The Story of the Woman Who Had ‘a Flow of Blood’: Principles Demonstrating the Transformation of Her Soul

March 24th, 2020

From the Bible, Luke 8: But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him. 43 Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, 44 came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.

45 And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?”

When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ”

46 But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” 47 Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.

48 And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”

Stories in the Bible contain wondrous principles of life and truth to live by. When the woman touched His robe, Jesus knew it for he felt ‘power go out of Him’. Jesus has perception of the natural and spiritual world at the same time.  To touch is to connect, and because of her yearning and belief His power was received and healed her. Jesus is power. His power is entirely from good, which is the greatest and true power. God, the soul of Jesus, is in the midst of the spiritual sun which radiates love and wisdom and sustains all the universe and life. The soul of us human beings are receptacles of life from him. The woman yearned for him in her suffering, she loved him. She was beginning to know who He is, and all this made her receptive to Him. So she received according to her faith; power flowed into her. The relationship between Jesus and man is reciprocal, and to the degree there is mutual love and understanding a bond is formed, if  there is no reception, then there is no bond. People like the pharisees can’t receive, ‘their sin remains’, because they think they know better, and hate Him for being the real thing. This closes the internals of their soul and they can not receive. 

     Swedenborg often writes, ‘For on the lowest levels of good and truth which spring from the Divine there is might and power’. By lowest level he means the material world. The material or natural world is a container and foundation of good and truth so in its expression at the point of touch it comes into its full power, because the point of touch is where it is transferred, given and received. It is like water traveling through a large pipe, but when the pipe narrows it gains more pressure and shoots out strong. To this point Swedenborg further explains; ‘the external holds all the interior things in their order, and in their form and connection, insomuch that if the external were removed, the internal things would be dispersed; for internal things not only cease in the external, but they are also together in it”. This is a function of the universal principle that life springs from the union of the natural and the spiritual, and this is no more profoundly found than in the fact God became human in the physical world and through the course of his life made His human divine. For humans, like the woman who touched the hem of his robe ,the moment of union is an epiphany.

    The miracles Jesus performed for the ‘poor’ (this word is meant more in the sense of the spiritually poor, those who don’t have truth but yearn for it), are of course wondrous and involve this internal process, but in terms of faith miracles are an external measure. The greatest miracle is the transformation of one’s soul. Jesus admonished the people for always wanting signs and miracles because He wanted internal transformation, not external, but He knew it was a step. To any one with any reason the miracles show that Jesus is divine, but most still did not accept that He was the Messiah, much less God. The miraculous healing of the body was a great mercy for those that had a measure of belief, but for those observing they were a sensational measure that did not necessarily change a persons heart. Miracles compelled people to believe and for this reason miracles are usually not allowed. They were used to seed a people who had become very external in nature. They were allowed in the time of Jesus and after for a while, for the  very reason Jesus came was that evil had overrun heaven and the earth and caused a disequilibrium between heaven and hell. In the disequilibrium evil could compel people and spirits to hell, which is the most awful of things. Miracles were a counter-balance to this in that miracles compelled people to faith. Evil had accumulated in the world and in the spiritual world to the point it would have overrun the universe if it were not corrected. God, as Jesus, suffered himself to be born on earth to defeat all the forces of evil that had run out of control, to teach the people how to be in genuine faith and love again, and to restore the integrity of heaven. 

The verse, ‘she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately’, is very important. The woman was seen by Jesus into her whole soul, and thought it was frightening she accepted it and loved it. ‘Trembling’ indicates a change of being, and so it is an intense and seminal experience. In this it is important for the change that one speak from their own self and bear the truth honestly so that there is complete transfer and ownership. It is also significant that there were witnesses to hear it and see it. This is similar to the purpose of witnessing in weddings where the parties declare their consent in the presence of witnesses. This confirms in community and in the world the change of state in the woman’s soul, and thus establishes it. All of these verses speak to the transformation of her soul – the greatest miracle of all – for it leads to salvation in heaven, which is God’s end purpose for all.

A Societal Moment of ‘Social Distancing’, The Shutting Down of Society Is Upon Us: Loneliness Can Be Something to Cherish For in it God Yearns For Us To Know Him.

March 20th, 2020
Whether or not this societal moment of ‘social distancing’ is politically just or not, it is upon us. I am finding, as everyone, most of my ways of going out and doing things are not available. It feels like God is giving His people, the whole world, a time out. For me aloneness is already my biggest problem in life, but it is also a great asset in that I am a creative person, and I need time to follow through on inspirations. It gives me time with my feelings about God, time to reflect and meditate on the Word, to understand and feel the presence of the Lord Jesus. It’s hard to be alone, I feel like I have not been very good at it. I think God is teach us something now. This may be the quiet before the greatness, the preparation needed to grow to a new level – to find the right attitude of humility and strength and obedience – so that we can receive and know ourselves within and as a nation.
 
Without as many distractions we have a chance to go within. What have we been avoiding? When I am alone and lonely, and suffering great longing, I find the only way out is to go within. This social distancing is costing us, there are real economic losses. Small business especially are taking a huge hit, many may not make it, mortgages may not be paid. The strain initiates some real pain and reflection. It is a societal condition in the whole world. We have to learn to take our feelings and problems to God. This is the real work. It takes away the vying and contention with the world and those who hurt us – to the source that can truly be trusted. From this we can deal with responsibilities, problems and injustices more effectively. 
 
