Hell is a complex ecosystem

brain-hellThe traditional view of hell is that it is a place where souls are tortured by eternal fire and demons. Such an archaic belief and fear was hoped to keep people in line.

Emanuel Swedenborg provided a more rationally scientific and psychological description of this dreaded realm. He brought theology into the discussion of ontology. Swedenborg said that hell is real but that it is not a physical place. Its character is totally different from spacetime or physical notions.

Hell—like heaven—is a person’s inner reality. (This inner realm is real because it interacts and affects the external physical world and our bodily action.) Swedenborg went further by claiming that this inner reality is a real biosphere! (This is why Jesus told the Roman governor that “heaven is within you.”)

Swedenborg invited people to look deep into their hearts and minds to find evidence for such an ontologically real and complex psycho-spiritual ecological system. If one sincerely observes his or her feelings and thoughts, one can easily determine that thoughts emerge from a person’s leanings and desires—that is, from the quality of one’s heart. The growth and structure of our thoughts and ideas are generated by the qualities of our personal and chosen values.

We favor things.

There is no doubt the human mind is complex, but Swedenborg suggested that the complexity of this realm reflects the personal environment people create during their lives. Thoughts and feelings become the flora and fauna of this inner and personal realm—which can be horrifying or heavenly. If a person is self-centered, that person creates an inner environment that is flawed and hellish. If a person adopts God’s tenets of life and love, that person’s inner reality becomes ordered and organized around the order of heaven’s angelic biosphere.

This process represents an individual’s spiritual evolution (which takes the subject of evolution well beyond the Neo-Darwinian synthesis and its genetic crapshoot)!

So when we leave this earth we inwardly gravitate to the environment that we have each created and embrace. Our worldviews and belief systems are complex spiritual environments where our ideas and emotions form intimate living relationships.

This spiritual ecology is the future of the “green” movement.

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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 http://www.staircasepress.com
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