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Swedenborg Encyclopedia of Theistic Psychology

The Ideas of Emanuel Swedenborg (1668-1772)
Expressed In Modern Scientific Psychology

by Dr. Leon James
Professor of Psychology
University of Hawaii
leon@hawaii.edu

First Published: November 1995 | Updated: May 2003; August 2007

Theistic Psychology is the scientific discovery of
spiritual laws given in rational scientific revelations.

INTRODUCTORY  NOTE

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The Swedenborg Encyclopedia of Theistic Psychology is a collection of my articles, lecture notes, and books on topics generated from my study of the Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), a Swedish scientist who left behind a collection of some 30 volumes on what I consider to be Theistic Psychology. Neither Swedenborg nor his commentators and followers used this expression, but as a psychologist I felt it was appropriate to describe the psychological content of his work in that way. "Theistic" means that it assumes the positive bias regarding God.

Theistic psychology contrasts with atheistic or nontheistic psychology which assumes the negative bias regarding God. In the negative bias psychology (nontheistic) any explanatory account that relies on God as cause is defined as unscientific. In the positive bias psychology (theistic) any explanatory account that does not rely on God as cause is defined as unscientific. For example, nontheistic psychology explains the human growth process and its developmental anatomy without ever mentioning God in the account. In contrast theistic psychology obtains all its information, data, and principles from God's Speech, also known as Sacred Scripture -- not Sacred Scripture in its literal historical sense, but Sacred Scripture in its correspondential sense.

Swedenborg's greatest accomplishment in my view is the rediscovery of the Divine laws of correspondences that are imparted to humanity through Sacred Scripture given at various times in time and place in history. The literal sense of each Sacred Scripture is clearly geographic, ethnic, and historical, so that when you compare the literal meaning of the various Sacred Scripture we know of, there is a clash, an antipathy, a contradiction, even hatred and racism. This state of affairs would hardly become a great potentate on earth, let alone the all powerful universal God! There must be a rational explanation for the intellectual diversity and mutual aversion that God has created between these different versions of "His Word."

Swedenborg gives the rational solution to this awesome historical and scientific puzzle.

All genuine Sacred Scripture is indeed Divine Speech itself -- not in the literal sense of the expressions and words, but in their correspondential sense that needs to be accessed through translation rules presented in the Writings of Swedenborg.

In the positive bias of theistic psychology the Writings of Swedenborg are Divine revelations ordinarily called Sacred Scripture. Other Sacred Scripture known today include the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Koran (Qu'ran), the Hindu Scriptures, the Baha'i' Scriptures, and some others. The identification of whether some work is Sacred Scripture involves the attempt to access its correspondential sense as known from other Sacred Scripture already identified.

Swedenborg is the only known scientist in history who had empirical observational access to the correspondential sense of Sacred Scripture by direct sensuous consciousness. At age 57 the well known European scientist and publisher, Baron Emanuel Swedenborg of Sweden, suddenly found himself conscious and awake in a dual universe, one natural through his physical body, the other spiritual through his mental body which he called "spirit body." He lived the next 27 years as a dual citizen, interacting socially in this world of time, where he was a busy government mining engineer; and simultaneously also being conscious in the spiritual world of the afterlife and eternity, where he interacted with all the people he had known before their death, and all the authors and historical personalities he had known from the world's literature.

No credible scientist before Swedenborg, or since, exists who has provided a rational and fully integrated scientific account of the correspondential sense of Sacred Scripture . Due to his dual awareness Swedenborg was able to read his Bible in Hebrew and Greek with his natural mind, and simultaneously with his spiritual mind. As he came upon each word and each expression in the natural sense, he observed directly their correspondential sense by looking around him and observing what was happening. He documents what he saw with each expression and word including numbers, days of the week, names of people and places, and double expressions that appear mere synonyms or hyperbole, as well the mythical animals and battles and visionary events. Through these empirical observations Swedenborg produces a dictionary of correspondences contextually presented in series of volumes that give a word by word analysis of the major portions of the Bible.

Anyone reading and studying these semantic demonstrations can acquire the rational logic that governs the laws of correspondences. Every human being has an intrinsic understanding of correspondences, though only some people are aware of it while living in this world. But anyone can rationally study the correspondences that govern their own mind-body connections. These are familiar to us as similes and metaphors when we talk about mental things as if they were physical (e.g., "he is a brain" (hi is intelligent); "let's hake on it" (agreeing), "he was deeply wounded" (hurt pride), etc.).

If you apply the laws of correspondences to Sacred Scripture the literal sense completely vanishes from semantic focus. Instead of "Jacob" we read "the natural mind"; instead of "Jerusalem" we read "theistic science"; and "Rachel" becomes "rational truth" while her "handmaiden" becomes "natural truth"; all numbers involving 4 (like "forty days in the desert") signify "mental states of temptation during regeneration"; and "flood" refers to "inability to resist temptations and hence becoming wicked and evil." And so on. Swedenborg shows that reading the Bible through the correspondential sense gives access to a textbook of theistic psychology or science.

Divine Speech is Divine Truth, absolute and infinite. To communicate this truth to the human race the elements of Divine Speech are transformed into semantic correspondences. These Divine thoughts or meanings descend in rational and scientific series into the highest layers of the human mind called the celestial heavens. Swedenborg was able to compare the language and script of Sacred Scripture that was given to the celestial and spiritual societies in eternity. When people die they are resuscitated within 30 hours and awaken in the afterlife of eternity. They discover that this world is a mental world. Things and people around them can come and go, appear and disappear, and so is their house, or any object or animal. The afterlife of eternity behaves like dreams, It's all very familiar. It is the mental world into which we we born to begin with but somehow had our consciousness restricted to the physical world of time and matter.

On earth things are solid and remain put. You can't wish a person out of your sight. You can't walk out of a closed room. You can't see someone not present. But it's different in your dreams. If your wedding reception room is too small you dream up a bigger one to accommodate thousands of guests and you create more food up to your will. It is the same in the mental world of eternity, once you are detached from the physical world. Swedenborg was a unique case in that he was able to interact in the afterlife of eternity while he was still attached to his physical body and natural life. He called this state "the greatest miracle the Lord has given since creation." Without a person having these experiences our knowledge of eternity would be restricted to the literal sense of Sacred Scripture, and this provides almost no details whatsoever regarding what the afterlife is like.

Historically the work of Swedenborg has been treated as theology and religion, which explains why he is not mentioned in the history of psychology. But this was my insight, or new perspective, as I studied Swedenborg's work and discovered in it a complete scientific and empirical account of the human mind.

The theistic psychology in Swedenborg's Writings is so hidden that experts and admirers of his work for the past 200 years of active Swedenborgian literature, have failed to see it, or have seen in it something psychological, but never a systematic empirical science of psychology. It is important to understand why this has occurred. For the first few years of my study of Swedenborg's multi-volume works I could recognize the importance of his observations to psychology but did not see that it presented a complete scientific account of the human mind. Instead, I saw it as "spiritual psychology" that is relevant and useful for psychology.

