Inside is bigger than Outside

Ever notice that the inside of a house or building looks (and feels) bigger than the outside? I have been struck by this phenomenon ever since I was a kid.

Thanks to my introduction to the unique ideas of scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, I think I know why this is. The physical world with all its spacetime boundaries has its origins in a deeper, non-physical, psycho-spiritual realm.

Because of humankind’s unique psyche, we not only sense this inner expanded realm, we can observe that complexity does increase the deeper one explores reality and its coherent structures.

For instance, a six-foot tall man contains miles of blood vessels and billions of nerve cells (neurons). When you throw the human mind and its consciousness into this equation, space and time no longer provide constraints as to what can fill this mental realm—in spite of the physical dimensions of the human skull.

Even advances in computer technology show us that more and more information can be stored in less and less space. “Nano” and quantum computers promise to store info on microscopic bits of matter—even on atoms.

Emanuel Swedenborg anticipated all this. He created a Doctrine of Forms by which geometric principles (of action) lawfully became more complex on smaller levels (through increased curvature) and could support greater information as a result. Unlike modern string theory, these forms ranged from the physical to the spiritual!

Furthermore, Swedenborg claimed that the human brain and its mind is structured into layers or levels with organic forms that span this same multi-leveled architecture (just like the rungs of Jacob’s Ladder). It is because of this multi-leveled design that the human mind can penetrate a world of meaning, morals and values hidden deeper within the world of visible nature. (Neuroscientists are starting to suspect that the neuron contains deeper cognitive substrates to support the higher functions of reasoning and abstract thought.)

Amazingly, Swedenborg applied this same order to the narratives of God’s Holy Word. Deep within the literal meaning of the stories in Holy Scripture were hidden layers of increased meaning, which greatly expanded the information of its divine topics.

The world of human ideas is about to be profoundly challenged!

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
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2 Responses to Inside is bigger than Outside

  1. carla friedrich says:

    A “Tardis” ~ hyper-dimensional sacred geometry — like the human heart. small on the outside, big on the inside.

  2. thegodguy says:


    That’s neat! 🙂

    Spiritually yours,

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