Swedenborg and Gurdjieff’s search for higher mind

ProvingGod300rgb2011bling3smOne of the major discoveries about the “human potential” made by both Emanuel Swedenborg and George Gurdjieff is that all humans have innate and deeper levels of mental activity. This deeper level of perception, understanding and feeling is fully developed in all humans (including the mentally challenged) but out of reach.

These fantastic abilities are not to be developed, but to be reconnected with!

In other words, our lower habitual and mental faculties have to become more aligned to (correspond with) the functioning of these higher states of mind (some call holotropic states of mind).

Both men described the process of reconnecting with this storehouse of cosmic wisdom. This process is totally spiritual. Higher realities can only flow into lower realities that are analogous and form a similitude.

Since these higher capacities are spiritual, they will only flow into the human terrestrial brain to the degree that one’s life is purified from the vanities and allurements of the corporeal/physical world (which spawns evil and falsity).

Under this corrective process (also called spiritual regeneration) the human mind becomes more of an image and likeness of higher realities and is slowly opened up to spiritual or angelic awareness.

What is angelic awareness and perception?

Swedenborg and Gurdjieff both describe this rarefied state of mind as being able to see the circular pattern of all coherent processes (relational holism of a coordinated series of events) occurring in the universe—whether physical, mental or spiritual. To be more precise, one gets to see how love lawfully powers the universe for a divine purpose (teleology).

My book, Proving God offers further verbal and graphic descriptions of this angelic viewpoint and model of ultimate reality—with serious scientific considerations.


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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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2 Responses to Swedenborg and Gurdjieff’s search for higher mind

  1. Thank you, I have been seeking for facts about this topic for ages and yours is the best I’ve located so far.

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear Gerardo,

      You are most welcome! I have written a book on this topic “Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links” plus my award-winning book “Proving God” offers a unique unification of both men’s ideas in the later chapters.

      Spiritually yours,

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