What kind of “tail” are you growing?

TailsGeorge Gurdjieff once complimented a follower of his ideas by saying that her progress was even causing her to “grow a tail.”

It was statements like that one that convinced me that Gurdjieff had a similar understanding of spiritual symbolism as that of scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg.

Of course humans don’t grow actual tails. However, tails can symbolically represent the outermost manifestation of the quality of one’s affections and inclinations (first principles of action). The reason for this is that nerves from the brain travel down the spinal cord and reach their outermost influence. Therefore a tail is a wonderful symbolic expression for one’s outermost mode of being.

Humans instinctively make use of this symbolic language when they remark that someone looks “bright-eyed and bushy-tailed” or, when in a state of being perplexed, will state that they can’t make “heads or tails” out of something or other.

Even the Holy Bible makes use of this potent symbolism to depict the holy or unholy character traits of some human disposition and its spiritual qualities. For instance, in Revelation 9:10, locusts are described as having tails like scorpions. Such an insect does not exist in nature. Yet such a creature can symbolize a deeper ontological reality—an infested state of the human mind in which even the smallest inclinations have deadly and stinging effects upon the souls of others.

On a larger scale, the tail of the great dragon (Revelation 12:4) represents a corporeal/sensual worldview or belief system held by a large population of people that seeks to destroy God’s higher message (casting the stars of heaven to earth) and favoring its own enlarged and magnified conviction of self-importance.

No matter how cleverly we hide our true intentions from the world, God’s angels of heaven can see what kind of tails are growing out of our souls!

What kind of “tail” are you growing?


About thegodguy

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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