A story to warm your heart.

You wouldn’t carry on doing the hard work of writing your novel if you realised your pen wasn’t working and nothing was showing on the paper. But that exactly was what Trish Vickers was doing. She is blind and her pen had run out of ink for 26 pages of her book and she didn’t … Continue reading A story to warm your heart.

Evidence for God?

People like to say things. Some people like to say, “Life is like a box of chocolates.”  And some people like to say, “There’s no evidence for God.” Is not the idea of an all-powerful, reality-creating being pretty wild?  Cartoon video created by OffTheLeftEye tries to tackle this question. [youtube_sc url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0OfNnFcBVw&list]

Look after yourself & others – How to do both?

Look after who?

By Stephen Russell-Lacy. We don’t choose our neighbours, nor our bosses and work-mates, not even our relatives. Sometimes these people are uncomfortable to live with, difficult to talk to, or they oppose our hopes and aspirations. How do you look after your own needs whilst dealing fairly with these people? How do you deal with … Continue reading Look after yourself & others – How to do both?

Spiritual Substance and Material Reality

Spiritual substance, in particular, is hard for our material minds to grasp. We’re so used to thinking of everything solid as being material, and of everything non-material (thoughts, feelings, etc.) as being wispy and insubstantial. But dreams show us a world that is non-material, and yet solid when we’re in it. Dreams are more like … Continue reading Spiritual Substance and Material Reality

Patience (After Sebald)

On the 14th May, there will be a ‘collaborative event’ with curator Gareth Evans and Soda Pictures. The Swedenborg Society will present a very special screening in Swedenborg Hall of Patience (After Sebald), the new feature documentary on the writer WG Max Sebald. The film’s award-winning director Grant Gee and the author Christopher Woodward will discuss Patience afterwards, and … Continue reading Patience (After Sebald)

Eros and Psyche

On 10th May 2012, the wonderful writer and storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton will return to Swedenborg Hall, for her second artist residency performance. Eros & Psyche is a storytelling performance for adults, inspired by Ancient Greek mythology and philosophy. Emanuel Swedenborg was arguably influenced by Platonic ideas, and it is these which Sally hopes to … Continue reading Eros and Psyche

Personal tragedy – How could I face it?

Personal tragedy

Personal tragedy visited Jack. Although in his sixties and retired, he still felt young. His whole life revolved around doing handyman jobs in his own home and in the homes of his three daughters. He greatly enjoyed the company of his family and their appreciation. But recently he was experiencing some troubling ailments. First he noticed he was getting … Continue reading Personal tragedy – How could I face it?

Which book to read first?

Swedenborg wrote many fascinating books for those interested in profound issues. But where does one start? Which one to read first? Dr Jonathen Rose tackles this question in this 6 minutes video giving a brief summary of some of the main titles. And in his new book Garden of Theology he gives further advice. [youtube_sc url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uG4ZF4DV_IU]  

Childhood — How do I tackle unhappy memories?


Even living as independent adults in their forties, people can still be haunted by their experience of being mistreated as a child. Such individuals also tend to have recurring negative moods and worry, and long-lasting problems like poor self-esteem, or low self-confidence. From my experience of over thirty years as a clinical psychologist, I can say that an unhappy … Continue reading Childhood — How do I tackle unhappy memories?