Aloneness is a yearning. It becomes despair if we can’t see and we let it consume us, but it is a source of treasure if we look into it. Loneliness is like white light; it’s a general pain; it looks TV snow, but in it are many colors that need to be sorted out. We have to think about what we are really yearning for, what is most important to us. Now we have more time to stop and meditate on these things; to take naps that are really self soothing meditations on these painful yearnings. If we do not deal with these inner feelings they remain, and we will repeat them. Loneliness can be seen as something to cherish because in it God is yearning for us to know Him!
 
Henry Nouwen, the author of ‘The wounded Healer’, wrote: “Solitude is the furnace of transformation. Without solitude we remain victims of our society and continue to be entangled in the illusions of the false self… Solitude is very different from a ‘time-out’ from our busy lives. Solitude is the very ground from which community grows. Whenever we pray alone, study, read, write, or simply spend quiet time away from the places where we interact with each other directly, we are potentially opened for a deeper intimacy with each other….  Nobody escapes being wounded. We are all wounded people, whether physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. The main question is not, ‘How can we hide our wounds?’ so we don’t have to be embarrassed, but ‘How can we put our woundedness in the service of others?’ When our wounds cease to be a source of shame, and become a source of healing, we have become wounded healers.”.
 
Trump gave a great statement to America, saying that this event will bring us together and we will recover and become even greater for it. In the end the purpose is so that we can be together better and appreciate each other more sincerely, to be more vulnerable and more caring. 
 
       Even if (in the worst case scenario)  the whole virus thing were the schemes of evil, it doesn’t change the spiritual value I am speaking of. God uses evil to achieve his purposes all the time. He wants to remove evil.

Guest Post by Raquel Martin on the Impeachment Hearing: He Who Points the Finger – How Turley Brought Sanity To the Face of Those Who Would Destroy Our Constitution

January 21st, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                   

During the first hearing phase of the impeachment, the President has not missed a beat to do the work that he promised the American people.  He and his cabinet have been conscientious in fulfilling their obligations to protect and improve America. All this was accomplished even while having to listen to affectations of prayerful sanctimonious platitudes.  Nevertheless, the President continues to forge ahead in battle allowing America to prosper.  His hard work and good deeds continue even while the House cooks up crimes and misdemeanors for which they themselves have been found guilty of for some time.  As youngsters playing in the school yard, we all learned early not to point fingers, because if you do, THREE fingers point back at you!’

The result of all this has caused a political distraction of what seems to have reached a level of an out-of-control storm with the impeachment of President Donald Trump being in the eye of the turbulence.   Initially, some viewers  tried to suffer through these proceedings as one political force  tried without proof to convince the public their alleged ground rules were superior over another.                            

For much too long we have been seeing and  hearing the media, academia and leaders in the democratic party cling together as they occupy progressive issues that have become mainstream news.  On the other hand, President Trump’s basic message presents a deeper knowledge of what the people need at this time.  by means of guidance from his intelligence team and vast experience  he has a  more thorough understanding of how to keep Americans employed, safe and the economically sound.  His focus is steadfast on the statutes and values that are written up in the Constitution and this has been resonated and witnessed by the peoples’ vote in  2016.

Since the results of this election did not help the mainstream dogma, the only path that would help their cause is Impeachment of the President.  These hearings began with four scholars of constitutional law, who were summoned as witnesses.  Among those invited was Jonathan Turley, a professor at the George Washington University Law School. His involvement left an impression on many viewers    He seemed to be the only witness whose testimony was truly grounded in law.  And the reason for this article.  

Professor Turley’s noble character elevated the entire discussion as he demonstrated a spirit of justice and objectivity to the otherwise partisan lawyers.  All four of the professors clearly knew a lot about the American Constitution, but Turley seemed to be the only one  aware of the significance of the principals upon which they are based.  He also  gifted us with his wisdom and honesty by transporting our thoughts  into a higher degree of  patriotism taught by the  Founders of our Constitution.  As he spoke, the sphere in the room was elevated and brought to mind great men, such as Abraham Lincoln, John Adams and others  known for his candor and integrity.

 If you did not hear him testify, it was one witness well-worth listening to.  Professor Turley was picked by the  republicans because he was an expert legal witness and he was the only bi partisan witness.  He also did not vote for Trump. His testimony was quite a contrast, as compared to the other side of extremely partisan innuendos throughout the house hearings.

What was even more  significant than being a fierce defender of the Constitution, Turley was also called as a legal expert to articulate what the legal standards are  and whether those standards were met at the hearing.  As a Professor of law, he explained to the American people clearly what the Constitution means and, in particular, what the legal standards are for impeachment.  And from his extensive professional experience, he found that at this time those legal standards for impeachment of President Trump have not been met.  

