Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Spiritual Meaning of "Let us make man in our image" (Gen. 1:26)

What is the true spiritual meaning of the passage Let us make man in our image (Gen. 1:26)? In traditional Christianity, this passage is used as one of the proof texts for the concept of a trinity of three persons, a doctrine that was invented in the 4th century A.D. to combat Arianism.  The doctrine came from men, and has no support from scripture as the doctrine is utterly foreign to the monotheism of scripture, except if one takes passages from the New Testament in a very literal manner, ignoring the numerous passages where God is described as not only one personal Being, but as Being itself:
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.”1  And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” (Ex. 3:14)
The phrase "I AM" is a title of Divinity, and Jesus claimed this title for Himself (John 8:58) as He is Jehovah incarnate in human form.  The name Jehovah comes from a Hebrew word that means "He is." Thus God is one personal being, and beside Him there is no other god:
Thus says Jehovah, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, Jehovah of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god. (Isa. 44:6).
Jesus also claims the title of first and last (Rev. 1:17, 2:8). The concept of a trinity of three persons is thus foreign to scripture.  As for Gen. 1:26, the ancient Jewish interpretation is that this refers to God among His congregation of angels in heaven. It in no way indicates a plurality of persons in the Godhead, for such a belief is none other than polytheism.


The Jewish interpreation that the plurality of Gen. 1:26 refers to God and his angels is confirmed in the revelations received by Emanuel Swedenborg, who takes the concept further. Our lives are dependent on the influx of spiritual life, which flows into us through angels and spirits:
"Man does not know at all that he is governed of the Lord by means of angels and spirits; and that with every man there are at least two spirits, and two angels. Through spirits communication of man with the world of spirits is effected, and through angels with heaven. Without communication through spirits with the world of spirits, and through angels with heaven, and so through heaven with the Lord, man can by no means live. His life entirely depends on that conjunction. If the spirits and angels should withdraw, he would perish in a moment." (Heavenly Arcana, n. 50)
This spiritual psychology of the human soul goes against the modern concept of the individual self, that it is the self alone that is the origin of our being and thought. To make man in our image, means God's influence over man through angels to regenerate us into a spiritual being:
"While man is unregenerate, he is governed quite otherwise than when regenerated. While unregenerate there are evil spirits with him, who so domineer over him that the angels, though present, are scarcely able to do any thing more than just to guide him so that he may not plunge into the lowest evil, and bend him to some good — in fact to bend him by means of his own desires to good, and through the fallacies of the senses to truth. He then has communication with the world of spirits, through the spirits who are with him, but not so much with heaven, because evil spirits rule, and angels only avert their rule.
"But when man is regenerated, angels rule, and inspire him with all goods and truths, and with fear and horror of evils and falsities. The angels indeed lead, but only as ministers, for it is the Lord alone who governs man by angels and spirits. And because it is done through the ministry of angels it is here first said, in the plural number, Let us make man in our image; and yet, because the Lord alone governs and disposes, it is said in the following verse, in the singular number, God created him in His own image." (Heavenly Arcana, n. 50.2-3)
In ancient times the spiritual communication was more direct, but it was cut off due to our separation due to the love of self and ruling over others. Thus man is merely natural, and spiritual communication is opened through the Lord who appeared in human form, as well as through scripture which is the Divine truth in written form. There are occasions when this is opened up, often through dreams, and for one personal experience see the blog posts A Clairvoyant Dream of an Angel and a Celtic Fairy Tale as well as An Angelic Visitation at Death and a Funeral.


In the literal sense the meaning of image and likeness is that God is anthropomorphic.  This is partly true: in the New Church revelation God is Man, and we are but his images, for in order to be understood God has revealed Himself in human form. But in more spiritual sense, a human becomes an image or likeness of God inasmuch as does what is good according to the truth, for Good and Truth are the two primary aspects of the Divine:
"And God created man in His own image; in the image of God created He him. The word image is twice used here, because faith, which is of the understanding, is called His own image; and love, which is of the will — and which in the spiritual man comes after, but in the celestial man precedes — is called the image of God." (Heavenly Arcana, n. 53)
To give God glory is to acknowledge that the good we do and the truth we think is not from our self, but from God alone, for the selfish ego is the source of nothing but evil:
"By giving to the Lord glory and honor nothing else is meant in the Word but to acknowledge and confess that all truth and all good are from Him, and thus that He is the only God; for He has glory from the Divine truth and honor from the Divine good" (Apocalypse Revealed, n. 249; see also the work The Symbolism of the Psalms)
Thus the purpose of the worship of God, giving Him glory, is not for the sake of God, but for the sake of ourselves and our salvation, for in honoring and worshiping God we withdraw from the self-glorification of our own ego. And inasmuch as we withdraw from the selfish ego, that is as far as we will become an image and likeness of God in good and truth in a life of usefulness.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Clairvoyant Empathy and the Golden Rule

Empathy is defined as the ability to step into another person's shoes and to understand their point of view and sense their feelings.  For those who are sensitive or empathatic, the weight of these feelings are so strong that they can become unbearable. I recently found this website, 13 Signs You're An Empath, which lists similar symptoms. Empathy is based on love, and accepts the other person with their faults with understanding, without judgment or hate - for love opens the door to empathy, and hate is what closes it off.

