Swedenborg – Was he sexist?

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By Stephen Russell-Lacy. Spiritual writer Emanuel Swedenborg is often seen as sexist. He wrote that a woman’s heart can stay longer elevated into superior heat than can the heart of a man. According to this view women, more than men, are capable of a deeper and more sustained feeling of care and affection. In contrast, … Continue reading Swedenborg – Was he sexist?

Inner growth – What changes in us?

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Many writers recommend practical ways we can improve our inner growth. They might mention for example some martial arts, yoga, meditation, fasting, ceremony and ritual, or prayer. They often refer to a process of inner awakening of awareness that goes beyond ordinary existence and insight into universal truths. It means going beyond the mind and … Continue reading Inner growth – What changes in us?

Extraterrestrial – Swedenborg credible?

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Over three hundred years ago Emanuel Swedenborg had a desire to know about the inhabitants of other planets. Recently  astronomy has discovered many other earths beyond our solar system. And so a widespread notion has now grown that intelligent extraterrestrial life probably does exist elsewhere in the vast universe. Swedenborg said some spirits he met … Continue reading Extraterrestrial – Swedenborg credible?

God – Why absent from the world?

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Turn on the TV news and you can feel overwhelmed by all the bad stuff – atrocities by terrorists, horrors of genocide, suffering of homeless destitution and that is not to mention the menace of pollution, and crime. You think of something terrible and you won’t have far to look for it. Who cannot see … Continue reading God – Why absent from the world?

Swedenborg – Secrets of Heaven

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Secrets of Heaven (also titled Arcana Caelestia) by the spiritual philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg, gives a verse by verse interpretation of the first two books of the Bible – Genesis and Exodus. Swedenborg maintains that such narratives as the six-days creation story and the picture of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden are not … Continue reading Swedenborg – Secrets of Heaven

Bible stories – mythical nonsense?

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You may have tried reading Bible stories only to find them out of date and irrelevant to today. Even if you have struggled to understand any meaning, you may have given up on them as mythical nonsense. However, according to spiritual philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg, what makes the Bible worth reading is a deeper meaning in … Continue reading Bible stories – mythical nonsense?

What is our destiny?

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In these days of social inclusion and non-discrimination, the idea of ‘judgement’ is such a suspect word. It means different things to different people and some of those interpretations can be scary. According to spiritual philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg, the notion of judgement in a next life is the process of sorting out a final and … Continue reading What is our destiny?

What is life like in a spirit world?

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Emanuel Swedenborg writes about his inner consciousness of what he calls the  World of Spirits – described as a realm for meeting people who we know, and getting used to a body that is ours and familiar but possibly more capable and better functioning than the one we left fairly recently. However, according to this … Continue reading What is life like in a spirit world?

What happens after I die?

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Death is something no-one seems happy to talk about even though it is an inevitable part of life. At some point each human body will cease to function, will stop being able to support life and it will be said to have died. And that word ‘death’ is the one people shy away from for … Continue reading What happens after I die?