As a scholar of the Constitution it was refreshing to hear factual information so articulately stated. He explained why “impeachment in this case is wrong…”  and  how this would be a dangerous precedent that could put an end to any legal debates in the future.  Professor Turley continued to say, “This is not how you impeach an American President.”  There are many important considerations that have been ignored such as: “UN-subpoenaed witnesses with material evidence, and to impeach a President on this record could make it easy to impeach any future president.”

To many viewers, the very reasons our Constitution was created in the first place was to protect individuals from oppression and the use of  law as a political weapon. However, at these proceedings, such principals vanished and were not even spoken of in Congress. The entire proceedings were loaded with hippocracies, contradictories and inconsistent allegations.  

The framers of our Constitution were influenced not only by their experience with British rule and of course philosophers like John Locke, but also by their own religious heritage, specifically the Ten Commandments. Several came to mind that were broken during the hearings: “Coveting” is one and “bearing false witness” is another. No one needs to be religious to see the essential value of these rules. Without conforming to them our entire legal system becomes part of the swamp.. The commandment clearly distinguishes between dishonesty to spare other people’s feelings and lies told under oath in situations where their word has permanent impact.

Perhaps President Trump will finally protect America after he does some House cleaning where transgressions have been existing within the government for some time. In other words,  when thinking on a higher plane:        “Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the                                         wine will spill, and the wineskins will be ruined. Instead, they pour new wine into                          new wineskins, and both are preserved ”                 Matthew 9:17            

God-fearing people respect “His will be done” and who He chooses to preside over America.  He called on one who is zealous of the laws and tries to live by them; But  this time in history,  He chose  an embryonic spirit who understands how to deal with self-seeking leaders of the swamp. Trump’s zeal for America will help to avoid a muddier quagmire and bring back a government that the people can trust.

It may be noteworthy to look back in time when we witnessed a character somewhat similar to our President and someone who always won his battles. General George Patton served under several presidents, all of whom knew that his rough demeanor and habit of insulting people were offset by his remarkable ability to save America.  Historians now understand that Patton’s egotism was the result of his confidence in his own abilities and  role in history, more than it was pure narcissism.

Today, the voter’s poor gamesmanship in refusing to accept who the people voted for has caused your friends, my friends, and even Professor Turley’s friends and family to feel disappointment in certain aspects of our government.  The real prayers God needs to hear are ones where we will once again experience the reign of  justice through law and order in our administration.  Thanks to our Founding Fathers, we have the wise and judicious Senators to make this happen. They will abide by the laws and bring peace back into our lives.  They will also provide just desserts to those that are bending the rules behind closed doors  and in secret places.

When officers in our government put their desires above the American people’s needs, it makes all of us unhappy.  However, Professor Turley’stestimony explains ways for striving for peace . He tells us that the “Legal definitions and standards are the very things that divide rage from reason. … When one party demonizes the other to justify any measure in their defense, that is the saddest part of all of this.  We have forgotten the common article of faith that binds each of us to each other in our Constitution.”

Professor Turley advised Congress:  “Before we cut down the tree so carefully planted by the Framers,[i]  I hope you consider what you will do when the wind blows again.  …  perhaps for a Democratic President.  What would you do then?”           

                         By Raquel Martin, edited by Lyn Perry and Everett Sellner


[i] Framers:  57 members of the Constitutional Convention .drafted the Constitution of the United States. More specifically it refers to Madison, Hamilton, Jefferson and Franklin, who were the primary authors, especially Madison, who actually wrote the main draft.

 

 

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If We Pull Back the Curtain on the Democrat Impeachment Smoke Screen – We Can See Something Amazing Happening

December 7th, 2019

If we pull back the curtain – of the democrat impeachment smoke screen – we can see something amazing happening.
It’s clear the democrats impeachment effort is a profound backfire. They are scraping for crumbs at the bottom of the barrel. They no longer see the light of day, and here is one of the effects they have not foreseen:
The Republican party has come to together with unprecedented team work. All of the republican leaders on committees are on the same page and showing razor sharp intelligence in exposing the ‘impeachment coup’ for what it is. They articulate their position very well, and they are galvanized in their focus and passion to defend the president. They are each razing their game as individuals, are doing their job for the right reason, and they have come together as a group to win. It has not been this way in the GOP for a long time. As we all know not long ago cronies in the party were fighting Trump tooth and nail. But the cumulative effect of Trump winning, and his wisdom in dealing with peers and adversaries has won them over. In many ways they have had no choice (part of Trump’s ‘winning’ genius), but now they are on board with a will. Stars like Nunes, Jordan, Elisa, and Gates have done an inspiring job destroying the dem arguments, and now many more republicans are rising to their level also. They, I think, are learning from ‘the people’; specifically, the way the people have such love and enthusiasm for Trump. They see that the people love him because Trump fights heart and soul for them with brilliant strategy and amazing focus and energy. Trump outworks and sets the example for them all. He has forced all politicians to raise their game for the people, or, fall by the way side. And the dems, they have virtually gone insane.
At every rally, Trump uplifts the emerging stars and leaders in the Republican party. He has done this over and over and it is having a cumulative snow ball effect to make the quality of politicians in the country, at least among conservatives, higher. He is constantly working to make people around him better, uplifts their talents, and motivates them toward the right cause. He’s a winner through and through, and he is passing that mentality on to all those he works with. You can see he wants true stars to work with, and he wants these true stars to be ready to run the party when he is gone.
From all angles he is working to build a solid foundation for integrity and prosperity to take root in America. As annoying as the impeachment push is, I think in some ways he loves that the democrats are wasting all their time, because they are doing the work of exposing the deep state FOR HIM – while he and the GOP are working smart and hard on the real issues for the people. For instance, Trump and his staff have sworn in more than 150 constitutional judges throughout the country – slowly but surely tipping the balance of power in the judiciary system to the conservatives.

