A successful birth requires a slap on the butt. So does a successful spiritual rebirth.


We all know that a swift slap on the bottom by a doctor or nurse shocks a baby into breathing and therefore helps the child to enter into a new world.

Shocks are necessary to open us up to new experiences. Spiritual transformation and re-birth also require shocks. In spiritual birth, which leads to an angelic life of innocence, the proper shocks are provided when we see something about ourselves that needs changing. This second shock provides a slap to our faulty assumptions.

Both kinds of “slaps” hurt a bit, but both are quite necessary.

But modernity seems to demand that our lives not meet up with—or come into contact with—anything undesirable or that makes us feel uncomfortable. So outer acts of kindness, friendship and community (warm ‘n fuzzy stuff) are preferred to any sincere self-examination of our innermost reality. While calming and comforting, this “non-threatening” approach to goodness prevents us from facing our own inner dirt.

“So what?” you say…

Unfortunately, when we pass away and enter into the spiritual realm, we successively come into deeper states of our heart and mind—deeper than our outer, worldly acts of friendship—to the person we really are. This is a terrifying circumstance for those who simply keep their faults hidden from the eyes of the world (and from themselves).

Consider my blog posts (and books) as slaps to your spiritual fannies!


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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