A Glimpse into the Nature of the Life and Ways of Angelic Wisdom, and the Lessons We Can Learn From It.

July 23rd, 2020

 

The wisdom of angels surpasses that of Man manifold for many reasons, but in this post, I would like to offer an insight into the psychology of angels that keeps them connected to the Lord, how our psychology is based in these principles, and the lessons we can learn from it in our life.

The wisdom of angels surpasses that of Man manifold for many reasons, but in this post, I would like to offer an insight into one of the reasons how the psychology of angels keeps them connected to the Lord, how our psychology is based in the principle, and the lessons we can learn from it in our life.
Swedenborg gives us a great clue into the psychological source of angelic wisdom and peace:
“As for the pictorial speech of the angels, anything whatever that is encountered is taken as an object, whether it be an affection, or an insight, or anything of that order; and by means of these, delicate displays are created. So the objects are realities apart from objects of the senses: such as an affection, an insight, a color. These objects then arrange themselves according to the subjects being thought about”. (Spiritual Experiences, 450).
This is so extraordinary because it allows angels to see clearly what is of themself, what is from others, and thus they can distinguish what God is teaching them with supreme clarity. We can do this to a degree in this world, but here things are muddled as to what is our own and what is from others. In human communication people project their own feelings and emotions, and we react to others emotions; thoughts and reactive emotions sick like mud and glue and cause confusion and annoyance. We easily take on other peoples thoughts and feelings, acting and reacting without knowing where it comes from. By being able to see an idea or feeling as an observable object one is not subject to it but can discern its source and draw from it with enthusiasm and skill for the sake of bonding with the Lord and others who have the same quality of love. If it is of some ill intent it is seen and rejected. Seeing thoughts and feelings as objects doesn’t mean one is ‘a cold distant intellectual ‘ (although it includes intellectual objectivity). It means not being hooked into emotional entanglement, but to see thoughts and feelings for what they; they see the use and origin of a thing and can relate to it from their own core receive the wonders of God in a wonderful way. To address the particulars of truth in ones life, to see and feel the real causes of suffering and of joy, pain dissolves and joy magnifies. It makes it so one does not have to react to the idea or feeling but can respond in a skillful way, and be very clear with their companions.
In hell it is the opposite. Hellish people are masters of hiding and the arts of deception and causing harm by getting into people heads and causing destruction to each other.
Our saving grace is we are all in relationship with the Lord from our core, and He works to keep His relationship clear with each individual, and He seeks not to allow others to obstruct this privy relationship.. This is important because it is the truth and it helps people ‘to keep their peace’. When Jesus is teaching His disciples and sends them out for the first time he tells them that if they enter a house and are accepted to then bless that house; but if they are thrown out He tells them to wipe the dust off their feet and keep their peace. It is important to not take on other people’s negative feelings. This is not easy, it is a common part of human nature to compare and be jealous, but this brings other peoples problems and feelings into one’s self which disturbs and disrupts. In the Bible when Peter tries to ask the resurrected Jesus why John was not going to die as a martyr as Peter was told that he would, Jesus says, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.?” (John 21:22). Jesus teaches that by being in our own core, and receiving from Him we will receive all the good we can handle. We don’t need to compare to to others. (The above verse is particularly potent for those who know Swedenborg for Swedenborg reports that in heaven Peter failed to do this. He writes that Peter took the saying that he would have the keys of heaven literally and was jealous that he did not have the power he thought he would. This serves as a great warning to us to not let pride rule.)
C. S. Lewis makes this point of wisdom several times through the voice of Aslan. Aslan admonishes people to not stick their nose into lessons that are between him and the individual concerned.
Developmental psychology, pioneered by Robert Kegan’s, shows how important it is to be able to perceive the difference between ourself and others for the sake of caring about others. His work reveals the developmental process of discerning the difference between object and subject, that is, of what comes from within and what comes from without, and how this is the basis for growing into maturity. Psychologist call it differentiation. Kegan describes how the ability to discern between one’s own needs and those of others, and then to care an do for others, is the essential skill of maturity. He identifies five levels of consciousness based on this skill. At the higher levels, one is able to see whole systems operating within a person in a society, and, the ability to observe the difference between their own system and that of others. An example of this is a good therapist who knows their own system and can see the framework of others and the patterns in their life, and from this skillfully guide them through the problems. The highest level involves all of this and being able to be self revealing in deep intimacy with another, to see one another and reveal like this builds a deep love. Even this is probably rudimentary compared to angels but it gives us an idea of how the same principles are at work. The quote from Swedenborg at the beginning describes the same kind of idea except in a more advanced way.
Finally, Swedenborg describes that in heaven the angels are always facing toward the spiritual sun, in which is the Lord. This is not a saying but an actuality. No matter how they turn Angels are always facing toward the Lord, and thus their minds are not easily obstructed by others, or from their love to the Lord. This is possible because there is no time or space in the spiritual world and all is based on the affections of the heart. So no matter how an angel is turning and interacting with others they are oriented toward their ruling love, the deepest of which is the Lord. Love is the gravity that orients them, in fact gravity corresponds to love. This allows each angel to be of use and a blessing to each other.