Another reason that Trump is winning the loyalty of the people and the GOP is that he is taking the lion’s share of the heat. He has taken the full fury of the dems, the deep state, (some of the GOP) and the media for three years and has not wavered. He is shown that he and Melania are the real deal to a degree no-one could imagine. It has been amazing and inspiring to everyone watching – to both supporters and enemies. They have not been able to take him down because he does have integrity and he is a fighter, and he loves the people. This has to inspire and change the conservatives working beside him. The deep state is also attacking people who support him (and his family now) and they are following his example fighting with him. Growth, progress and prosperity – Strong winning!
So the dems have dropped the ball, while Trump is running like Gayle Sayers by opponents behind a convoy of great GOP blockers; and sometimes, he is like beast-mode running through them.

The Democrat Leaders, Like Pelosi and Schiff, Are Using the Same Tactics that Evil Spirits in Hell Use: A Description of The Tactics in Both Worlds

November 6th, 2019

Swedenborg tells how evil spirits use divine order and correspondences and twist their process and purpose for their evil deeds. For instance, in the spiritual world, if any words of the scripture are written on a paper, they immediately begin to shine, because the whole Word is written in correspondences. This is true of the Bible alone; no other written material has an internal sense. This phenomenon of the written material happens because the Word in its internal sense is divine truth from the Lord; the written Word is its external sense and the divine its internal so the internal makes it shine in spiritual light. The evil uses this phenomenon as a trick to create light and make itself look heavenly in various ways when it is not. Swedenborg writes that there are thousands of tricks like this they leverage for evil uses. Its like in “It’s a Wonderful life’, when the angel says ‘Every time a bell rings an angel gets it wings’ (which is a beautiful allegory about the response of innocence to angels). But the crass, external-minded bartender starts opening and closing the register to ring the bell, and he scoffs, ‘Hey look, I am giving out angel’s wings’.
The democrat leaders now are doing these kind of tricks, in a earthly way, a lot, but their intent is the same. They have no respect for God and his divine order, but abuse due process and use dirty tricks – and they actually think they’re winning by doing this! In the phony impeachment they are taking the principles of democracy, the constitution and due process (all of which are from spiritual wisdom of the Word) and leveraging the gaps in their rules for evil and tyranicle purposes. Shifty has maneuvered himself into the position of witness, prosecutor and judge and controls the whole process. This is an abuse of democracy, it’s not how democracy and due process is supposed to work. AOC, Rashida Omar and many others do the same thing with free speech. In my last post Pelosi admits the democrat strategy it so smear, create a phony media story out of it, and then use the phony story as evidence to prosecute. By this they hope to put someone in jail, destroy their reputation, and to dominate all the news and obstruct the process of getting real work done. They don’t give a damn in hell about America and what is right, they want to rule from their self – which is the signature function of hell!

A satire site made this point in a pretend article about AOC’s justification for late term abortion. (I don’t think AOC really said this): “We, the Democrats are doing God’s work. By killing babies we are sending them to heaven. I truly feel that Jesus would bless the legislation we’ve created and open His arms to us. It is His word that we follow. Jesus Christ was a socialist, you know, just like me. I’m emulating Christ everyday.”

The terrible misconception depicted here is that it’s not of humans will to cause death like abortion does, but God alone! It’s true that it’s a gift of God that when a baby dies it goes to heaven, but the time of birth and time of death of every person is entirely up to the providence and infinite wisdom of God. The democrats strategy and idea of abortion is an example of how the natural minded play devious tricks with divine order. Because they are only external they are blind to the spiritual and the internal, and they use information the wrong way, and for the wrong reason. The left doesn’t see the moral problem with willing and advocating for the death of an unborn baby. This kind of reasoning and trickery is from the influence of evil spirits in hell.

PREPARING OURSELF FOR THE LORD: INTERPRETATION OF THE PARABLE OF THE FAITHFUL SERVANT AND THE EVIL SERVANT (LUKE 12: 35-40)

November 6th, 2019

35 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. 38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak. 39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

 

“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning”. To desire God is the beginning of perception to see. This verse means what it sounds like, that is, be ready and alert to the urging of God and the needs around you, and persevere in trusting Him. We can then feel the  prompting of God within us, and if we have the desire we can see the movement of God in our community and nation. Then our will is moved to respond to support the people and leaders who are fighting for him.

