New Year’s Resolutions

2014-new-years-celebrationI used to think that New Year’s resolutions were superficial. Even though they often deal with one’s body image and physical health concerns, these resolutions embrace a profound principle in personal transformation.


Well, they all represent some ideals we hold in our minds that do not reflect our current personal realities. We may have an ideal body weight or ideal personality trait that we aspire to. This means there is a moment of consciousness and self-awareness that something is not quite right in our lives.

The noble principle being employed here is the conscious contact between what we know to be ideal and how we actually behave in life (introspection). This contact (from self-sincerity) causes inner conflict (remorse) and one of these aspects must conquer the other.

The result of this conflict (inner friction) is incorporated into the very fabric of our being. The fact that many of us put our resolutions aside after only a few weeks or months of this kind of personal engagement means that something negative in our fabric refuses to budge.

So pick something simple at first, then be braver each year!

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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2 Responses to New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Carla Friedrich says:

    Epiphany Greetings!

    My fave time of year 🙂 I reset my email subscription to because i want to continue receiving your blog posts. But thought I d send this too. I hope you are well and your family too. I haven’t checked fb or anything. but always love your thoughts. Sending love and Warm wishes for you and your loved ones in the New Year, Carla

    • thegodguy says:


      Good to hear from you! Although my writing has ruffled some (Swedenborgian) feathers I was told that my lecture at the Swedenborg Library (in Chicago) last november was the highlight of the year (2013). They want me back but I have not decided yet – I am working on a new major, major book. I am now concentrating on the topic of “Regeneration” which is apart of, but a different aspect of spiritual “charity” and “uses.” I believe Swedenborgians have “missed an important step” in this process!

      Happy New Year!

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