Why not do the “wave” at church?

wave2We’ve all seen people on television doing the “wave” at a sports event. We may even have personally participated in such public displays at our local sports arenas.

But why just at sporting events? Why do we not get so animated at church? Isn’t the “wave” a form of worship?

Or would such a display seem silly, irreligious or disrespectful? In Holy Scripture, waving sacrifices before God was done from the time of Eber to the descendents of Jacob. Why was this extra motion seen as an important aspect in ancient ritual?

According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, all motion corresponds to, and represents, some inner state of the human heart and mind. Swedenborg claimed that “waving” symbolized a mental acknowledgement of something that is important to us (a mind/body correlation). The waving motion was a way to add more “life” to such an acknowledgement because “hands” signified the power of grasping or understanding something and waving the hands gave this power more active expression.

(When we wave to people we are outwardly expressing an acknowledgment of their importance to us.)

In fact, when we get up from of our seats to do the “wave” at a sporting event, it represents a complete or total acknowledgement of the event’s importance to us.

Since waving symbolizes a state of our inner life and our values it would certainly be an appropriate action if we offered such profound and communal acknowledgement towards the Lord God at our place of worship.

Or, should we save such animated expressions of high regard just for our local sports teams?

Just kidding, folks—although I did want to give you a real lesson in spiritual symbolism!



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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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