My 1,000th Blog Article!

1000Several years ago I made a personal commitment to write 1,000 blog articles. As of this very post I have reached that goal!

The purpose of that effort has been to create an author’s platform for selling the spiritual books I was writing and publishing. I got good results—considering that I was offering challenging and even contradictory ideas to the contemporary belief systems of most people.

I will continue to write such anti-intuitive books, but having reached my 1,000th blog post milestone, I no longer feel it compulsory to feed the blog beast (which hungers incessantly for new “content”).

I will now write blog articles as it suits me—in order to keep a presence on the internet.

So I will leave you with this message today: The Lord God will neither put up with the status quo nor with the growing trend for terrestrial (external) justice—especially if it provides no clues for one’s inner development.

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You can’t fool your cerebellum

cerebellumModern science does not know very much about the cerebellum. As a result, most of today’s brain research involves the cerebrum and its neural connections.

Only Emanuel Swedenborg and George Gurdjieff offered profound insights into the mysterious workings of this unique brain organ.

According to Swedenborg, the cerebrum (our voluntary) is oriented to the outer terrestrial world of the senses, but the cerebellum (involuntary) is focused on all the inner states of the cerebrum—its intentions, passions and affections. In other words, the cerebellum is wired to watch over our inner (psycho-spiritual) world.

Why? Because it is responsible for maintaining equilibrium and stability between our organic processes and our passions—otherwise, our individuality would become completely torn apart.

Also, the influences picked up by the cerebellum go into forming sperm in males and ovum in females. So as Gurdjieff once told a follower, John Bennett, the cerebellum also gets rid of any superfluous ideas that are not kindred with, or corresponding to, a person’s true passions. This is an important stage (called the “harnel-aoot” by Gurdjieff) in which we must become vigilant over our wishes—before they can automatically enter (unchallenged) our reproductive and generative processes.

This also means that a male’s sperm and female’s ovum becomes inwardly changed during genuine spiritual transformation. All process (good or bad) produces a corresponding bio-affect (leading to something taking actual form).

In heaven, these bio-affects determine which males and females will make the best eternal partners. (Sorry, but political correctness does not trump these universal laws!)

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“God tempts no one.”

I-CAN-RESIST-EVERYTHING-BUT-TEMPTATION-480x600The above phase is taken from Emanuel Swedenborg’s Apocalypse Explained (246).

Yet elsewhere, Swedenborg insists that God’s truths cannot be instilled (acquired) into one’s inner life without temptations.

So what gives here?

According to Swedenborg, the Lord God uses every circumstance wisely (and providentially) to promote His heavenly trajectories. This means allowing infernal spirits (from hell) to reprove and chasten—that is, to challenge any genuinely spiritual idea in a person’s memory.

(Even noble ideas must go deeper than a person’s memory function in order to be appropriated. But such a temptation to make this happen is not permitted among those with wrongly oriented hearts.)

The resulting conflict (and friction) between opposing influences forges particular notions to form an eternal belief system within one’s inner (spiritual) organic fabric. In this way God uses evil to help in the process of spiritual transformation because evil is then used as an important passive principle to allow Truth to become organically fixed (qualified) deeply into the human spirit.

Gushiness, chumminess and worldly affirmations are manifestations of lazy worshippers choosing not to enter into this humbling process and self-conflict.

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The wrong kind of Love

self-centered1Most people feel loved (and affirmed) when others show them kindness. This is because most people are treated like crap most of the time.

But how does one come upon deep, sincere, spiritual love when one is calmed only by the affirmation and attention of others? In Holy Scripture, we are warned against seeking the praise of mere mortal men (and women).

This becomes a difficulty in spiritual transformation since God wants to remove us from any self-centeredness that thrives on affirmation from others. So what kind of affirmation are we really seeking—that we are wonderful, precious beings (in spite of ourselves)?

How so?

When we pray to God, we usually ask that situations go in the direction that pleases us most. But God does things that will best promote His heavenly intentions—including showing up our false self-image and worldly affections (in fact, the Second Coming will be to destroy our false self-images and deluded self-worth).

Kindness can be external and internal. When we seek affirmation (in church or anywhere else) of our supposed self-worth, we forget there is a difference.

God’s heavenly angels have their focus on others—not on themselves.

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You cannot change your mind in the spiritual world

choosingSome people believe that if they were to die and find themselves in a spiritual kingdom they would instantly change their minds concerning God.

