Are there real signs pointing to one’s genuine spiritual growth?

Tree-out-of-headThere indeed are. But making this sign known to most people on earth would only expose their personal fantasies relating to true spiritual transformation and bum them out.

I however, being a rascal at heart, cannot resist talking about it.

According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, when one succeeds in having their spiritual mind opened, they will no longer see the physical world the same way. Instead of grasping spiritual ideas naturally, a person begins seeing natural things spiritually.

How does one get to see things so differently during this psycho-spiritual switcheroo?

Well, a person’s mind escapes the boundaries and limitations of the spacetime arena and begins to see all the physical phenomena around themselves as representing spiritual processes and doctrinal truth. For instance, under this new type of perception a person would see how the stages of growth in a tree (from seed to seed) represents and corresponds to the stages of a person’s spiritual rebirth.

This new perception also makes clear to any reader that God’s Word is written in pure correspondences.

This is called angelic sight—to see everything according to correspondences and their higher meanings. Having such a view of things is a sure sign of spiritual evolution.

But even those who follow Swedenborg’s theological ideas can become lazy and look for easier ways to feel they are making important spiritual strides. This laziness most often comes in the form of people trying to make external changes (external utopias) in the world—like feeding the starving children, helping widows, helping the poor, free energy or accepting everyone’s lifestyle. These social issues, while showing friendly compassion, only represent outer forms of compassion and justice, because no one has ever entered heaven just for having food in their belly, money in their pocket, having a roof over their head, being accepted in society, or having a say in government.

That is why Jesus Christ told Pontius Pilate that His Heavenly Kingdom was “within.” He didn’t tell the Roman governor about the need to treat people more equitably.

Even telling others that “God loves them” can make people place their hopes in the wrong areas (seeing spiritual things only in positive natural outcomes).

I say “lazy” because it takes harsh introspection to rid oneself of the worldly influences and flaws that keep people’s spiritual minds closed (enslaved) from seeing the world (and reality) through higher, spiritual correspondences.

If Pontius Pilate had his spiritual eyes opened it would have blown his mind.

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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