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Pondering Swedenborg’s Doctrines more deeply

I have been studying Emanuel Swedenborg’s theological writings for forty years. Each year I am becoming more convinced that I have wrongly interpreted Swedenborg’s insights towards spiritual transformation. It is true that Swedenborg pointed out the incorrectness of the Christian … 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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The two oysters

Once upon a time there were two oysters. They were good friends but attended different churches. They came together one day to compare notes on their church’s approach to religion. The first oyster said, “My church believes that God is … 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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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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Should I keep writing books even after discovering I am a fraud?

My problem is that I write books about spiritual transformation and how we all engage in pretense when acting around others. This unflattering assessment is verified by my own observed behavior. Ironically, the more self-discoveries I make about my own … Continue reading

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Gurdjieff helped me understand Swedenborg better

I was introduced to the ideas of George Gurdjieff and Emanuel Swedenborg on the very same day. This allowed me to gain potent material for weighing and verifying their two systems of spiritual transformation. I have become alarmed that many … Continue reading

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Seeking Mr. Rotten

My search for God and His heavenly kingdom seems to be going in a different direction than most others when it comes to spiritual transformation. Although I am a follower of Emanuel Swedenborg’s theology, I even seem to be moving … Continue reading

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Is spiritual transformation selfish?

Some see the process of spiritual transformation as the epitome of self-centeredness. After all, one is trying to get God’s attention and protect one’s eternal behind. So rather than getting caught up in mere “navel-gazing,” people are choosing to be … Continue reading

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