Gary and his Guardian Angel

Once upon a time there lived a guy named Gary. Gary was a very religious person and wanted to live a heaven-bound life. He took the challenge of following God’s commandments very seriously.

One day when he was going over some of the events that took place in his job he noticed that an extremely negative thought concerning one of his co-workers began to grow in his mind. Gary had a disagreement with this co-worker and this is what generated his negative thinking towards this individual.

Rather than become consumed by this thought Gary decided to look deeper into his intention. Was he simply angry with this co-worker from a zeal in believing he was right or from a principle of evil which wished harm on this individual? With an inner sincerity, rare for modern humans, Gary was shocked to discover that the latter was true.

Horrified by this self-discovery, Gary knelt on the floor and prayed to the Lord God to help him resist and remove not only the thought from his mind, but the stinging and hurtful intention of his heart.

Beyond Gary’s world, on another plane of reality, Gary’s guardian angel was tending to a heavenly garden. She was in charge of cultivating Gary’s heart and mind. When Gary had noble spiritual thoughts she would water and care for these thoughts in order that they would grow, blossom and bear fruit. When Gary had ill thoughts she would do some spiritual “weeding.”

On this particular day, Gary’s guardian angel noticed some stinging nettles had suddenly appeared in the garden. She knew these hurtful and stinging things that had recently germinated and were trying to flourish, did not belong in a heavenly garden.

A dove then landed nearby the angel and she knew that it was a sign from God that these hurtful influences should be removed from the garden. So the angel yanked them out—roots and all!

Back on earth Gary felt a new sense of inner peace. He knew that God was helping him. He now decided that he would treat his co-worker differently, even if an argument should arise. He would base his comments on a more spiritual intention—one of sincere respect and love. Gary’s inner peace now emitted a special warm glow that comes with genuine happiness of the heart.

Gary’s guardian angel also received a thrill at that exact same moment. All the plants in her heavenly garden began to grow and emit a wonderful fragrance!

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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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3 Responses to Gary and his Guardian Angel

  1. Sue says:

    Nice post – you know who your style reminds me of sometimes? Vernon Howard. Have you read his books?

    Your workplace example happens a lot – disagreements – and lots of times when the two people get to know each other better they start to get along. Not always. But it does seem in general in life that most people, when you get to know them, turn out to be nicer than you first thought. Usually not worse.

  2. Roger says:

    I love this parable but, as usual, I have questions. The parable shows two parallel worlds that are operate with synchronicity according to the principle of correspondence. However, shouldn’t there ALSO be threads of causality linking the two? I mean, the guardian angel’s nettle-pulling is not HER choice but totally contingent on Gary’s free choice. Shouldn’t the algorithm conditional in this way:

    IF (Gary wants to remove the evil) THEN the angel pulls out the nettles;

    rather than

    (Gary chooses to have the evil removed)
    and, independently
    (The angel chooses to remove the nettles).

    So there’s a free-will boolean that arises from Gary and that governs the angel’s ability to pull or not pull out the nettles.

    This is what I meant by causality (earth to spiritual world and vice versa) as supplementing the synchronicity between the physical and spiritual realms. Jung, is one of his treatises, shows synchronicity and causality as supplemental, albeit orthogonal, principles.


  3. thegodguy says:

    Dear Roger,

    The parable does address causality. The “garden” that the guardian angel is in charge of is Gary’s mind (which is his inner world).

    It is Gary’s sincerity in asking the Lord to remove the evil within his thoughts that makes it possible for the angel to remove the nettle (hurtful thoughts) from Gary’s inner world – roots and all.

    So as Gary chooses to have the evil removed (and resists it) God removes the compulsion from within (through the mediation of angels).

    The angel cannot pull the “weeds” without God’s permission. God alone knows the true quality of a person’s desire to appropriate a heavenly will. If Gary’s motive was insincere, the weeds would have eventually taken over the garden and his guardian angel would have had to step back and become a more remote influence.

    Spiritually yours,

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