A new kind of victim

While it is easy to point to all the external situations which cause us to suffer in life and put limits on our happiness, we are all victims of an even more insidious force. This force is insidious because it is imperceptible and consists of the poor quality of our very own thoughts.

In a nutshell, our own craniums can become a jail cell.

We need only look at the process of growing up in our flawed human society. Children start off with a direct perception of the world. They have not had the time to fill their memories with data and “stuff” that turns their consciousness into associative, biased and habitual thinking. Instead, everything children see is new, enchanted and alive.

But when we reach adulthood we have become enslaved to a low-quality process of thinking which thwarts us from reaching our true God-given potentials. We have a deeper reality that transcends this “flat” thinking but modern life has disconnected us from it. Now such possibilities are even forgotten.

Through habit we have learned to accept these lower level thoughts as our true identity and thus remain imprisoned in profound ignorance. Rather than enjoy higher consciousness, we are simply satisfied by putting a label on everything and proclaim ourselves as “knowledgeable” and “sagacious.” We cannot escape this negative situation because we accept it, are attached to it, and therefore, cannot step back and observe the true nature of our irrational, ridiculous and insane lives. So we refuse to sacrifice this pitiful situation and break out of the jail we have put ourselves in.

In fact, we have become experts at deflecting the problem and blaming others for our unhappiness and failures. This excuse proves that we refuse to seriously change anything about ourselves and continue to exist under a low quality and reflexive kind of thinking.  To challenge this awful worldview is to challenge one’s self and the false self-image that we cultivate and carefully protect throughout life.

That is why Jesus emphasized that we should look at the chunk of wood in our own eye rather than point to the speck in someone else’s eye. But this warning is mostly dismissed.

In other words, the real essence of all true religion is to challenge our false assumptions and bring our own manifestations into question. However, religion is used by many of us for comfort and to actually quell the need to make the uncomfortable changes that must be made.

I have dedicated my life to reversing this trend and have published several books (a third book coming out soon) that offer helpful assistance toward elevating one’s mind to transcend the habitual and limited thinking of the terrestrial human psyche.

http://www.staircasepress.com

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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 http://www.staircasepress.com
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