The Perfectly Just and Generous Nature Of the Lord’s Salvation Applies to All Humanity by The Principle of Union

November 4th, 2021


I believe our state after dying is determined by the quality of love in our soul, especially toward God. And there are three basic practices from our life that effect this, and that are also the basis of Christianity: 1; To acknowledge God in our hearts, 2; To be useful in life and act with care toward our neighbor, and 3; rule one and two must grow together. Neither one is substantial without the other. The marriage of rule one and two is the heavenly pattern, because this is the union of love and wisdom in our soul. The degree to which we have created concordance between them determines our state. In scripture this is expressed this way. “As the tree falleth so it layeth”. The exercise of the two together in everyday life is the expression of spiritual, emotional, and psychological intelligence. Swedenborg writes:


“The chief thing is to acknowledge the Lord, His Divine in the Human, and His Omnipotence in saving the human race…The Lord taught how they would be saved, namely, that they should receive Divine truth from Him; and this is received, when it is applied to, and implanted in, the life by doing it; therefore the Lord so often said, that they should do His words. From these considerations it is evident that these two things, namely, to believe in the Lord and to do His words, make one, and that they can by no means be separated; for he who does not the Lord’s words does not believe in Him” (AE 328).


Here is an organic way to visualize how rule 1 and 2 are inextricably married in use: the branches and leaves of a tree cannot survive if the tree does not have roots in the ground; and conversely, the roots will not long survive if there are no branches and leaves. The relationship between the branches and the roots corresponds to the relationship between love and wisdom, or, the internal and the external of our self. Another example is the symbiosis of how the heart and lungs work together in the human body to keep us alive. The heart corresponds to love, and the lungs to wisdom.


There is no such thing as being neutral to God. If we are not actively accepting Him, then we are busy avoiding him. This is an intense truth we think we can get away from, and we can try for a time, but ultimately we cannot. The Lord said if you are not for me you are against me – there is no in between. Non-acknowledgement (or avoidance) is an action just as much as acknowledgement is an action. These actions are the minute binary of our life, each one gradually accumulating and leading toward heaven or hell. Only God can truly judge that state of this in others, but we can tell to a degree in our own self examination.

Being able to acknowledge that all good comes from God, in spite of appearances, is the acid test of spirituality. Self examination can help to humble and soften our heart so we can receive from God. Humility and innocence are essential to receive God. God can work in us through innocence because this allows the willingness to be led or to submit to good, as opposed to pride. Innocence blooms into maturity when it is combined with intelligence, and becomes wisdom. Innocence is the elixir that opens what is written in our souls from God! In Heaven and Hell Swedenborg expresses with great clarity and tenderness how innocence fosters the internal marriage of love and wisdom in life:


“In the Word by “little children” is meant those who are innocent. Good is good so far as it has innocence in it, for the reason that all good is from the Lord, and innocence is a willingness to be led by the Lord. I have also been told that truth can be conjoined to good, and good to truth only by means of innocence. Hence the conjunction of truth and good is called the heavenly marriage, and the heavenly marriage is heaven. Again, I have been told that love truly conjugial derives its existence from innocence, because it derives its existence from the conjunction of the good and truth in which are the two minds of husband and wife; for married partners are in mutual love, as their minds are. This is why in conjugial love there is a playfulness like that of childhood and innocence” (HH 281).


Innocence longs to serve others more than oneself, and this impulse is the foundation of true strength, peace and wisdom. Innocence also tempers the ever-present inclinations toward evil in us. Swedenborg writes:


“Humiliation is the essential of all adoration and of all worship, for without humiliation the Lord cannot be worshiped and adored, for the reason that the Divine of the Lord cannot flow into a proud heart, that is, into a heart full of the love of self, for such a heart is hard; and is called in the Word a “heart of stone.” But the Divine of the Lord can flow into a humble heart, because this is soft, and is called in the Word a “heart of flesh” (AC 9377).


Hand in hand with acknowledging the divinity of the Lord is the need to perceive and acknowledge that from our self we are full of inclinations toward evil, and without the Lord we are lost in evil. Most of us have unknown levels of intellectual, spiritual, or egotistic pride that blocks us from seeing this. While we are occupied with inclinations to evil, it is impossible to receive good. To temper and remove the evil inclinations we need to see them, expose them, and realize we need the Lord’s help, and then act on what we have realized so that the bond with good can take hold.
From this I hope we can see that the acknowledgement of the Lord and doing good uses cannot be separated:


“The very essential of the church is the acknowledgment of the union of the Divine Itself in the Lord’s Human, and that this must be in each and all things of worship, thus also acknowledgment, for thought without acknowledgment and faith is not spiritual thought. The reason why this is an essential of the church, and consequently an essential of its worship, is that the salvation of the human race depends solely upon this union. Moreover the Lord came into the world for the sake of affecting this union. Therefore also in its inmost sense the whole Word treats of this, and the rituals of the church instituted among the sons of Israel represented it and signified it” (AC 10370).


This principle is everywhere in the Word because it is everywhere in life. Swedenborg writes: “The prudent virgins signify those in the church with whom faith is conjoined to charity, and the foolish signify those in the church with whom faith is separated from charity” (AE 840). The parable of the talents is all about this principle also. Talents represent spiritual intelligence, and spiritual intelligence is the result of the effort to marry rule 1 and 2 in our life. The primary theme of the whole Cane and Abel story in the internal sense is to show that faith and charity cannot be separated and when they are it is destructive.


Now it is wonderful to see how in the principle of union the Lord is entirely just and merciful, because it is up to each person to meet God half-way, to do the work of meeting the responsibilities that come with freedom and faith. We are masters of our own salvation no matter what our situation in life by the choices we make whether one knows of Christianity or not. Swedenborg writes: “It should be known that all who have not separated faith from love, when instructed in the other life, receive the heavenly idea of the Lord, that he is God of the universe. It is otherwise however with those who have separated faith from life”. So it is the pattern of union that determines salvation whether we are Christian or not. This makes us spiritual and able to learn of the Lord once in heaven. So even if a person in their life acted falsely or believed falsely because of the way we were brought up, but acted in good faith toward this falsity, then they can still be saved. Or if a person knows nothing of the Lord because of where they live, as long as they acknowledged God in some way and sought to live a life of good use, they are in the form of heaven. Thus the Lord is entirely just, because it is our own effort to effect union in our soul, however we may believe, that saves.

 

 

A Walk in the Garden Paradise that is the Lord’s: I Perceive It’s Wonders

January 18th, 2021

This paradise exceeds in beauty anything I have imagined; the translucent tips of the leaves of the trees, the blades of grass, the nutrients in the soil are more real than in the natural world. It’s as if there is an unseen vine from the Lord that also extends to my mind and soul. Yes, He is the vine and the vinedresser in this paradise.

I see Infants playing on a carpet of cloves by a river, each full of such innocent beauty and joy I am filled with delight to see them and wish to know them. As the infants pass by flowers in a grove the flowers blossom a-fresh, as do all the plants. The infants are learning from everything in the garden, grove and the river.
The path continues on through vineyards, woods, and meadows adorned with flowers; my mind perceives that passages from the Word are inherent in all of these scenes. Indeed the Word of the Lord is here. The Word itself is like a garden, a celestial paradise. The garden and the Word contain delicacies and delights of every kind; the delicacies are by virtue of such particulars as the flowers and their petals, and the trees and their leaves and their fruits. Further out and round about the garden are forests, and the river runs through them. The river originates from beautiful springs and fountains. Along the bank of the river is a soft carpet of brilliant green grasses; the grass is brilliant green from the sun caressing them with its rays. I have a capacity and skill in my soul to understand them and receive life from them and they me as I experience each one.

Oh, may the glories of the Word and this paradise be to each of us, and to this world, a fountain of Wisdom from which we can draw as the angels do, (1 Peter 1:12); Oh, that the fountain of the Lord will meet us and give us the water that springs up into everlasting life (John iv. 14). Let us walk the paths through garden and fields. May we sit in its arbors and view the magnificent mountains, full of the prospects of being whole and filled with glad reception; may we be filled with the prospect of a better world which may console us for the present turmoils, may this perception give us strength to overcome the dust and the struggles of the earthly world.

