You have to be out of your mind to seek the gates of heaven!

The reason is that our ordinary habitual mind and its ideas are opposed to the requirements of angelic life. The biggest spiritual challenge we all face is to do battle with ourselves—which is anti-intuitive. In fact, many people would call this “crazy talk.”

This effort also requires new information. We do not have the knowledge that is necessary for legitimate spiritual transformation. In fact, many of those who are lucky enough to be introduced to this rarefied information tend to cherry-pick through it so that it harmonizes with their current beliefs, which means there is nothing to actually (fundamentally) change.

Let’s be honest—no one likes change. And especially, no one wants to find out anything “bad” about themselves. However, heavenly evolution requires that that we “lose our minds” and replace it with something more angelic and noble.

Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg has offered the world many of these paradigm-changing ideas. But even good ideas constantly need to be expressed in new imaginative and creative ways. At times, this even means that certain cosmic (universal) truths need to be presented in fresh ways to shock people out of their mental doldrums and habitual lives. Nothing shocks like unflattering news.

A traditional church cannot rise to this challenge. For one thing, a traditional church is hopelessly trapped into offering comfort and hope to its worshippers—rather than a swift kick in the ass. Most ministers, priests and other spiritual leaders are trained for offering support, charity and empathy but not trained for dealing with everyone’s darker side and inner demons, which everyone surely has. (This tells me that many spiritual leaders haven’t gone through the ego-deflating process of sincere spiritual transformation themselves and are simply following instructions fixed into their memories. So instead, they promote kindness and being nice to each other while skipping the necessary but uncomfortable step of sincere introspection.)

This oversight leads people to judge the optics of goodness rather than the deeper innocence of true goodness.

Certain individuals who find this automatized predicament unfulfilling for their own spiritual needs will simply free themselves from this external dogmatic captivity (which biblically represents escaping the bondage of Egypt in Exodus) in order to bravely explore new spiritual territory and deeper principles on their own. Such individuals will recognize others like themselves, then re-group to form new spiritual alliances and dynamic communities.

I have written three special books, dealing with fresh approaches to spiritual thought (new wine in new wine bottles) in the hope of attracting such new alliances among people who recognize these inner challenges, are willing to leave their ordinary senses behind, and who change the deepest fabric of their very being. Only this can bring about “heaven on earth,” which is the New Jerusalem!


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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9 Responses to You have to be out of your mind to seek the gates of heaven!

  1. Noel says:

    “This tells me that many spiritual leaders haven’t gone through the ego-deflating process of sincere spiritual transformation themselves and are simply following instructions fixed into their memories. So instead, they promote kindness and being nice to each other while skipping the necessary but uncomfortable step of sincere introspection”
    This is so true. We are often not willing to get out of our comfort zone to explore beyond what the church has been dictating us to believe. Defeating the ego is the most difficult thing to do as human, but the most essential thing to do for growth.

  2. jesuswedding says:

    I agree that the intellectual or animus-based personality must transmute the ego by fire. I call this The Way of Passion. However, not everyone is an animus-based personality.

    When you try to make a creative or anima-based personality go through this process, you fragment their psyche and create a crazed maniac. The greatest Biblical example of this is Mary Magdalene. It seems to me that she tried this method and ended up possessed by demons. The myths from every culture confirm this. The stories of Medusa, Sekhmet, Pele, and Kali all tell the same tale of a women who had the fire in the soul ignited. The all experienced symptoms similar to road rage and went on killing sprees or just moved away to the edge of the earth because her stare would kill anyone who looked upon her. Hindu religion calls this Kundalini overload. It is a serious condition that can cause major mental and physical illness.

    This is why the Freemasons, the Catholic priesthood, and the ancient taoist masters, just to name just a few, refused to accept women. The sad thing is that they equated the inability to go through this process of killing ego with spiritual ineptness. They then downgraded women to second class citizens and have kept them there ever since.

    Women benefit from The Way of Grace, which promotes Peace, Hope, and Agape, to create a beneficial spiritual experience and enhance their spiritual abilities.

    • thegodguy says:

      Sorry to disagree. Everyone has a “fallen” animus (the mind’s affection). Goodness and spiritual love ONLY comes from the Lord God. However, It is anti-intuitive to most people on this earth to think (and believe) that life and love does not come from ourselves. It doesn’t! We simply receive this sacred love according to our ability to change our habitual and terrestrial hearts and minds towards selfless, spiritual principles. The reason for uprooting the human ego is that sincere goodness (and agape) require INNOCENCE. We all need to become more innocent!