The long evolution of my understanding of Swedenborg's Writings was assisted by what others have written and charted regarding his ideas. This collateral literature is given credit and reference in many of the articles and books in this Encyclopedia. I saw my unique function as presenting Swedenborg's work through concepts and theoretical accounts that are comprehensible to college students taking a course in Advanced Psychology. This means that I needed to address the issue of scientific rigor and method. I had to present Swedenborg's work as a full fledged empirical science of psychology having the defining characteristics of a scientific discipline -- namely, presence of empirical data, repeatability and stability of observations, and rational coherence and consistency in theoretical explanations involving cause-effect chains of phenomena.

The issue of scientific rigor and definition is repeatedly addressed in various ways throughout several volumes, and especially Volume 1, Introduction to Theistic Psychology where it is discussed as The Negative and Positive Bias in Science (Section 1.0.6). Psychology as it is known today aligns itself with a categorical non-theistic perspective, denying that God is part of the reality that science needs to address. There is also the denial of the afterlife and the world of eternity. These denials are rightly called the "negative bias in science" since there is no proof given or even attempted to show that God is not part of reality and the cause-effect phenomena of the universe. In this non-theistic perspective there is no room for Swedenborg's theistic science. Hence it is understandable that he is not mentioned in the history of psychology. It is important to understand that non-theistic psychology maintains a negative bias against theism despite the lack of any evidence for such a denial. This is why it is called a bias.

It is also the case that the acceptance of God's existence in theistic psychology is also a bias for which proof is not given. Theistic psychology takes up the positive bias position that God exists, and then examines the evidence to see if it makes rational sense to maintain this bias in science. Scientists must now examine this perspective rationally and scientifically to see if it is methodologically feasible and useful in increasing scientific knowledge and understanding of the human mind. The positive bias perspective in psychology allows scientists and students to examine the evidence and rationale for theistic psychology. The negative bias in psychology denies this evidence in advance, hence cannot objectively examine the evidence that Swedenborg presents.

It makes rational sense therefore to adopt the positive bias in order to have the opportunity to examine the evidence Swedenborg is presenting. The purpose of the Swedenborg Encyclopedia of Theistic Psychology is to present the evidence for the scientific knowledge of God extracted from the correspondential sense of the Writings of Swedenborg.

I discovered this unique collection in 1981 in our university library and was truly amazed that it is not cited and known in the scientific literature, and in particular, Psychology, a field that I had been teaching for twenty years at that time (Ph.D., 1962, McGill University).  I started writing about what I was reading in the Writings of Swedenborg, and in 1995, when I created my Web site on Swedenborg, I sought a way of integrating my notes and articles for public presentation, and the result was this Swedenborg Encyclopedia of Theistic Psychology. Its prior name was the Swedenborg Glossary.

The main themes in this Encyclopedia are God, spirituality, rationality, afterlife, the mind's anatomy, scientific dualism, heaven and hell, regeneration. These are topics that Swedenborg discusses from first hand observation. I try to reference my discussions by citing Swedenborg throughout the text of every entry article. I try to be specific about the citation, using the standard citation style used by Swedenborgian scholars that refers the reader to the original Book and Paragraph Number. Swedenborg numbered all his paragraphs, which actually consisted of several sub-paragraphs, so that very specific citations are possible. Further, most of the 30 volume set of his "theological" Writings can be accessed and searched by the public at:  www.theheavenlydoctrines.org/

Swedenborg was the only scientist in history who had the gift of dual consciousness. This refers to his ability to be awake simultaneously in his physical body, as the rest of us are, and in his "spirit-body," which normally does not occur until our resuscitation or awakening from the dying process which, as observed by Swedenborg numerous times, lasts for about thirty hours relative to this world.  He reported that this conscious awareness of the "spirit-body" while still alive in the physical body, was given to him by God, who appeared to him and sent him off to his Divine writing and publishing mission, which was, that he shall write up as a scientist what information he could gather by this special observation technique. He was 57 at the time and he passed on at 83. This Divine process of "intromission" of his consciousness into the spirit-body in the spiritual world is according to Swedenborg, the "greatest miracle the Lord has granted since creation." And this new gift to humanity was for the sake of the development of rational spirituality.

The advantage of assuming the positive bias in psychology is that it opens up a new source of knowledge that is unavailable to the negative bias non-theistic psychology. This new resource is known to people in all cultures since the beginning of human history as Sacred Scripture. There is a long and active tradition of research and study of Sacred Scripture in every culture. Theology and religion are always based on the literal meaning of Sacred Scripture, each religion and ethnic group having their own Sacred Scripture given to them by Divine revelation through a prophet or revelator. In Western Christian literature there have been made many attempts to use the Bible to justify a religious belief or rule of life. The specific case of Creationism is discussed in Section 1.8.9 Theistic Science: The Scientific Alternative to Creationism and Intelligent Design. Theistic psychology is not based on the literal meaning of Sacred Scripture, as religions are, but on its correspondential sense (Section 1.0.5.5.5).

The topic of correspondences is the central focus of all of theistic psychology as science, e.g. in these Sections of the Theistic Psychology Volumes:

1.1.4.3.2   Extracting the Content of Divine Speech Through Correspondences

1.6.5   The Method of Psycho-Biological Correspondence

1.8.1   The "Bible Code" vs. the Method of Correspondences With Enlightenment

1.8.8.1   The Secret Presence of Correspondences in Sacred Scripture

3.7.1   The Nature and Character of God: A Scientific Perspective: The Science of Correspondences

3.15   The Universal Laws of Correspondences

4.0   Why the Writings Sacred Scripture Are Written in Correspondences

5.1.1.4   The Mind's Three Discrete Degrees: Corresponding Degrees--Natural and Spiritual Minds

6.3.1.1.1( IX)  Correspondences to Divine Speech in Sacred Scripture

8.10.2.3   Principles of Theistic Psychology Education: Correspondences

9.1.1.1   Models of Spiritual Development Based on Sacred Scripture: The Literal Meaning and the Extracted Meaning

10.0   Physiological Correspondences

12.0.7.1  The Geography of the Spiritual World: First Heaven--Spiritual-Natural Correspondences

 13.0.4   Religious Psychology: Levels of Correspondences in Sacred Scripture

What was unknown and unsuspected until the revelations of the Writings of Swedenborg in the 18th century, is that the Old and New Testaments are written in a language that expresses psychological facts not directly, but in "correspondences." Further, every genuine Sacred Scripture in all cultures and traditions is written in the same scientific language of correspondences in which spiritual realities are expressed in words and meanings that are the natural correspondences to these spiritual ideas. In other words, every idea stemming from natural observation is a correspondence for an idea stemming from spiritual facts. This is equally true of objects: every physical object or operation is the effect, whose cause is a spiritual object or operation, the two cause-effect being linked by the law of correspondences that governs the relation between the natural world and the spiritual world.

