Tag Archives: innocence

Should women be ordained into the Swedenborgian Church?

There are two major branches of the Swedenborgian (New) Church. One is simply called “Convention” and the other “General.” The Convention branch is considered more liberal and currently ordains both gays and women into its ministry. The General Church does … Continue reading

Posted in god, Inner growth, love, psychology, Reality, religion, spirituality, unity | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

When does the Lord God start protecting one’s “remains”?

There is a spiritual function which is only discussed in the theological writings of Emanuel Swedenborg. Apparently, everyone during the innocence of their childhood has genuine feelings of love stored (and protected) deeply within their psyches. These noble feelings serve … Continue reading

Posted in god, Inner growth, Parenting, psychology, Reality, religion, spirituality, unity | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Should I keep writing books even after discovering I am a fraud?

My problem is that I write books about spiritual transformation and how we all engage in pretense when acting around others. This unflattering assessment is verified by my own observed behavior. Ironically, the more self-discoveries I make about my own … Continue reading

Posted in god, Inner growth, psychology, Reality, religion, spirituality, unity | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Swedenborg sensed that he was a ratfink

Swedenborg lived a most useful and charitable life. Anyone would judge by his scientific achievements and his faith in God that he was a good man for society. The point I wish to make here is that good deeds and … Continue reading

Posted in god, health, Inner growth, psychology, Reality, religion, spirituality, unity | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Depth of character

One of the issues I have against various paths for personal transformation is the reluctance to dig deep into one’s character. As a result these strategies usually cover over any serious flaws we may be carrying, and instead, point to … Continue reading

Posted in god, Inner growth, Life after death, metaphysics, psychology, Reality, religion, science, spirituality, unity | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Advanced Digestion

We use digestive metaphors to describe mental processes all the time. For instance, when pondering a thought we will use the words, “I’ll chew on that.” Also, we easily exchange the phrase “ruminating over” for mental activity. Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg … Continue reading

Posted in Inner growth, love, metaphysics, Reality, religion, spirituality, symbolism, unity | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in god, Inner growth, psychology, Reality, religion, spirituality, unity | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Inner growth, psychology, Reality, spirituality, symbolism, unity | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in god, Inner growth, psychology, Reality, spirituality, unity | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Will I fare better than a starving child?

Don’t know. You see I am a follower of the spiritual ideas of Emanuel Swedenborg’s theological writings. He claimed that all children go to heaven because they die in innocence. Heaven consists of those who are in innocence. I personally … Continue reading

Posted in Inner growth, Life after death, psychology, Reality, religion, spirituality | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments