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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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Advanced Digestion

We use digestive metaphors to describe mental processes all the time. For instance, when pondering a thought we will use the words, “I’ll chew on that.” Also, we easily exchange the phrase “ruminating over” for mental activity. Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg … Continue reading

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More people would embrace Swedenborg’s ideas if they paid closer attention to their own thoughts

Swedenborg made a remarkable claim that God had given him the ability to explore the Spiritual World and report its secrets to those on earth. This exploration took almost thirty years and Swedenborg wrote dozens of books to convey what … Continue reading

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Religious leaders are spiritual chefs

Spiritual leaders do for the soul what restaurant chefs do for the stomach. And it is no accident that mental learning and physical eating can share similar terms—like ruminating, swallowing whole, chewing on something or tasting something. The word appetite … Continue reading

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The lost message of Christmas

Through the years various voices have complained about the way Christmas has lost its original message—deteriorating from people being thankful towards the Lord being born on earth to that of shallow and mindless consumerism. The Advent of the Lord has … Continue reading

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You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink it.

Almost everyone in America has heard this phrase. And, almost everyone sees it as representing wise advice, highly relevant to human life. In other words, its message is not literal (with only horse owners in mind) but rather, is a … Continue reading

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Swedenborg’s Triple Discovery

Emanuel Swedenborg, as a scientist, discovered that all things and processes, on all scales, proceeded by the same rules. In this way, he provided a model for how all laws and phenomena in the universe could be grasped as being … Continue reading

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The “debt ceiling” is like an alien parasite from outer space

For me, some of the most frightening horror flicks to ever come out of Hollywood are those where alien invaders grow and mature inside human bodies. I believe that the psychical power of these themes comes from the fact that … Continue reading

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When it comes to the Holy Grail, physicists and the New Church are in agreement

Often times when I read a popular book on the New Physics, the author/scientist will describe the unification of Einstein’s General Relativity theory with Quantum Mechanics as the “Holy Grail” of physics. In other words, scientists are quite willing to … Continue reading

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Can the mind “taste” an idea?

Once when I was overhearing some teenagers interacting, I was alerted to a particular use of language. One teenager was showing off something to the others when I heard one of the group say “sweet.” The word “sweet” was obviously … Continue reading

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