The Heart of 80 million Patriots are Broken By a Few Evil Overlords. What Happens When Evil Wins? Keep the Faith, God Providence Is In America

January 9th, 2021

Very painful to see what is happening here. The conservatives lost the senate, dems cheated again, and Trump will probably be out, unless he declares martial law. The dems pulled off the greatest crime in history. Stealing the presidency from 80 million people who love Trump – by a dedicated coup by corrupting our voting system. Trump has been the best – all time superb greatness for God – and the people of faith have been great, but many in the Republican party betrayed Trump. It’s shameful. Now they are taking away the ability to communicate, taking our voice away if they can, taking away freedoms, relentlessly trying to discourage the heart of the people. We the people can’t let them get away with it.

A patient told me the other day (as many have in varying ways over the years), ‘Why is my mother dying and suffering like this, she is such a good person, why would God do this’. I have addressed this question very well for a long time. But I feel like that, ‘Why did God allow evil to win, and take away from Trump and the people what he rightfully won’. Its painful, it’s not right, but I am not losing faith or anything. It’s just hard to understand why evil would get away with this. I keep the faith and trust in God.

Right now without the Trump movement in power the world just became a much more dangerous place. Deep state socialist in America, globalists around the world, and communists in China are trying to take over America and all the good, freedom and Godliness that she is about. But I believe God has a plan and we will keep up the good fight and prevail in the end.

 

But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!” (Matthew 18: 5,6)
 
For peace of mind I find it invaluable to see God knows our will, and the love we have for him and our country. This is not an escape from reality for He still wants us to act on our will and do what we can. For instance, I do what I can to take action, I consistently donate to Trump movement, and conservatives fighting for justice, I let my voice be heard, share on forums and help to build people’s faith. In God We Trust.
 
On the contrary side, as the scripture above tells, its one thing to aline with evil forces, but to willfully recruit others into evil is crossing a terrible line, and this is what the dem leaders have done and are doing.
 
The dem leaders don’t represent or care an ounce about the people but serve an agenda that is nothing less than evil, and they will not change. History and spiritual principle confirms that; they are too far gone. They have shown over and over how completely dedicated they are to a destructive agenda. Some GOP leaders are like them, but they still care about appearances to a degree, the dem leaders don’t even care about appearances anymore. Keeping up appearances used to keep them in check to a degree but not anymore. Hard core Evil doesn’t change, but seeks deeper and deeper destruction. That is what we are up against. But, many of the regular people who don’t know what the ‘bought’ may change. It’s strange how many intelligent people support the dem leaders (who do and care nothing about them), and how they blindly hate Trump (who loves them). People I know here in the bay area fight for the dems, justify their actions; some people at work laugh about the election, delighting in thinking they humiliated Trump.
 
It is very disturbing, never thought America would come to this. How we Feel is part of it, because we have suffered real loss of something we most dearly love; it’s also an injustice, and we have to deal with the consequences of all this. Without fair elections that are just our country is not what it used to be. Painful to take in. Hopefully we can fight to get back to where we were.
 
In Lamentations (from the Bible) the response to deep suffering is modeled for us; the people wail with complaints at God, and wrestle with what God is doing, but they are taking their feelings to Him.
 
Lamentations shows how God is big enough to handle all our anger and despair, and that these feelings are safe with him God is not the cause of evil and never inflicts evil on anyone. Man is the cause of evil because he is in freedom; man’s freedom is in the balance between good and evil – for this is the only possible way a person can have self agency, an identity, sovereignty – to ‘become’ – to bond with God from himself. Freedom is the means of salvation and the cause of hell! Evil comes from a man’s capacity for selfishness and greed and hate.
 
The universe would quickly cease to exist if God were ever less than love – just as in a sun, as soon as it begins to produce iron in its core it is a matter of seconds that it will explode. It is the love and wisdom of God alone that creates and sustains the universe, if he is anything less….
 
To think God is the cause of evil inflames the negative and self-destructive impulses in the suffering person. Imagine telling someone who is struggling with the feeling that God is punishing them that God is the one who inflicts evil. If they really theologically believe that God is against them, then there is nothing that can help – self destructiveness is justified. Such a notion arises from external thinking. God never causes evil, but allows evil for the providential purpose of removing evil. The Lord is the redemptive force of love in our hearts and minds. He is the comforter; and His love is closest when we are most ill and suffering. We don’t see it with our physical eyes but we can feel it if we but seek it in humility. It is irrational, an (understandable) emotional reaction to blame God for the evil that happens. We can take all these feelings to Him. He wants what is real, and to process with us. God is good itself.

