Our spiritual remains and the sensing of the flow of time

The_Persistence_of_MemoryScientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg introduced a very strange concept into human psychology and spiritual themes. He stated that the Lord God implanted within each of us a place for spiritual truths and affections to flow into our lives. He called this plane the remains.

These noble influences are implanted from Above during the time of our childhood innocence. Only when in a state of innocence can one receive these heavenly gifts.

But as a child loses his or her innocence and learns pretense from others in the world, this innocent plane of consciousness gets shut off and covered over. It gets covered over by the mask that pretense and falsity creates—automatically forming our habitual thoughts and worldly intentions.

We now believe—from repetition becoming second nature—that this “mask” is who we really are.

But the mask represents a more limited expression of who we really are, and as such, we become equally limited in our perceptions of reality, including the flow of time. So time speeds up from our subjective viewpoint!

The speeding up of our sense of the flow of time is actual evidence that we have forsaken our God-given and cosmic duty.

This is one of the most important spiritual topics I have ever come across and it would take a book to really explain adequately. Hmmm…


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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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10 Responses to Our spiritual remains and the sensing of the flow of time

  1. Ian Thompson (@theisticscience) says:

    Do you think that is rather our remains that define who we are?

    • thegodguy says:


      I am not sure I understand your question. But the Lord God ONLY works through one’s remains. It is our remains (spiritual conscience) which develops over the Seven-Day Creation Story in Genesis (and we are defined by how far we get in that process of regeneration).

      Spiritually yours,

      • Ian Thompson says:

        I was wondering about what you think is the relative importance of remains (from childhood innocence) and decisions (from adulthood) in determining what kind of spiritual person we become. Different people have different remains, but we have (at that time) little conscious control over what remains we end up with.

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear Ian,

    We have lots of conscious control as to how to expand our remains (regardless of our starting point). Our choice to regenerate and our efforts to suffer God’s Will determines how our remains re-awaken and expand into a spiritual body (even spiritual process must take on an organic form). Few people (including many Swedenborgians) know how to properly connect with their remains – and feed it. It is the development of our remains (through temptation and inner combat) that determines the extent to which we return to an innocent state and what kind of spiritual person we become (and where we will have our abode in the spiritual realm). I will address these issues in my next book!

    Spiritually yours,

    • Ian Thompson says:

      Consider the case of one’s first love of someone of the opposite sex when rather young, and when that attraction is not followed up. Are those feelings, now buried, part of our remains?

      • thegodguy says:


        Important eternal things (like God’s remains) become buried when we learn pretense as young children. This represents an actual split in human consciousness – creating inner and outer (mask) personalities. The outer form, which we use in the terrestrial world, offers only memory data (faith of knowledge).

        I have no way of knowing how God would treat the affections of your imagined “young person.” But I do know that Swedenborg’s important doctrine of remains is given little attention and study.

        There is no genuine spiritual love where there is no innocence – regardless of how friendly and helpful we may act in the world. Only God loves!

        Spiritually yours,

      • Ian Thompson (@theisticscience) says:

        Yes, we are only talking about innocent affections.

  3. thegodguy says:


    Yes! And to keep individuals from merely dreaming that their affections are innocent the Lord God requires us to go through unflattering temptations to make our affections free of any egoism. 🙂

    Spiritually yours,

    • Ian Thompson says:

      Those temptations seem to be necessary, because innocent affections from childhood (our remains) can be extremely powerful once reawakened. So I find.

      • thegodguy says:

        Temptations are necessary to bring “heat” and connect what we know with how we actually feel and act. The ensuing conflict (if we are vigilant and victorious) allows our remains and spiritual conscience to re-surface (3rd day of the Creation Story). Spiritual transformation and growth ONLY happens through the remains – everything else is delusional.

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