Having talked about “heavenly” pizza in my previous blog post I felt it was now the right time to move onto the topic of sustenance for those who live in the spiritual world.
Under the current doctrines of most religions, the answer is not spelled out. Some theologians, I suppose, would even suggest that food is no longer a concern for angels and the inhabitants of the spiritual world, since all souls there would be divested and free of a physical body.
But living in the hereafter does involve a continuation of life. And we cannot continue life without taking our minds with us (otherwise there would be no means by which one’s personality and identity could endure and function in a spiritual kingdom).
If we ponder our mind and its cognitive function we can easily conclude that it has a real appetite and feeds itself. What is this rarefied food? The answer is information. (We even use expressions like “thirsting for knowledge” or having a “hunger for knowledge.”) We literally chew on, ruminate and digest information in the same way the physical body metabolizes terrestrial aliment. In fact, information that is too difficult to break down and be absorbed into our personal lives is similarly jettisoned from our mind and heart, just as unprocessed physical food is removed from the body.
According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, information builds up, fuels and maintains the well-being of the human spirit just as burgers, pizza, veggies and liquids build up, fuel and maintain the well-being of the “lower” corporeal body.
What is relevant to this discussion and spiritual sustenance is that we savor the information we value most. And the information that we value most is that which can best serve our dreams, ambitions and ends—that best suits our purpose. This evaluation is one’s spiritual “salt.” In the same way we put salt on physical food so that we can savor its taste even more, our values (the things we love most) act as the “seasoning” for the knowledge we hunger for.
Those who savor God’s teachings and tenets adapt their souls to feed on, hunger for and find nourishment from one type of food. Those who reject the Lord’s teachings and prefer knowledge that sustains a self-absorbed and egocentric lifestyle seek a totally different kind of food.
Angels dine on the former type.
So, what do you value most in life? What do you intend in life? When you make the answer to these questions clear to yourself, then you will understand what you are feeding your spirit!