More people would embrace Swedenborg’s ideas if they paid closer attention to their own thoughts

UncleEd-thinkingSwedenborg made a remarkable claim that God had given him the ability to explore the Spiritual World and report its secrets to those on earth. This exploration took almost thirty years and Swedenborg wrote dozens of books to convey what he witnessed and heard in this non-physical realm. (He made this unique exploration as a distinguished scientist!)

While I cannot personally verify his claim, I can evaluate his discoveries.

One of his biggest discoveries was that God’s Word contains an inner level of meaning. For instance, every literal word of the sacred narratives (not all the canonical Bible is included) has a psycho-spiritual equivalent. Using these psycho-equivalent interpretations, Swedenborg translated the biblical stories of Genesis, Exodus and Revelation (and certain passages of the four gospels) to show how these rarefied meanings were fully consistent throughout.

Since this challenges many of the traditional theological approaches to biblical interpretation there are lots of skeptics out there. But one needs only to pay attention to his or her own thoughts to find evidence that Swedenborg was on to something extremely important.

We use psycho-spiritual meanings in our lexicons (vocabulary of language) all the time. We have an innate talent for using physical terms to convey mental realities. We call this language metaphor (Swedenborg called it correspondences).

When someone describes another person as “wandering off the path,” they are not talking about a person who has difficulty staying on a sidewalk. We all understand this use of language to mean that someone has made a life-choice mistake and picked a mental direction that is flawed.

“Path” means “truth” as to its psychological equivalent. This elevation of a physical term works perfectly with the theological usage of the word “path.”

Why would we not give God credit for using the same form of abstraction to communicate higher messages? It is through these higher levels of meaning that God’s Word recovers its authority, inerrancy and eternal relevancy.

As an author, all my published works are aimed at demonstrating the truth behind Swedenborg’s unique discoveries.


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 More people would embrace Swedenborg’s ideas if they paid closer attention to their own thoughts

  1. says:

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    • thegodguy says:

      I am glad you found inspiration at this blog site. Better yet, I have written several books touching on Swedenborg’s ideas of inner growth and mind elevation. A children’s book will be coming out Sept. 2013!

      Spiritually yours,

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