But if you had nurtured a predisposition to not have such a notion in the very depths of your heart, nothing will ever make you change your thoughts. This is because the heart rules one’s thinking.

Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg observed that every person whose spirit entered the spiritual world would receive, from angels, profound lessons about God’s heaven and be allowed to view all the facts. Still, many individuals continue to reject what they are told (and even see there) because their hearts are opposed to such things—preferring that their self-centeredness remain the focus of all things. (See Apocalypse Explained 242c [7].)

People only see what they are willing to believe.

So many make an exit to a lower realm that best expresses the self-promoting aspects of their hearts. Therefore, none of their ideas are really changed when they leave the earth!

If you hold off genuine goodness and mutual love until you are told to, you are not really seeking those qualities in yourself.

Now is the time to look into and change your heart!

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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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Spiritual Fashion Trends

heart-sleeveAre there fashion shows in the Spiritual World?

Probably.

But the latest clothing and fashions at such heavenly shows represent the most desirable and sought-after inner qualities of one’s heart and mind.

In other words, all clothes in the other world reflect the beliefs that one adorns their lives with. So spiritual fashion trends (truth trends) would put on display the newest and best-fitting heavenly lessons—tailored exactly to our needs. (These lessons and teachings of God’s Spiritual Truths are those that will best complement the evolution of one’s inner life.)

And, as one becomes more and more receptive to God’s teachings, the more beautiful one’s spiritual wardrobe and fashions in the next world will get.

In the spiritual world, we not only will wear our hearts on our sleeves, we will also wear our hearts (and deepest beliefs) in every stitch and in everything we dress up in. The fabric will always represent the fabric of our very being!

So fashion statements are much more profound and deeply personal in the spiritual realm than they are here on earth.

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Is spiritual growth gentle or harsh?

biblical_battleDepends on how we approach religion.

When Emanuel Swedenborg tells us that the Lord God and His angels always work gently to bend our flawed desires into something that is more, noble, this does not mean that we are separated or immune from any suffering or discomfort whenever the Heavens act and try to purify us.

While The Lord removes many undesirable traits from our lives secretly and without our knowledge, conscious spiritual transformation requires real knowledge and difficult choices.

Swedenborg tells us that the trajectory of Divine Providence is to take humanity from states of evil to less evil, and even to good. But this cleansing process is lawfully intensified by our reciprocation and partnership with the Creator. We must consciously choose and endure the “ego-popping” self-discoveries that spiritual challenges bring upon us.

Our reactions to this divine cleansing influence can often be intense and lead to real agony because of what we most strongly identify with (self-centeredness—or that which we believe belongs to us from lower, worldly principles) is being criticized and challenged from above.

As the saying goes, “old habits die hard.”

Furthermore, the higher, psycho-spiritual interpretation of the Apocalypse in Revelation and other biblical battles represents the inner intensity of genuine spiritual confrontation. It is a cosmic war. Even Jesus was in a sweat as he prayed in the olive grove at Gethsemane about his future challenges (because his finite human form still contained some doubts and physical fears).

The belief that spiritual growth is always a joy can delude us and make us complacent to our spiritual responsibilities, where it becomes a real struggle to see God’s help and providence working through our various misfortunes.

Spiritual transformation is a life and death struggle between our old self and the new self that God has planned for us. So one of those selves has to die! This process can only be gentle if we receive truths sparingly and let our inner battles simmer slowly over a long period of time.

There is real evidence that Swedenborg’s own spiritual journey was harsh (especially since he left the world with a completely new dispensation from heaven—that is not yet accepted).

The more truth we acquire, the greater the battle (spiritual conflict) to incorporate those truths into genuine love and action, which emerges from a growing conscience.

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Serving others

feed-hungry-childTheologian Emanuel Swedenborg said that the way we serve others is the way we ultimately serve the Lord God. Service determines where one’s heart really is and where our actions stem from.

Therefore, we must sincerely evaluate our way of giving and sharing. Is it temporary or is it eternal? You see, giving food, clothing, money or any other support may not reach the Lord God in heaven. God only cares about lasting, eternal help.

What is temporary help, and what is eternal help?

Temporary help is merely physical help that never lasts, but eternal help represents the raising up of another person’s inner values and promotion of his or her spiritual future. (The latter principle does not preclude the former.)

Our acts of kindness and concern for others must come with an eternal lesson.

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When “Love,” “Faith” and “Hope” no longer works!

praying-handsOnly 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!

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