The self-evident discovery I made while researching these topics in Swedenborg's Writings is the greatest piece of news science has ever received: and it is this: that the spiritual world of the afterlife in eternity = the mental world. (see Section 1.0.1). Every human being is born into a dual universe tied by correspondence. At birth we acquire a physical body that is tied by correspondence to a mental body (or "spirit-body"). All mental operations occur not in the brain but in the mind, that is, in the anatomical organs that make up the mind in the mental body. The mental body is immortal. Upon the death of the physical body the mental body continues conscious life in the mental world of eternity known as the afterlife of heaven and hell -- see Section 1.1.4 (F) Sixth Conclusion: The Eternity of the Afterlife is Our Mental World Now.

Correspondences occur in Sacred Scripture because Divine Speech originates them -- see Section 15.0.1.1 The Scientific Meaning of Genesis, as an illustration of the method of extracting psychological knowledge from Sacred Scrioture. As Divine Speech descends from God and enters the mental world of humanity and thus of every individual, it descends across the layers of the human mind until it reaches the external layer of natural culture and history. Throughout this descent Divine Speech is transformed at each layer so that each lower layer is a correspondence of the prior upper layer.  Correspondences govern mental phenomena in the mental world of eternity and they also govern physical phenomena in time and place.

The action of correspondences is the scientific mechanism that governs the interaction between every natural phenomenon as an effect, with its corresponding spiritual phenomenon as its cause. For example, the names of the people and places mentioned in all Sacred Scripture are symbolic references to mental states, and so are numbers, objects, actions, and events. Swedenborg verified with his dual consciousness the observational fact that whenever he read the Bible in the physical body he was able to see the correspondence of each word and phrase appear before him in the spirit body.

The process is fully confirmed scientifically by the reversal effect, namely, that whenever he was discussing psychological topics about mental states while he was conscious in his spirit-body, he observed the sensory effects of the discussion all around him in the world of spirits. For example, when he was talking to people there who are mentally in evil states, the environment around them became darker, the sky was filled with dark clouds, the surroundings showed caverns, stinking marshes, and screeching poisonous animals and insects. But when he was speaking with the inhabitants of heaven, the surrounding environment showed beautiful houses and gardens on bright and sunny streets, with wonderful fragrances, melodious sounds, and friendly animals.

What is amazing is that there was a one to one relationship or mechanism between particular objects in the environment and specific topics of discussion, to such an extent, that the people there, who all live in a marvelous spirit-body, are able to tell from a distance what a person is thinking and feeling, merely by looking at the surround that gets instantiated wherever people are in the spiritual world.

The mechanism that produces these natural looking environments in the spiritual world of the afterlife is exactly the same mechanism that is in the natural language in which all Sacred Scriptures were written. Of course the existence of the secret language of correspondences was not known to the authors of the Old and New Testaments, but the visions and events they wrote down were inspired into them by God so that only those details were written down that will make a scientific series of linked concepts and explanations when translating the natural into its correspondential sense. What is extraordinary and amazing is that the correspondential sense of the Old and New Testament books form an uninterrupted rational series of meanings and explanations about the human mind -- a textbook or encyclopedia of the mind's anatomy and immortal development. Swedenborg demonstrated this for the Old and New Testament Sacred Scriptures.

This alone proves that the Old and New Testaments is Divine, for how could dozens of uneducated pre-scientific authors, writing about their inspired visions, come up with a literal sequence of sentences that then form a meaningful rational unit together, in the whole of the Old and New Testament. Can you imagine another rational explanation?

Theistic psychology shows that this also applies to the Writings Sacred Scripture, and to other Sacred Scripture (see Section 15.0.4 Ancient Forms of Sacred Scripture and Their Derivatives. And see  Section 1.0.1.3 Revelation: Divine Speech Exteriorizing as Sacred Scripture).

Today anyone regardless of background can read these Divine scientific revelations and have a complete rational understanding of God and how we are to prepare for our afterlife, which begins in the spirit-body just a few hours after death of the physical body, as observed thousands of times by Swedenborg, and described by him in scientific detail. This is what the Swedenborg Encyclopedia of Theistic Psychology is about -- my attempt to be of service to others by describing them in the modern terms of scientific psychology in which I was trained and have functioned now for over four decades.

This is not a difficult task for me, but a joyous one that has changed my life and brought me enlightenment and love. Now everyone can examine in a scientific way the mysteries of their faith and philosophy. The One God of the universe who takes care of every person, moment by moment to eternity, has now given humanity this most precious of all revelations that completes the creation of the human mind into an angelic person with supernatural powers and virtues of love and wisdom. The lot of  such a person is heavenly bliss to eternity. Take charge of your eternity! It makes sense to do so! What can be more important than that? And the entry point to heaven is by means of rational spirituality in the mind.

See a continuation of this introduction: www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/499f99/ortal/goodtrue.html

 See also:  Scientific Proof that the Threefold Word is Divine 

For an Introduction and Overview article on Theistic Psychology, please click here

See also Dr. Ian Thompson's Site TheisticScience.org


The Swedenborg Encyclopedia of Theistic Psychology

Directory

  1. What is Spiritual Psychology

  2. What is Spiritual Psychobiology?

  3. New Church Education with Dualist Concepts

  4. Out Of Egypt Have I Called My Son: Teaching the Scientifics of the Internal Sense of the Writings 1. By the Substitution Technique 2. By Diagramming

  5. Bryn Athyn: The City of Levites in the New Canaan

  6. The Perizonius Thesis:  How Regeneration of the New Church Mind Affects the Grand Human

  7. Diagnostic Test of  Rational Spirituality

  8. Swedenborg and Modern Psychology

  9. Psychology of Religion

  10. Religious Behaviorism

  11. Biological Theology

  12. Swedenborg's Empiricism

  13. Theistic Psychology

  14. The New Science or Science Reborn

  15. Substantive Dualism: Swedenborg's Integration of Biological Theology and Rational Psychology

  16. The Marriage of Good and Truth as Mental Health

  17. Spiritual Linguistics including: Language and Thought || Cognitive Science || Speech || Psycholinguistics || Semantics || Writing Systems || Phonology || Etymology || Universals of Language || Communication || Memory