MEDITATION ON THE MEANING OF HE WHO ASCENDED AND DESCENDED

October 26th, 2020

From Ephesians in the Bible:“But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, when he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)”

 

Light from the Lord can be compared to the scientific dynamics demonstrated in natural light: to our vision light is white, but when sent through a prism it is shown to have particular and unique colors with innumerable gradations. Within the light and heat from Jesus (proceeding from Him as the spiritual sun) is contained wisdom and love, which, when received in the will and the understanding of humans is expressed as innumerable spiritual gifts, talents, and uses. This is also described in Revelation 21: “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations”.The river is the Holy fire that proceeds from the Lord like a fountain to all life and is received in the souls humans. The leaves of the tree of life and its fruit are all the particular truths and gifts that grow and come to fruition in humanity. In man to express wisdom is to express internalized and particularized gifts of use to others. These spring forth from his divine soul to ours; this is expressed in the phrase, “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ”.

 

“He who descended is also he who ascended”: this is an extraordinary scripture that has an unfathomable depth of meaning, but I will characterize as I can. It is very similar to the scripture, “He is the alpha and Omega”. It means that in the culmination of the glorification process, (which I explain extensively on my blog), Jesus reached a state of love which had never existed before, and the height of it corresponds to the depths that he entered. He went through an infinite crucible process, He subjugated all the forces of evil and put them in their place (which is the meaning of ‘he led captivity captive’); and He completely overcame all the temptations put upon him so that He utterly purified His body of all hereditary evil and made it divine. At the some time He completely restored the equilibrium between heaven and hell that had been lost, and in so doing restored the integrity of heaven. In doing this he also restored, one by one, all the avenues of connection between the psyche of man and the structure of heaven. These connections in the psyche of man had atrophied and been lost by the working of evil, evil had succeeded in closing man’s internals. ‘He who descended is also he who ascended’ means that the new height and depth that Jesus reached had correspondence in their new extent to each other. By the depths we mean that He entered the natural/material world as a baby for the first time. This is the first time God had ever been born in the natural world as a human. He suffered and humbled himself to do this and in the course of his life (the glorification process) He made his human body divine in the resurrection, which utterly defies all the laws of physics in the natural world. Defying the immutable laws of the physical world can only be done by entering and becoming the innermost – the new law – of all things! This was an act of such love, wisdom and power it made the presence of the divine burn in the natural world exponentially brighter. Light can come in only to the degree that evil is removed. Because so much had been overcome for such a profound use (saving all mankind) Jesus entered and opened a state of love that had never existed before, (which is expressed in the scripture ‘up far above the heavens’). This breadth of expansion in the natural world and the heavens brought liberty, and potential fulfillment, to the souls of men; and it brought astounding awe and joy to the angels of heaven, which is expressed in many verses in Revelation.

In the highest part of our soul God is in us, and by this we are always tethered to Him, and we are connected to each other in a (potentially) meaningful way. This connection is beyond our normal conscious perception, but in certain seminal moments it can be felt and known. After the resurrection because so much more light was available this could be felt much more readily as the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the presence of the Lord; a very real presence and comfort in our life, and that which guides us to face our evils so we can make room in our soul for good.

This is why on the timeline of history the resurrection bursts like a sun! In the end all things and people are defined by their attitude toward the Lord, whether they love Him or hate Him. This is why to be a Christian one needs to believe that Jesus resurrected and made His body divine and is God.

The Stink Smelt Around the World: Biden and the Democrats, Their Ideological Racism Revealed to the World.

