Only Emanuel Swedenborg and George Gurdjieff have focused on the human consequences of having two distinct kinds of minds—an inner and an outer mind. This dual nature in humans has rendered the spiritual impulses of “Love,” “Faith” and “Hope” ineffectual in modern times, and particularly useless from a traditional religious point of view in individuals who do not take this split into account.
Both Swedenborg and Gurdjieff claimed that the dual nature of human consciousness forms in childhood. This actual splitting of minds naturally occurs when children learn pretense from adults and the world around them. This causes a new personality (outer mask) of insincerity and deceit to develop and cover over their original (and more innocent) birth-consciousness, where it then becomes the new master and automatically takes over their dealings and interactions with the outer world.
Unfortunately, the noble concepts of “Love,” “Faith” and “Hope” have also been thrown into this outer, artificial mind/mask of pretention (and serve as vices). Now everyone can also manipulate these original sacred impulses merely to fool others into thinking positive things about them.
According to Swedenborg, the Lord God made wise use of this split mind by secretly implanting genuine spiritual feelings and knowledge (called remains) into just that mind which had been covered over and replaced—where they will be kept safe. God only works in human lives through this deeper, inner plane of the mind and this is the only place where genuine spiritual growth occurs, that is, the creation of a new will and heart. (Gurdjieff called this covered-over mind the subconscious, which holds and protects spiritual conscience from becoming atrophied by the vanities and allurements of the material world and human egoism.)
“Love,” “Faith” and “Hope” have not escaped this outcome and have become mixed with the human egoism (proprium).
When humans sincerely begin to notice their inconsistencies of behavior and resist temptations, the inner mind—with its God-given remains and conscience—begins to re-surface in our daily affairs. This is the “Dry Land” and the inner ground represented by “Day Three” of the Seven-Day Creation Story in Genesis that develops further, and brings forth, a heavenly garden in our lives!