In the parable of the ten virgins the ones that had oil in their lamps entered the wedding, because they had the union of love and awareness for the Lord in their heart, and so, were prepared to enter heaven. The ones who had lamps but no oil had the form but not the substance, meaning they had faith, but not faith in union with charity. Lamps burning is a powerful image of the union of love and awareness together, – which Mary of Bethany is the greatest example of. Mary was on fire with the love for Jesus and the awareness that He must fulfill His mission and be killed on the cross. This means she knew that He was God and had the power to do what He had been teaching everyone, which is that he would resurrect on the third day. She, no doubt, did not know how or even why, but her love for Him, and what He had done for her, elevated her perception so that she had faith that He would do as he said. The disciples believed he was he Messiah and the son of God, but she was the first to see that he was God Himself. This perception is the most essential of all for faith because it is the truth and brings his presence closest to us. Mary’s action of anointing Him before His burial and her outpouring of love shows she had this awareness. And what show it more than anything is that Jesus memorialized her love, faith and action for all time.

“Like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet”. Wedding in its highest sense refers to the resurrection, because it is the consummation of the Holy marriage; it is the culmination of the glorification process wherein Jesus merged His human body with His divine soul, thus making His human divine and taking it into heaven. ‘Servants waiting for the master’ are those who learned to have faith in His divine, who believe in the resurrection and commit their heart to Him. In Jesus’s time the first to be initiated into this awareness were those who received baptism from John the Baptist, because these showed faith and became receptacles of heaven. The connection with heaven had been lost and this is why Jesus came down. John had to initiate the external baptism as the new correspondences with heaven; John performed the external baptism to pave the way before the internal baptism of Jesus could be received – this process had to take place in this way – because the external is always the foundation of the internal; and, because correspondences are the essential structure that creates the connection between heaven and earth. So those who received John’s baptism were the first who were ‘servants waiting for the master’. The Baptism of John established the new correspondence between heaven and earth. There had to be this correspondence for man to have knowledge of heaven and God; if not mankind on earth would spiritually die. Without a living correspondence mankind would be overrun by evil and spiritually and physically fall into abysmal darkness. The birth of Jesus was the two edged sword that both ended the Jewish nation as the means of correspondence, (as it had existed for centuries in the Old Testament) and established the new Christian church.  Those waiting on the Lord are those in the true new Christian Church.

“So that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him”. The Lord is always turned to us, the door is always open; and we must turn to Him, meaning we have the capability by the faculty of our will to receive him. The will is of love and we use our mind to understand its feelings and guide them intelligently. To the degree we acknowledge the Lord and come to love and understand Him is the degree to which we can receive Him. The relationship between God and man is reciprocal in this way. He influences us to respond to is urging and we must incline our heart and mind to receive it. 

“It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them”. The soul of man is truly fed in a spiritual way by genuine spiritual principles or truths. Our soul is an organ, a complete spiritual organ in the human form. Just as the eye is an organ that receives light, the soul is an organ that receives love and wisdom from the Lord. Those who learn to have internal faith in Jesus, no matter what they have been through, He will restore them. Truths of the Word, spiritual principles, honesty, trust and humility restore the soul of man. We know that the body receives food to nourish it, and that the food taken in needs to be digested. In a similar way Jesus gradually softens and regenerates our soul with trials of life and true spiritual principles that heal the traumas in our psyche, removes falsities, and brings in light to our mind and love to our heart. 

“But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into”. This refers to the universal spiritual principle that we can only receive God to the degree we reject evil. Jesus cannot help us if we don’t actively will to resist, remove and reject evil. We all have hereditary evil from head to toe, which allows us to be tempted. It is our job to resist and He will help us to remove the evil as we become aware of it as best we can. To the degree we entertain and act on evil God cannot enter us. As the Bible says, ‘You don’t put new wine in an old wine skin lest it burst’.

Both the rich and the poor are in heaven. Rich in the Bible in the internal sense does not refer to money but to those who have a lot of information but do not have love for the Lord. When the Bible says ‘it is harder for a rich man to enter heaven than for a camel to go through the eye of an needle’ it means that those who think they know it all and are full of pride block themselves from heaven. Poor refers to those who do not know of the Word and its truths but yearn to know. The Lord providentially provides for those who yearn truly.

Part 2: How it Is that in Observing Dark Matter Science has Observed the Fingers of God

July 9th, 2019

Science understands and describes the effects of dark matter and dark energy amazingly well, but they say they have no idea what it actually is in itself. They are disconnected from an idea of the source of dark matter. In this essay I will provide a clear picture of the source of dark matter.

Unbeknown to pure science there are universal spiritual principles that we can also rely on and help us to see the direction of study. In this regard our guiding principle is this: there is an innate force in all things in the universe to seek the human form. The universe itself, if one were able to see it in its whole, is in the form of the perfect human. (See the articles in this blog that discuss in detail how it is that the human form is a universal form in the universe). It is vital to perceive this truth to get a tangible sense of what follows. I have been showing throughout this series of essays how there is an innate force that originates from influx from heaven and is received within all created things, and that it is this force that drives all things to manifest in and serve – some to a remote degree and some to a high degree – the human form. The mineral kingdom is the lowest degree, the plant kingdom is the mid degree, and the animal degree the highest degree. Above that is human consciousness and then God. This innate inclination in all things living and not living to seek, produce and serve the human form is essential in explaining the mysteries of the universe.

