Spiritual Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a condition in the physical human brain where an aging person suffers from gradual loss of memory. This condition of mental deterioration ends with death. What is unknown to most people is that loss of memory occurs to all of us after death, when we each enter into the spiritual world.  While it is hard to fathom life or personhood without our memory it must be acknowledged that spiritual life and thought cannot retain corporeal or material ideas that are wrapped in notions of time and space. The spiritual world and heaven exist beyond spacetime.

What is also unknown is that we have two distinct types of memory—a worldly memory and a more interior or spiritual memory. All the things we hear or see in the physical world leave “deposits” in both kinds of memory. For instance, the concepts of death, happiness, friendship, love, family, or any physical objects are deposited in the earthly memory through the words of one’s adopted language. But these ideas move on beyond that into the spiritual memory as values and judgments—that is, the meaning and importance we attach to these ideas.

Two people from different countries can have different words for “death” but the meaning is not foreign to each of their respective inner (spiritual) perceptions. It is by this internal or deeper understanding of things that individuals in the spiritual world can speak and communicate by means of a more universal language. For instance, if a person were capable of mind reading, different worldly languages would not be obstacles.

This inner memory, because it is abstracted from space and time, does not perish with our physical deterioration.

It is this deeper cognitive function of memory that becomes activated when we shed our physical bodies and enter the spiritual world. We also gradually shed our worldly memories as we make the full transfer of our consciousness from one realm into another. It is this deterioration of our earthly and corporeal memory that I call “spiritual Alzheimer’s.“

However, do not pop open the champagne bottles just yet! This inner memory is what is referred to in some religious traditions as one’s Book of Life. This spiritual memory not only contains all the inner details about what one has thought and felt during life, but all the motives and ruling principles behind these thoughts. This inner memory represents our spiritual fabric.

That is why all True Religion adds a deeper dimension to the laws of civil society. We are not only to follow the laws created to protect and exalt human society but embrace them in our hearts. In other words, proper behavior runs deeper than forcing the tongue to say the right words or forcing the body to show outward signs of caring, fairness and goodness. This can all be done from the external or worldly memory while the true intentions of the inner memory are kept hidden from the world.

For religion to be effective, it must target a person’s inner memory.


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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 http://www.staircasepress.com
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