Beyond who I think I am

BeyondMyselfAll through history, the human species has suspected that there are higher forms of consciousness than that which we are accustomed to experiencing in our daily lives. The challenge has been the attainability of such mind-stretching realities, where we instantly know truth.

The attainability of these higher states of mind has to do with knowing what obstacles stand in our way. These “obstacles” are ourselves!

It is my very own ego and self-centeredness that holds me back from obtaining these higher human potentials.

Great spiritual gurus of the past like Emanuel Swedenborg and George Gurdjieff insisted that the functioning of higher consciousness already operates fully in our innermost reality and brain substrates. The problem is we are unable to connect directly with these noble and miraculous functions from where we presently are. They are closed off from us!

These elevated functions of consciousness are well beyond who we think we are. In fact, it is whom we think we are that these higher functions find no welcoming ground in which to pitch their tents and set up camp within the human heart and mind.

Only conscious suffering opens us up to higher realities. Not the normal worldly suffering from life’s painful events, but from voluntarily subjecting ourselves to embracing higher (God–influenced) ideals. This suffering usually represents resisting terrestrial desires and passions in favor of higher spiritual tenets. This inner “combat” brings our lower, habitual lives into greater correspondence and agreement with these higher-level influences (which can only flow into like and similar things).

These higher functions, are spiritual, and can only flow in where there is sincere humility and innocence. These higher functions represent God’s plan for our eternal happiness—not our personal plan for pleasure. When these two forms of happiness meet, there is combat (portrayed by all the battles that take place in the pages of Holy Scripture).

God’s Holy Word is a blueprint for helping us get beyond who we think we are—especially if we gain the key to translating the details of the blueprint.

I have undertaken to write special books which provide just those keys.

http://www.staircasepress.com

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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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