Is God a body snatcher?

Podpeeps1Most definitely!

With the 2013 Halloween season approaching, I found myself contemplating the classic horror film Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I wondered if there was any spiritual symbolism that could be teased out of this morbid tale.

In the “body snatcher” movie, alien seedpods develop into the forms of specific earth-beings when they are most vulnerable—such as when they fall asleep. In other words aliens take over our bodies and identities when we are least conscious.

This makes sense.

In an early Bible chapter of Genesis, Adam does not get into trouble until he falls asleep. Using scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg’s science of correspondences (in which every worldly object, process or idea has a spiritual significance) I applied it to elements of this horror film to see what deeper spiritual revelations could be obtained.

Here is what I found:

A “seedpod” spiritually represents the patterning principles for some value or worldview. An alien seedpod, therefore, symbolizes a “foreign” belief system.

Physical “sleep” corresponds to a lower consciousness, which is unable to grasp reality and lives off of dreams and illusions. This mental state is where evil influences (foreign ideas to our souls) enter into our minds and take over our whole existence. This evil influence is as subtle as self-love and self-centeredness. Worse, we invite this takeover in ourselves when we stray from God’s tenets and are not vigilant!

The Lord God seeks to remove these negative influences and reclaim our lives with heavenly seeds (heavenly truths). This “re-snatching” involves God’s seeds growing inside us and giving us a new heavenly will and psyche (which controls the body). This process is also referred to as spiritual rebirth, regeneration and spiritual transformation.

Personally, I find the deeper, spiritual scenario of the movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers much more scary and horrifying than the worldly theme.


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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