Down here on Earth we welcome peer appreciation. Entertainers live for the applause. Such positive recognition and feedback provides us with a validation of our self worth. Unfortunately, we falsely believe this praise to be the essence of heavenly joy.
But angels are really touchy about this kind of praise. Contrary to what you might think, you will not find such feedback anywhere in God’s heavenly kingdom!
According to the visionary observations of scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, angels pay no heed to one’s performance other than how it helps to glorify and praise the Lord God, Creator of heaven and earth.
Absolutely no attention is given to a person’s particular or subjective talents (which are gifts from the Lord anyway).
As soon as angels detect any sense of egoism or the injection of anything personal in the way one sings, dances, produces art, or performs any function, it becomes grating and disharmonious to their inner sensibilities.
Heaven is no place for self-pride and self-promotion. Not even a smidgen. That would be stealing what rightfully belongs to the Lord—the source of all life.
Amazingly, Swedenborg observed spirits from earth actually turning away from heaven in order to seek out “better” places where one would have more personal clout and receive greater recognition. What is unknown to the human race in this post-modern world is that this personal striving for self-importance is the essence of hell.
This unexpected and anti-intuitive news is also why reaching the heavenly kingdom can be so difficult. On earth, we have come to believe that successfully tooting one’s own horn is the very essence of happiness and finding one’s true heaven.
Nope! Nope! Nope!
All the problems in the world come from millions of misguided people seeking out their personal heavens.
Making matters worse, these millions of worldly people have all learned to feign humility and solemnity to the point that they habitually believe their own lies.
Christmas is a yearly reminder to cut through this crap and allow the Lord to be born in our hearts and minds and replace our worldly illusions of what constitutes heavenly joy. This divine birth cannot take place within us until we get the heck out of the busy “Inn” in town—which represents humanity’s worldly consciousness and worldly concerns.
This Christmas make a place in your heart—away from the desires and craziness of the world—for innocence itself to be born within you.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!