that the Lord God has in store for him!

    Enjoy the book!

    Spiritually yours,
    TheGodGuy

  11. swword says:

    Hi GoodGuy,

    Yes, that is right, the Lord is number one and most greatly to be admired. So true! I do think it is proper for us to recognize and appreciate those who have gone before us and have helped us along on our journeys and shared their wisdom and lives with us. That is probably a better way to describe how I feel about Swedenborg rather than focusing my “admiration” on him. Thank you.

    I am not sure that I can conceive of studying truth without there being an “intellectual” side to the endeavor. I see the quest more as a Combination of the use of intellect and spirit. I think Swedenborg moved into a very deep level of communion in the spiritual realm, but it seems to me that even in that space that he repeatedly used his “intellect” in presenting his “arguments” or explanations to those he met. Certainly the Lord gave him the words to say. But, he was more than just a rock speaking… there was somehow still an important “part” of him present, and I tend to see this part as still containing his “intellect.” But, more parts also, like the will…

    Yes, I see your point about the dreams leading to a purifying of Swedenborg’s heart. And, in direction toward his higher calling! So wonderful! The Lord loves us more than we can think or imagine!

    Blessings,
    SWword

  12. thegodguy says:

    Dear swword,

    I was not removing the intellect from the equation, simply changing the focus. The purpose of knowledge is to lead us to truth. The purpose of truth is to lead us to good. Ultimately it is goodness that brings about real change in the fabric of our being.

    I appreciate your pondering!

    Spiritually yours,
    TheGodGuy

  13. swword says:

    Hi,

    Oh, I see the path you meant now: knowledge, truth, good. Yes, I think this is right on target. And, as you said, it is goodness that brings about real change in our fabrics… goodness extended to us and then goodness coming from us. Thank you for this communication. It blesses me.

    Grace and peace to you,
    SWword 🙂

  14. thegodguy says:

    Dear swword,

    Spread the word – share your blessings with others!

    Spiritually yours,
    TheGodGuy

  15. swword says:

    Hi,
    Good admonition… for All of us!

    Blessings,
    SWword

  16. thegodguy says:

    Dear swword,

    Please feel free to visit and comment on other posts from this blog!

    Spiritually yours,
    TheGodGuy

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