- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: Staircase Press (June 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0970252722
- ISBN-13: 978-0970252722
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links (Anti-Intuitive Essays for Personal Transformation) Paperback – June 1, 2012
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Award-winning author Edward F. Sylvia, M.T.S. has had a most unique spiritual journey; a journey that is by no means over. He has studied various approaches to spiritual transformation for over 40 years and has embraced the systems of Emanuel Swedenborg and George Gurdjieff. Both men are little known. Their ideas would remain strange and lost to the world if some individual did not emerge from their challenging influences to demonstrate their positive mutual effect both now and for the hereafter
Mr. Sylvia is the author of Sermon from the Compost Pile Seven Steps Toward Creating an Inner Garden and Proving God: Swedenborg's Remarkable Quest for the Quantum Fingerprints of Love. He also shares his insights regularly on his blog as TheGodGuy. He and his wife currently live on an 11-acre homestead in southern Illinois. They have been married and contributing to each other's spiritual growth for 36 years. He is a former volunteer at the Missouri Botanical Garden, past president of the St. Louis Publishers Association and enjoyed a long and prosperous career in advertising. The author feels that his successful marriage is his most important credential for attempting this current work.
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Ed Sylvia specializes in the study of Emanuel Swedenborg, Swedish philosopher-theologian-scientist, and is equally interested in George Gurdjieff, an Armenian spiritual teacher who talked about humanity's spiritual potential despite us sleeping through our lives (you should look him up). In this book he explores their similarities and differences, except you don't really have to know much about these men (I know little) to totally "get" the messages of what Mr. Sylvia goads us with for our own little self and spiritual transformations.
This book contains a lot that pastors and other religious leaders could throw at their congregations now and then because a little "irritation is what causes an oyster to make a pearl." We all need a little sting now and then to open our eyes to what our human and spiritual potential is. Get us to jump off our comfort wagons and grow on our God journeys. If you believe in God and want to challenge yourself a little, both intellectually and spiritually, this book is for you. Oh, and watch out for those wasps crawling around the pages.
managed to merge two great spiritual seekers from so far apart
as Sweden and Russia.
And almost 200 years apart.
Gurdjieff taught that the vast majority of humanity lives their entire lives in a state of hypnotic "waking sleep," but that it was possible to transcend to a higher state of consciousness and achieve full human potential.
I agree with the expression "waking sleep"
though I find a more exact spiritual explanation
in the fall of man narrative in Divine Principle.
Google for Divine Principle Chapter 2.
Quote from the book:
Swedenborg assures us that even if we succeeded in becoming angels of the highest
heaven, we would still be playing a role and acting "as if" good things originated from our being...
Also this is challenged by new spiritual teaching
Google for Divine Principle Second Advent.
It would be interesting to see Edward Sylvia incorporating
this latest and new deep insights into the thinking of Swedenborg and Gurdjieff.
A good book as a starter into 2 spiritual giants it is though.