Puppets

Puppets-peopleI grew up at a time when puppets were much, much more popular than they are today. I was fascinated by TV shows like Howdy Doody, Kukla, Fran & Ollie, Shari Lewis (with Lambchop) and Paul Winchell (with Jerry Mahoney).

The most recent (and successful) attempt to use puppets probably comes from the late Jim Henson and his “Muppets.” Although he took puppetry to new levels (like Farscape) I also think he took this craft out of the hands of most children.

I made both hand puppets (from socks) and marionettes as a child. I believe watching, making and playing with puppets during my early life helped to develop my mind to think more creatively.

Perhaps, too much so.

Years later, when I embraced the amazing theological ideas of Emanuel Swedenborg, and found myself in a church without a minister, I volunteered to write and deliver a few sermons. One of those sermons involved the use of a “surprise” (unannounced) puppet show.

I was trying to put “new wine in new wineskins.” Unfortunately, the puppet show came as such a shock to the habitual listening of sermons by the congregation that the message was obscured by the unexpected visual show unfolding before them.

No one in the church pews remembered what was actually said!

I would never be the same after that puppet sermon, or view religion and people the same, ever, ever again.

I now also follow the habit-destroying ideas of George Gurdjieff and battle against becoming a puppet myself during my short life of this earthly existence!

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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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4 Responses to Puppets

  1. Lee says:

    Hells bells! You used puppets in church?!? Shocking!!! 😛

    • thegodguy says:

      Lee,

      A lot has changed since then – mainly me. But the church still remains the same.

      Spiritually yours,
      TheGodGuy

      • Lee says:

        What the church is is what it’s going to be. Though the church talks about change, its people like it the way it is. The church continues as it is because that’s what its members want. It is unlikely that existing institutions will change. More likely, they will fade into the past as new ones take their place. This is the organizational cycle of birth, life, death, and new birth. The Christian Church as it existed in the past has had its run. It is now fading away while new institutions take its place as the spiritual leader of the culture and the world.

  2. thegodguy says:

    Lee,

    Yes! And that is why my blog and books attract mainly a non-Swedenborgian and non-institutional audience! The “New Jerusalem” will take the place of current religious institutions. It will consist of those individuals who personally choose to regenerate – and not simply to reorganize or to congregate in order to feel special.

    Spiritually yours,
    TheGodGuy

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