Everyone loves the smell of their own farts!

fart cloudWhile most people will find the above phrase “crude” they will also secretly acknowledge it as a statement of profound cosmic truth!

The phrase is on my list of great and wise sayings.

Not only because the phrase is true, but also because it represents profound spiritual truth (if we elevate our minds)!

We all have a “stinky” or flawed side to us. But ironically, we are much more repulsed by the flaws of others over our own.

Same, with all our farts. We are much less concerned when we ourselves pass wind.

On the terrestrial and worldly plane, farts are gases released from the activity of our intestines. The intestines’ work is to absorb materials to sustain the physical body and jettison those materials deemed not suitable for one’s organic wellbeing and maintenance. Farting is a part of this vital organic process.

On a deeper, spiritual level this organic process symbolizes the rejection of various emotions, thoughts and beliefs, which our soul deems unacceptable to our proper behavior.

But the soul is compelled to operate under our personal “likes” and “dislikes.” We each put our own personal touch on this chemical and gaseous process.

Spiritually speaking, the sense of smell symbolizes the perception of moral order and ultimately the pleasantness of heavenly goodness and truth. Stinky or foul odors represent the perception of foul (and spiritually hurtful) qualities. We can become accustomed to being partial to both because we can embrace and relate to our own hurtful worldviews as well as our good ones.

The reason why each of us is less repulsed by our own farts is because we relate to our own particular stink and downsides (from our own life-choices). So, other peoples’ farts gross us out far more than our own. Their odor is more foreign and unfamiliar to us. This is a cosmic truth, which cannot be denied by anyone with a working nose. We all approach life differently, and make different life-choices. (This is mirrored in all our organic operations.) What we each internally procure and process in life is different as well, and gives off its own unique odor.

This “vulgar discharge” is like a spiritual fingerprint of our shady side.

What we fail to notice is that we can stink on several distinct levels—physical, mental and spiritual. Do angels hold their noses at your choices and activities?


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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6 Responses to Everyone loves the smell of their own farts!

  1. Yellohammer says:

    Hilarious and true ! God guy is there anything you have written about eve and adam, I’m not actually a Christian but was brought up in the west so have this as a primary source and since have gone back further to see some Hindu concepts evolved in the bible etc (sorry if that’s considered pagan blasphemy but Jesus walking on water is straight comparison to siddhis in my scope ) . I’m particularly interested in the meanings behind the conversation eve has with snake, and why it is eve not adam which takes the first bite)
    Perhaps u have written about this and I can’t find it , do let me know. !

    • thegodguy says:

      Yes, I have written about Adam and Eve. This biblical story in Genesis has multiple layers of meaning. The story’s relevance to the post-modern world is that our emotional world (Eve) is what drags down the human intellect (Adam). It is a psycho-spiritual story of humankind’s preference for self-centeredness (and fabrication) rather than God consciousness (and reality). The snake represents one’s consciousness when it is focused on lower, worldly things (crawling on the ground).

      Happy Holidays!

      • Yellohammer says:

        Thank you , it is said when eve left the GOE her regretful tears turned to lilies. I think this may be Victorian but like the plant and animal totems.

  2. thegodguy says:

    You are most welcome!

    In my faith-view (Swedenborgian) “Eve” represents something of our inner character – selfish desires to find soul-nutriment from the “fruit” of our own subjective and limited beliefs.

    Spiritually yours,

    • Yellohammer says:

      Mmm yes agreed, also I like to think it actually foolish to try and take on the same knowledge as omnipotence , I think we forget why we are here in order to find our way back through truth. Also it makes sense eve represents inner thoughts vs masculine energy aspects. This links with male (right) and feminine (left) pillars on Kabbalist tree of life structure which is as you know also Jewish In origin like the OT. Thx

      • thegodguy says:

        We are all being challenged to probe topics more deeply. I am glad that you sense deeper structures of truth within mundane and worldly forms. Happy Holidays!

        Spiritually yours,

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