Scientists show that dark matter does not interact with light, heat, or radiation, but it does interact with gravity. They say that dark matter is the creative force that causes the universe to construct; they see that it is the force that built the magnificent universe we see now. Dark matter has positive gravity and brings things together, and Dark energy has repulsive gravity and drives things apart and is destructive, and the two are in constant battle. (In this essay we will concentrate on Dark matter and in the next on dark energy). Scientists describe dark matter as the influence or force that caused matter to first clump together or coalesce, which regular matter could not do on its own, thus from the discovery of science we can only conclude that this force contains an inner knowledge that guides the formation of stars, galaxies, the structure of the cosmic web, and thus the whole of the universe. Scientist say that Dark matter gravitationally moves into forms and regular matter follows. Dark matter orchestrates the movement of regular matter similar to the way dew adheres to a spider web. Where does this intelligence in Dark matter come from and how does it transfer into the natural world?

In the previous essay we identified several meta leaps in the development of the universe. Now we shall observe the great Meta-leap that science is missing. The effects scientist see from call dark matter are the result of what is called ‘conatus’. This is a term Swedenborg coined. Conatus is a sphere (sphere as in ‘effect of influence’, or ‘spiritual atmosphere’) that proceeds from the one spiritual sun and sustains all the spiritual world, and in turn the natural world; (in the midst of this one sun is God). Spheres contain the intelligence and the energy that direct the manifesting of all the unending fruitfulness and variety in the universe. Because it operates from the spiritual to the natural it works by correspondences, which we shall explain further in a moment. Ultimately, it is this Conatus that compels the shaping of all things in the universe to be part of, and to serve the universal human. The end purpose of creation is to populate heaven (the Lord’s kingdom) with angels, and all angels are former humans from (an) earth in the human form, and, as said before, the whole of heaven is in the shape and relational structure of the human form. If we know the end purpose of something, then we are able to better understand the means of getting there and how all the specific operation of the means work. Conatus is the means to this end purpose in which there are innumerable specific functions just as there are in the human body. It is a universal principle that which is the end purpose is served by all things that exist in some way or another; so all things that exist, even if in a peripheral way, are part of and serve the human form.

Lets look at Swedenborg’s description of conatus and compare with science’s description of the dark universe:

“The progression of the creation of the universe was from its First (which is the Lord encircled by the sun) to outmosts which are lands (matter)…” (DLW 314). “It should be known that (in forming) this image of creation the heat, light, and atmospheres of the natural sun and its world contribute nothing whatever. It is only the heat, light, and atmospheres of the sun of the spiritual world that do this, bringing that image with them, and clothing it with the forms of uses of the vegetable kingdom. The heat, light, and atmospheres of the natural world simply open the seeds, keep their products in a state of expansion, and clothe them with the matters that give them fixedness. And this is done not by any forces from their own sun (which viewed in themselves are null), but by forces from the spiritual sun, by which the natural forces are unceasingly impelled to these services”. (DLW 315).

Scientist admit they call dark matter dark matter because they are in the dark as to what it is and its cause, and because it doesn’t interact with light, but they know it is the essential force in creating the universe. Scientist describe the phenomenon very much the same as Swedenborg does, that is, they say dark matter is the architect of the universe; that it has gravity that causes regular matter (the natural world we know) to take its forms, i.e. dark matter ‘clothes itself’ in regular matter. Just as scientist say about dark matter, Swedenborg describes conatus as not being affected by heat and light at all. Scientist say regular matter is ‘just along for the ride’. Specifically, the telling characteristics of dark matter are that it does not interact with light, and that it is not affected by heat or radiation – but science declares that it does interact with gravity. (As you may recall from the last essay we described how in the early universe regular matter could not clump because there was such a blaze of heat and radiation, but dark matter could clump because it doesn’t interact with these. It is the clumping of dark matter’s gravity that caused regular matter to clump). By standing outside the influences of light, radiation, and heat dark matter is able to direct regular matter matter without obstruction. But its obstruction comes from dark energy (which we will discuss in the next essay). Swedenborg further describes Canotus in the following way:

Conatus does nothing of itself, but acts through forces corresponding to it, thereby producing motion; consequently that conatus is the all in forces, and through forces is the all in motion; and since motion is the outmost degree of conatus, through motion conatus exerts its power… For conatus is not force, nor is force motion, but force is produced by conatus, because force is conatus made active, and through force motion is produced; consequently there is no power in conatus alone, nor in force alone, but in motion, which is their product.

This quote is a challenge to understand without a lot of experience in reading Swedenborg, and we will not mine all its meaning here, but it introduces important principles in how conatus and and dark matter function. Any given entity that exists has these three factors, the root of which can be expressed as cause, effect, and end purpose; for instance, in the sun there is gravity (cause), nuclear fusion (effect), and the resulting equilibrium between the two which creates the body and use of the sun (end purpose). For now the first and foremost thing to take from the above quote is that conatus, force, and motion, act as one; they have distinct operations, but cannot exist or operate without each other, similar to the way the heart and lungs have distinct operations but cannot function without each other, nor can either exist unless in the body they serve, the life of the body being the end purpose. In this scenario conatus/dark matter is the unseen cause, the movement of regular matter is the effect, and the use they serve in the from created is the end purpose.

