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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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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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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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A new kind of praying?

Knowing how to pray and communicate with the Lord God in heaven is so important that Jesus, while on earth, taught exactly how we must each pray in the “Lord’s Prayer.” But two thousand years later, worshippers still go about … Continue reading

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Every generation senses reality less and less

I am writing this post because each passing generation seems to think that the world of humans is evolving in the right direction. This delusional mindset comes from ever-new scientific discoveries and new technologies, which add knowledge and convenience to … Continue reading

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Who should we care more about—the rich person or the starving child?

That depends. If you believe that there is no life beyond this earthly plane, then it is the starving child that we should focus on. But if you believe in a spiritual world beyond this one, then it is the … Continue reading

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I’m living in the Penthouse of the Tower of Babel

However, I am slowly coming to believe that I am no longer “hot shit.” Thanks to the challenging writings of Emanuel Swedenborg and George Gurdjieff, I can no longer put up the pretense of being a special or a good … Continue reading

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Why people don’t understand evil

Often we mistakenly judge goodness and evil based on whether an action taken is helpful or hurtful in society. This is flawed thinking because it is natural rather than spiritual. You see, a “bad” person can be helpful to others … Continue reading

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Should women be ordained into the Swedenborgian Church?

There are two major branches of the Swedenborgian (New) Church. One is simply called “Convention” and the other “General.” The Convention branch is considered more liberal and currently ordains both gays and women into its ministry. The General Church does … Continue reading

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When does the Lord God start protecting one’s “remains”?

There is a spiritual function which is only discussed in the theological writings of Emanuel Swedenborg. Apparently, everyone during the innocence of their childhood has genuine feelings of love stored (and protected) deeply within their psyches. These noble feelings serve … Continue reading

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