The experience of empathy can become so strong, however, that it becomes clairvoyant - one literally experiences what the other person thinks or feels. This is known by others as "psychic empathy."  This kind of empathy is more common in waking dreams. I know someone who had a dream, where he was standing in a garage, and sees his mother. His mother than walks away, and he begins shouting after her to come back. However an invisible barrier then comes up, and she cant hear him, and they become distant until the mother walks away. He woke up with such a heavy sadness, and that very morning received a phone call giving the news that his best friend's mother had committed suicide. She had committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in the garage.

Empathy can be closed off for many years, but by random chance one may come across a person that triggers something, opening it up once again.  It can cause one to lose sleep, I have recently experienced something similar to it and can't shake it off so I thought I would blog about it to let it out and let it go.


There are spiritual laws which govern the experience of empathy, and that is the spiritual love of God and loving one's neighbour.  These two are the greatest commandments:
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matt. 22:36-40)
Scripture expresses this as a commandment, and one may view that one must follow it as a duty or obligation.  That is certainly the first step, but as one practices it, one experiences the love, and it grows more internal. An empath lives it, where they are living in the shoes of the other person. More spiritual experiences can happen with those who have similar personalities or who follow similar life paths, despite their differences. Empathy is the bridge across differences, which are in fact mental constructs which block the flow the empathy.

From empathy, one can begin to read other people's thoughts. In fact, the gospels state that Jesus had this ability:
"But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man." (John 2:24-25)
And, what is interesting to note here, of all empaths God is the greatest empath. He literally stands in the place of every person, and knows firsthand what each person experiences. This can be seen in the following passage:
"Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’" (Matt. 25:34-40)


The writings of Emanuel Swedenborg provide a deeper explanation for the experience of empathy. Whereas our bodies live in a three dimensional material world, our souls are spiritual in origin and dwell in a parallel dimension where space and time have no meaning. In the spiritual world, instead of space there are states of love, for heaven is composed of one' interior state of ideas and feelings. The more one loves another person the more closer one becomes to that soul:
"In the spiritual world one appears in presence to another, if only he intensely desires his presence; for thus he sees him in thought, and presents himself in his state; and conversely, one is removed from another so far as he is averse to him. And because all aversion is from contrariety of affections and from disagreement of thoughts, it comes to pass in that world, that several who are in one place are seen by one another so long as they agree, but as soon as they disagree they disappear." (Heaven and Hell, n. 194)
What then happens is that in the spiritual world, communities form based on like personalities, and this collection of souls appear together in the form of a human being:
"It is to be known that though all in a society of heaven, when seen together as one, appear in the likeness of a man, yet no one society is just such a man as another. The societies are distinguished one from another as are human faces from one stock... they are varied according to the varieties of the good in which they are, and which gives them their form... It is noteworthy that the more there are in a society of heaven making a one, the more perfect is its human form, since variety disposed in heavenly form makes perfection" (Heaven and Hell, n. 70, 71)
In the spiritual world, angelic spirits experience a more intense from of empathy - one can literally share the memory of another person where one thinks one is that person:
"That I might know how the matter stood, as to man's not being able to think from his own memory, if spirits flowed in from their exterior memory, it was permitted two or three times that this should be done; and I then knew no otherwise than that that was mine which was not mine, but a spirit's; and that I had thought the things before, which I had not thought" (Heavenly Arcana, n. 2478)
This influx into another person's memory is the spiritual origin of telepathy as well as empathy. here is another passage:
"An angel or a spirit when he comes to a man, and by turning to him is conjoined to him, comes into all his memory, insomuch that he scarce knows otherwise than that he knows from himself what the man knows, including his languages" (Heaven and Hell, n. 246)
Thus those who have experienced clairvoyant empathy have in fact experienced something very close to what the angelic minds think, when they come across another soul who is of like mind with them. Empaths are thus the hidden angels on earth, and you are lucky if you should ever encounter one, or share such an experience with another.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Pentagon Confirmation of the Extraterrestrial Presence and Emanuel Swedenborg

After over 70 years of silence and public denial, the U.S. Department of Defense has finally released an official cockpit video of an F/A-18 Super Hornet trying to intercept a UFO off the coast of San Diego in 2004. It was released in August of this year, and it shows in the video a white oval object that does a strange rotation while it is being tailed by the F/A-18:

Here I think is the original video upload given to the New York Times:

Not only do we have the video, we have the testimony of the two Navy pilots who were trying to chase down the UFOs: Cmdr. David Fravor and Lt. Cmdr. Jim Slaight. One interview can be found here: 2 Navy Airmen and an Object That ‘Accelerated Like Nothing I’ve Ever Seen’.  It first appeared at 80,000 ft, then dropped to 20,000 ft. By the time the aircraft arrived the object was hovering 50 ft above sea level, causing a disturbance to the water below it. As they tried to intercept, it then shot away and disappeared. The two pilots were then told to meet at a rendezvous point 60 miles away, and a few moments later the object appeared at the exact rendezvous point before the fighter jets could arrive there. The object was playing games with them, perhaps in response to the Navy's military exercise to demonstrate their combat power to respond to "a national emergency or crisis" (see Seven Carrier Strike Groups Underway for Exercise). Apparently these UFOs started to play a "cat and mouse" game with the U.S. Navy over a period of 2 weeks.

