There are no Tony Awards in heaven

Tony-AwardI happened to watch the Tony Awards last Sunday (June 9, 2013) on TV. I have to say that as a student of the transformative concepts of Emanuel Swedenborg and George Gurdjieff I was able to gaze upon this “dog and pony show” with some degree of objective non-attachment.

With all the talented singing, dancing and acting, the theater industry was simply honoring itself. Everyone in attendance was there to pat each other on the back. And they handed out “graven” trophies to those who were voted to have excelled in these areas of human artistic expression.


Yes! Spiritually speaking, a graven image symbolizes something fashioned by an artificer to craft a lie, which favors and validates worldly and egotistical loves. Or, as it states in Holy Scripture, they have bowed themselves to the works of their own hands (Jer. 1:16).

I was struck by much of the false humility of those receiving the awards (because everyone is going after the temporary praise and honor these awards bring). The lie is that these winners are depicted as being special and as having achieved true greatness (perhaps even goodness itself). In reality, the whole affair is cleverly disguising mere “sordid avarice.” The “game” (acting) is not to allow one’s self-love to appear conspicuous.

How can I be so harshly judgmental towards such human achievement, you say?

Well, nothing was performed at the Tony Awards to praise the achievements of the Creator-God (although a few winners might even have thanked God for their success with their lips). You see, in heaven, human achievement is not worshipped at all. Sorry.

This might lead some people to believe that heaven is a bummer. But there is no other way to secure sincere angelic innocence. Buddhists call our false sense of human importance and perceptivity “Maya,” Swedenborg called it a mental state of fantasy and sleep, while Gurdjieff called it plain old hypnosis.

Hypnosis is not too strong a word for the state of trance and spell that all the Tony Award’s contributors and spectators had fallen under. (I could even observe my own hypnosis come and go depending on how identified I was with the TV show.)

For this reason, when the Lord God focuses on your spiritual growth, you will feel like someone has rained on your parade (your worldly loves). Next, you will get a wakeup call. Then, spiritual combat will ensue from the opposing values occupying your inner world.

I have explored these seemingly anti-intuitive concepts (including personal hypnosis) in my “award-winning” book Proving God as well as in my smaller work Swedenborg & Gurdjieff.

It is time for us all to get real with ourselves—and I am including myself!


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
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2 Responses to There are no Tony Awards in heaven

  1. Forrest Dristy says:

    Excellent essay. Thanks.

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear Forrest,

      You are welcome. I do have to say that some of my Facebook (Swedenborgian) friends are having a problem with this one!

      Spiritually yours,

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