  18. Spiritual Mathematics

  19. Prologue: A Note for Wives

  20. The Basic Map for Understanding Regeneration of Marriage (Matrix 1)

  21. The Two Steps of Unity: External Mind and Internal Mind (Diagrams 1 and 2)

  22. The Two Steps of Unity: External Mind and Internal Mind (Diagrams 1 and 2)

  23. The Temptations Husbands Must Overcome (Matrix 2)

  24. Overcoming WHITE Temptations

  25. Overcoming YELLOW Temptations

  26. Overcoming GREEN Temptations

  27. Overcoming BLUE Temptations

  28. Overcoming BROWN Temptations

  29. Overcoming BLACK Temptations

  30. The Spiritual Psychobiology of Marriage

  31. Learning the Rhetoric of BLACK Consciousness (matrix 3)

  32. Chastity vs. Pornography

  33. Note This Secret About Wives

  34. What about pre-marital sex?

  35. Managing Your Temptations in Marriage--A Practice Exercise (matrix 4)

  36. How to Talk to Yourself about Your wife

  37. Engineering your Wife's Moral Rearmament

  38. Doctrinal Propositions on the Doctrine of the Wife

  39. On the meaning of Unition in Marriage

  40. Spiritual Physiology of Marriage

  41. The Spiritual Psychobiology of Marriage

  42. Marriage as Psychiatry

  43. The Postmodern Paradigm Shift in Psychology

  44. Swedenborg's Status and Significance: A Great Paradox.

  45. Lively Swedenborg BBS Debate and Discussions

  46. Two Perspectives on Swedenborg's Writings: Secular and Religious

  47. The Reciprocal Relation Between Science and Religion

  48. Swedenborg and the Future of Psychology as a Science

  49. Is Personality Forever?

  50. Scientific Dualism in Psychology

  51. Comprehensive Discourse Analysis (CDA)

  52. Cyberspace and the Spiritual World

  53. Synopsis of Swedenborg's Theology: Shun evils in yourself and love the Divine Human

  54. First Principle: God is Omnipotent Person

  55. Second Principle: The Operation of Divine Providence

  56. Third Principle: Why Evil Exists Despite God's Omnipotence

  57. Fourth Principle: Life after Death

  58. Fifth Principle: Sin and Salvation

  59. Sixth Principle: The Historical Incarnation of the Divine Human

  60. Synopsis of Swedenborg's Rational Psychology

  61. Spiritual Associations or The Vertical Community

  62. The Vertical Community

  63. Freedom (love of good) vs. Slavishness (love of self)

  64. Gravity and Love

  65. Obsessions -- External and Interior

  66. Postmodern Psychology Allied to Biological Theology

  67. Theory of Tri-Substantivism

  68. Will, Understanding and Action

  69. Affective, Cognitive, Sensorimotor

  70. Love Is Spiritual Fire

  71. Spiritual Cold in Marriage

  72. Sociopathic Tendencies

  73. Spiritual Practice

  74. Doctrine of the Three Levels of the Mind

  75. Mood Problems

  76. Controlling Sensorimotor Environment

  77. A Personal View On Swedenborg's Divine Love and Wisdom

  78. Rationalism. Topic: Do We Have Free Will or Not?

  79. Tremulations by Swedenborg

  80. Scientific Fallacies

  81. Scientific Revelations

  82. Spiritual Revelations

  83. How Swedenborg Has Been Portrayed

  84. Evaluating Swedenborg

  85. Marguerite Block

  86. Resistance to Swedenborg

  87. Is Swedenborg's Dualism Scientific?

  88. The Six Minimal Premises of Dualist Science

  89. The existence of the dual sun

  90. The existence of vertical degrees

  91. The existence of influx

  92. Influx (general entry)

  93. The existence of vertical community

  94. No function without substance or the dualist methodology

  95. All phenomena are human

  96. Extracting Dualist Concepts From Swedenborg's Writings

  97. It is Not Known Revealed

  98. Scientific Puzzles For Dualist Science

  99. The Spiritual Psychobiology Premise:

  100. The regeneration Process

  101. Who Is My Neighbor

  102. The Ten Commandments:

  103. Psychotherapy Reborn: Based on the New Psychobiology

  104. The Stages of Degeneration of the Non-regenerated Mind

  105. The Ten Plagues

  106. Psychotherapy in Relation To The Practice of Evils from Falsities

  107. The Bible as a Handbook of Psychology:

  108. The Books of the Bible: Swedenborg's Discourse Analysis

  109. Washing = Purification

  110. Crown of Holiness = The Lord's Divine Human

  111. Tiara = Intelligence From (Divine) Wisdom

  112. The Faces of Jehovah = Divine Good:

  113. The Phases of Regeneration in Adult Life (Maturity):

  114. Burning With Fire

  115. Three Steps of Regeneration

  116. Arabia = Where Good Is

  117. Altar = The Lord's Divine Good = Jehovah

  118. Father = Divine Good in the Lord Himself:

  119. The Lord's Triune Kingdom as Revealed in Genesis 21 through Emanuel Swedenborg:

  120. The Lord's Work of Regeneration in Himself and His Sons

  121. The "Father/Son" Lord Before His Advent:

  122. The "Father/Son" Lord After His Advent:

  123. The Paraphrases of "Incarnation"

  124. The Word = The Trinity From Eternity

  125. Incarnation

  126. Regeneration and Reformation

  127. The Work of the Servant

