Are we subject to the changing winds of an idiosyncratic world?
We feel personally diminished when we receive ridicule or go unappreciated and fully validated when our efforts receive positive attention. But what does that say about who we are? How can our individuality be composed of different people and different identities according to outward situations? Rarely does it ever occur to us that the permanence of our individuality and being has no basis in reality.
This makes us too much of a moving target to benefit from God’s mercy. (This is why Holy Scripture describes a person as “legion.”)
If we allow ourselves to be subjected to such character swings, do we dare expect only good things will happen to us when we leave our physical bodies at death and have the character traits of our inner spirits peeled away to reveal who we really are—when we don’t even know ourselves? Such hope and faith is nothing more than a throw of the dice.
Scientist/theologian, Emanuel Swedenborg made some rare self-observations that seemed to “rattle” him to the core. He discovered from his writing projects that if he removed his desire for worldly honors and the enhancement of reputation from his peers, his passion to write simply evaporated. Later writings clearly show he adopted a more humble attitude and learned to accept bad sales numbers for his unique publications. This humility allowed him to continue to write many volumes to his dying days.
So, the Swedish seer was able to discover that true universal religion involved two types of knowledge—“knowing God” and knowing “thyself.” Both are needed to “snap us out of our earthly trance” and create an angelic personality with permanence.
Swedenborg had become engaged in finding permanence of personality in his own life through the uncomfortable process of uncovering his character flaws and aligning his heart and mind with God. This allowed him to procure a Ruling Love that fused his behavior into a more unified (and heavenly) order. So while continuing to experience both ridicule and praise from the terrestrial world, his character became inwardly consistent.
So watch for inconsistencies in your own behavior. If you don’t, you will not know what needs to be changed and will be forced to live out each day according to the various blowing winds of life.