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John Talbot
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John Talbot

4837(2) Furthermore the marriage of one husband to a number of wives would present in heaven an idea or image in which so to speak one good was joined to a number of truths which did not agree with one another , and so an image in which there was no good at all. For when its truths do not agree with one another was no good at all. For when its truths do not agree with one another good ceases to be good, since good receives its particular nature from truths and their agreement with one another. Task: Identify… Read more »

Erika Brown
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Erika Brown

” If the truths of faith and not good were the lines along which parts of heaven were separated from one another, heaven would cease to be heaven, because there would not be any unanimity at all. For their oneness of life or unity in soul could not come to them from the Lord and exist among them. That oneness dwells solely within good, that is, within love to the Lord and love towards the neighbor.” Task: identify and observe the tension created when I use truths to divide myself from others, instead of finding goods in common. Submission: This… Read more »

Gray Glenn
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Gray Glenn

4828 “and Jehovah caused him to die,” signifies that there was no representative of the church 4831 The posterity of Jacob were such as not to be willing to receive internal things For all the things LP is, peasant isn’t one of them. This session I worked with seeking out where in my spiritual psychology there was no representative of the church (4828) through sitting with the command, “be still and know that I am God”. The unpleasantness was that in stillness I came into an aware state of my own deadness. The story of Mary and Martha and Lazarus… Read more »

Judy & Len Robinson
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Judy & Len Robinson

ACV6S35-Len # 4839…..” and they who are without good, and are in evil, are against Divine order. All that evil which springs or flows forth from interior evil (that is, from the intention or end of evil, such as was this of Onan’s), is contrary to Divine order; but that which does not spring or flow forth from interior evil, that is, from an intention or end of evil, though it sometimes appears like evil, yet is not so, provided the end is not evil, for the end qualifies every deed. For man’s life is in his end, because what… Read more »

Gretchen & Harald Sandstrom
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Gretchen & Harald Sandstrom

This is Harald ~ AC 4839, 2: … insofar as angels, spirits, and men [people] are recipients of Him, that is, insofar as good and accompanying truth are present in them, thus insofar as His Divine order is present there, they are human beings. Task: To sharpen my daily awareness of when there is disorder in my mind, as disorder makes me less human – i.e., less of the good that I should correspond to (AC 4837, 2). As a person plagued with ADD, which is a daily challenge, I “normally” surround myself with and create disorder. Whether or not… Read more »

Mark Allais
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Mark Allais

#4837 – If heaven were distinguished according to truths of faith, and not according to good, there would be no heaven, for there would be no unanimity.

TASK: When I am in disagreement with someone over a truth of faith, how can I stop it from separating us. Can I see the good/end in view/use in his perspective? If I can see the good end, can I support it as my own?

Judy & Len Robinson
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Judy & Len Robinson

ACV6S35-Judy
#4837-3…”For love conjoins all; and when everyone has love for good and truth, they have a common life, which is from the Lord, and thus have the Lord, who conjoins all. The love of good and truth is what is called love toward the neighbor; for the neighbor is he who is in good and thence in truth, and in the abstract sense is good itself and its truth…..”
Task: Explore this. Can I see it in my life or indeed the opposite?

Fred Braakman
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Fred Braakman

Text: “4836. And Onan knew that the seed would not be his. That this signifies aversion and hatred, is evident from the representation of Onan, as being evil (n. 4823, 4824); and because not to give seed to one’s brother, or not to perform the duty of a husband’s brother, is not to will the good and truth of the church, and its continuation (n. 4834), therefore by these words is signified aversion and hatred; for evil is nothing else than aversion and hatred toward the good and truth of the church.” Task: Be aware of hidden feelings that reflect… Read more »

Janna King
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Janna King

4835. Come to thy brother’s wife, and perform the duty of a husband’s brother unto her. That this signifies that he should continue it, namely, the representative of the church, is evident from the signification of “to come” or “enter to a brother’s wife, and perform the duty of a husband’s brother unto her,” as being to preserve and continue that which is of the church. Work Focus: It seems as if the Lord’s injunction to us in all our states, no matter how confused, proprial or despairing, is ‘to preserve and continue that which constitutes the church’. This frequently… Read more »

Sarah Walker
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4835 The soul or spirit of man is his internal, and the body is his external; or what is the same, the soul or spirit is the very form of man, but the body is his representative image; and when a man rises again, his representative image, or his external, which is the body, is put off; for he is then in his internal, or in his form itself…. and therefore when the light of heaven appears in its clearness, the darkness or representative image is dissipated. This was effected by the coming of the Lord. I noted that Elliot… Read more »

Ruth Duckworth
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Ruth Duckworth

4837[3] The church is an image of heaven; for it is the kingdom of the Lord on earth. Heaven is distinguished into many general societies, and into lesser ones subordinate to these; but still they are one through good; for the truths of faith there are in agreement according to good; for they have regard to good, and are from it. If heaven were distinguished according to the truths of faith, and not according to good, there would be no heaven, for there would be no unanimity; for the angels could not have from the Lord a oneness of life,… Read more »

Ian Keal
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Ian Keal

AC-4837 And it came to pass, when he came to his brother’s wife, and he destroyed it to the earth. That this signifies what is contrary to conjugial love, is evident from what now follows. By Er, Judah’s firstborn, is described the falsity of evil in which the Jewish nation was at first; by Onan the second son is described the evil which is from the falsity of evil, in which that nation was afterwards; and by Shelah the third son is described the idolatry thence derived, in which they were thereafter continually (n. 4826). Evil from the falsity of… Read more »

Louise Gardam
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Louise Gardam

Arcana Coelestia #4835 [4] end: “In darkness, or in the light of the world, the things which are of the light of heaven do not appear such as they are in themselves, but as in a represeentative image…. and therefore when the light of heaven appears in its clearness, the darkness or representative image is dissapated. This was effected by the coming of the LORD.” Work Focus: Reflect on the direction of my thoughts. Acknowledge how frequently I think from the darkness of the world. Pray that the LORD may come into my mind and priorities and bring His light… Read more »

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