Reorganizing Nature

This past Sunday my wife and I spent a good portion of the afternoon cleaning up the “yard.” Since we have to cover a five-acre tract (we let the other five acres go wild to raise the water table and assist nature’s healing process) this is a chore for the young. Thankfully, my wife and I are still “young enough” to make a go at it. Someday however we will become too old to be proper stewards of this unique property.

I use the word “unique” because our landscape design is based around the theological ideas of Emanuel Swedenborg. In other words, it is cultivated in a way that most expresses (symbolizes) heavenly wisdom and order. It was a unique opportunity for us to arrange nature in a way that could offer a physical and visible model of expressing the more interior steps of human spiritual transformation.

Wisdom is everywhere for the taking —if one knows how to look. A garden represents nature reorganized into a higher order— just like wisdom represents the exalted re-organization of a person’s knowledge to more noble ideals. Swedenborg claimed that the “Garden of Eden” in Scripture, viewed from a deeper psycho-spiritual level, symbolizes a state of wisdom acquired through living by God’s tenets of mutual love through the Tree of Life. (There is no other way to acquire genuine Paradise.)

A balanced ecosystem with bio-diversity is an analog of the richness of the human spirit that seeks to be a positive and unifying influence in the world.

True, universal religion is “inner gardening.” The quality of our spiritual soil is a reflection of the quality of our soul.

This means I can continue to cultivate my heart and mind long after my physical body becomes feeble and can no longer work outdoors. That is why I have chosen to write special books in order to share a spiritual harvest with my fellow human brothers and sisters and continue to be useful to the world into old age. Heck, even after I die, my published works can still reach the minds (inner biospheres) of new generations!

In fact, my first published book was entitled Sermon From The Compost Pile and offers ways for the reader to find spiritual wisdom right in one’s own back yard or small vegetable garden. (I wanted to make hidden spiritual truths observable!)

After working hard on our property, my wife and I sat down in the breezeway to enjoy both the outer and inner peace that springtime was bringing to our minds through the plants, trees, birds and their orderly design.

Have a wonderful spring season everybody!

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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4 Responses to Reorganizing Nature

  1. Kate says:

    Your yard is BEAUTIFUL!!! Funny….I can imagine Wille the Worm wondering around this yard-except….can not quite imagine him coming across a wrapper with the words “Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun,,,,” LOL!! Great food for thought!

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear Kate,

      Thank you! Now the challenge is to make my inner garden (spiritual reality) just as beautiful. That is everyone’s challenge. Hope things are well with you – and if they are not, use what life throws at you to become more spiritual and loving.

      Spiritually yours,

  2. Cortland Bell says:

    I have a question. I was just reading how the Ancients thought it an abomination to kill and eat the flesh of animals. Although such behavior is permitted(I guess?) at this day, how much of a benefit do you think it might be to practice a vegetarian diet for spiritual regeneration if that is even possible prior to regeneration?

  3. thegodguy says:

    Dear Cortland,

    I believe Swedenborg was talking about the “Most Ancient” race of humans who represented not simply a different species but a different genus of humanity. They thought killing and butchering animals was an act of cruelty. This race of humans began to eat meat as their hearts and minds became more fierce and worldly. Yet, even today, the human mouth and its teeth are designed for plant foods.

    As far as eating a vegetarian diet for spiritual regeneration goes it would be best for you to experiment once or twice a year to find out for yourself (rather than get a verbal answer). I am currently fasting from meat products during the lent period. Remember that the spiritual benefit will mostly come from the intensity of the sacrifice. Rejecting meat should go parallel with rejecting actions and intentions that are cruel and “predatory.”

    I suspect a visit to the slaughterhouse would make eating meat less appetizing and the rising price of meat products will cause some people to modify their eating habits. But God’s Love and Truth is the spiritual food that sustains our inner spirits. We humans have two bellies – a physical stomach and a spiritual one! Follow God’s tenets first and the rest of your daily routines will fall into place and find spiritual order.

    Hope your writing project is going well.

    Spiritually yours,

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