Happiness – What do you think makes you happy?

happiness

Happiness is a fuzzy concept and can mean different things to many people. It can mean for example a state of fulfilment, enjoyment of pleasure, or a sense of well-being. Not everyone is born with a sunny disposition, but commentators tend to suggest we can all learn how to bring more meaning and satisfaction into … Continue reading Happiness – What do you think makes you happy?

Where do dreams come from?

dreamscomefrom

What’s up with dreams? Who writes the scripts for these things–and why? This is just a short and snappy little taste of the insights Swedenborg recorded into the spiritual influences on our dream-life. Takes a bit swallowing if you’re not used to his approach but definetly worthy of further investigation.

Denise Levertov: The Stream & the Sapphire.

Denise Levertov

Denise Levertov wrote many poems with spiritual themes throughout her career. For example respect for nature and life, nothingness and absence, and despair with the world. There were also positive ideas and images about peace in death, wandering search, gratitude to give, wonder at mystery, and dance of delight. It is as if she had … Continue reading Denise Levertov: The Stream & the Sapphire.

Muslims against suicide bombers.

Holding hands

Two suicide bombers attacked a Christian church in Pakistand and killed over 100 people. A few weeks later over 200 Muslims from across the country gathered together in a show of solidarity with the victims of the Peshawar church attack and formed a human chain to support Christians to safely attend the St Anthony’s Church. … Continue reading Muslims against suicide bombers.

Terrorism – More logical than loving the enemy?

terrorism

Some, perhaps many, Muslims hate the West. The dislike varies according to what question is asked, when it is asked and where. Generally speaking, what is detested is sexual freedom being exported around the rest of humankind. And there is anger about the West’s political support for Jewish occupation of Palestine. What is controversial is … Continue reading Terrorism – More logical than loving the enemy?

Swedenborg Birthday Lecture 2014

Lecture

Professor David Berman | Swedenborg Birthday Lecture 2014 Saturday 25 January 2014 | 4.00 pm | Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH | Admission is free but capacity is limited. The Swedenborg Society is pleased to announce its annual Swedenborg Birthday Lecture for 2014. Professor David Berman, of Trinity College Dublin, will speak … Continue reading Swedenborg Birthday Lecture 2014

I hate life – How can I feel better?

I hate life

There’s a lot about life I rather dislike e.g. crime, bad parenting, shoddy goods in the shops, bad-tempered colleagues, dishonest politicians, and the list goes on and on. I bet at some point we all have wanted to blame misfortune, fate, or life itself for not giving us what we think we need. Feeling disgruntled … Continue reading I hate life – How can I feel better?

What is this meditation thing all about?

meditation

The calming nature of meditation (internalizing your thoughts) seems to have benefits ranging beyond our understanding as human beings… and yet; there are so few people who actively practice it. Perhaps it is our busy schedules? Maybe we don’t realize the importance of meditation? Maybe we don’t think it is applicable to our lives? Or … Continue reading What is this meditation thing all about?

End of the world – What does it mean?

end of the world

In recent times there have been huge changes to the social climate and attitudes in Britain, even over the course of a generation or two. We now live in a world of instant  communication, sexual freedom, consumerism, environmentalism, multiculturalism, and the cult of celebrity. These developments certainly mean it is the end of the world … Continue reading End of the world – What does it mean?