Agnostics Anonymous

The popular view of an agnostic, I suppose, is of some poor devil who simply cannot make up his mind whether God exists, or not. Most dictionaries, however, tend to offer a more positive definition. Chambers, for example, holds that an agnostic is “one who holds that we know nothing of things beyond material phenomena.” … Continue reading Agnostics Anonymous

Old age – How can one be happy?

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Many people are afraid of old age. They fear the loneliness of isolation, the unattractiveness of wrinkles and sagging skin, or the impairment of infirmity.  But according to psychologist Marie de Hennezel, old age is an attitude of mind. She suggests it can be a period of contentment, and happiness that comes with letting go of … Continue reading Old age – How can one be happy?

Study Bursaries Available

The Swedenborg Open Learning Centre (SOLCe) is now offering a number of Bursaries covering 80% of the cost of its  distance learning courses and 50% of the cost of its short residential courses. Prospectus of available courses. Study courses include introductory and level one courses suitable for those who are new to Swedenborg’s spiritual philosophy. … Continue reading Study Bursaries Available

Holy Objects

Having recently watched yet another programme on The Turin Shroud, I am prompted to wonder what all these experts think they are up to. Why does it matter? This is a length of cloth which may – or may not – have been in actual contact with the body of Christ. Amazing! – But so … Continue reading Holy Objects

Cruel humans — How can people be this way?

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Nine-eleven was an act of cruelty as was the setting up of Guantanamo Bay torture centre. These recent acts of human cruelty are part of a long history of man’s inhumanity to man. The massacres, looting and capturing of slaves by forces led by Attila the Hun in 5th century eastern Europe; the unrestricted bombing of civilians living in cities like Gunernica during the Spanish civil war; the starvation, brutal treatment and extermination of Jews, and other victims of persecution in the Nazi concentration camps.

Human cruelty of course goes on all the time perhaps in less dramatic ways and in a much smaller scale than these. Malicious gossip can destroy a personal reputation; spiteful actions can result in huge distress; nasty comments within close relationships can cause longstanding wounds. Why do people feel so full of contempt, or want revenge to act out their feelings in such cruel ways?

Looking for Peace at Challice Well

Whilst on a recent visit to south-west England on holiday we had a stop-over for a couple of nights at Wells in Somerset near to Glastonbury. I had read and been told about the Challice Well in Glastonbury, beautiful gardens with a well spring said to be of healing waters, a peaceful sanctuary and place … Continue reading Looking for Peace at Challice Well

Mystics – Can we learn from them?

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I recently started reading Hymn of the Universe by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin whose words are said to be part of the treasury of mystical literature. I sensed here a heavenly perception of the warmth and light of the creative Spirit
“Over there, on the horizon, the sun has just touched with light, the outermost fringe of the eastern sky. Once again,
beneath this moving sheet of fire, the living surface of the earth wakes and trembles”