  128. The Two States of Regeneration

  129. Beasts = Affections

  130. Wave Offering = Acknowledgment of Faith in Worship:

  131. Education of the Will

  132. Divine Truth

  133. Boiling the Flesh of Sacrifices

  134. Towards Virtual Technology: Varieties of Togetherness

  135. Relationship Heaven and Hell

  136. The Height and Depth of Virtual Reality

  137. The Corporeal Region

  138. The Sensuous Region

  139. The External Rational Region

  140. The Interior Rational Region

  141. The Spiritual and Celestial Region

  142. The Forces of Cummunity-Building

  143. Evil in Cyberspace

  144. The Right Way to Live in Virtual Reality

  145. Spiritual Temptations

  146. Spiritual Self-Examination

  147. The Dangers of Fundamentalism in the Self

  148. External and Interior Marriage

  149. Applied Religious Psychology

  150. The Secret Code in the Bible

  151. Bible Study Charts

  152. Heaven and Hell

  153. Divine Trinity in One Person

  154. Garden, City, and Intelligence as Theological Methodology

  155. The Spiritual Psycho-Physiology of Marriage

  156. Ten Reasons for the Fall of Marriage

  157. Swedenborgian Marriage Handbook for Husbands

  158. E-mail Correspondence on Love

  159. Love or Lust

  160. Active Listening in Marriage

  161. Pellicacy, Sex and Eroticism

  162. De Hemelsche Leer, DHL, or The Epistles for the New Church

  163. INTRODUCTION: Internal Sense of the Writings

  164. Why is De Hemelsche Leer (DHL) so crucial?

  165. Summary of the Methodology in De Hemelsche Leer

  166. Commentary on DHL:  Psychology Out of the Word--The Stages of Growth of the Self

  167. Basic Definitions and Concepts (Influx, Discrete degrees, Laws of correspondence)

  168. LEVELS OF CONSCIOUSNESS

  169. Matrix of Degrees of Development of Self (Ascending and Descending Pathways)

  170. CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY AND HISTORY

  171. STAGES OF GROWTH OF THE SELF (Matrix 2)

  172. THE LAW OF RECURSIVENESS IN THE GROWTH OF CONSCIOUSNESS

  173. The As-of-self or Proprium

  174. Swedenborg's mission

  175. Nunc Licet--Now it is permitted

  176. THE PHASES OF CONSCIOUSNESS IN Theistic Psychology (Matrix 3)

  177. The Birth of the Rational--The Beginning of Being Human

  178. Descending and Ascending Pathway of Spiritual Development in Relation to the Threefold Self (Matrix 3b)

  179. The Doctrine of the Church and Theistic Psychology (Matrix 4)

  180. STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT IN Theistic Psychology--PREPARATION PHASES (Matrix 5)

  181. LEVELS OF EXTRACTION FROM THE WORD (Matrix 6)

  182. List of Additional Diagrams in Theistic Psychology

  183. The Two Heresies Possible in Relation to De Hemelsche Leer

  184. What About the Dangers of Literalism

  185. Reflective Study-Prayers for Learning How to Talk About God (Meditative Poems)

  186. Do the Writings Contain Scientific Revelations?

  187. Religion Test

  188. Heaven and Hell, Or, The Generals, Specifics, and Particulars Of the Mind

  189. Directionality of Psycho-Spiritual Evolution

  190. Summary of Rudolf Steiner's Principles of Education

  191. Discourse: Height and Breadth A Psycholinguistic Classification Scheme for Discourse and Behavior

  192. Applications of Discourse Analysis to Education

  193. The Horizontal Dimension of Discourse

  194. Transcript and Discourse Analysis

  195. Comprehensive Discourse Analysis  

  196. The Organization of Discourse  

  197. Ennead Matrix Tables   

  198. Field Theory of Social Action  

  199.  Operational Schema of the Three-fold Self  

  200.  The Threefold Self's 9 Zones of Life  

  201.  The Growth of the Threefold Self  

  202.  Psychological Mind Tables  

  203.  Comprehensive Discourse Analysis  

  204.  Uses of Language and Speech  

  205.  Dictionary of Graphic Concepts: Ennead Structures  

  206.  PSY 422 Quiz: Freud Group   

  207.  Money-Thoughts Analysis Quiz   

  208.  Quiz Answer: Money-Thoughts Analysis  

  209.  Huddle-Buddy Food Behavior-Change Exercise  

  210.  Dynamic Concepts of Personality  

  211.  PSY 222 Quiz 

  212. Topical Organization of Social Psychology  

  213. Colloquium Memorandum   

  214. Dictionary of Graphic Concepts: Ennead Structures

  215. Comments on the Colloquium Presentation  

  216. Dictionary of Graphic Concepts: Ennead Structures

  217.  The Propositional Logic of Paraphastic Sets  

  218. Society's Witness   

  219. Assertion Types: Sub-Categories  

  220. Classification of Utterances  

  221. T.R. Kratochwill's Model: Treatment of Fears and Phobias  

  222. ESL Brownbag Talk: The Language Teacher's Threefold Self

  223. The Divine Trinity

  224. Introduction to Part 3: The Circuit of Consciousness (Matrix 15)

  225. Birthing the Doctrine: How Biography Recapitulates Evolution (Matrix 16)

  226. Tabulation of Discoveries and Inventions by Leon James: Pre-Swedenborgian (1960-1980) and Post-Swedenborgian (1981-2001)

