Pondering Princess Kate’s topless photos

The recent hubbub about Princess Kate and the paparazzi caused me to contemplate the issue of privacy—with spiritual considerations.

The first hint that I shouldn’t have any expectation of privacy in my life came in early childhood when I heard a Christmas song about Santa’s supernatural ability to know whether I had been “good or bad” throughout the year. I marveled that such a super-keen awareness of other people’s behavior could exist.

Even after dismissing the reality of an all-knowing Santa Claus, through the years, I witnessed the increase in technology that has made our lives and actions increasingly open to others. Computers, social media, improved spying and surveillance equipment, prying video cameras on every street corner, and long lens cameras make privacy harder to obtain.

(I read or heard somewhere that on average, each of us shows up on some video camera about a half dozen times a day.)

In my late twenties, I came upon the remarkable writings of scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, who described his firsthand accounts of personally observing the lives of humans that had passed on to the spiritual world! In his most famous book, Heaven and Hell, Swedenborg claimed that there were no secrets in the spiritual world.

The reason for this is that a person’s spiritual body is a perfect expression of the inner qualities of their heart and mind. An angel or other spirit can easily determine someone’s intentions and character merely by looking at their hands and face. Furthermore, a person’s innermost qualities are communicated to others through a sphere that is exhaled from that person’s very breath.

It is important that such deep inner traits of a person are exposed and made plain to the perception of all, so that each individual can recognize their true friends and eternal companions, based on the harmonies and disharmonies between each other’s hearts and minds. In other words, spirits naturally gravitate toward the communities and societies that they most identify and agree with—inwardly. This clarification and elucidation of one’s true inner character is perfect justice and takes place because in the next world, people’s physical bodies and worldly deceptions have been removed—leaving each soul’s quality completely exposed to the detection of other spirits.

Swedenborg stated that the angels (celestial) of the highest heaven appeared completely nude. At the other end of the spiritual spectrum, he even described observing a male and female in hell having a sexual encounter. They both looked hideous (mirroring their inner character) and fought like alley cats during the act. There was no true love between these sexual partners.

This leads me to an interesting insight.

There is a strong feeling among some hopeful people who still reside on this terrestrial earth that the human race will soon be experiencing greater degrees of consciousness and awareness. As positive and promising as this future scenario of human salvation portends, most of these prophets for the inevitable enhancement of human progress, curiously leave out the function of conscience from their equations of consciousness. This means that increased or Cosmic Consciousness is merely an external function incorporating an increased sensitivity to the Great Universe around us, and, overlooks what is going on deep within the person’s own heart and mind (inner universe).

The Lord said, “Heaven is within you.”

Have you looked deep inside yourself? Otherwise, our only expectation of privacy will come from hiding the truth about ourselves from ourselves.



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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