Whenever I share the life and wisdom of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) with my radio show listeners, the people who read my books and magazine articles, or with those who attend my many classes and lectures, I always start out by introducing him as “my boyfriend.” That introduction accomplishes a couple things.
First and foremost, it makes an 18th century scientist/mystic more approachable to a 21st century audience. In our current paradigm, scientists can’t relate to mystics, and mystics don’t relate well to scientists. How could he be both?
Through a technique of controlled breathing, Swedenborg could enter a state of concentrated focus. This trance-like state enabled him to literally master every known science in his life, and later gave him access to the angelic community. This is a difficult concept for most people to grasp, so who would not feel slightly alienated by that? Who would not be intimidated by a man Stanford University voted the most brilliant person to have ever lived on the planet!? Swedenborg left us with an enormous canon of scientific work. Merely reading these volumes would be a daunting undertaking. Not to mention his achievements as a profound mystic discoursing with people who have died, with angels and with … well let’s just say beings we would not call angels. When you add in the over four and half million words he wrote about the nature of the spiritual worlds, how they are organized and why we, as spiritual beings, benefit from having a human experience, you do not exactly have a man the average person feels they can immediately relate to on a personal level. As you can see, a definite overachiever.
The second thing this introduction does is bring the context of his writings down to a level uncomplicated and relevant to one’s everyday life. The heart and soul of his wisdom is, after all, about examining what we are doing with our attention. Let’s face it. There is nothing more germane to everyday life than what are we are choosing to give our attention to, and thereby what we tell ourselves inwardly, as we move through our day.
The Swedenborgian Basics
Now let’s go over the Swedenborg basics and explore what is unlimited that we could be giving our attention and therefore our love to. For nearly all, this is also the most unfamiliar.
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