The second important thing to take from the above quote is that conatus, force, and motion communicate to each other by correspondences. This means that they are distinct in themselves, and each is at a different level or degree, but they function as one for the same purpose. Now to make this as tangible understandable as I can lets look at how these levels operate in something we all know – the human body. (It is important to me in communicating these ideas to the reader as tangibly understandable as I can). We can understand conatus by thinking of the affections  we feel in our body, and also that we feel from others. In the human body canotus is the will; for the will is the love and affections that are the first cause of all our actions. The effect is in all the innumerable components in the body and the mind that are the means, and the end purpose is the meaningful actions of our whole self.

A human being is a whole entity, a body, that is in the micro of the form of God. The will in a person is living conatus. The conatus in the natural world is non-living conatus, but the two correspond, so the dynamics of living conatus reveal the dynamics that take place in the non-living universe; and this is what science observes as dark energy and its role in the building of stars, galaxies, and the cosmic web.

 

Trump and the People are Fighting to Build a Foundation for America that Will Help us Prosper Long into the Future

May 19th, 2019
Trump is building a very strong foundation for America to prosper long into the future. He knows what he is doing, who the real enemy is, and how to defeat them. He is gradually winning huge in the courts with appointments of constitutional Judges at all levels. No accident we are winning cases at the state and national level now. Barr is poised to bring justice to the deep state. Trump is successfully in the process of fighting-off challenges from economic adversaries like China, and from violent threats to the USA and the world from the likes of ISIS, Korea, Iran, Islam.
At the same time he is building up allies based on the right principles, a huge part of which is to focus on being fair and not forcing democracy on others, but respecting their ways. The laser focus of his foreign policy is to defeat terrorism and free the people. The genius of this is that it actually organically causes the people to fight for freedom and desire democracy. He also makes countries we help, and the UN, pay their share. He is equalizing unbalanced tariffs with everyone around the world. Slowly but surely he is dealing with the huge border problem with Mexico, and he is bringing a free market based health care system that works. All of these are essential fronts that must be addressed as building blocks for our long-term spiritual and economic health.
Meanwhile the left shows a picture of people who are disingenuous and dissociated from reality and are moving head long into having no foundation whatsoever. They have spent two years fiercely obstructing, and when they do articulate a vision it is the Green Deal, which is utterly impractical and not taken seriously. The democrats are dedicated to making America a socialistic nation which would be its destruction. Defeating the left is Trump’s greatest achievement. They are our greatest threat.
The winning he and conservatives (and their supporters) are achieving is incredibly important for the psyche of America and the world because it is of integrity, brings safety, and upholds God. Like a child that fights its parent tooth and nail, (but inwardly is glad his or her parent disciplines them), I think those on the left know what Trump is doing is right, but they have decided that they are going to fight it even if they are wrong. The difference is a child has innocence and this quality causes them to relent. An adult can do this too, but can also loss their innocence, which means to lose one’s conscience, and stand on pride alone. The power brokers on the left believe that ‘the New World Order’ was inevitable, and would wash over the will of the people to be free. This movement is from the same old dark forces, the machinations of evil that repeat the same mind numbing techniques over and over, promising utopia that is really a hellish, controlled state.
But the Trump movement is standing up and taking responsibility!
 
Luke 6:48 – “They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.”
 
Luke 6:49 – “But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”

True Leaders, False Leaders, and the Meaning of “Make to Yourselves Friends of the Mammon of Unrighteousness”

July 1st, 2018

Those who’re in good don’t have a zeal for power and control like those in evil because those in good have a conscience and temper their actions, while those in evil do not think of others, but are aggressive to control, to manipulate, even with cruelty – all while trying to look good.
“Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness”; this is the Lord’s counsel to good people to be wise in working with the worldly (evil minded politicians). Most people who have a zeal for power tend to be on the manipulative/evil end, the good don’t have the same need for power, attention, and fame.
The children of light, also known as the ‘salt of the earth’ act for the use of others and the community even above themselves. They believe in divine of Jesus, that all good is from Him, and seek to let themselves be led by Him.
When the Bible awkwardly says ‘children of world are wiser than children of light’; its not literal, it means God uses both for HIS purpose, but those of the world are more zealous and ambitious for self so they are more often in high position. They are used by God to get things done unbeknown to them self. But because they love to rule others and do it for their own glory, not understanding good comes from God, and glory is God’s, they receive no spiritual benefit but inwardly remain dark.
The good tend not to be so ambitious, but learn to lead by serving. Or sometimes God changes the heart of an ambitious person from selfishness to serving the people; they learn to suffer them self to be led by the lord. Schindler is an example, and Trump is the greatest example in modern times. America is meant to be a light to the world from its origin, and is again doing that. This is the work of God’s providence; Trump is merely a servant leader.
Trump is on a roll like no other; he really does have integrity and is a man of his word. The salt of the earth care about results, substance, freedom, community, sovereignty, about God winning – not about phony style.
Trump is the rare gem that has a huge heart for America, people, and God, – AND he is a savvy zealot in handling power! The left is used to soft or hard, and can control and demonize either but not both in union. The real deal has confronted them and its driving them crazy.

