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“God tempts no one.”

The 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 … Continue reading

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No matter how well I develop my talents, I still have to vacuum the house

My household chores do not go away with my successes at writing books about or studying rare cosmic concepts. Every week I have to vacuum. It is one of my responsibilities. While this sometimes aggravates me (and my egotism), without … Continue reading

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What would be a most effective book title?

As an author I know that the title (and topic) of a book will often determine its sales potential. On pondering this issue I have come to the conclusion that such a successful title would read: Become beautiful, slim, healthy, … Continue reading

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A new kind of funeral service

Frank was attending the funeral service of his longtime friend, Fred, who had recently died from complications of the liver. As Frank sat in his folding chair and listened to the various eulogies given by those who knew Fred most … Continue reading

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Saints and heroes are not tolerated in heaven

Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg made a great anti-intuitive observation about those in heaven who had received great honors while on earth. Those individuals declared saints or who received notoriety and fame on earth are not told of their special worldly status … Continue reading

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There are no Tony Awards in heaven

I happened to watch the Tony Awards last Sunday (June 9, 2013) on TV. I have to say that as a student of the transformative concepts of Emanuel Swedenborg and George Gurdjieff I was able to gaze upon this “dog … Continue reading

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What creates more humility—religion or hemorrhoids?

No one brags about their hemorrhoids. The only thing that brings humility to an individual is to have a personally embarrassing defect that is plainly visible and causes real discomfort. Hemorrhoids fulfill this condition of personal mortification. One cannot easily … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Swedenborgian sinner

Probably the most contested statement by Emanuel Swedenborg from “Swedenborgians” themselves is that the human race “is filled with evil of every kind.” Such an unflattering statement seems anti-intuitive to the human post-modern mind. Hell and evil seem like archaic … Continue reading

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In memory of Stan Musial (1920 – 2013)

Hall of Fame baseball player Stan Musial died last Saturday at the age of 92. He was one of the greatest baseball players of all time. But why would I write about a great baseball player in a blog dedicated … Continue reading

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An interview with a real angel from heaven

INTERVIEWER: “Hello everyone. Today we have a most special guest—a real angel from heaven.”  He addresses the guest: “I am glad that you have been allowed to materialize into a physical body and take my questions.” ANGEL: “Actually your spiritual … Continue reading

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