Black Friday and Spiritual Hedonism

Have you ever wondered what the angels in heaven do on Black Friday? Do they have any hedonistic tendencies like so many of us on the terrestrial plane? Do they shop?

The answer is yes!

It may seem like the words “spiritual” and “hedonism” are contradictory terms. The human species is often described as being hedonistic, that is, humans are pleasure seekers. While spiritual beings, like angels, forgo physical pleasure and live in eternal adoration of God and find their heart’s delight in receiving divine gifts.

But what is just starting to be understood by neuroscientists is that the heart occupies the cockpit of the mind. Our feelings focus the intellect upon a subject or object and arrange the contents of one’s memory according to what gives us delight and pleasure.  Nothing is purchased or owned by the mind unless it represents the yearning of the heart. This pleasure seeking process is not only subjective it is hierarchical.

Pleasure can be sought in physical things, creative things, intellectual things and spiritual things. These various pleasures are distinct from each other—meaning that we can all have our heart’s desire on different levels.

As I hinted above, angels also shop for things that will give the deepest delight to themselves and to others. These heavenly pleasures are God’s gifts of spiritual goodness and their accompanying truths.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

What do you seek?

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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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