Our memory is like a jungle, forest or wilderness

In-the-Garden-of-My-Mind-lesliehagen.comEverything we sense in the outer, physical world can become data for our mental function of memory. This data first produces a “jungle” of ideas.

But brain data doesn’t just create a jungle of the mind. As we mature we each distinguish, then embrace some ideas more than others (from some principle of love). This causes some data to be favored over others and to develop beyond other information.

So over time, the inner jungle of our memory becomes more organized into an ordered (and systematized) mental realm that clearly represents our belief system, or inner garden. In other words, like the evolution of plant and animal life on earth, humans take part in another evolutionary process, which involves creating new genera and species of feelings and ideas within the mind.

One process represents the evolution of the physical biosphere and environment on earth. The other is a deeper process representing the evolution of a more internal biosphere that is just as real. In fact, this second or mental biosphere determines how we look at, value and acquire knowledge from the first or physical environment. It is who we really are.

This has spiritual considerations.

According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, God’s Holy Word focuses solely on the second evolution of our deeper bio-reality. The term “wilderness” in Scripture is used to portray an early and confused state of the human mind, from which only God’s Wisdom can lead us out—that is, God’s value system and tenets represent the proper means by which our mental jungle can be transformed and arranged into a more beautiful landscape or garden.

This is why the Lord, while on earth, told Pontius Pilate that His kingdom was “within.” Heaven is not a place you go to, it is something you become. This great law rules all true spiritual growth and thus, all true religions.


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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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