May 23rd, 2020

 

Biden was already done, but now he is worse than done. What a pathetic politician; it’s sad to see really, but he did it to himself. Wasted all his brains with Epstein types, and with corrupt leaders like Obama. Obama is his idol. Biden forgot what it means to be a leader that serves the people if he ever knew. Obama tired to incite division in America for political gain. For Biden that’s ‘normal’ (but it’s evil). They thought they got away with murder, but they thought wrong. The Democrat people and party know Biden’s worthless, but they will keep defending the undefendable – because they have nothing. Their worst nightmare has come to be – their ideological induced, rampant racism has just bore its ugly ass for all the world to see. The people and races for the most part don’t buy the democrat definition of racism. The people have grown way past their deceptive story, but they don’t get it; they don’t see the world has passed them by. No matter how much CNN and the media try to paint lies about racism and Trump it doesn’t stick or resonate with the real people. For the most part the people in America have grown together, to accept each other and understand each other. Biden and the dems – the stink smelt around the world.

Part two. All Good Comes From the Lord: How Recognizing this is Essential to the Spiritual Circuitry of Our Soul

May 3rd, 2020

     The value of being able to see and feel that all good comes from God is that it opens us to receive. Believing all good comes from God orders the spiritual circuitry in our soul to receive and give the way it’s meant to. The value of this is incalculable. The human soul is a receptacle. We do not have intrinsic life but receive life from God. It appears we have life from ourself, and it appears such so that we can truly be free, But the reality is our soul is an organ; an organ that is the highest form in the universe. Like the eye is an organ that receives light and processes it and the ear is an organ that receives sound and processes it – our soul is an organ, but a spiritual organ. Our soul, which is the whole human form is made to receive love and wisdom from God. The human soul is the highest form because we are made in the image of God. We are human because He is human, only He is the infinite divine human, and we are finite. God’s desire is for us to go through the process of bonding with Him so He can give us eternal happiness in heaven – which is the purpose for which we were made.

     It is an innate human need to learn to trust, we have to learn this in spite of the hardships and pitfalls of the world. We can never be our whole self unless we can express trust. To trust it is unavoidable (and a good and beautiful thing) that we humble ourself. I believe this is so because as humans we are inherently in a position of receiving as described above. It is the innocence in our soul from childhood (knowns as ‘remains’ in the Bible) that can be incorporated into the adult self that allows us to be humbled. We can always trust the Lord. He can only be approached in humility. The Lord is our Father, our mother, our creator and when we learn to trust Him He is also our friend. He told the disciples when they learned to believe in who He is, ‘I now call you my friends’. Our relationship with the Lord is reciprocal and mutual, and this makes it profoundly intimate. It is as intimate as anything can be because He is the deepest part of our soul, and He is throughout our body. His greatest love is to save us, but we have to cooperate. 

     Humility is not weakness. Humility is the source of strength. It is so because humility is how we receive from God, and we receive from Him true principle and are infilled with love. This elevates perception and gives the correct motivation, which is the source of strength and other the other virtues such as perseverance, spiritual intelligence and moral character. All human beings have inclinations toward evil from head to toe. We know how easily we can do the selfish thing at the expense of our neighbor when no one is looking. We have to grow and regenerate ourself out of this condition. We cannot do it ourself – we need the Lord. Humility is not weakness. It takes strength and skill to open ourself and be honest. It is in this state of humility that we receive, and are filled. In spite of all the powers He had the Lord suffered himself to be born in this external world and humbled himself to be killed on the cross. He loves us. Humility is the opposite of what the world tells us. It is how we become our true self and because it is our true state in relation to God. It is Strength because the more we allow ourself to be led by the Lord the more we become our sovereign self from our core. 

      What is the alternative to not seeing that all good comes from God. Then we think it comes from ourself. We take the credit in our own mind and heart, and the flow of receiving and giving is stunted. We operate on our own prudence, which can appear to go a long way but falls apart sooner or later and in the end and does not make it to heaven. I know people who live well, are honest and do good work, but they don’t accept God. (I am writing this because of my sense of pain in observing this.) They trust in their own prudence. They can be moral but for those without the spiritual level, the moral level is empty. The spiritual motivation should the source of being moral, then they go together, and things are in good order. Without the spiritual level, what is the moral serving – it is serving oneself, or those who are close to us like our family. Even if we do good things for others and our neighbor in our work, but do not acknowledge that the good comes from God, it is good for others, but it does no good for our soul’s salvation because we think it comes from ourself. This is a lie. There is no infilling, and the flow stops, it is all stuck in self. In this state the inclinations to evil remain hidden and may be tempered but they are not removed. God works for evil to never be hidden. They cannot be removed as long as they are hidden. This is why we go through trials, ups and downs, depression and rejuvenation. We can only receive the good from God to the degree that evils are rejected and removed.  