  227. Conceptual Categories in Thinking in Relation to Degrees of Consciousness (Matrix 17)

  228. Ethnosemantic Hexgram in Relation to Degrees of Consciousness (matrix 18)

  229. The Psycho-Dynamics of Regeneration: Using Spiritual Geography Maps

  230. Embedded Recursiveness of the Circuit of Consciousness (Matrix 19)

  231. Discovering the Ennead Matrix from the Literal of the Writings

  232. Dr. Ian Thompson's Formal Rendition of the Ennead Matrix

  233. The Basic Map for Understanding Regeneration (Matrix 20)

  234. How to Use Spiritual Geography Maps (Matrix 21)

  235.  
  236. Life After Death: Heaven and Hell

  237. The Vertical Community

  238. Negative and Positive Bias in Science

  239. No Function Without Substance

  240. The Swedenborg Reports as Science

  241. Swedenborg's Scientific Psychology

  242. Pain

  243. Why Theistic Science is the Future of Science

  244. Theistic Psychology Methodology

  245. Why the Trinity is a Rational Necessity

  246. SpirituaSpiritual and Natural or, Mind and Body
    or, Spirit and Flesh

  247. Male and Female

  248. Self and As-of Self

  249. Charity and Faith or Character and Religion

  250. Freedom and Determinism

  251. Human vs. Animal

  252. Heaven and Hell

  253. Good and Truth

  254. Wife and Husband or the Conjoint Self

  255. Introduction: The Harmonizing Chart (Matrix 19b)

  256. Explanation of Dr. Thompson's Solution

  257. The Basic Map for Understanding Regeneration (Matrix 20b)

  258. Jacob's Ladder (Matrix 20c)

  259. Note on How to Read Spiritual Geography Charts

  260. Definitions

  261. The Four Quadrants of Sensuous and Rational Consciousness (Matrix 20d)

  262. Descending and Ascending Paths (Graphic Ennead 1)

  263. The Affective Mind, Cognitive Mind, and Sensorimotor Mind

  264. Externalizing (Sensuous) and Internalizing (Rational) Units

  265. Successive and Simultaneous Relations

  266. First Step: Infancy Period of Regeneration

  267. Second Step: Childhood Period of Regeneration

  268. Third Step: Adolescence Period of Regeneration

  269. The Inversion

  270. Fourth Step: Young Adulthood Period of Regeneration

  271. Fifth Step: Adulthood Period of Regeneration

  272. Sixth Step: Old Age Period of Regeneration

  273. Psycho-Dynamic Movements in Regeneration

  274. The Negative and Positive Bias in Thinking--Crossing from Sensuous to Rational Consciousness

  275. Theistic Psychology Revelations in the Writings

  276. Swedenborg’s Scientific Dualism

  277. The Notion That The Writings Contain Outdated Science

  278. Dual Concepts in the Writings

  279. Scientific Revelations in the Writings

  280. Sensuous And Rational Content In The Writings

  281. A Spiritual Sensuous Consciousness

  282. External And Interior Theistic Psychology

  283. The Writings “Are Founded” On Theistic Science

  284. Diagram of “Scientifics” And “Doctrinal Matters”

  285. Literal And Spiritual Senses Are Both True And Accurate

  286. Spiritual Parallelism Between The Lord, The Writings, And Our Mind

  287. Enlightenment By Rational Consciousness of Spiritual Correspondences

  288. The Divine Rational Is Within The Divine Natural Of The Writings

  289. Why The Interior-Natural Is Called Spiritual-Natural

  290. Anatomy Of The External Natural Mind

  291. Individual Regeneration Recapitulates Spiritual History Of The Race

  292. The Use Of The Priesthood For Religious Life

  293. Swedenborg's Scientific Works

  294. Led By The Lord Since His Early Education

  295. Principles For The True Science

  296. Overcoming Objections To Theistic Science

  297. The External Rational And The Interior Rational

  298. Theistic Psychology And Religion

  299. Theistic Psychology And Regeneration

  300. Regeneration By Sensuous Vs. Rational Consciousness

  301. Evolution Of Consciousness In The Human Race

  302. Diagram Of The Elevation Of Consciousness In The Human Race

  303. Spiritual Psychology and History

  304. Chart of Spiritual Psychology and History

  305. The Perizonius Thesis

  306. Enlightenment Is Not Sufficient For Salvation

  307. The Level Of Consciousness In Representatives And Significatives

  308. Scientific Observations Of Spiritual Facts

  309. The Science Of Spiritual Anatomy

  310. Introduction to Theistic Psychology: The Negative and Positive Bias in Science
     

  311. A Theoretical Model for Theistic Psychology
     

  312. Mystical vs. Rational Approaches to Theistic Psychology
     

  313. Q&A on Theistic Psychology
     

  314. Whatís the difference between religion and theistic psychology?
     

  315. What about evil, sin, hell, devil, and heaven in relation to theistic psychology?
     

  316. Is Theistic Psychology really science?
     

  317. What about the spiritual world and the afterlifeóhow can that be researched?
     

  318. Is it possible that Swedenborg made it all up or was delusional?
     

  319.   What's the relation between the body, the mind, and the spiritual world?
     

  320. Theoretical Implications of God's Omnipotence, Omniscience, and Omnipresence
     

  321. What is God's Role in the Evolution of the Human Race
     

  322. What is Divine Truth in relation to scientific revelations in theistic psychology?
     

  323. How is the mind or consciousness related to spiritual reality?
     

  324. What do surveys show about beliefs in God, heaven, hell, miracles, afterlife?
     

  325. What About Creationism and Evolution?
     

  326. What is "substantive dualism" in theistic science?
     

  327. What is Applied Theistic Psychology?
     

  328. Where can I read Swedenborgís Writings and collateral works?

  1. Forming the New Church Mind

  2. The Inner Struggle Against Nonduality

  3. The Dualities in the Writings: Opposition With Nonduality

  4. Eastern Nonduality in Western Thinking

  5. Christian Nonduality

  6. New Church Nonduality

  7. Theistic Science Revelations in the Writings

  8. Overcoming Intellectual Impediments to Reformation and Regeneration

  9. The rational is the entry way to the spiritual

  10. Swedenborg vs. everybody else

  11. The formation of the internal marriage

  12. The Writings as the Word

  13. Disconfirming Nondualist Propositions In The New Church Mind

  14. Unconditional Love vs. Forgiveness

  15. Overcoming Intellectual Impediments to Reformation and Regeneration

  16. The Concept of Discrete Degrees

  17. The Concept of As-of Self

  18. The Idea of Conjugial Love

  19. The spiritual world and the inner sense of the Word

  20. Spiritual influx from heaven or from hell

  21. The Concept of Earths in the Universe

  22. Self-Witnessing Your Life as a Religious Discipline

  23. Snatching things from sudden memory

  24. Diagramming the Writings--Rational analysis of everything

  25. Discovering dualities in the Writings: The substitution technique

  26. Key Concepts That Grant Special Benefits to the New Church Mind

  27. The Threefold Self-- Systematic self-observation

  28. New Church Nonduality

  29. Conjugial Disciplines for Husbands

  30. Doctrine of the Wife

  31. The surrendered wife and the surrendered husband

  32. Men’s resistance to conjugial love

  33. The four-step conjoining process

  34. The husband’s spiritual dependence on the wife

  35. Feminizing the marriage is sanctifying it

  36. External and internal marriage

  37. Her heaven or his?

  38. The discipline of sweetheart rituals

  39. Conjugial intimacy disciplines

  40. Spiritual Psychobiology of the conjoint self

  41. Wife before children

  42. The discipline of metanoid television watching

  43. Additional religious disciplines

  44. Introduction to Cultural Genetics

  45. Definitional Diagram for the Genes of Culture

  46. Types of Structures

  47. Definitions (cultural genes)

  48. Consciousness--Lower and Higher

  49. Conscious Awareness--The Special [S/C/A] Units

  50. Jacob's Ladder (Matrix 20d)

  51. A Man of the Field (book)

  52. Reformation (volume 1) and Regeneration (volume 2)

  53. Religious Disciplines

  54. Teaching the Scientifics of the Internal Sense of the Writings

  55. WHITE Consciousness

  56. YELLOW Consciousness

  57. GREEN Consciousness

  58. The INVERSION

  59. BLUE Consciousness

  60. BROWN Consciousness

  61. BLACK Consciousness

  62. The Hexagram of Consciousness

  63. The Regenerating Mind When All Six Degrees Have Been Opened (diagram 6)

  64. Key Concepts for Regenerating the Natural Mind (diagram 7)

  65. Key Concepts for Regenerating the Spiritual Mind

  66. Key Concepts for Regenerating the Celestial Mind

  67. Empirical Research in Theistic Psychology

  68. Dr. Ian Thompson's Proposal

  69. Diagrams by Abie Venter

  70. List of Additional Diagrams in Theistic Psychology

  71. Spiritual Blindness--The End of a Puzzle that Lasted 26 Years--My Discovery of BLACK consciousness within WHITE consciousness