 

 

A Description of What An Apocalypse Really Is And How Evangelicals Misinterpret the Second Coming; And, How it Is that In Truth We Are Now In the Good News of the New Jerusalem

December 19th, 2019

“Therefore my people have gone into captivity, Because they have no knowledge; Their honorable men are famished,
And their multitude dried up with thirst. Therefore Sheol has enlarged itself. And opened its mouth beyond measure”. (Isaiah 5: 13,14)

A time of Loss of equilibrium, otherwise known as an apocalypse, has happened three times in history – at the flood in the time of Noah, before and at the Incarnation of Jesus, and at the time of the second coming. These are times of true apocalypse, because once the imbalance begins to go toward evil there is no power to stop it, other than God. In these times it’s amazing to see how God follows his own rules of divine order, meaning there has to be a process of how to overcome the problem in the natural and the spiritual world in tandem. God corrected it differently each time.
Loss of Equilibrium is when accumulation of evil becomes greater than that of good in the natural and spiritual world. In this condition to the degree there is an imbalance there is a measure of loss of freedom for man, which is a horrible thing. The imbalance is always toward evil because evil is always the initiator and aggressor of attack. In normal circumstances, (by normal I mean when there is equilibrium), neither demons or angels can compel a person toward heaven or hell; they can influence and persuade but they cannot violate free will. In the disequilibrium evil gains the ability to be able to compel people to evil which is the cause of the horror of a time of Apocalypse. Once disequilibrium starts it will only increase for it is the eternal desire of hell to destroy mankind and turn them into demons. Human beings by themselves cannot fight the arts of hell in a disequilibrium, only the power and love and presence of God can help one fight it. Those who are in this love can be protected. Our acknowledgement of Him and our love of Him receives His presence within. The relationship between God and man is reciprocal in this way.
In the centuries before Christ there was a long decline in the Jewish religion that resulted in dire separation from God. In the accumulating darkness, as people died and entered the spiritual world, evil spirits intercepted even the good through artful deceptions and led them into the cities of their false heaven. This caused an overabundance toward the evil realm. These false heavens with their deceptive leaders were bringing good people to their side in great abundance. (Apparently most of these in their heart did not become evil, but were controlled and manipulated by evil. I think God knew their heart and protected because it was the just thing to do.) Those in the real heaven were greatly distressed that good people were deceived and held in these cities. They lamented the loss and beseeched the Lord to release them. Swedenborg describes how the leaders of these cities sometimes posed as religious leaders, or even family members to persuade people to their side. These pseudo-heavens were below heaven in the world of spirits. The spirits who were held in these false heavens are known in the Bible as the captives, which I have written about more on my blog. The over-accumulation of spirits (people who have died) in these cities of pseudo-heavens caused a dark cloud, as it were, between heaven and earth. Understanding this is key because it is a significant part of the process that caused disequilibrium. The increasing cities of the false heaven actually obstructed the reception of heavenly influx to humanity on earth, thus accelerating darkness. This is what is meant by “Sheol has enlarged itself and opened its mouth beyond measure.” As the false heavens grew larger, the dark cloud of interference between heaven and earth grew greater. The less heavenly light there was for humanity on earth, the more power evil gained. Here is another verse that refers to the loss of equilibrium between heaven and hell: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (John 6:12). This verse refers to a battle and evil forces infiltrating and occupying ‘high places,’ meaning heaven. As the forces of evil grew, they were like a marauding army ransacking the first levels of heaven, and taking residence; constantly deceiving the people in the world of spirits and the angels in the lower heaven in a thousand horrid ways. Matthew describes this when he says, “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force” (Mat. 11:12).

But here is the great good news. The second coming has been accomplished. We are now in the ‘Church of the New Jerusalem’ that is spoken of in Revelation. In accomplishing the second coming the Lord promised He would never allow a disequilibrium to happen again. What is so significant about this is that it profoundly impacts our Christian world view. Many evangelicals feel and predict that there is still an apocalypse to come, the events of the millennium and all that implies could come any time. This expectation involves a great deal of gloom and doom. It is often preached that terrible, dark times are to come, that Christ is to come back on the earth and lead a great parade on a white horse, and the chosen will be raised to heaven and so on. (In reality the ‘chosen being raised to heaven’ refers to the great joy of the captives who the Father released from the false heavens – this is known as the harvest time). But for hundreds of years and still now-a-days people are constantly conjecturing that so and so was, or is the anti-Christ, and various world events are ‘signs of the millennium’. Some say Hitler was the anti-Christ. Now liberals say Trump is, and conservatives say Obama was, but none of this is the case.
In the Church of the New Jerusalem the state of things is that there is great good news, but there is no free ride. The good news is Christ is present to us directly and immediately and He will never not be so. There is no coming apocalypse. The difficult news is that this world of earth-life is always in the balance between good and evil. As I have said many times before, in this world we suffer and have joy and learn, because we are in freedom, and we need to be reformed and repentant to remove evil inclination in us. Freedom is the double-edged sword that is both the means of salvation and the cause of hell! This life is both amazingly wonderful and one hell of a bitch. Hell cannot compel us and heaven can’t give us a free ride. In today’s world there is a lot of genuine charity in the church, and there is also a lot of falsity, ill-will, and alienation in the world. We have the Trump movement, and we have the globalist/socialist movement battling it out. That’s the nature of equilibrium, it goes up and down, and all around, but we’re are still free working things out. We are protected by Christ – should we choose to accept it. In that we can always trust!