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- Publisher: Theodore D. Webber (June 30, 2012)
- Publication Date: June 30, 2012
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B008GN4BNK
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Heavenly Arcana (Hyperlinked Works of Emanuel Swedenborg Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Amazing if you take into context that this work is over 200 years old.
As with any religious idealogy it all boils down to your faith.
This I have found to be an amazing read well worth the time.
To sum up I will leave you with a taste of Emanuel Swedenburg. This being his translation to the meaning of the word perception.
It shall here be told briefly what perception is, of which mention is so frequently made. There is with every man the faculty of perceiving whether a thing be so or not so. The faculty of drawing a conclusion inwardly in himself or in his own mind causes a thing to be perceived. This faculty cannot be given, unless there be influx from the spiritual world. In this gift one man excels another. They who have less of the faculty are they who draw conclusions inwardly in themselves or in their own mind but little, and thus have little perception, but say that a thing is so, because others in whom they have faith have said so. But they who much excel are they who do not see from others, but from themselves, that a thing is so. Howbeit, the perception which appertains to every man is a perception in worldly things, but to no one at this day in spiritual things. The reason is that the spiritual which flows in and causes perception is obscured and almost extinguished by the enjoyments of the love of self and the world. Wherefore spiritual things are of no concern to them, except as a matter of obligation and custom, and would be despised and held in aversion, even denied, if the fear of what is due and enjoyment from custom were removed.
He who would have perception in things spiritual must be in affection for truth from good and must be in continual desire to know truths. Thereby his intellectual is enlightened, and when the intellectual is enlightened, then it is given him to have some perception inwardly in himself. But as to him who is not in affection for truth, whatever he knows to be so, he knows from the doctrine of the church to which he gives his faith, and because a priest, an elder, or a monk has said that it is so. From these things it may be evident what perception is, and that it is given in worldly things but not in spiritual; which is further manifest from this, that every one abides in the doctrine in which he was born, even they who were born Jews and also they who are outside the church, although they live within it. Moreover they who are in any heresy, if the veriest truths were declared to them and also confirmed, would nevertheless not at all perceive that they were truths, but they would appear to them as falsities.
Extract from the Heavenly Arcana.
Having the entire Arcana in one document is useful, and the search function on my kindle makes for a fun, easy way to browse the heavenly doctrines.