Swedenborg cracked the Christmas Story code

jesus in mangerWithout breaking through the profound symbolism of the Christmas Story, some people will always attack it because of negative associations. Such individuals see Christmas as the birth of a hateful religion that has led to western colonialism and a slew of wrongful biases and injustices.

Both modern Christian worshippers and atheists need to elevate their hearts and minds to grasp the “hidden meanings” of this sacred event.

When probed more deeply, the Christmas Story offers revelations about the dual and split nature of the human psyche. When Mary and Joseph are told that there is no room at the Inn for them to stay, the deeper and more relevant psycho-spiritual message is that the Lord Jesus cannot be born within us on the level of our daily and habitual minds. On such a level, we are scrambling to meet the requirements of corporeal life, and leave no room for spiritual influences in our hectic lives.

The “Manger” represents how the Lord will be born in a special secluded place, outside the hustle and bustle of normal human activities. This secluded place is on another level of human awareness, which unfortunately has been replaced by outer, terrestrial concerns and anxieties.

Those who have studied Emanuel Swedenborg’s spiritual symbolism (the science of correspondences) know that the hidden secret of the Christmas Story is that the Lord (and His teachings) are to be born in each of our hearts.

But there is an even deeper meaning to the notion of our “hearts.” This heart is a new heart (and will) that is established during the innocence of our childhood and youth. As we grow and learn the ways of the world (symbolized by the Inn in the Christmas Story) this level of innocence becomes covered over by a manufactured personality (mask).

The Lord Jesus must be born within this deeper level of our consciousness (that operates below the mask), which Swedenborg calls the “remains.” But since this spiritual birth must take place where there is innocence, one must go through a process of purification first. This requires that the more noble ideas of our worldly mind and memory make contact with our inner motives through sincere self-examination. The resulting “friction” between what we know to be right and our actions creates the heat that will allow us to fuse together our dual and divided natures and create an “inner manger” for the Lord to born within us and expand His influence. (Without this spiritual combat, vanities will enter into all our good deeds.)

May this Christmas take place within the growing innocence of your new heart!


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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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2 Responses to Swedenborg cracked the Christmas Story code

  1. Yellohammer says:

    Fascinating stuff thanks !

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