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Swedenborg cracked the Christmas Story code

Without breaking through the profound symbolism of the Christmas Story, some people will always attack it because of negative associations. Such individuals see Christmas as the birth of a hateful religion that has led to western colonialism and a slew … Continue reading

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Creating a predatory inner dictate

It took awhile for me to connect my habitual consciousness and knowledge to my inner conscience (what Emanuel Swedenborg calls the sacred data of one’s “remains”). The special functioning of my remains within my internal natural mind (subconscious mind) represents a … Continue reading

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What did the Lord’s crucifixion and resurrection actually accomplish?

I ask this question because it seems that the work of human salvation is not finished. Thus, there is the spiritual addendum called the “Second Coming.” Something further seems to be required for things to improve in the world. Even … Continue reading

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The Swedenborgian Church (like Jesus) has an inner circle

On this particular Sunday morning, a Swedenborgian minister gave his congregation a sermon about the stages of spiritual growth. He told them that the first stage lasts roughly from birth to the age of five years old. This is a … Continue reading

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The minister gets a shocking brain scan

Once upon a time a church minister got a call from a neuroscientist friend to come over to his lab—quickly. The two knew each other because the neuroscientist was a member of the minister’s church congregation. Minister: “What’s up? I … Continue reading

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It is easy to turn evil into good, but much harder to turn good into good

I am aware that the above heading sounds anti-intuitive. Most people simply do not look deeper than the mere outward expression of goodness. However, the notion that not all good deeds and kind acts are really good is a most … Continue reading

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A rare awakening

Over the past weekend, my wife volunteered to prepare a Sunday Supper at an Orthodox Christian Church in honor of a co-worker who recently died of cancer. This was a service project her friend’s church participated in regularly and was … Continue reading

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Why the Devil cleverly promotes love

Once upon a time the Devil was happily lying in a lounge chair trying to darken his tan from all the flames around him. Suddenly, one of his most trustworthy henchmen approached him in an absolute panic. “Lucifer! Lucifer!” cried … Continue reading

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Hypnotism, blood circulation and spirituality

One of the things I admire about Emanuel Swedenborg’s theology is that he always found ways to explain highly abstract ideas with tangible biological processes. Blood-flow is just one such example that he used to make an analogy between the … Continue reading

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Bio-theology

In my most recent book Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing links (Anti-intuitive Essays for Personal Transformation) I challenge the notion of human goodness in the context of most contemporary religious traditions. Both Emanuel Swedenborg and George Gurdjieff stated that sincere … Continue reading

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