This is the problem with the philosophy of humanists, and many new agers – they think they have intrinsic life in themself. They think the good comes from man, nature or perhaps a supreme being. They do a lot of good things for each other. They may believe God is in nature, and sometimes that they are divine. But in general they do not ‘bend the knee’, that is, humble themself to the Lord in their ideas. External Christians do a similar thing. Only God can judge anyones’s true state in regard to salvation, but we can in a certain measure understand the principles at work. 

It is spiritual thievery to deny that all good comes from God. We are for him or against him, there is no escaping this. To deny the truth of our being with God requires a great deal of energy, to ignore the emptiness requires a lot of distraction. We can claim ignorance but everything in life points to this truth and in the end there is no excuse. For instance, those who have been wronged often feel the desire for vengence, but eventually they realize they don’t want to carry around the hate that is killing them. The pain, hopefully, turns them toward God who is just and loves them. In truth to deny God is the worst kind of betrayal, it is the betrayal of our own soul. Deep down we know this. People get away with ignore Him, so they think they will always get away with it, but they will eventually fall. “It it is better to lose an eye, than to lose your whole soul’. It doesn’t matter how many years one gets away with on this earth, there is no hiding from the consequences in the afterlife.

   When we do things with the core acknowledgement that the good comes from God then it becomes the umbrella motivation for the things we do. (This is of course a gradual, up and down process over a lifetime.) Then we don’t invest in other things like work, family, nature, relationships as the source of our salvation. These things are good in themselves, and under the umbrella of God blossom in their use; if not, the are developmental, but also serve as distractions from God. When we make God the source then ‘all these things will be added unto us’.  When we think the good comes from ourself then everything comes under the service of self, and they serve as distraction from inner emptiness. So many people look good and do good on the outside but they are not preparing themself for heaven.

 

 

‘There is none good but God’: The Challenge of Understanding and Living This Saying of Jesus

April 27th, 2020

‘There is none good but God’. This is a hard saying for many people. I remember I used to not get what it meant, or how it worked, so I couldn’t really accept it. But now I can feel and sense the truth of it in my soul. It is a very good spiritual place to be. 

The world of course wants us to think the opposite, that we deserve all credit, and good comes from us. It is good and natural to give credit to others for good things done. This is a good and generous thing to do in that we want and need to know we are connected and useful in a good way to each other, but inwardly there is another level. This comes into play in our relationship with the Lord. We receive the desire to do good from Him, even perception itself is a reception from God. And instantly in this inward acknowledgement, there is an inflow of love and creative energy that magnifies our soul. (Like when the pregnant Mary met the pregnant Elizabeth and their body and souls in-flowed with love, joy and awareness). 

But it is important to describe this from practical experience so one gets a tangible understanding and feel for it.

      I work as a chaplain, and I work with doctors, nurses and CNA’s. There are times when people think we have all the answers. Because we have these positions people sometimes project on us their idea of what we do, whether it be good or bad. As chaplain people will sometimes think I have powers and abilities I don’t have. As an extreme example a couple of times, after saying a prayer, Catholic women took my hand and kissed it. This is from Catholic tradition, but really it’s an act of worship that only the Lord is worthy of. Now we can respond to this by taking the adulation or we can sense inside that that is not meant for me but the Lord. It felt strange and abhorrent to me to think it was for me. I think they did it in innocence, and for their sake I think its fine to accept because it is according to their faith, but I see it as being for God. 

In helping others we can guide, inform, empathize and listen, but the real answer has to come between them and God. This is what brings healing and transformation; there has to be a humbling to God. As people we can learn to trust, know and love each other and this serves as an agent of change and transformation, but there is a inner place in our core where God is there for everyone. He is the source and it is by his providence that transformation takes place. Only He knows our whole heart more than we do ourself, and he knows what is needed. It is a great privilege to be used by Him; He is the inner teacher.

    One develops a sense of radar where people are attributing something to oneself or others that actually belongs to God.