  72. Swedenborg's Autobiographical Letters

  73. Doctrine of the Wife

  74. Marriage Love--The Unit of Life is the Couple

  75. Conjugial Love

  76. Conjugial Love Stories

  77. Wife as Neighbor in the First Place

  78. Husband's Self-Subordination to Wife

  79. Spiritual Causes of Divorce

  80. Gender Words: Grandman Count

  81. Gender Genes

  82. Spiritual Genes and Marriage

  83. Leon's Story

  84. Spiritual Genetics

  85. Spiritual Body

  86. Regeneration and Growth

  87. Divine Psychotherapy

  88. Freedom and Choice

  89. Divine Providence and Chance

  90. Evil and Punishment

  91. Self-witnessing and Self-Examination

  92. Temptations

  93. Will and Understanding

  94. Swedenborgian Zen

  95. The Psychology of Regeneration

  96. New Church Mentality

  97. Overcoming Resistance to Swedenborg by Developing Scientific Dualism

  98. Where Swedenborg Uses "It is not Known"

  99. Elements of Biological Theology

  100. Cognitive Problems

  101. Cognitive Therapy

  102. Doctrine of Spirits or the Vertical Community

  103. Character Weaknesses

  104. Religious Morality

  105. Doctrine of Temptations and Regeneration

  106. Sexuality Disorders

  107. Understanding Psychobiology of Couplehood

  108. Diagram of the Male and Female Mind

  109. Psychobiology of Marriage

  110. Diagram of the Structure of Married Male and Female Minds

  111. Doctrine of Conjugial Love

  112. Psychopathic Tendencies

  113. New Age Education

  114. Doctrine of Uses

  115. Conscience Therapy

  116. Doctrine of the Love of Self

  117. Doctrine of the Grand Human

  118. Learned Helplessness

  119. Human Behaviors and Human Spirits: Quest for the Good and Truth

  120. Function Without Structure

  121. Heaven Is A Place On Earth: A Religious Self-Examination Experiment

  122. Swedenborg and Modern Psychology

  123. Will, Understanding and Action

  124. Affective, Cognitive, Sensorimotor

  125. Psychology of Religion

  126. Swedenborg's Empiricism

  127. Swedenborg's Theistic Psychology

  128. The New Science or Science Reborn

  129. Swedenborg and Social Science

  130. The Threefold Organization of Mind and Spirit

  131. What's in a Daydream

  132. Repentance, Change and Purification

  133. Successive and Simultaneous Degrees: The Growth of the Self

  134. The Ennead Matrix

  135. The Method of Reflection

  136. The Method of Spiritual Geography

  137. The Regions of the Mind

  138. The Interior Meaning of "Thomas" or, The Old Church State Within Us

  139. Resistance to the Development of the Church Within Us

  140. The Clinical Issues in Religious Psychology

  141. The External and Internal Church

  142. Developmental phases

  143. Confirmation theory

  144. History of the Churches on Earth

  145. The first phase

  146. The second phase

  147. The third phase

  148. The Positive Bias

  149. The Subject Matter of the Word

  150. Revelation About the Affective and the Cognitive

  151. Twenty Propositions of Religious Psychology

  152. Studying the Psychology of Inner Life

  153. The Content and Dynamics of Inner Life

  154. Religious Affections are Inherited

  155. Shunning Evils as Sins through the Practice of Religious Self-Inspection

  156. Discovering the Steps of Regeneration through Microdescriptions of our Inner Life

  157. The Threefold Order of the World and of Heaven

  158. The Ninefold Self and the Ninefold Word

  159. The Simple but Basic States of Our Religion in Childhood

  160. The Psychology of Temptations

  161. Correspondences in the Word

  162. Symbols, Correspondences of the Church and Heaven:

  163. Correspondences of Doctrines or Truths of Faith from the Word with the Church

  164. Correspondences of Goods of Truth or Uses

  165. Mental Health and the Spiritual

  166. Substantive Dualism and Spiritual Influx

  167. Psycho-Spiritual Aspects of Mental Health

  168. Levels of Transcendence: The Breadth and Height of the Self

  169. Biological Theology

  170. Application 1: Modern Psychological Concepts Corresponding to Swedenborg's Threefold Nomenclature

  171. Application 2: Mental Health Symptoms Mapped unto Swedenborg's Nomenclature

  172. Symbolism in Dreams and Myths

  173. Human Body as Micro-Cosmos

  174. Swedenborg's Influence

  175. Swedenborg's Empiricism

  176. Swedenborg's Dualist Perception

  177. Afflux and Influx: The Basis of Experience

  178. Discovering Spiritual Geography

  179. The Third Source -- Christen Blom-Dahl's Discovery

  180. Henry James Sr and Communal Mind

  181. Laws of Virtual Reality

  182. Spiritual Infancy on Earth

  183. Spiritual Freedom and Our As-Of-Self

  184. Cohesiveness Builds Virtual Reality

  185. Ouspensky and the Technology of Prayer

  186. The Will and the Understanding in Modern Psychology

  187. Quoting from Swedenborg: the Will and the Understanding

  188. The Primacy of the Affective Over the Cognitive

  189. Good & Faith

  190. The Heart and Lungs

  191. Cultural History Recapitulates Individual Biography

  192. Internalizing Three Phases of Religious Behavior

  193. Phase 1: The Moses-Phase:  Sectarianism

  194. Phase 2: The Paul-Phase:  Personalism

  195. New Testament Sayings of Jesus and their Spiritual Meaning

  196. The Faith Alone Conundrum

  197. Religious and Scientific Sectarianism:  the Old Testament State

  198. Personalism:  the New Testament State

  199. Particularism: the Third Testament Phase

  200. Personality Structure in the Three Phases of Religious Behavior

  201. Spiritual Development is Cyclical: The Smallest Recapitulates the Largest

  202. The Moses Mind: Three Phases of Internality

  203. The Pauline Mind: Three Phases of Personalism

  204. Ritual, Faith, and Science

  205. Anatomical Diagram of the Mind in Relation to God and Universe

  206. The Inmost Region: God, Infinite, Uncreate

  207. The Middle Region: Mind and the Spiritual World

  208. The Swedenborg Mind: Three Phases of Particularism

  209. Stumbling Blocks to True Inner Worship

  210. The Role of Temptations

  211. Spiritual=Psychology

  212. The Psycho-Physiology of Temptations

  213. Consolations after Temptations

  214. Religious Self-Inspection and Temptations

  215. Natural, Spiritual, and Celestial Temptations

  216. Online Debate in Defense of Swedenborg

  217. Psychology Student Reactions to Swedenborg

  218. Is Personality Forever?

  219. Religious Psychology or Theistic Science

  220. Good and True in Theistic Psychology

  221. Psychology of Knowledge

  222. The Act of Composition

  223. The Psychology of Ordinary Language Use

  224. Theory Building in Social Psychology

  225. Ennead Matrix of Discrete Degrees (with Dr. Ian Thompson)

  226. Dimensions of the Mind

  227. Theistic Psychology: Introduction and Overview article

  228. DIAGRAM 1 The Trigrammatic Construction of the Universe

  229. DIAGRAM 2 The Three Compositions and Layers of the Universe

  230. DIAGRAM 3 The Three Levels of Science

  231. DIAGRAM 4 The Three Divine Aspects

  232. DIAGRAM 5 The Male Mind and the Female Mind (part 1)

  233. DIAGRAM 6 The Male Mind and the Female Mind (part 2)

  234. DIAGRAM 7 The Trigrammatic Structure in Parallel Series