Why it is that the Words ‘Fu(k’ and ‘Jesus Christ’ are Used in the most Intense Moments of Pain, Rage, Shock, Stress and Passion

June 26th, 2017

Fuck is probably the rawest word there is; to speak it greatly increases the intensity of whatever we are saying. It’s a very versatile word: it can be in anger, pain, aggression, pleasure, confusion, despair, shock – all of these can be toward ourself or others. It expresses utter contempt, hatred, and frustration. It just comes out when we can’t control ourself, or it can be used very intentional in aggression. The word has to do of course with sex, so the passion of the word fuck comes from the feeling and intensity of raw sex – when we are completely going for what we want, which can be totally selfish, or from deep, intimate, mutual feeling from inside each other. To say ‘fuck!’ gets the feeling of stress off our chest better than any word. When coupled with ‘mother’ it is heightened to even greater intensity – “mother fucker!” This has a straight-up, primal Oedipal root; it expresses the regressive rage toward the parent who fucks the mother. As an un-resourced child it is our mother that we most love and need, and want to be close to – and to the early mind of the child that is emerging from a feeling of self-omnipotence it is a primal shock that someone else ‘owns her’ by fucking her. To say ‘you mother fucker!’ to someone is the height of being incensed, enraged, threatened and aggressive. The essential reason we say these words is that they are the deepest roots of passion in the human psyche!

Often saying fuck is a moment of regression. Regression can be a negative thing but it also takes us back where we live and feel inside. Regression points the way to the problem that gives us a chance to see and deal with it in the moment. We have a chance to act on those feelings from our self with at least a measure of mastery that helps us grow and perhaps transform. If we reflect on what we feel and why we feel it and where it came from we can reframe the way it is stored in our psyche instead of reacting the same old way. This is a very significant way to explore the passions that arise when we use these words or in any situation where we are triggered.

People always say, ‘Jesus!’ or ‘Jesus christ!’ when they are suddenly offended, hurt themselves sharply, see the foolishness of some action for the first time; and when they are angry, emotionally disappointed, and deeply hurt. Without thinking, whether we are religious or not, almost everyone blurts this out, ‘Jesus’.

Some religious people say that using Jesus name in cursing is blasphemy. I suppose it could be if our intent is willfully destructive toward God and others faith, but in general I don’t think that its blasphemous. Jesus said: “Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven”.

To call to Jesus or use his name in these moments of reaction is not a sin or something He condemns. It’s kind of amazing that we do this – because Jesus wants us to bring all of our anger, hate, and rage to Him! – and sure enough we use His name often in these moments. It is the constant vigilance of Jesus’ providence that evil not go unseen, for unless we can see it, it cannot be removed; so I think the fact that we do this is part of His work of providence. Jesus wants our feelings of hate and rage to be seen by our self and taken to Him. For evil, hate, and rage to fester unseen becomes like cancer in the body that is undetected. The faculty of reflecting on our self is extremely important for it is the essential means changing, and even of achieving salvation. Of course much of the time we say these words unconsciously, so the value is only in potential. But its right there, and we can interpret these feelings if we reflect. In the highest sense saying ‘Jesus Christ’ could be a calling out in prayer.

The word fuck is of sex, and sex in the highest sense is of true love. The meaning of sex exists on a continuum that proceeds from reproduction, love, to true marriage between a man and women, and this proceeds from earth into heaven. (Christians who take the Bible only literally say that there is no marriage in heaven, but nothing could be further from the truth. Conjugal love is the very basis of heaven and the ruling love of all loves in heaven. For more on this see articles on marriage love and heaven in this blog.) Furthermore, the name Jesus Christ is of true worship. Jesus is God, and the Holy marriage between His divine soul and divine human, is the very source of all love and truth and passion. And it is little known, but wonderful to see –  that true love and worship have the same root. These are the two greatest sources of passion, happiness, and truth in all life. This is the essential reason why these words are intuitively invoked when we need to express passion. It is no accident that we go to them. Like all language it has become a custom to do so. Swedenborg describes how it is that ‘true love’ and ‘ divine worship’ have the same root:

 

“The origin of love truly conjugal is the Lord’s love for the church and this is why the Lord is called in the Word the “Bridegroom” and the “Husband,” and the church the “bride” and the “wife.” It is from this marriage that the church is the church in general and in particular. The church in particular is a man in whom the church is. From this it is clear that the Lord’s conjunction with a man of the church is the very origin of love truly conjugal; and how that conjunction can be the origin shall be told. The Lord’s conjunction with a man of the church is a conjunction of good and truth; good is from the Lord, and truth is with man, and from this is the conjunction that is called the heavenly marriage. From that marriage, love truly conjugal exists between two partners that are in such conjunction with the Lord. From this it is now evident that love truly conjugal is from the Lord alone, and exists with those who are in the conjunction of good and truth from the Lord”. (Apacoplypse Explained, 983)

What we so often express in a lower way has its roots in the highest love, and in worship, the two most intense sources of meaning and passion.