Betty gets “flashed” by an angel of God

FlashA good-hearted woman named Betty was reading God’s Holy Word with new enthusiasm. She wondered if the messages in the Bible narratives could be penetrated and understood more deeply than the limited meanings offered by her mundane, earth-bound language.

Suddenly a most handsome male angel appeared before her in the room. He was wearing a thick overcoat.

“Who are you?” asked the surprised female.

“I have been sent to you by the Lord God of heaven to expose you to deeper levels of sacred meaning within the biblical stories you are reading,” said the angel in a voice that seemed full of sincere kindness.

“You have read my mind,” she replied with delight.

“First, I have to give you an eye-opening experience,” said the angel in a serious tone. The angel then moved towards her and opened up his overcoat, exposing his nude form.

Rather than be offended, Betty felt that as the angel opened his coat, somehow, a layer of thick darkness was immediately removed from her eyes and she could now gaze at the deeper, spiritual qualities of the angel’s well-endowed groin area—without experiencing any corporeal/sensual passions. Rather than looking at a male’s physical genitals, her augmented eyesight now perceived the male angel’s heavenly potency towards implanting the Lord’s teaching’s deep into her heart, that is, into the ovaries of her innermost feminine spirit.

The male angel was indeed hung like a “horse” but symbolically this meant that he possessed great spiritual understanding and wisdom.

“My humility and acceptance of the Lord’s tenets is where my spiritual potency has its source,” said the well-endowed celestial being.

The angel then explained to her that being receptive to learning new truth from God was psycho-spiritual sex and offered a matrix for a new kind of conception. The reason for this is that God’s teachings are like seed that impregnates the willing human heart and eventually give birth to new spiritual qualities.

“The post-modern world is not yet ready to accept such distinct and rarefied realities.      Sexual relations and intimacy are quite different in the spiritual world and it is time the human race finds out,” said the angel as he disappeared from Betty’s room.


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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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8 Responses to Betty gets “flashed” by an angel of God

  1. Martin Saunders says:

    Alas! So sex in the spiritual world as described by Swedenborg is only a metaphor! The book ‘Married love” seemed to indicate that it had a ‘physical’ reality to it, though not quite the dense physical reality of the material world. But you are saying that ti is all “mindfuck”. Who would want that any way! Who would want to eat metaphorical food, for that matter!

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear Martin,

      I must remind you that your opinion and worldview is “mindfucking” (and it is the most real and intimate thing you share). You are simply telling me that your mindfucking is better than mine! Swedenborg never said sex in the spiritual world had a “physical” reality to it. He said it was “organic” and ontologically real. Metaphor (correspondence) is the lawful way of describing non-physical realities and is the product of a mind that can digest information beyond habitual thought.

      Spiritually yours,

  2. Susan says:

    Ed, are you ok? This is too rude to associate with a dignified man like Mr. Swedenborg.

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear Susan,

      Welcome back! Thanks to Mr. Swedenborg (and his science of correspondences) I can take a “rude topic” and elevate it to have a heavenly meaning. Which one of your distinct minds was offended – your natural mind? your spiritual mind, or, your celestial mind?

      Spiritually yours,

      P.S. I have published another book since we last conversed and will have another out in late spring!

  3. Martin Saunders says:

    Dear Ed,

    From Conjugial Love, #44:

    The three newcomers, hearing this, asked whether there is the same love-making between married partners in heaven as on earth. The two angelic spirits answered that it is entirely the same. And because they perceived that the newcomers were wanting to know whether they had the same end delights in heaven, they also said that these are entirely the same, but much more blissful, since the perception and sensation of angels is much more exquisite than the perception and sensation of people. “Moreover, what is the life accompanying that love,” the angelic spirits asked, “if it does not stem from an underlying condition of ability? If this ability fails, does that love not fail and cool? Is this power not a real measure, a real progression and real foundation of that love? Is it not its beginning, support and fulfillment? “It is a universal law that the primary elements in a series exist, subsist and persist on the basis of the final elements. So also with that love. Consequently, without the end delights, there would not be any delights in conjugial love.”

    From the same passage:

    The two newcomers then asked whether human forms in heaven are entirely similar to human forms in the natural world. And the angelic spirits answered that they are completely alike, with nothing taken from either man or woman. “In a word,” the angelic spirits said, “a man is still a man, and a woman is still a woman, in all the perfection of the form in which they were created. Step aside, if you like, and investigate in your own case whether anything is missing to keep you from being the man you were before.”

    Here is my take:

    Sex is always a metaphor for higher things, whether here or there. But it is real there as it is here. Correspondences are not necessarily metaphors. Sex there is not just a metaphor any more than sex here (in the physical realm) is a metaphor.

    I think, Ed, your thinking might be too rarefied, too wispy, too much “in the clouds” to appreciate the “earthy” beauty of the Lord’s creation here – and there.


    • thegodguy says:

      Dear Martin,

      I am impressed with your ability to quote Swedenborg. However, I did identify the angelic “flasher” as of the male gender with a real penis. The physical human genitals of both genders are extensions of their physical brains. However, the human brain is an extension of the human spirit and soul. Therefore, when we pass into the spiritual world after the death of the physical body the human spirit is left with all the capacities for pleasure that was enjoyed by once having earthly organs. Spiritual sexual organs have entirely different qualities, and, their pleasure is according to an individual’s innermost, theological loves (ends).

      What escapes you is that my blog topics go beyond mere “minister-speak” and preaching. This deprivation of creativity is why the Swedenborgian Church is not capturing the world’s imagination and why its doctrines are becoming so irrelevant in the modern world.

      Spiritually yours,

  4. Jonathan Stanley says:

    Dear Ed,

    You cannot have it both ways. If the story about the angel flashing is purely metaphoric a la Song of Songs , then you are asserting that sex and sexuality are unreal – at least in the spiritual world. If, on the other hand it is real as i believe it is, then the story of an angel flashing is more like that of a demon flashing. In fact, as you know, Swedenborg did associate lewd behavior with demons. So either your concept of angelic sexuality is that of pure metaphor and Martin is right, or your parable is rather coarse and prurient, as Sue suggests.


    • thegodguy says:

      Dear Jonathan,


      An angel “flashing” is not lewd behavior! (Betty is simply getting a higher and elevated view of things.) Clothes correspond to the truths one wears in the spiritual world. The opening of one’s coat corresponds to (symbolizes) one providing a deeper look into those spiritual truths. In heaven, the genitals of angels symbolize the Lord God’s deepest expression of the conjunction of spiritual Truth and Love, which are REAL forms and substances (even more real than physical forms). Angelic sexuality is indeed metaphoric (abstract) from our lower, earthly point of view and consciousness and embraces theological relationships. The human heart and mind is not physical but spiritual, and, as an ontological reality beyond spacetime phenomena, contains all the functions (and pleasures) of the human anatomy. This sacred pleasure has its origins in the quality of one’s faith system and is beyond the mere stimulation of physical neurons.

      Swedenborg describes the angels of the highest heaven as being naked, yet they are entirely in innocence. My fear is that Swedenborgians have been going through a “dumbing-down” process for decades!

      Spiritually yours,

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