Advanced Digestion

Angelic-DigestionWe use digestive metaphors to describe mental processes all the time. For instance, when pondering a thought we will use the words, “I’ll chew on that.” Also, we easily exchange the phrase “ruminating over” for mental activity.

Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg called this kind of symbolism correspondences, in which natural processes are analogs of higher mental and spiritual dynamics.

Thinking is much like eating and digestion. Therefore, we can help discover invisible realities from visible ones using this profound relationship. This can then help us learn more about the true steps towards our personal transformation.

For instance, some people can mentally digest more subtle ideas from concepts than others. However, we can learn from anatomy that true digestion not only includes getting more essential elements distilled from a compound substance but whether or not those essential elements are actually absorbed into the system and become the fabric of one’s inner being.

A hypocrite or deceiver can learn to intellectually distill noble notions, but these principles are not absorbed by such a person’s inner (spiritual) life.

The intellect may ruminate, but it is the heart that digests!

For instance, a person ruled by self-centered love uses information (mental food) differently than another person ruled by mutual love. The former uses knowledge for pretense and to impress, while the latter uses knowledge in innocence.

The former is actually insane, while the later is becoming an angel.

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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