The irony of spiritual growth

The main driving principle of personal spiritual growth is to challenge one’s egoism and self-centeredness in order to adopt a larger, more inclusive form of love with one’s fellow neighbors.

Spiritually speaking, we are to view ourselves from a more exalted notion—as part of a greater unity.

Does this mean that we are to simply melt into some cosmic blob of wholeness?

Heck no! Eternal happiness and cosmic belonging is meaningless without a real sense of individual identity. Happiness needs a subject. And, heavenly happiness needs a highly evolved subject.

The universe shows us two seemingly irreconcilable concepts that promote each other in the development of all coherent structure—distinctiveness and unity. Unity is perfected as distinct and diverse parts cooperate, harmonize and participate in a common commerce. This is often referred to as the perfection of unity through diversity. Things only become more distinct as they contribute to some unity.

This law is ubiquitous (and it is why “love” is the ultimate science).

The human psyche, and its consciousness, evolves according to the rules of this same unique pattern. Human understanding is increased as one’s differentiated knowledge is put into greater order. This unity of individual ideas and concepts constitutes one’s worldview or belief system.

So the human mind works like the universe works—unless it challenges this order and chooses not to cooperate with the divine scheme of creation. The cure to such a cosmic transgression is, ironically, a new kind of self-centeredness.

Here, an individual must pay extra attention to his or her motives and intentions in order to grasp just how one is transgressing from this universal law of shared or mutual goodness. If this self-examination creates sincere remorse, then spiritual development can result from the friction between opposing convictions.

Self-love can then transform itself from a false identity into a more genuine and angelic personality.

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 The irony of spiritual growth

  1. Shakti Devpriya says:

    Spiritual growth is an need for every one but very less people realize it and those who realize have to go through many hurdles and tests. I realized the real meaning of spiritual growth and transformed my entire being with my Master AD who initiated me into TSV….

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