      All humans have hereditary evil and what comes from humans is at least potentially tainted with evil. What comes from God is only and truly good; it can always be trusted. When religion compels people to belief – it is not of God. One has to come to believe from within. Change has to come from the reciprocal relationship between one self and God. This is also greatly brought to light by those who seek answers from spirits or the spiritual in any way. In beseeching from the spiritual we should seek from God alone, not any angel or spirit. God is a divine human and we can seek, and we can know Him intimately as a Father, Mother, Friend, hero. That He is the divine human makes Him directly accessible. 

    It is nevertheless a challenge to actually accept and do this in life. I notice in examining my own pain, that a lot of the pain comes from other people. This often happens with people who are close to us, like our parents, family, partners etc. When they can’t face their own pain and problems, to cope they knowingly or not hide the pain, and, in doing so, cannot help but recruit others into not seeing it so that they don’t have to face it.  (Of course we can also do this to others, which is worse). I notice in myself how I took on a lot of this pain, and when it is not our own we cannot solve it, and I blame myself for it. This condition which is prevalent in most people is why the Lord said, “I come to bring division, a father will hate is his son, a mother her Daughter”.

     I bring this up because in place of it I have certain unconscious ‘salvation fantasies’, that are dissociative; they serve a purpose, but also serve to interfere with, or partially take the place the real source. For instance, today I went for a long hike in the rain, it was beautiful. I hiked in Tilden park which has lots of trails and trees. Walking in the wet, cold grass reminded me of living in the Azores where it was very green and rained a lot. This memory itself was part of a salvation fantasy – to be in a place where there was focus and happiness, but it is at least somewhat illusory, it is the past and not possible to recreate. These kind of thoughts are usually half-conscience at best but I was watching them to see what there purpose is. I also noticed I was motivated to hike toward a trial I had been to before where there is an ‘idyllic’ little creek in a deep forest. (These desires are partly true because heaven is idyllic with beautiful paradises). The fantasy partially came from a story I read called ‘All Gold Canyon’ in my youth (by Jack Schaefer). In the story the Author describes a beautiful valley in a canyon that is a little paradise. In the story, a good man, who is a prospector finds a huge vein of gold in a ditch at the heart of the canyon. As he is digging a man shows up behind him who has been tracking him with a gun and demands for him to hand over the gold.

This story is an allegory for what I am expressing, in that the fantasy, to the degree it is dissociative, is tracked and used by evil, usually to a degree far more than we realize, just as in the story the robber tracked the good man to use and abuse him. You can tell the false ‘salvation fantasies’ because they are only partially satisfying. This is because they are not from the core self, and so they are the true connection to God. They are not all bad; they are often developmental. There are also very good and constructive ‘Phantasies’; these are precursors, and developmental to knowing God, and they are how we work out problems and traumas in our mind and soul. These are different than dissociative fantasies in that one leads up and another down so to speak, and any one can serve partially for both ways. For instance, in childhood we believe in Santa Clause, and this is often a precursor to exercising the ability to have faith in a not seen, but benevolent God. 

    I tell this because these ‘salvation fantasies’ are a primary interference and block to understanding how God is the source of all good. I observe in myself a constant yearning but I notice some of them never resolve. They can’t resolve because they are not mine, but from others pain. I feel vaguely in my in my mind that if I could be at these places again, or if I could be with the right person I could find happiness. The fantasy  has a pattern of despair and loneliness, partially because evil and stress seem to come (in spite or because of them). But constructive phantasy if very creative and helpful to growth and happiness.
      It is an important skill of maturity to be able to see that we can have and be both of these at the same time, and its OK. Just because I am involved in a dissociative phantasy that can be harmful does not mean that I am not dong genuine work that is a good service. This is very important to realize because evil wants us to feel that is is all or nothing. Evil wants us to feel condemned and unworthy because we participated in it or fell for it, but this is not true. This tendency to feel we are all or nothing comes from childhood where we think we are omnipotent and we go from one total extreme to another. For instance, seeing our parents at one moment as magnificently wonderful, and then the next hating them with murderous rage. In maturity we learn to discern the subtleties and integrate. 
     Now it is most important to see that an internal love of Jesus and His life is NOT a salvation fantasy (as skeptics like to describe religion) but it is the most real, completely trustworthy thing in all of life. Salvation and goodness does come from him in every particular way; when everything else comes under this Canopy they take on a new light. The misplaced burden on other things to save us and make us happy falls away. Our projects, love of nature, relationships become renewed in this correct order; and some things may leave our life. 
 
