The two turning points of spiritual evolution

There are two major turning points that occur along the path to true spiritual growth and the re-birth of the human spirit.

The first turning point deals with the reformation of the human intellect and its consciousness. The entire process (with both turning points) is represented in the spiritual symbolism of the Seven-Day Creation Story in Genesis, which serves as a template for humankind’s inner recreation (epigenesis) rather than the creation of the outer, physical world. Few people know this.

I will provide some simple examples. The first turning point occurs when each of us gets an epiphany—a light goes on. At this moment we become aware that some of the knowledge that has reached us comes from God and beyond the realm of earthly information. That is why in Genesis it is stated that from a world of darkness (spiritual void and ignorance) “light” is created at this first step (day).

Next we begin to separate (in terms of their true value and importance) terrestrial ideas from God’s higher heavenly ideas. This stage is symbolized in the biblical Creation Story as the separating of waters on the second day. (Water symbolizes ideas in the human memory because that is where we “pool” our knowledge,)

This process of separation and distinguishing between two kinds of knowledge allows something deep inside us to emerge—a new kind of conscience. This is represented by dry land appearing on the third “day.” It is on this new plane of conscience (spiritual ground) that God plants new spiritual ideas that grow, branch out and bloom into various intellectual flora (new mental coherency and worldviews).

The second turning point occurs at the fourth stage, when the “sun” is added to the influences affecting the human mind. Unlike the stars and light from the moon, the Sun also offers heat. Heat symbolizes spiritual love. The ideas of the mind are now affecting the human heart as well. The caveat is that at this juncture or second turning point, we begin to become aware that all goodness and spiritual love comes from the Lord God in heaven—not from ourselves! This difference in this new human synapse is like day and night. We begin to feel new stirrings in our hearts and will.

In the fifth stage (day) of this process of our spiritual evolution, these stirrings are symbolized by living creatures emerging. The creeping things and flying birds represent a vivification and new activity emerging out of the God-guided human heart.

The sixth stage represents the increased intensification of spiritual warmth in the human heart. This increased warmth of love growing in the human heart is symbolized in Scripture by the appearance higher mammals (warm-blooded) into one’s inner or psychical ecosystem. The Holy Bible refers to this inner ecosystem of the human spirit as the Garden of Eden. This process culminates in the appearance of a man and woman to be masters of this inner environment. These two different genders represent a marriage and spiritual unity between heart and mind.

Finally, at the last stage where the human intellect (our masculine side) forms a perfect marriage with the heart (feminine aspect), God is able to rest because the inner process of spiritual growth between the human heart and mind has been completed.

The first turning point deals with the formation of a new mind and the second deals with the regeneration of the human heart, which become “married” at the culmination of our spiritual evolution.

My three books offer further details on this most important process.

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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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