Before you become spiritual you have to become real

You can’t jump from being a schmuck to being a saint!

The problem is that we think we can. But we do not grasp the full nature of the problem.

Ever since we were young children we have learned to fabricate our personality for the purposes of living in a flawed, unfair and abnormal world. We did this to protect our inner world (essence) and were given the unique brain design to create such a psychical division—into outer and inner.

However, over time, such a strategy becomes so habitual (second nature) that we begin to believe that our outer, fabricated personality is our real consciousness and life. Meanwhile, our real inner essence starts to doze off and doesn’t notice the change. So even when we grow up and read enlightening books, go to church, or try to be a positive force in the world, we usually end up only changing one fabricated personality (mask) for another. As long as we can identify the mask from the real person, the cosmic battle between love and evil remains a non-issue.

It is the inner person that first needs to be changed, but which has been gradually covered over by our outer, artificial behavior. We underestimate the power of our fabricated personality because we identify ourselves with it under life’s current conditions. This false and contrived personality stands guard to make sure nothing unflattering reaches our inner world and interferes with its illusions and dreaming.

This is why people on earth fail to change anything for the better in spite of their seemingly best efforts and intentions. Evidence of human self-delusion in these matters is always demonstrated by our insistence on pointing a finger at others as being the source of any problem. Or, by creating (hiding behind) grand philanthropic institutions to “titillate” our inner world and protect it from discovering anything that is self-disconcerting.

This artificial activity blinds us to our own flaws—which are myriad and the real obstacle to a better world. Discovering these flaws is like discovering a hornet’s nest inside the walls of your house. Such self-discovery can have a stinging effect because it attacks our made-up self-esteem and self-importance.

However, as uncomfortable as the process of self-examination is (breaking into the walls of your inner house or spirit), it is the only way to find inner sincerity and a chance of becoming real. And only when you are real can you begin to help the Lord God provide you with a new spiritual life.

In the future, institutions (including religions) will be created, not to merely comfort us, but rudely strip us of our masks and illusions and wake us up!


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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6 Responses to Before you become spiritual you have to become real

  1. snarfy says:

    Don’t you find it just a bit arrogant to assume you know what’s going on in another’s mind? For the past several thousand years philosophers have wrestled with the seeming impossibility of this, yet you posit the deciphering of another’s deepest thoughts without offering a shred of evidence that such is even possible.
    I don’t expect this comment will appear on your blog as contrary opinions are clearly anathema to your religious beliefs.

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear snarfy,

    Could you please identify for me the specific points of my short blog article where I got it wrong. I am an award-winning author. How can you argue with me without reading my books? If not my books, then try reading the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg and George Gurdjieff. Discoveries of the mind have been made that you are not yet aware of.

    Spiritually yours,

  3. mitch eddy says:

    I wouldn’t normally bother responding to another poster’s comment because the author doesn’t need me to defend him. But, snarfy, your comment seemed off kilter and misguided by what I’m going to assume is a broad mistrust of anyone who asserts you may not be perfect in all your thoughts. I didn’t see anywhere in the article that made me think he was overgeneralizing. He merely talked of the human condition……look more closely at yourself. You’re surely in the same boat as the rest of us.

    • thegodguy says:

      Thanks mitch,

      The hardest thing to do in the world is self-examination and finding one’s dirty laundry. The next hardest, is convincing people that they ought to do it!

      Spiritually yours,

      • mitch eddy says:

        Self examination is much easier when I’m alone on a midnight shift, haha! No wonder its so painful! 😀

  4. thegodguy says:

    Dear mitch,

    Good for you! Any effort in this area is eternally beneficial.

    My next book focuses on the difficulties of spiritual growth. It will be available in about a month – both as a tree-book and as an e-book!

    Spiritually yours,

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