Monthly Archives: November 2013

What does Santa and his reindeer mean to the angels?

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My shrinking Thanksgiving

There are fewer people at the Thanksgiving table. Parents and grandparents have passed on to another realm. This situation has a big influence on what I say for grace on the holidays. Usually, expressing gratitude to the Lord God for … Continue reading

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Gurdjieff helped me understand Swedenborg better

I was introduced to the ideas of George Gurdjieff and Emanuel Swedenborg on the very same day. This allowed me to gain potent material for weighing and verifying their two systems of spiritual transformation. I have become alarmed that many … Continue reading

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Seeking Mr. Rotten

My search for God and His heavenly kingdom seems to be going in a different direction than most others when it comes to spiritual transformation. Although I am a follower of Emanuel Swedenborg’s theology, I even seem to be moving … Continue reading

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Why does the Bible speak of two deaths?

There is a curious passage in Holy Scripture (Rev. 2:11) that states, “He that overcometh shall not be hurt by the second death.” Are we to suffer two deaths? Isn’t one enough? We all worry about our physical death, so … Continue reading

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How do you circumcise fruit?

We are told in Holy Scripture that we will be “known by our fruit” (the spiritual quality of our works). Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg also points out that “good” fruit is circumcised fruit. But how do you go about circumcising fruit? … Continue reading

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Is spiritual transformation selfish?

Some see the process of spiritual transformation as the epitome of self-centeredness. After all, one is trying to get God’s attention and protect one’s eternal behind. So rather than getting caught up in mere “navel-gazing,” people are choosing to be … Continue reading

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The inconsistencies of human behavior

In his enjoyable book Boyhood With Gurdjieff, a young Fritz Peters talks about his amazing experiences at George Gurdjieff’s Institute For The Harmonious Development Of Man near Paris, France. The purpose of Gurdjieff’s remarkable Institute was to put people in … Continue reading

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