Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

Many people find Thanksgiving to be their favorite holiday. There certainly is less mindless commercialism involved and it provides us with a period of time in which we can truly be thoughtful and grateful.

Beyond the traditional turkey, side dishes and deserts, beyond being surrounded loved ones, we may even find the time to reflect and distil an even deeper message from all this. All religions and all worldly organizations seem to instinctively sense the importance of celebrating life through various “get-togethers” and “feasts.”

In the so-called first Thanksgiving in America, the early settlers and indigenous peoples celebrated together by sharing their harvests. Everyone can perceive the goodness in such get-togethers and reciprocal sharing. Since other people have previously written about this goodness, I am compelled to offer something a little deeper for you to contemplate.

Every cell and organ in the human body performs this same celebration every day. Every cell, tissue and organ shares its harvest with all the others. Many scientists argue against purpose in the universe, but everything seems to have been given a purpose—in fact, a responsibility to keep things unified—through giving.

There is no way the universe can be coherent and unified without cooperation being built into the system. In fact, nothing new can come into existence without prior things coming together to co-exist. Nothing can co-exist without sharing something.

A universal concept is being expressed here.

LOVE!

Existence is relational! Whether you believe in a Creator or not, the physical universe finds its order and orientation as though it was being guided by love. Of course, humans can point to all the suffering in the world, but one can just as easily sense that this is against the true order of things. In bad human behavior, we see this as a transgression from rational and sane laws.

Obviously, the world would improve if we learned from, and followed, the activities of all the organic processes required by nature to sustain and celebrate life.

As you enjoy and digest your meal this Thanksgiving, think about all the hidden organic activity deep within you that will keep you alive through a celebration of sharing quite similar to that which you are enjoying with your loved ones.

Again, Happy Thanksgiving!

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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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4 Responses to Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

  1. Roger says:

    Dear Edward,

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    Who are folks in the picture – are they your family?

    Roger

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear Roger,

    Blessings to you and your family! The picture for this blog post was a pick-up photo found by my wife (who is a graphic designer) on the Internet.

    Spiritually yours,
    TheGodGuy

  3. Glenn says:

    GG,

    The Lord offers peace, and this is reason enough to be thankful.

    Says Swedenborg,

    The Divine in the highest is tacit and pacific
    But as it descends towards lower things in man
    It becomes unpacific and tumultuous
    On account of the things therein being in disorder.

    So, while the peace offered by the Lord is freely available to all, still we have work do in order to receive it.

    [1] One translation of the Bhagavad-Gita on being wise:

    The seers say truly that he is wise
    Who acts without lust or scheming
    For the fruit of the act…

    Not hoping, not lusting,
    Bridling body and mind,
    He calls nothing his own;
    He acts, and earns no evil.

    What God’s will gives
    He takes, and is contented.
    Pain follows pleasure.
    He is not troubled:
    Gain follows loss,
    He is indifferent:
    Of whom shall he be jealous?

    [2] A Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years:

    One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically. “Maybe,” the farmer replied.

    The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed. “Maybe,” replied the old man.

    The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune. “Maybe,” answered the farmer.

    The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out. “Maybe,” said the farmer.

    [3] Swedenborg on trusting in the Divine:

    People are concerned about the morrow when they are not content with their lot, do not trust in God but in themselves, and have solely worldly and earthly things in view, not heavenly ones. These people are ruled completely by anxiety over the future, and by the desire to possess all things and exercise control over all other people. That desire is kindled and grows greater and greater, till at length it is beyond all measure. They grieve if they do not realize the objects of their desires, and they are distressed at the loss of them. Nor can they find consolation, for in times of loss they are angry with the Divine. They reject Him together with all belief, and curse themselves. This is what those concerned for the morrow are like.

    Those who trust in the Divine are altogether different. Though concerned about the morrow, yet are they unconcerned, in that they are not anxious, let alone worried, when they give thought to the morrow. They remain even-tempered whether or not they realize desires, and they do not grieve over loss; they are content with their lot. If they become wealthy they do not become infatuated with wealth; if they are promoted to important positions they do not consider themselves worthier than others. If they become poor they are not made miserable either; if lowly in status they do not feel downcast. They know that for those who trust in the Divine all things are moving towards an everlasting state of happiness, and that no matter what happens at any time to them, it contributes to that state.

    Happy Thanksgiving,
    Glenn

    PS A particularly relevant reminder for this Thanksgiving Day (or, in general, why breaking bread with loved ones is more nourishing than eating alone),

    If someone who is enjoying material food that serves to nourish the body is at the same time in a cheerful state of mind and is engaged in conversation about the kinds of things that accord with that state of mind, the material food for the body becomes all the more nourishing.

  4. thegodguy says:

    Dear Glenn,

    Great message! “Eating” is instruction and learning. Feasts are for spiritual as well as worldly sharing.

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    TheGodGuy

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