  235. DIAGRAM 8 The Ennead of Levels and Substances: Celestial, Spiritual, Natural

  236. DIAGRAM 9 Trinitarian Composition of God in Theistic Psychology

  237. Difference Between Religion and Theistic Psychology

  238. Rational Faith vs. Persuasive Faith

  239. The Unity of Theistic Science

  240. The Three Layers in Scientific Revelations

  241. Illustrative List of Scientific Revelations

  242. Aristotle and Aristotelians

  243. Discovering Swedenborg

  244. Should Swedenborg be included in the history of scientific psychology?

  245. The Swedenborg Reports

  246. The Negative Bias in Science

  247. Outline of Swedenborg's Spiritual Psychology

  248. Swedenborg's Background

  249. A Diagram Showing The Formation Of The New Church Mind

  250. The Operation Of Reformation, Enlightenment, Regeneration

  251. The Nine Installation Steps

  252. Doctrine Is The Reception Of Spiritual Information Packets

  253. Biology Of The Spiritual Doctrine.

  254. Diagram Of The Discrete Levels In The Mind and the Writings

  255. Diagram Of The Discrete Levels In The Mind and the Writings

  256. The Spiritual Doctrine is Heaven and the Lord In Us

  257. Why The Spiritual Doctrine In Our Mind Must Be A Divine Doctrine

  258. Objections To The Divine Doctrine In Our Mind

  259. The Spiritual Doctrine In The Mind Must Be Proven By The Letter

  260. Man Enters Heaven Through The Church

  261. Demystifying The Divinity Of The Spiritual Doctrine

  262. The Divine Rational Cannot Be Approached In The Letter

  263. Examples Of Enlightenment In Everyday Circumstances

  264. Surface Meaning And Underlying Meaning Of Sentences

  265. The Divinity Of The Spiritual Sense We Extract From The Letter

  266. The Spiritual Sense Of Ecclesiastical And Civil Government

  267. Anatomy Diagram Of The Spiritual Doctrine in the Mind

  268. The Difference Between The Spiritual Sense And The Spiritual Doctrine

  269. The Physiology Of Spiritual Enlightenment

  270. Enlightenment Is Not A Mysterious Process

  271. Spiritual-Rational Meditations

  272. The Internal Meaning Of Music And Art

  273. The Difference Between Natural And Spiritual Language

  274. The Spiritual Doctrine Cannot Be Used For Politics And Morality

  275. “Within The Natural” Vs. “In The Natural"

  276. Spiritual Topics Vs. Spiritual Meanings

  277. Diagram Of Natural Vs. Spiritual Understanding Of The Writings

  278. The Divinity Of The Spiritual Doctrine

  279. The Substitution Technique For Teaching The Spiritual Doctrine

  280. The Correspondence Technique For Teaching The Spiritual Doctrine

  281. The Dangers Of Remaining In The Letter OF the Writings

  282. The Doctrinals Taught In The Church Are In a Natural Language

  283. The Fear of the Divinity of Doctrine in Our Understanding

  284. The Lord Is Divine Doctrine

  285. Human Understanding Is Not Divine Doctrine

  286. Human Statements Are Not Divine

  287. The Spiritual Sense Of The Writings Must Not Be Denied

  288. Protecting The Church From False Doctrines And Heresies

  289. The Infinite is Contained Within The Finite

  290. The Spiritual Sense Explained By Rational Correspondences

  291. The Secret Of Extracting The Spiritual Sense Of The Writings

  292. Regeneration Is By The Spiritual Sense

  293. The Spiritual Sense Is Also A Correspondence

  294. Enlightenment Is The Only Way To See The Spiritual Sense

  295. Lower And Higher Correspondences

  296. Newcomers To The World Of Spirits

  297. The Divine Doctrine is Unique With Each Individual

  298. “Nunc Licet” The Flagpole Of The New Church Mind

  299. The Three Steps Of Deriving Doctrine From The Writings

  300. Without Doctrine The Writings Is Not Understood

  301. Conjunction With The Lord By Means Of The Internal Sense

  302. Why Be Concerned With The Internal Sense Of The Writings

  303. Summary Of The Doctrine That The Writings Have A Spiritual Sense

  304. Diagrams Depicting Descriptive Information from the Writings of Swedenborg

  305. Standard Objections to Swedenborg

  306. Short List of Scientific Revelations in the Writings of Swedenborg

  307. Extracting Dualist Concepts From Swedenborg's Writings

  308. Some of the People Who Were Influenced by Swedenborg 

  309. Theistic Psychology vs. Mysticism, Spiritism, and Psychic Phenomena

  310. Introduction to Theistic Psychology: The Negative and Positive Bias in Science

  311. A Theoretical Model for Theistic Psychology

  312. Difference between religion and theistic psychology

  313. Lecture Notes on Theistic Psychology

  314. Applied Theistic Psychology

  315. Research on God in Psychology

  316. Swedenborg's Rational Psychology

  317. Developmental Levels of Thinking About Theistic Psychology

  318. Dying and Resuscitation

  319. The Second Death

  320. Religious Behavior

  321. Immortality or Life in Eternity

  322. The Heavenly Traits: Altruism and Love of Usefulness

  323. The Hellish Traits: Selfishness and Love of Domineering

... one true thing does not affirm something good, but many truths do, for one true thing without connection with others does not affirm, but when there are many it does, for from one, another can be seen. One thing does not produce any form, thus no quality, but many things, connected in a series, do so. As a single tone does not produce a chorus, still less a harmony, neither does a single truth ...

Arcana Coelestia_ 4197 [7]

Nothing is more important than to know how the will and understanding make one mind.
E. Swedenborg
TCR 397

At the death of the material body, when it's no longer responsive to the mind's will and thought, we awaken in the spiritual body, thus ending our dual citizenship.  From then on, to forever, our mind lives in our immortal spiritual body.  How do I know this?  Swedenborg, according to his own detailed scientific records, was given thousands of occasions by which to experiment with this process of "extraction of the mind from the physical body"  and its subsequent phase of resuscitation and preparation for conscious life in the spiritual world.  This life is entirely different in actuality, though on the surface, it may appear similar to the life we led on earth.  Further details are given in Heaven and Hell.  I mention these details here because they are a necessary part to understanding mental growth and regeneration.

More on this subject here

"this work" below refers to Swedenborg's last book titled The True Christian Religion (1771)

TCR 791. NOTE. - After this work was finished the Lord called together His twelve disciples who followed Him in the world; and the next day He sent them all forth throughout the whole spiritual world to preach the Gospel that THE LORD GOD JESUS CHRIST reigns, whose kingdom shall be for ages and ages, according to the prediction in Daniel (7:13, 14), and in Revelation (11:15).

Also that blessed are those that come to the marriage supper of the Lamb (Rev. 19:9).

This took place on the nineteenth day of June, 1770. This is what is meant by these words of the Lord:

He shall send His angels and they shall gather together His elect, from the end of the heavens to the end thereof (Matt. 24:31).


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