Emanuel Swedenborg and George Gurdjieff viewed the human body, brain and mind as an apparatus for exchanging energies and substances between heaven and earth. In this way the human race served as an organic medium between the earth and heaven (or worldly society and angels). In the Holy Scriptures this cosmic design or transcendental progression of efficients, is referred to as Jacob’s Ladder.
During the process of digestion physical food becomes incorporated into the fabric of our very being. This process can even reach the spiritual realm and the fabric of our innermost character.
So let us look at this important process with a scientific eye (if we can temporarily get our attention off the football game). Here is a short explanation of this truly transcendental and sacred organic process.
When the Thanksgiving turkey is eaten, chewed and swallowed it is directed to the stomach where enzymes begin breaking it down to more subtle and essential components. This process continues in the small intestines, which renders the aliment suitable to be absorbed into the veins and its blood.
This mixture then travels through the vena porta into the liver. (Swedenborg describes the vena porta as a “sewer.”) It is the job of the liver to metabolize this dirty commixture of substances further. However, both Swedenborg and Gurdjieff maintained that the liver could not accomplish this process without outside help from the hepatic artery, which in brings oxygenated blood that provides the needed menstruum to finish the process.
The blood now travels to the heart where it receives substances from lymphatic vessels and receives corrective influences (purification) and lustration from the lungs.
The blood is now directed from the heart to the rest of the body. But the blood with the greatest levity is sent upwards to the brain. Only the most subtle substances of this rarefied blood gets through the brain barrier and enters into individual neurons. This brain food produces neurotransmitters, but also substances that are transformed into energies and organic forms that transmit emotions and various derivative thoughts.
It is in the neuron where these subtle biochemical substances meet with the data coming in from the outside world through the senses (which act like a psychical hepatic artery). Some of this data comes in the form of ethics, theological teachings and higher values. In a process that is similar to the digestive operations, which proceeded in the corporeal body, the metabolism of ideas now takes over. Learned ideas are commingled in the neuron with bodily urges and concerns. Human free will determines if noble ideas act as enzymes to rectify and purify our lower corporal needs or not.
This mental metabolism (rumination) creates our individual belief-system, faith or worldview—which is the psycho-spiritual fabric of our innermost reality. If we choose God’s tenets over worldly allurements, then, that innermost fabric becomes more and more angelic!
So Tom Turkey can indeed rise to heavenly heights! This puts a whole new wrinkle on the phrase “let’s talk turkey.”
Thanks for your time. Now you may let out a big burp and continue watching the football game.