Depth of character

YogaOne of the issues I have against various paths for personal transformation is the reluctance to dig deep into one’s character. As a result these strategies usually cover over any serious flaws we may be carrying, and instead, point to the many positive potentials of becoming more spiritual and conscious.

What is therefore offered is our going from being simply average to being a potent being, rather than going from dirt to gold. We are all being told about how precious we each are (just for being born).

Sure, everyone wants to be loved and seeks affirmation from others, but great mystics like Emanuel Swedenborg and George Gurdjieff discovered that they were rotten to the core.

The purpose of spiritual growth is to get to this rotten core and clean it out. Otherwise, our moral acts and acts of kindness in this world simply create gilded manure, which can shine brightly in the physical eyes of our associates.

Both Swedenborg and Gurdjieff discovered that our hearts and minds have a multi-structured architecture, with discrete functions that go beyond neural connections and that modern life has blinded us from making any real discoveries and changes to the deeper the parts of our hearts and minds—parts that survive death and continue to live in a spiritual realm. (So now people are devastated to find out anything that challenges their self-image.)

What is worse is that when people join groups that propose to promote love and compassion in the world, the members can wrongly believe that real inner changes are being made.

Swedenborg and Gurdjieff did not just discover great knowledge—they each conquered themselves. You cannot do that if you think acts of goodness in the world are the key. There are no acts of goodness (angelic goodness) without innocence. And there is no innocence without a personal cleansing (purification) of our deepest thoughts and feelings.

There are no heroes or great individuals in heaven—only those who are brave enough to take a closer and closer look at their own character when measured against God’s tenets.

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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