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Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links (Anti-Intuitive Essays for Personal Transformation) Paperback – June 1, 2012
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About the Author
Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York. After a long career as a copywriter for some of the world’s largest advertising agencies in New York, St. Louis and Chicago, he now “advertises for God,” and has shared many insights in his blog as TheGodGuy. He received his M.T.S. (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 at PSR. He is a past president of the St. Louis Publishers Association, and a member of the International Book Publishers Association (IBPA), the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS), the Swedenborg Scientific Association (SSA), the Missouri Botanical Garden and Forest Park Forever. Mr. Sylvia is the award-winning author of several books, including “Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden, ” the children’s fable “Cupid and the King of Muck,” an essay book titled “Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links,” and his masterwork “Proving God,” which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of Love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His latest book “Cosmic Duty: A Swedenborgian’s Interpretation of Beelzebub’s Tales To His Grandson (All And Everything)” brings the all-encompassing work of George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff and Emanuel Swedenborg together in one place—allowing us to compare their thinking, side-by-side, on many of the issues that the human race has grappled with since the beginning of time—the universe, civilization, religion, war, social justice, hypnotism, art, electricity, and what happens to us after we die. Edward has been a student of the ideas of both Gurdjieff and Swedenborg for over forty years and feels that writing this book changed his deepest views about both men. He has many other writing projects currently in the works.
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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.