Larry learns about a new environmental hazard

Larry lived in a very forward-thinking community. Every year the town held free health examinations and blood tests at its high school for its citizens to be examined for various toxins or pathogens in their bodies. The township also offered free therapies and treatments if any dangerous or abnormal condition was detected. The town leaders wanted all their citizens to enjoy good health and the best treatments currently available.

As Larry walked into the high school gymnasium, he saw dozens of tables where different health tests were conducted and diagnoses made. It was quite a comprehensive program. Nothing was overlooked. As would be expected, many underprivileged people showed up as well as concerned parents who brought in their children to take advantage of this wonderful community service.

Larry also noticed a table at the far end of the gymnasium. No one was visiting this table or availing themselves to its tests. Curious, he walked over to the lonely table and asked the caregiver about what kind of tests were conducted here.

She said, “We test for hypnosis.”

“Hypnosis?” responded Larry with raised eyebrows. “Is that a condition the average person should be concerned with?”

“Oh yes,” she said. “Our organization has determined that hypnosis is one of the most serious environmental hazards a person can pick up in this community or any other community.”

“Please explain,” said Larry in a confused state of mind.

“Our organization has detected a diminished level of consciousness among today’s citizenry,” she replied. “Rather than pumping out chemical toxins into the community’s air or water or causing pathogens to enter our various food sources, the current environment of abnormal living in society, which ignores universal laws, is causing people to live in trance-like conditions and no longer recognize reality.”

“I find that hard to believe, even though I would admit that the world seems to be heading in an irrational and blind direction,” answered the doubting Larry. “Could you test me? I doubt you will find anything askew. I pride myself in my education, my judgment and successful career.”

“Sit here,” said the unique caregiver. As Larry sat down she attached electrical probes to his head and wrists. The probes were connected to highly sophisticated diagnostic equipment. She explained that this special equipment was designed after the discoveries of Emanuel Swedenborg and George Gurdjieff, who each declared that the human brain functioned on discrete levels. She added that one’s precise level of awareness could be determined by this equipment, depending on how many of these distinct levels were operating simultaneously and harmoniously within an individual’s psyche.

“Now I am going to ask you a few questions,” she said in a non-threatening tone.

Ten minutes later the questioning ended. Larry had felt some inconsistencies in his answers that seemed to contradict his own perception of himself, but he quickly dismissed these unsettling feelings, as he was adept at doing. The female examiner clicked something on her computer and a printed read-out spat out of the printer. She handed it to Larry.

“Holy crap! It says here that I am just one step above sleepwalking! Also, that I suffer from a disjointed consciousness, which makes me prone to suggestibility,” remarked Larry in a shocked tone. “Now what?”

“The cure is free but it is lengthy and takes lots of real effort on your part,” said the woman in a serious tone. She then wrote something on a piece of paper from her prescription pad and handed it to Larry. “Should you need further convincing of your current predicament, and where to find help, go to this website:”


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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