Everyone comes in two different sizes

All humans fall under two kinds of measurement. One is our physical stature and the other is the size of our hearts and minds. The second measurement involves the extent or boundary of our inner spirit.

Each kind of measurement relies on a different metric. One is measurable by the scientific method, the other by a kind of inner perception and evaluation that transcends the world of physical energy and matter, or even spacetime.

Even though science does not include this second type of measurement in its model of reality, all humans instinctively use it to get a more accurate measurement of a person’s true quality.

If someone acts selfishly, we sense that person to be “small.” If a person is selfless in their actions toward us we often say this person is greater than others and has a “big heart.” Obviously, a “big heart” cannot be adequately explored by a terrestrial cardiologist. Yet, its existence is as real as anything we can experience.

When we say that a person has “big shoes” to fill we are not talking about Shaquille O’Neil’s sneaker size.

This discrepancy between physical and non-physical measurement needs to be given more attention. And, serious questions need to be asked and contemplated.

How is it that the most relevant and important measurement of a person’s true stature is not physical? And, how is it that we can detect non-physical sizes, nevertheless?

I believe such profound sensitivity to others is evidence of another, deeper world— a spiritual world.

What do you think?


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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 Everyone comes in two different sizes

  1. We put stock in non-physical characteristics because ability is dictated by character, so is thus superseded by it. It’s all well and good working out someone can pick up a heavy box for you, but will he? Only his personality will tell you and working that out requires one to take into account non-physical attributes.

  2. swword says:

    Neat article. Big, small, size, measurement…
    “. . . every measurement, shape and form there [on earth] depends upon space. Still one can to some extent grasp this idea by natural thinking, so long as one admits some spiritual light into it. But first I must say something about the idea of spiritual thinking. This is in no way dependent upon space, but gains its whole quality from state. State is what can be attributed to love, life, wisdom, affections, joys, and in general to good and truth. Any really spiritual concept of these has nothing in common with space, it is on a higher plane and looks down on spatial ideas as beneath itself, just as heaven looks down on earth.” TCR 30
    “Just as heaven looks down on earth” I like that.

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear swword,

      Thanks for the supportive words! Spiritual light has a way of sneaking into our worldly language, whether we study Swedenborg or not. We are spirits covered in a physical body suit – so our hearts and minds are always in some spiritual realm and state.

      Spiritually yours,

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