The video was released by the "Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification" program, which supposedly began in 2007 and supposedly shutdown in 2012 - see Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program. Parts of it still remain classified, but the most interesting tidbit is this sentence:

The funding went to Mr. Bigelow’s company, Bigelow Aerospace, which hired subcontractors and solicited research for the program.
Under Mr. Bigelow’s direction, the company modified buildings in Las Vegas for the storage of metal alloys and other materials that Mr. Elizondo and program contractors said had been recovered from unidentified aerial phenomena.
And behind that sentence that I highlighted in bold there is a lot more. The truth of the matter is that the U.S. military started tracking these UFOs since the 1950s. The U.S. military first became aware of these UFOs during WWII as they started to tail our pilots during their bombing runs over Germany, and were called "Foo Fighters." Public interest was at an all-time high until the U.S. Air Force terminated Project Blue Book in 1969. So this event is not exactly new. What is new is that the U.S. Department of Defense has apparently decided to follow a track of a "slow information release" to the public. This incident was first reported by a group of "former spies and spooks" who decided to go public about it - see I-Team: Public company launched to investigate UFOs.

So this particular incident is important - we have a verified video from the U.S. Department of Defense plus the witness testimony of 2 pilots. There are many false videos and photographs on the internet, and these are part of another arm of an intelligence agency that puts out false information on this subject as part of a massive counter intelligence program.


The increase in activity of these UFOs is in response to several events:
  • The explosion of the atomic bomb in 1945, which threatens to destroy the earth, and,
  • The threat of environmental destruction by human activity, and,
  • The threat of human expansion beyond our planet. Earth is under quarantine, and
  • The long term effect of increased solar radiation from the sun on our planet, and
  • Increased adverse infiltration/influence of one group on certain intelligence agencies
There are three main theories as to their origin, and all may be true:
  • They are extraterrestrial or interstellar in origin, and/or:
  • They are "ultraterrestrial" and have been here a long time, maintaining underground and underwater bases of operation, and/or:
  • They are interdimensional
Their modus operandi is as follows:
  • They prefer to remain and act anonymous, or to act in such a way where one cannot prove their existence
  • Some use advanced mind control methods, and will erase the memory of the encounter
  • Many prefer to communicate in a non-verbal manner via telepathy, empathy, or channeling
  • As they use advanced mental communication, due to our separation from the spiritual world from our sinful nature a contact can be later accompanied by poltergeist activity
  • Some engage in counter-intelligence, and will make false statements to invalidate the testimony of the encounter

Interestingly, the first reported extraterrestrial encounter was experienced through visionary states by Emanuel Swedenborg in the 18th century. The clairvoyant abilities of Emanuel Swedenborg have been well documented, and one incident was investigated by the German philosopher Immanuel Kant. Similar to modern encounters, Swedenborg stated that most tend to communicate in a non-verbal manner:
"They are averse to vocal speech, because it is material, and therefore, when no intermediate spirits were present, I could not speak with them except by a kind of active thought." (Earths in the Universe, n. 17)
This is obviously a barrier to contact. However the U.S. Military has recognized this, and there are reports they have employed empaths to enable communication.

Swedenborg even described one group that was interstellar, who were interested in increasing their knowledge of the universe:
"The spirits of that earth go in companies and troops, and when assembled together, they form as it were a globe. ...That they wander through the universe to acquire knowledges of things, was evident to me also from this — that once when they appeared very remote from me, they spoke with me thence, and said that they were then gathered together, and were going out of the sphere of this world into the starry heaven" (Earths in the Universe, n. 25).
In his visionary state he saw that these extraterrestrials were associated with the planets of our solar system, and even though he could not see the planets themselves Swedenborg falsely concluded that the planets of the solar system were inhabited. Given this, many discount entirely the testimony of Swedenborg as to his spiritual and theological topics. Those within the New Church have their own theories that generally discount what Swedenborg had to say on the topic as well. One contrary indication to these negative theories is that Swedenborg was able to accurately describe the rings of Saturn, long before their nature was confirmed by science.

In Swedenborg's account Earths in the Universe many do not consider that these extraterrestrials were highly advanced, either in orbit around such planets or dwelling in temporary underground bases. One factor that is generally not considered is that of biological contamination, which is another barrier for contact. Thus if they needed to setup a temporary base of operation for observation, a dead planet with no biological agents would be more ideal then that of earth itself, which has an extreme variety of biological life, a rarity in our galaxy.

So the barriers of contact are many, and the entire subject requires discernment and education, but most of all, a willingness to break the social taboo on this subject. But hopefully some of the evidence presented here as to their existence will remove the barrier to anyone wishing to explore the spiritual revelations given to Emanuel Swedenborg, for they have been ignored for far too long.