Here are scriptures that speak to these truths:
 
“Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me'”. Jesus teaches his disciples here and other places not to compare their lives and destiny with others, or to try to out do others. Our inner life is between us and Him and He has the best possible plan for it, and it all fits in with others, but it is not for us to know others plan. The gifts He has given us are sufficient, and the best possible treasure.
 

There is a very Endearing story about worship in Revelation. John kneels and tries to worship the angel that shows him the Holy City, and the angel tells John, “Stand, Do not do that”. He says this because people and angels are in the same position and relation to God; both are equally in a position of humility to the Lord – only the Lord is to be worshiped, not angels or anything else. There is no ratio between the wisdom of God and that of humans or angels. Humans and angles are receptacles of life, and God is the source of life so it is a structural and immutable truth that all good comes from God. Humans have hereditary evil from head to toe, and angels still have hereditary evils but they are ‘dormant’ in the perimeter of their being. The Lord can activate them at anytime for the sake of a lesson. Only The divine human is without any hereditary evil. Jesus entirely removed it from his human body in the Glorification and Resurrection.

Jesus never called Mary mother, but he addresses her as woman. When she tells him the wedding is out of wine, and instructs the servants about preparing water for Jesus, He says to her, ‘What have you to do with me Woman?” This sounds offensive but there is a very good reason for it. Essential to the process of the glorification Jesus had to remove all hereditary evil He had in His body (from Mary, as all humans have from their mother and father). Jesus had a divine father, so the hereditary evil was only in his body. He did not identity with this in His body, so he allowed no familial presumption. This of course doesn’t mean He didn’t love; He loved her dearly as he does all people (but he is not a ‘respecter of persons’ even his mother). His mission was to remove all the hereditary evil so he could resurrect. This is also a lesson for our human process of regeneration. We seek our identity with the Lord before that with our family.

Meditation on the Salt of the Earth: Bringing Sanity to a Crazy World

September 12th, 2019

Jesus said: “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot”.
I like to meditate on the salt of the earth. It brings a sense of sanity to a crazy world.
The salt of the earth have common sense. They are practical people, those who do useful things in life, who are good with their hands and their minds at building things and getting results in their work. They are the people who ‘do the living and loving, the doing, the laughing and crying in this world’ (as Jimmy Stewart (sort of) said in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’).
The greatest generation were the salt of the earth.
The salt of the earth have common sense. They look for the cause of things and events. They have intellectual integrity, they don’t invent ideologies and theologies. They acknowledge doctrine, but don’t put it before life. They play fair, and give credit where credit is due.
‘The meek shall inherit the earth’, describes the salt of the earth – because their strength springs from humbling themself to the Lord who alone is worthy to be worshiped.
The salt of the earth also don’t always have to perform to know their value; they can do nothing and feel their value. The salt of the earth are in touch with their core self; they can feel their ‘remains’ which is the innocence stored in their heart from childhood; and which allows us to receive God.
The salt of the earth have common sense. Mary and Martha were the salt of the earth, and love each other, even though Jesus commended Mary for taking the better part by sitting and reflecting with Him.

Salt gives food its savor, it brings out the unique character in the food. Saltiness means we can be our self, and we can accept others, we can let our creative juices flow.
Salt is also a preserver. It preserves the precious internal from rot. Protecting the core, which has perception, is the best way to protect our self. The salt of the earth are not unfairly reactive to others, but caring, able to stand up for what is right in a way that inspires others and doesn’t unduly threaten them.


If they have to, the salt of the earth will fight to the death for their principles; they will defeat evil that is trying to destroy them.

The salt that has lost its saltiness are the lukewarm. They presume to be neutral to God which is like vomit to him. They separate belief from love and thereby emasculate life. They seek to relativize good and evil, which only the evil do. 

Essentially, the salt of the earth desire in their heart for the good of God to be first in the church; and they desire the good of God to be first in their country. They yearn for nothing more. They want God to win, more than themself.
The salt of the earth have common sense.