Being an author (and publisher) I take steps to protect my ideas. The reason is that you cannot live well in this physical world without making a certain amount of “dollars.” If people feel my ideas have value they will pay me for them. However, I cannot really own any idea—only my specific approach and presentation of that idea.
In this post-modern world, nothing is more sought after than knowledge and info (that is why “knowledge is power”). Furthermore, the internet has given people access to more knowledge than ever before—lots of it for free. Information has a way of eventually making itself the property of others. It spills through the cracks.
Information can also multiply itself like the loaves and fishes that were miraculously handed out to the hungry multitudes that came to hear Jesus teach.
This increased sharing of intellectual material in the world reminds me of the realities of shared thinking in the spiritual world—as described by the scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg. He claimed that for the last three decades of his life the Lord God opened the eyes of his inner spirit so that he could make observations of the people and phenomena of the non-physical, spiritual realm! He wrote of these observations in dozens of unique books.
One of Swedenborg’s claims is that spirits can’t keep secrets. This is not because spiritual beings are blabbermouths. It has to do with the fact that a spirit lives as one really is—with no dissimulation. Therefore, an individual in the spiritual world instantly communicates the quality of his or her deepest thoughts and feelings in every gesture they make. In fact, all of a spiritual being’s thoughts and feelings are shared by all the other spirits of the same spiritual community (and who share the same inclinations). Swedenborg himself became temporarily indignant when he found out that his thoughts had originated not from himself, but from other spirits living in various communities.
The spiritual world is like the internet on steroids!
So then, how does God protect divine and sacred knowledge from being stolen and potentially abused? According to Swedenborg, the mind opens up to new knowledge in the same degree that that heart opens up to genuine LOVE. Swedenborg describes observing many scholars and academics in the spiritual world who became mentally insane because their knowledge was accumulated only for the purpose of self-promotion and personal gain. True heavenly knowledge and wisdom is reserved for those who seek to become angels.
In this way, sacred knowledge is protected by one’s level of goodness!