Physics, Miracles & Magic

Physics, God’s miracles and magic are closely related topics. All three deal with foundational issues, that is, the deepest knowledge of reality.

Two of the three, God’s miracles and magic, address causal processes as having their origins in the non-physical realm of spirit and mind. While most physicists embrace a materialistic philosophy concerning fundamental reality, some brave pioneers are now beginning to suspect that the laws of nature and very structure of the universe have their origins in a nonmaterial and conscious beginning. The surprising non-classical behavior of quantum entities opens the door for such plausible speculations.

The closest analog we have to describe the quantum world is the human mind, which consists of intentions, possibilities and tendencies to exist (human ideas are in a perpetual endeavor to find formal existence in outcomes of physical measurement).

According to scientist/theologian, Emanuel Swedenborg, every created thing in nature is a recipient form (receptacle) of God’s spiritual influence. This is why the universe has a rational and knowable structure – it emerged out of Infinite Mind. It also means that all form is adapted to some conscious disposition or intention.

Swedenborg claimed that miracles were not a suspension of nature’s laws but the result of a deeper knowledge of the inner workings of the universe. Since the visible objects of nature were analogs (correspondences) of spiritual drives one could manipulate nature in a way to make it more conductive to spiritual causal processes. The more conductive a physical form is to spiritual flux or flow, the more effectively non-material laws and intelligent forces can supervene.

When Jesus walked on water, He was demonstrating that His Holiness and love towards saving the human race made his physical body more conductive to heavenly order and thus was no longer under the classical constraints of physical gravity. He did not suspend gravity but by becoming more conductive to spiritual forces, simply changed the place of his body’s equilibrium. The Lord employed real knowledge—not hocus-pocus.

All miracles and magic are based on this knowledge of the top-down and hierarchical structure of reality, which has its first causal principles in a non-physical realm. Swedenborg also stressed that in past times, magic was abused to pervert God’s spiritual order for personal and evil ends. Since true magic involved real spiritual wisdom, its power diminished over time as evil intentions replaced wisdom.

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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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