A new destination hotspot—visit the Land of Goshen!

In biblical times the “land of Goshen” represented the very best place to live in Egypt. This is where Joseph, Jacob and the Israelites settled during the famine described in Genesis (47:5,6).

However, deep within the literal words of this ancient narrative is a profound lesson in developing one’s spiritual consciousness. Allow me to explain.

We can all verify for ourselves that we turn our attention to the things in the world that we are most attracted to. We focus our eyes on the things most interesting to us. The rest gets moved to the periphery of our field of vision.

What this means is that our love and affection occupies the cockpit of our consciousness. The exact same thing happens in our mind’s eye. Information from the world around us is not only stored in our memory but our mental focus is on the ideas and values we are most attracted to. These favored ideas represent the “Goshen” of our inner reality—the best place to be within one’s memory and mental world. All other ideas and values are pushed to the periphery of our consciousness.

This parallel relationship between two distinct worlds (inner and outer) is the basis of allegory, symbolism and metaphor. And, what most people are unaware of is that the Bible makes constant creative use of this parallel relationship within its narratives.

The “Land of Goshen,” interpreted symbolically, represents the best place the human heart and mind can occupy itself with. Since the mind is focused on ideas of the memory it is most attracted to, the best place for it to be is attracted to—from an eternal perspective—is God’s spiritual messages and teachings. Therefore, “Goshen” represents, on a higher psycho-spiritual level, a person’s mind that is focused on and values most—the ideas learned about God and living spiritually during life. This is the “best part” of the human memory or inner world.

With a little introspection one can easily acknowledge that the human memory serves as a field of vision or landscape for the mind’s eye to survey. During our lives, this psycho-scape evolves just as life on earth evolved, except that the process is mental—it is the evolution and organization of our ideas and values into higher genera and species with increased complexity (and capacity towards goodness).

Other parts of the Bible provide additional details to this process of spiritual evolution, that is, when its content is interpreted from its parallel, symbolic equivalent. This is why I have maintained in previous posts and in my book Proving God that the Lord’s Holy Word is both a sacred and scientific document!


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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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6 Responses to A new destination hotspot—visit the Land of Goshen!

  1. Roger says:

    Dear Edward,
    But Goshen can’t be the final destination, can it? Arriving in Goshen, we have not yet arrived. Our life in Goshen will degenerate into slavery, from which we will be rescued. Following which we make a journey through the desert, meet the Lord at Sinai and make our way to the promised land. If we grasp our favorites in our inner landscape and push the uncomfortable objects into the periphery of our awareness, we are degenerating into a slavery to personal tastes as opposed to the objective good. The goal should, probably, be to realize that Goshen is not our final home and that we’re not to cling to or attach ourselves to anything in it, however “spiritual” and “elevated” it is. Not just concepts of power, pleasure and glory, but also “spiritual” concepts generated by ourselves and those we believe in.


  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear Roger,

    Thank you for providing additional information to my readers! It is hard enough just trying to convince my mostly non-Swedenborgian audience that Holy Scripture contains deeper meanings.

    Spiritually yours,

  3. Adri says:

    Great thoughts!! As usual. One aspect of course is that the only reason for being in Goshen is because where we were was a famine.
    I have a question, is there a way to put this information, this approach, into suggestions so we do not crash our airplane. Since “our love and affection occupies the cockpit of our consciousness” where do people crash or go of the road or get blown over like tumble weeds when they become depressed? We all know what depression can lead to. As you know, science or psychology does not acknowledge the existence of spirit and thus in their effort to help the poor buggers no one on either side of the table knows what is going on. Not knowing our spiritual environment, that we are not our thoughts but that we get them from two ‘places’, heaven or hell makes providing support almost impossible. How do we get a ‘sense of direction’, good ‘coordination’ and a better ‘sense of balance’? I don’t expect a spiritual GPS but anything close would do 🙂

  4. thegodguy says:

    Dear Adri,

    True religion (following the Lord’s Commandments) was designed to change the quality of LOVE that occupies the cockpit of our consciousness. Spiritual travel (regeneration) involves moving from egocentric or self-love to loving God and the neighbor. There are many details involved in this lifelong process which I tackle in my two books, “Sermon From The Compost Pile” and “Proving God.”

    Spiritually yours,

  5. gwen says:

    It was asleep one night and the Lord put into my thoughts the land of goshen many times and now I am researching what exactly the land of goshen represents to me in this last times that we live in. I will print out this research and pray that the Lord will reveal this very perplex spiritual reasonings. Sincerely, prophetess gwendolyn h.

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