Category Archives: Inner growth

Why is love blind?

The reason is that whatever a person loves (from the principle of self-intelligence) is what a person believes to be good. Discernment (intellectual seeing) is useless here unless one is able to embrace an opposing feeling or affection. Like the … Continue reading

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God created the universe from the same laws that would allow the human race to evolve spiritually

That is what I call cosmic inner consistency—by which all process in the universe (including spiritual evolution) is unified. Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg championed this notion of the same laws appearing on all scales of existence with his science of correspondences. … Continue reading

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Why do many guides, experts and leaders have failed personal lives?

One of the things that often happen to people that experience failed personal lives is that they decide to become experts in helping others. While it is good to “get outside of oneself to find happiness through serving others,” I … Continue reading

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The Devil changes tactics

Not too long ago the Devil was evaluating his methods for expanding his hideous kingdom. He was always looking for new ways to improve and modify his devious plans so that earth-humans would become less and less suspicious of his … Continue reading

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Angels have “street smarts”

The term “street smarts” depicts someone who learns about life on the streets, rather than from books or from school. The phrase means that “wisdom” can be acquired by an individual who is not separated from their environment and the … Continue reading

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Goodness is no excuse for side-stepping regeneration

People would rather be seen as doing “good” in the world than have to experience the mental pain of spiritual regeneration and re-birth. But without “personal housecleaning,” all the reasons we choose to do “good” in the world can be … Continue reading

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The “directionality of complexity”

Of late, the concept of complexity in nature has captured many scientific minds. Their fascination lies in the fact that the physical universe seems to show a constant striving and endeavor toward increased organization. How is this possible in a … Continue reading

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Cutting-edge Swedenborgianism

Emanuel Swedenborg made the unique discovery that we each have three kinds or levels of blood—the red blood, the middle blood or Animal Spirit, and a higher blood fashioned from the human Soul. He first wrote about these three bloods … Continue reading

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“Truths in series”

In his great book on theology, True Christianity (n 508 [5]), Emanuel Swedenborg introduces us to the strange phrase “truths in series” by which the Lord God reveals deeper divine knowledge to us humans, in an orderly manner from the … Continue reading

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Is removing one’s negative characteristics different from being angelic and kind?

Nope! But I once had someone respond to me on the Internet by saying they would rather do good in the world, than spending time removing personally negative character traits—as though the two functions had nothing to do with each … Continue reading

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