A “vertical” three-course meal!

The human organism has been designed to eat and digest three distinct kinds of foods—physical foodstuffs, air and information. Actually, this idea can be easily grasped. We all know that besides terrestrial sustenance we would quickly die without air. Furthermore, without information our minds would starve. The human mind literally hungers and thirsts for knowledge.

Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg added profound insights to this idea of vertical eating. He claimed that individuals choose from a menu of these three distinct types of food categories according to their particular appetites. In other words, people sought out and assimilated all three types of foods based on the affections of their heart. This is not only why people can have different appetites but it is why they metabolize food, air and information differently.

Swedenborg claimed that the human organism and its digestive system drew out essential nutrients from physical food so that an individual’s blood chemistry would correspond to his or her moods and emotions. (Scientists know that no two people have the exact same blood chemistry.)

Swedenborg also stated that everyone pulls different qualities out of the atmosphere through their nose and lungs—also according to what was most homogeneous in the air to one’s unique proclivities and passions. This atmospheric food (which he called atmospheric salts) contributed to the makeup of the electro-colloidal fluid traversing the brain’s neural network.

We all know that different people are attracted to different information. According to Swedenborg, the human memory is like a stomach for the psyche. But information is not truly metabolized unless it led to some real action, that is, becomes a part of a person’s innermost fabric (value system) and life. This last food contributes to the quality of the human spirit or heart and mind.

This third type of food is the most important because it sustains the human heart and mind, and because this higher-level digestion ultimately determines what kind of nutrients we assimilate from the two lower levels of food. It is through this last category of food that God tries to communicate with us and form an eternal relationship.

Here, Swedenborg makes a most remarkable claim that will someday change how everyone looks at religion. He discovered that God’s Holy Word (sacred information) was written in a way that Its meaning could be metabolized on ever deeper and deeper levels. These deeper levels of meaning in Scripture provide sustenance for angels. And, since human beings are inwardly spirits, they too have the potential for enjoying this celestial cuisine.

This is the reason for the strange biblical passage in Revelation (10:9,10) where John eats a scroll/book, and why the Lord spoke only in parables.

Interested in heavenly food?



About thegodguy

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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