Category Archives: psychology

Is spiritual growth gentle or harsh?

Depends 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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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An incomplete metaphor

One of the most familiar metaphors used to depict human spiritual growth is that of a lowly caterpillar transforming into a beautiful butterfly. While it is true that we all can manifest greater beauty in our lives, it is wrong … Continue reading

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Make a wish upon a “star”

Almost everyone has heard that phrase for successful wishing while he or she was growing up. But what does it really mean to make a wish upon a star? It seems more enchanting than even throwing coins into a wishing … Continue reading

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When “means” become “ends”

All religions have strategies to battle “sin” and “wrong-doing.” But how does a rationally thinking person verify what is really (objectively) a sin? “Sin” and “evil” can be understood scientifically as doing something against true order. But if you do … Continue reading

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The Devil starts a new educational program

The Devil looked at all the attendees of his new hellish workshop and, with a cavity-filled smile, said, “We can no longer simply trick earth-humans into making overt acts of wrongdoing. That’s getting too obvious. From now on, you must … Continue reading

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Psycho-spiritual flora and fauna

Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg made the claim that the evolution of the human spirit mirrors the evolution of organic life (plants and animals) on earth. Both “upward” processes involve a similar principle of the rules and order in the trajectory of … Continue reading

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The three psycho-nuptials and spiritual growth

In Emanuel Swedenborg’s great theological work Divine Love & Wisdom (n 404), he discusses three levels of marriage (nuptials) or conjunction between the human intellect and heart that leads to true reasoning and rationality. The main message here is that … Continue reading

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Unflattering self-discoveries

What many people miss about the purpose of religion is that, while living, each of us is to “die” to our old self and its ways. Changing one’s smile, wardrobe, hairstyle or the books one reads doesn’t cut it. These … Continue reading

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Love without Truth | Truth without Love

What many people find hard to understand is that good deeds are terrestrial (worldly) and not spiritual, unless done from some divine principle or teaching. Without this, even our best intentions and actions toward others become self-centered. Why? Because we … Continue reading

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