If this is true, it means that we terrestrial humans cannot effectively address the issues of good and evil in the world before we come out of our trance and its derivative fantasies. Otherwise, even religion will simply add more material to human illusion.
Through my blog posts I have observed that a number of those who study Swedenborg’s many volumes of scientific and theological work are repelled by the idea that 21st century humans can be under the thumb of such an unflattering (and primitive) condition of the psyche. This analysis challenges our self-image.
But Swedenborg himself admitted to being a victim of such conditions.
While investigating the laws and dynamics of the universe, he admitted to emerging from states of limited perception and awareness. In his great work The Economy Of The Animal Kingdom (Vol. 2, Chap.3, n 208), Swedenborg admits to coming out of a state of seemingly “deep sleep” after making a special discovery about the Supreme and Omnipresent Being of reality, which is the Deity.
I will readily admit that at the time of this “awakening” Swedenborg was a lot more conscious than I ever hope to be. The point is that the Swedish sage didn’t just stuff more potent information into his noggin—his noggin was going through a complete transformation and overhaul. He had to make distinct jumps of consciousness in order to prepare his mind to see ever-deeper levels of reality.
Swedenborg experienced another distinct jump in awareness when the Lord God opened his spiritual sight to observe the wonders of heaven! In each case of his psycho-spiritual awakening he had to find new humility.
(In his theological work, Swedenborg claimed that angels were organized into distinct levels according to their spiritual awareness and activities. Those in Hell were engaged in fantasies and illusions of all kinds.)
So why would anyone think that they could approach his books and learn about spiritual salvation without also being suspicious about the possibility of their own limited state of consciousness? After all, in a state of trance, one could easily be deluded that he or she was undergoing spiritual transformation simply by studying Swedenborg’s work or having it explained to them by others or simply by doing good outer deeds.
Unfortunately, the term “hypnotism” was coined after Swedenborg’s death. If Swedenborg had used the term “hypnotism” to describe the disconnected mental state of spiritual snoozing by worldly men and women, it would be quickly recognized by all that a different approach to spiritual evolution than is currently discussed would be required.
Is their biblical support for such a claim?
Well, the Holy Bible warns throughout its narratives that we humans are to “awaken.” Jesus also treated people as though they had to break through their delusional lives by looking first at their own sins, “removing the log in their eye” and “washing the inside of the cup.“
Most people mentally grasp the difference between good and evil. So what is getting in the way of humans creating a better world? The world will never change for the better unless human hypnosis is recognized, addressed and broken through!
(Two of my published books, Proving God and Swedenborg & Gurdjieff, each have an entire chapter devoted to the issue of human hypnosis.)