How would Swedenborg and Gurdjieff view dark matter and dark energy?

hs-2005-37-a-large_webBoth Swedenborg and Gurdjieff embraced theological science. That is, they saw the universe, its forces and laws as a rational expression of God’s spiritual qualities and character within the spacetime arena.

Modern science tries to explain the universe without having God or metaphysical principles in its equations. So when physicists are faced with new problems they try to solve these problems purely with physical solutions. What makes me pleased is that even their physical solutions are moving deeper into fundamental issues concerning ontological reality.

For instance, dark matter and dark energy are relatively recent concepts used to give a theoretical answer as to why the universe is expanding while maintaining its coherent structure.

The coherent structure of expanding star systems did not make sense with their notions of gravity – there simply was not enough matter to meet the requirements for holding together galaxies in an expanding universe. So physicists believed that there must be some kind of invisible matter, yet to be discovered, that allowed gravitational order to be maintained under their present understanding of scientific law.

Physicists called this theoretical substance dark matter.

Next they had to address the problem of expansion. This cosmic expansion could not be simply explained away as the continuing momentum of an original Big Bang blast because the expansion was speeding up! So they theorized that there must be some invisible and opposing force to gravity that was causing everything to scatter.

Physicists called this force dark energy.

What this means is that dark matter, although it is slowly losing its battle with dark energy, is still strong enough to preserve gravitational order in the cosmos. But someday, the universe will become so expanded that thermodynamically, gravitating systems will lose their integrity and structure.

Therefore, if such entropy does not take place new theories will have to be advanced as to why the universe is still holding together.

While I will not live long enough to witness or come to some conclusion about the verity of current scientific models, I have an intuitive sense that the universe will indeed hold together no matter how much it expands. The universe is showing no observable evidence of any structural disintegration during this process.

There is an analogy for this in the human mind. As we make new discoveries and expand our minds, we gain increased coherence (mental structure); we don’t lose it. This mental dynamic is a clue that all process follows the same rules, and also, that the formation of all coherent structure (including our belief systems) and their continuous expansion must be governed by higher, metaphysical forces and laws.

Swedenborg and Gurdjieff both maintained that these universal laws have their origins in spiritual (non-physical) realities. But what divine characteristics from God would lead to an interiorly consistent model for the phenomena we see in the physical universe?

Well, theologically speaking, God’s Love unites (forms structure in coherent wholes through relationships) while God’s Truth distinguishes and allows creation to come forward and formally exist. Creation is the profound dance between Divine Love (essential force) and Divine Truth (law). These ideas go deeper than dark matter and dark energy and embrace intelligent design.

Both Swedenborg and Gurdjieff viewed love as spiritual gravity and truth as spiritual law. (And if we contemplate such a notion we will observe that our thoughts are given coherent structure and organization according to our likes and dislikes—that is, our loves.)

These novice theological ideas and principles that I have just mentioned above will someday be embraced by the world’s scientific community as their models fail to make rational sense of the manifest universe. My award-winning book Proving God offers some insights for how to get this process of unifying science and theology off the dime.

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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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2 Responses to How would Swedenborg and Gurdjieff view dark matter and dark energy?

  1. Buddy Owens says:

    Someone sent me this recent post. I am trying to determine what ends your writing from. Do you not believe that the doctrine taught through Swedenborg is the the Word (TCR 779) which is The Lord Himself in His second coming? Did He not fill Swedenborg with His Mind (Spirit) in Order to manifest Himself? In Heaven Swedenborg would not be a name but a quality; “saving faith through chairty” which is the doctrine of the New Jerusalem. When you take bits and pieces of what Swedenborg teaches with what Gurdjieff may think, the ends are seen from self intelligence only. It makes the Word of non effect. A man cannot be enlightened from Heaven except through doctrine, which begins with his “affection for the truth because it is the truth” TCR 231. The proprium cannot cleanse the proprium. The proprium of man is created anew ( the as of self ) by the Lord from His Proprium. “Except ye eat of the flesh of the Son Of Man and drink of His blood ye have no life in you” John: 6:53. “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing; the words that I speak to you they are spirit and they are life.” The Lord is now speaking through HIs Divine Human in His second coming. But the problem is the same as always; its not with truth but the understanding of the truth. TCR 771 “which among the learned has begun to take root in the interior rational mind, and is spreading more widely, like mortification in the flesh, even extending to the external mind from which man speaks.” The learned are those who read these truths and then combine them with their own intelligence; thus, coming up with some twelve step program to cleanse the proprium. You cannot prove the internal from the external. The Lord chose through His Divine Providence, a man as his host, to enter into this natural world and manifest The Divine Human. That “seed” is now in potential to all in the earth; but can only be implanted in those who are willing to believe that this is the Word in His second coming. This acknoledgement can only come as man shuns evil as sin.

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear Buddy,

      While I am impressed with your ability to parrot Swedenborgian theology I am less impressed by your rushing into hasty pre-judgment of my motives. I, like you, am interested in spreading Swedenborg’s ideas throughout the world. My strategy is to show the potency of New Church doctrines by their rational harmony with science. Such a unity would indeed be a head-turner for the academic world. My inspiration does not just come from Swedenborg having been a scientist but from God’s Word itself. In the New Testament (John 1:1-3) it states that all things that were created came from the Word. That means that the natural world (through correspondences) had their origins in theological first principles. You have not followed my blogs over the years nor purchased my books so you have a good excuse for your knee-jerk reaction to my article. Go forth and make new disciples, my spiritual brother!

      Spiritually yours,

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