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.