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What would be a most effective book title?

As an author I know that the title (and topic) of a book will often determine its sales potential. On pondering this issue I have come to the conclusion that such a successful title would read: Become beautiful, slim, healthy, … Continue reading

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Often, God’s approach is not a pretty sight

Most people assume (and expect) that as the Lord God approaches more closely to us, the more we will feel the loving warmth and comforting arms of His divine embrace. I have found things to be otherwise. Lately, my spiritual … Continue reading

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A misunderstood Swedenborgian detail

Those who have studied the theological writings of Emanuel Swedenborg are aware that human beings have an internal (spiritual) reality and an external (natural) reality. However, so much emphasis has been placed on love, good works and usefulness, that an … Continue reading

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An amusing observation

Many, many years ago I felt the reality of my inner nullity. I had many creative talents but I saw real signs of my flawed character prowling just below the surface. To resolve this feeling of inner emptiness, rather than … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolutions

I used to think that New Year’s resolutions were superficial. Even though they often deal with one’s body image and physical health concerns, these resolutions embrace a profound principle in personal transformation. How? Well, they all represent some ideals we … Continue reading

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A new kind of funeral service

Frank was attending the funeral service of his longtime friend, Fred, who had recently died from complications of the liver. As Frank sat in his folding chair and listened to the various eulogies given by those who knew Fred most … Continue reading

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The spiritual fate of two of Swedenborg’s friends

Those who follow the ideas of Emanuel Swedenborg accept his claim that the Lord God allowed him to observe the realities of the spiritual world, including heaven and hell, while he still lived on earth. While the angelic heavens represent … Continue reading

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Debra discovers a shocking activity by some of the members of her church

Dirk, acting as a lookout from the church window facing the parking lot, watches congregational members leaving for home having been inspired by another great Sunday service and sermon. “Looks like they have all left the premises,” shouts Dirk to a … Continue reading

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The nastiest habit a child can ever pick up

This is a habit that both Emanuel Swedenborg and George Gurdjieff address in their writings about spiritual transformation. These two men agree that young children are close to God because they start life out in innocence. But as they get … Continue reading

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In the Spiritual World, every word you speak gives others a true portrait of yourself

All speech (no matter what the language) has its origins in the ideas and emotions of our intellect and heart. In the spiritual world—which is closer to the origins of our being and mind—individuals communicate their ideas and affections directly … Continue reading

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