Tag Archives: self-delusion

Imagined halos

I caught myself wearing such a personally inflating “headpiece” and getting it off was—and still is—quite a challenge. Because I was an artist and creative thinker, I had deceived myself over a long period of time that I was somehow … Continue reading

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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

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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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Confessions of a Swedenborgian sinner

Probably the most contested statement by Emanuel Swedenborg from “Swedenborgians” themselves is that the human race “is filled with evil of every kind.” Such an unflattering statement seems anti-intuitive to the human post-modern mind. Hell and evil seem like archaic … Continue reading

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I hang out with lots of shady characters

I have been on a spiritual path for four decades. Amazingly, I feel worse off today than I did forty years ago. What has become more apparent to me is the reality of my imagined goodness. This imagined goodness was … Continue reading

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Larry learns about a new environmental hazard

Larry lived in a very forward-thinking community. Every year the town held free health examinations and blood tests at its high school for its citizens to be examined for various toxins or pathogens in their bodies. The township also offered … Continue reading

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How the Devil promoted prayer

One day, the Devil, who was known for his craftiness, was thinking up new ways to block God’s efforts towards human salvation. He wanted to come up with a sure-fire strategy that no one would ever suspect. The Devil felt … Continue reading

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Why do people screw up when they know better?

Let’s face it, even highly educated people can do scandalous things. But why? The answer lies within the abnormal psyche of human beings. To explain this abnormality we must trace our lives back to infancy. Infants, while lacking knowledge, act … Continue reading

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Does God purposely deceive us?

You bet He does! But it is for our own good. If humans could see that God’s life flows into us and affects our hearts to do good, they would vigorously rebel. So God is very careful to allow the … Continue reading

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Will we have to endure practical jokes in Heaven?

Yes and no. It depends on what we believe constitutes true happiness in heaven. According to scientists/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, who claimed to have been given the special ability (by the Lord) to observe people in the “other” world, he saw … Continue reading

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