Children are not born into the world being insincere. They simply are who they are. However, as they grow up, they quickly learn from adults to hide their instinctive dictates of sincerity that are bubbling up from within. These inner directives and impulses coming from within are covered over by gradually adopting a behavior and new personality that conforms to the external culture of the society they are raised in.
As a result, the human consciousness begins to split into outer and inner functions. Over time, and with practice, the outer or “artificial” functioning of the human psyche becomes second nature and begins developing a life of its own until we become duped into believing its validity. While this split in the human psyche allows us to feign noble traits, the Lord God uses this otherwise unfortunate outcome to protect genuine and sacred impulses from being destroyed outright.
According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, a child’s inner impulses of sincerity and the divinely inspired influences of spiritual love and “conscience,” called remains, are pushed back deeper into a child’s consciousness by the emergence of the new corporeal and external consciousness being formed from worldly influences.
While this allows the Lord to protect an individual’s humanity, it also “inoculates” the new and illegitimate outer consciousness (egoism) from questioning itself. In fact, inner impulses of conscience coming from the “remains” become a hindrance to one’s egoism and false masks. Any hint of remorse coming from one’s buried consciousness is quickly “squashed” by overeating, smoking, drinking, shopping, chatting or anything other crutch that returns one’s sense of calm and self-esteem.
But these tactics only strengthen one’s artificial consciousness.
Religion and other means of true enlightenment have no real effect on this outer form of human consciousness. One can simply change one’s mask. As long as we wear a mask helpful information cannot penetrate deeper into our inner being. In other words, it is from within the buried consciousness (remains) of individuals that true spiritual change can take place. The false (outer) consciousness must reconnect with the inner level of consciousness and sacrifice itself so that a spiritual conscience of Divine Love can emerge in our daily functioning. The death of the artificial consciousness brings new life to our inner being and activates our remains in a way that provides a plane or matrix for spiritual conscience to be exalted—and come front-and-center.
Often, this is not a pleasant process but how else does one find humility, sincerity and innocence?
How do we reconnect with our inner being? Through fearless self-examination, uncovering our personal faults and transgressions, admitting to their grievousness against God’s dictates, then vowing to resist them, and finally, asking the Lord God for help. In theological terms, this is called repentance, reformation and spiritual regeneration.
So put down those cookies and take the hit.