      Even a politician can do good things yet still lack innocence!

      Spiritually yours,

  3. jesuswedding says:

    It states in Genesis 3:15 that God (by His Power of Grace as denoted by the “He”) will stand on the head of the serpent. This “He,” which is the Power of Grace (Divine Masculine) is also what will make Mary Magdalene male and thus qualified to be a disciple.

    Grace is not earned or worked for. It is the base from which “woman” or anima-based personality will operate. When the snake arises as in childbirth as in being spiritually “reborn,” great pain will come to the woman. (Death was also a very real possibility when giving birth)

    As with both of the Dual Powers, each can heal and each can kill. When you do ego cleansing within an anima-based personality or ego-less being you literally kill them. They go insane.

    The archetype of the innocent is everywhere in literature. The Sound of Music is the complete story of the spiritual development of the anima-based personality. From being one will all nature, to being given a mission, to marriage, to climbing the mountain and triumphing over evil.

    Luna from Harry Potter is another prime example of pure innocence.

    The Catholic church is a Grace-based religion. Their liturgy is based on Peace, Hope, and Agape.
    Protestantism is a Passion-based religion. Their liturgy is based on killing the flesh or ego.

    1/2 of the population is of this mindset. There are two basic ways to the Divine. It is very important for each person to travel The Way that is best for them. Otherwise, they become enslaved or destroyed.

    • thegodguy says:

      Once again I thank you for your comments. You put a lot of thought into them! However, think of this – all Christian religion actually centers on humans being “reborn.” To be reborn means something must die (like caterpillar to butterfly). Good’s Love can only flow into innocence, which is obtained when humans self-examine their motives and resist the vanities and allurements of the physical world. To the extent that we succeed in cleaning the “inside of the cup” our old life dies away and we obtain a new measure of innocence and new spiritual life. The process is ongoing – even the angels of the highest heaven increase their innocence through eternity. Only the Lord God has pure (and infinite) wisdom.

      Spiritually yours,

      • thegodguy says:

        P.S. I find your comment about Grace and the Divine Masculine as making Mary Magdalene “male” amusing since the Lord insisted that the Holy City, the New Jerusalem will consist of those who are “adorned as a bride.” Reception of God’s Grace is a “feminine” aspect of human nature.

        Spiritually yours,

      • jesuswedding says:

        It is this type of judgement that has caused all religious war throughout the eons.

        What about Jesus? What about Mary his mother?

        The Virgin Mary SEES the Angel of the Lord in broad daylight. Mary is a Grace-based or anima-based personality

        Joseph HEARS the Angel of the Lord in a dream to take the child to Egypt.Joseph is a Passion-based or animus-based personality.

        That is the message Jesus brings. Not everyone needs to be crucified. The Sandrine killed an innocent man.

        There are two Ways to the Lord. Those who SEE and those who HEAR. That is why the Gospels tell us that there are two groups to journey to see the new born Jesus: The Kings who SEE and follow the Star and the Shepherds who HEAR the angels on high.

        Jesus is renown because he understands both paths. People from either belief system can relate to Jesus.

        P.S. The crucifixion of Jesus was the last step along his spiritual journey. This makes Jesus a Grace-based personality.

        Passion-based personalities require the crucifixion or rebirth to be the first step in their spiritual journey. This is the path of the Apostle Paul.

  4. thegodguy says:

    “Seeing” treats of the human intellect while “hearing” treats of the human heart/will. The three wise men and the shepherds cleverly symbolize a deeper scenario that plays out within the human heart and mind for those who sincerely seek spiritual salvation – whereby the birth of the Lord takes place in our intellects and hearts. The stories of the Bible transcend mere literal history in that they offer a deeper view of the internal process required to obtain a heavenly life. I believe that the Lord God’s Holy Word contains THREE distinct levels of communication – which makes it difficult for me to converse with people who only recognize a literal (terrestrial) sense of the Bible narratives.

    Without a knowledge of these deeper meanings it is not known that Jesus, while on earth, was Jehovah God in the flesh – that is why He eventually calls His mother “woman.” Jesus cast off all his human heredity and its human flaws (from His mother) during His “Glorification” and made His earthly human nature perfectly attuned to His Heavenly Divine Spirit.

    BTW, angels of the highest heaven no longer see God’s saving love as “grace” but rather, “mercy.”

    Spiritually yours,

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