Sacred postures and gestures

Gurdjieff_MovementsScientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg claimed that,  “All affections, whatsoever they are, have corresponding gestures in the body.” (Apocalypse Explained n 77) For instance, bowing down represents adoration from humiliation.

An actor on the stage or screen will adopt various postures and gestures to communicate a certain inner state of mind to the audience. Unfortunately, this means one can learn how to imitate inner values that one does not possess or genuinely follows. This manipulation is the origin of pretense and deception.

Thankfully, 20th century guru George Gurdjieff used this same technique for positive spiritual transformation. He had discovered that most humans acquire a very limited array of gestures and postures during their lives. These gestures, due to habit and repetition become “hard-wired” into the human brain.

Liberation from this limited human sphere requires breaking through and expanding these worn out postures.

Gurdjieff discovered that if he could get men and women to adopt a new range of postures he cold open their minds to new potentials, which would otherwise deteriorate within the conditions of modern life.

These “extra” postures and gestures became the basis for his sacred movements, in which students who performed them, were given a shocking new look at themselves—especially as to how mechanical their lives had become (in spite of their education).

Eventually, various world religions and churches will include this wise approach into their modus operandi.


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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
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