Happy New Year and a Happy New Jerusalem!

New Year’s Eve, the passing of one year and the ushering in of another, is celebrated all over the world. In New York’s Times Square, called the crossroads of the world, all eyes will be focused on a brightly lit ball that will mark the exact time of this new beginning.

There is obvious symbolism in this event.

New beginnings mean new hopes. The numerous lights which comprise the New Year’s Ball at Times Square represent our anticipation of a brighter future as it defies the darkness of the night and helps to dispel our darker thoughts.

An even deeper symbolic message can be teased out of this yearly celebration. The fact that the New Year’s Ball makes a descent from high above our heads symbolizes that true hope for positive change and a new beginning comes from above—from God.

The many lights that comprise the New Year’s Ball represent the numerous teachings, tenets and truths that descend to us from heaven and offer enlightenment for us to begin our lives anew.  We instinctively grasp this by our inclination to make New Year’s resolutions at this time every year.

Deeper still, this celebration has a strong parallelism with the descent of the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, from heaven. Its light is spiritual and comes from God’s wisdom, and therefore, represents a new habitation for the human soul.

The crowds gathering at Times Square to watch the ball descend symbolize oneness—a unity of hearts and minds. For this to happen in a sustained and permanent way, all eyes must be open to, and focused on God’s heavenly message.

Happy New Year and Happy New YOU!


About thegodguy

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 Happy New Year and a Happy New Jerusalem!

  1. Jessica says:

    Thank you for a beautiful blog post. I passed it along to a friend who lives in New York. She said “the ball is the largest Quartz Crystal ball in the World! So those energies and gifts are being Magnified!”

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear Jessica,

    Thank you for your positive response. In fact, “Quarts Crystal” symbolizes the clarity of TRUTH!

    Spiritually yours,

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