Creating a predatory inner dictate

173_neuronsIt took awhile for me to connect my habitual consciousness and knowledge to my inner conscience (what Emanuel Swedenborg calls the sacred data of one’s “remains”).

The special functioning of my remains within my internal natural mind (subconscious mind) represents a mental plane where spiritual transformation begins and our inner world is changed to a more heavenly orientation.

Our remains are a gift of love from the Lord God and implanted in us while we were still in the innocence of our youth and infancy. These remains represent heavenly affections and knowledge cleverly placed by the Divine around and among all the negative elements lurking from our dark side. When this somnolent “sacred ground” in us is activated and aroused in later adult life by a new appreciation for God, it begins to expand its influence and gain more of our psycho-turf by seeking out and exposing the ignoble traits of our character that surround it in our internal natural mind. Then it challenges and does battle with our ego’s penchant for pretense by exposing it to some noble bit of knowledge in our memory, to force an awareness of the contradictions in our lives.

This special “contact” creates spiritual combat in our lives called temptation. (There is no temptation except in areas where we know better, because otherwise, there would be nothing within us to recognize and oppose our flaws of character.)

Only one or the other influence can ultimately dominate this inner turf of the human heart and mind (our spiritual reality)!

We all have knowledge of how to act well in society. But we can learn to cleverly fake this goodness around others when this contact and introspection is overlooked. Our remains serve to force the issue of sincerity in such a collision by comparing what we know with who we really are (and what we really intend).

As our God-given remains take hold and expand its rule over our inner turf, we regain our innocence and humility. But, if our dark side wins, it will forever dominate our inner reality no matter how “good” our outer acts might look to others.


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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