The human mind seeks interior things

We humans not only collect information in our memory throughout our lives but we use this information to form conclusions concerning deeper things that elude our eyesight. For instance, a crime investigator not only seeks physical evidence to determine guilt but to go deeper and further distil a motive.

Biologists and microbiologists look deeper into the workings and structures of living structures to see what makes it all “tick.” Studying genes, proteins, peptides, amino acids, receptor molecules, ligands and neurotransmitters are examples of their probing deeper into nature’s hidden workings.

Physicists look deeper into nature and its laws in the hope of discovering fundamental reality. Quantum physics represents such an attempt to go deeper into invisible realms.

Two lovers will seek to understand their partner’s inner makeup on deeper levels to form more intimate bonding.

This mental trajectory is how the human mind is perfected.

Even the process of evolution is towards deeper interior things and “mirrors” a similar trajectory! Looking at the evidence of evolution, we see a real trajectory towards increased intelligence and consciousness, which requires more complex structures to unfold and form organic substrates at deeper levels within the new creature.

Ancient philosophers grasped this universal pattern and coined the phrase “As above, so below.” In other words, everything in the universe (all causal process) proceeded by the same rules (principle of correspondence). Modern academia and science will someday rediscover this perennial philosophy, and something more—something that will turn current evolution theory and complexity theory on its head!

This pattern and trajectory has theological considerations as well!

God’s Holy Word was constructed with infinite wisdom and foresight to accommodate such a trajectory towards ever-deeper levels of consciousness and intelligence, and, further propel the evolution of the human species. The Bible’s narratives and holy stories contain deeper substrates of meaning within its literal language. The importance of these interior levels of divinely inspired communication is that they are God’s strategy to continue the trajectory of human evolution into a non-physical and spiritual realm.

The spiritual trajectory and evolution of the human race is towards wisdom—which requires both increased intelligence (judgment) and increased love of the heart (goodness). God’s Holy Word provides a precise multidimensional roadmap for such an inner and deeper journey. A truly advanced civilization will not merely consist of superior beings with unimagined technologies. It will consist of humans tapping into their deeper spiritual levels—and becoming angels.

Need evidence?

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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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8 Responses to The human mind seeks interior things

  1. chapter18 says:

    Wonderful post. If the history of science is the history of the change in human perceptions, then spirituality is the pinnacle of science.For it is the highest evolved vision of the one supreme which is the basis of all this manifoldedness.


  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear Narayanan,


    Spiritually yours,

  3. Sue says:

    I like your ideas here – nicely presented.

    Comment about your last post (Is Hell Just an empty day): you use your photo to say something you don’t say in your message: that hell will be constant pain and torture. Your quote from Swedenborg there doesn’t say anything like that.

    There’s a huge difference between not making the cut to actual heaven vs. being tortured forever.

  4. thegodguy says:

    Dear Sue,

    I simply picked a photo about hell which already exists – it doesn’t address the “spiritual” pain of hell unless one interprets it through a Swedenboirgian lens. Hell is not a “place” yet most people cannot picture its horrible landscape without ideas relating to physical and external situations. Hell represents one’s INNER reality, which in the spiritual realm, becomes one’s outer reality as well. Spiritual Hell consists of one’s own painful, torturous ideas and evil loves returning to their source.

    Besides, my post is about the eternity of hell (an idea which you used to oppose).

    I apologize if the illustration threw you off!

    Spiritually yours,

  5. Sue says:

    I oppose that idea if it involves suffering. If hell is a person’s choice and is not as good as heaven would have been, I’m fine with it being eternal. If hell is a person’s choice and it ends up meaning torture and suffering, then I don’t believe God would allow that. He’s a parent and all. If hell is painful, it won’t be eternal.

  6. thegodguy says:

    Dear, dear, dear Sue,

    Spoken like a true loving parent. However, you either haven’t read enough Swedenborg or you are prepared to challenge some of his visionary insights. The pain and torture in hell actually INCREASES from God’s coming closer!!! For example, the sun’s light and warmth sustains life on our planet earth. BUT if a person was to get too close to the physical sun he or she would suffer great pain and finally be burnt to a crisp. Same thing with the intensity of God’s Infinite Love and Truth which appears as a sun in heaven. Even the angels of the highest heaven can only endure the amount of God’s Love and Truth that their hearts and minds have adapted to and acted upon. A person, spirit or angel’s inner ORGANIC fabric is woven from the quality of choices we make from the heart and verify from the understanding. God tempers His Love and Truth through layers of atmospheres and planes in the spiritual world, and, we live on the plane our spiritual bodies have been constructed for. Those in hell are kept furthest from the rays of this Spiritual Sun – in fact, the loving influence of the Spiritual Sun is in complete opposition to the affections and thoughts of those in hell. Should God come closer (even as a loving parent), those in hell become tortured in heart and mind (their spirit) and scatter. Spirits in hell also suffer when they are constrained from acting out their desires.

    You speak as though a person making a bad choice is like one making an error in a math test. Swedenborg talks about those who make evil and falsity a ruling principle of their lives – which fashions the very organic structures of their spiritual bodies.

    Spiritually yours,

  7. Sue says:

    This would be fair: God should make all the people who consistently make good choices trade places for a while with those who make bad choices. For the good people that would be putting their money where there mouth is: they think they could live in a bad person’s environment (nasty parents, bad influences of peers, headaches, whatever) and remain good. If that is true, then wow! they really are good. But if they then started making bad choices, that would exonerate somewhat the bad people – “see, you were ‘good’ because of your environment and genetics, change those and see a whole different outcome.”
    We could sit on the sidelines and take bets.

  8. thegodguy says:

    Dear Sue,

    It is too late for me to sit on the sidelines and take bets. I used to be a good Swedenborgian and now I am a slug!

    Spiritually yours,

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