The word “sweet” was obviously used to communicate “delight” – even for an inedible object. We all instinctively grasp the notion that an object, situation or idea can reach the taste buds of the mind. Jackie Gleason made the phrase “How sweet it is” famous – and he wasn’t talking about sugar. Some ideas can also be called unappetizing and bitter.
This made me wonder why it was so easy for people to use metaphor or analogy for making certain physical qualities represent mental qualities, yet not suspect that this same dynamic can be applied with precision to all the objects and processes found in the natural world (including bio-complexity).
According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, everything in nature can express some real quality of the human heart and mind. He called this “sameness” between things of different (distinct) levels of reality the science of correspondences. (Contemporary science cannot explain how such coincidences can possibly exist between these quite distinct worlds.)
But there is much more.
Swedenborg would later discover that this same dynamic of correspondences was used within the sacred narratives of Holy Scripture! Therefore, the biblical phrase “land flowing with milk and honey” symbolized a place in the human heart and mind where God’s teachings would provide special nourishment and delight. When you think about it, the human spirit would not find proper nourishment and delight in any other way than from God’s guiding teachings.
Swedenborg’s vast interpretations of Holy Scripture were designed to make the most spiritual nourishment possible, readily obtainable, for our mental rumination and digestion.
In the same way food from nature is broken down into its essential elements and metabolized by the physical body, Holy Scripture was written from God’s divine foresight to be metabolized further by the human spirit. Many of the world’s problems have resulted from the inability of the human race to digest the Lord God’s words beyond their literal or natural meaning. This is like having a meal remain undigested in the stomach—which causes more harm than good.
It is God’s wish that we can satisfy the heavenly appetite of our souls. The plan to do so is currently being implemented!