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The wrong kind of Love

Most people feel loved (and affirmed) when others show them kindness. This is because most people are treated like crap most of the time. But how does one come upon deep, sincere, spiritual love when one is calmed only by … Continue reading

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Is spiritual growth gentle or harsh?

Depends on how we approach religion. When Emanuel Swedenborg tells us that the Lord God and His angels always work gently to bend our flawed desires into something that is more, noble, this does not mean that we are separated … Continue reading

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Love without Truth | Truth without Love

What many people find hard to understand is that good deeds are terrestrial (worldly) and not spiritual, unless done from some divine principle or teaching. Without this, even our best intentions and actions toward others become self-centered. Why? Because we … Continue reading

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The two oysters

Once upon a time there were two oysters. They were good friends but attended different churches. They came together one day to compare notes on their church’s approach to religion. The first oyster said, “My church believes that God is … Continue reading

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Why is love blind?

The reason is that whatever a person loves (from the principle of self-intelligence) is what a person believes to be good. Discernment (intellectual seeing) is useless here unless one is able to embrace an opposing feeling or affection. Like the … Continue reading

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Conscious Suffering is Good

Have you ever noticed that spiritual individuals embrace the same kind of suffering all the rest of us are trying to escape? We all suffer when a loved one dies, or we get ill, or hungry, or run out of … Continue reading

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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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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 Lord God and my wife are my two greatest heroes

The Lord tries to change me from within while my wife works from without. Together, they have wisely conspired to turn me into a prince. Both know what constitutes being a good person, here and in the hereafter. Theologically, I … Continue reading

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Goodness getting a gut-check

Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg once recounted having stopped by a bookstore and observing the titles that were being most heavily promoted by the enterprise. He caught himself thinking that his own published works were much more valuable to society than those … Continue reading

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