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.

THE SCRIPTURAL FOUNDATION FOR EMPATHY

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 SPIRITUAL EXPLANATION OF EMPATHY

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.

SO WHO ARE THEY AND WHY ARE THEY HERE?

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
WHAT WAS THE FIRST REPORTED EXTRATERRESTRIAL 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.




Monday, December 11, 2017

Book Review: The Symbolism of the Psalms, A Spiritual Commentary

I recently authored a book, The Symbolism of the Psalms, which is a comprehensive spiritual commentary on Psalms 1-41 based on the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg. It is also a new translation of the Psalms based on modern Biblical research, which affects the interpretation of certain passages. I have been waiting for the right moment to publish volumes 2 and 3, but I am currently involved in investigating some secret numerical codes hidden in the Psalms which I discovered by analyzing Hebrew poetic structures of the Psalms, and it is becoming a completely separate work in itself (thus the lack of blog posts). A reader of this blog, David Deaton, decided to write a book review, and after several attempts at finding an avenue for publication I suggested I could post it here on this blog.  Here is the full review, unedited, although I am tempted to explain the hidden meaning behind the book cover [hint, read the back cover]:

Book Review-


The Symbolism of the Psalms: A Spiritual Commentary
Volume 1 (Psalms 1-41)
Theodore D. Webber
Apocryphile Press, 2017, 557 pp.

It’s hard to believe that one of the greatest achievements of New Church collateral literature has just been made by a person with no extraordinary academic qualifications or even formal affiliation to the organized New Church, but the proof is in the reading...

Those who are curious as to the author’s background may know that Theodore D. Webber has a degree in Near Eastern Studies from U.C. Berkeley and has made his living these last twenty years as an IT director at a large financial firm in New Jersey. During his off-hours, Webber maintains an eclectic, religiously-themed blog called “Spirituality, Dreams and Prophecy,” which can be visited at:

In brief, Webber has done for the book of Psalms what Emmanuel Swedenborg, has done for the books of Genesis, Exodus, and Revelation, in providing a detailed exegesis of Sacred Scripture, using the very system of correspondences revealed to Swedenborg. When Webber’s work is published in full, it will comprise three stout volumes of textual analysis, most of which is drawn directly from the Writings themselves. References scattered over thirty volumes of the Rotch Edition will be gathered into one easily accessed collection. “This work brings together this information to create a comprehensive spiritual commentary for each Psalm,” writes Webber. “In this manner, scripture is used to systematically explain scripture.”

In his excellent introduction “The Spiritual Meaning of the Psalms,” Webber poses this challenge to any prospective reader who may never before have heard of the Writings. “Most who read the Bible take it on faith, or on the basis of church authority and tradition, that it is Divinely inspired. But what about a systematic proof, using internal evidence from the text itself, to demonstrate that it is indeed Divinely inspired?”

Webber answers his own challenge by deciphering the variously authored Old Testament liturgy known as the book of Psalms to show its internal consistency. For each and every Psalm, he provides his own fresh translation, a terse summary taken straight from the treatise informally known as Prophets and Psalms (contained in Posthumous Theological Works, Vol. 2), and then an exhaustive exposition proceeding line-by-line, sometimes word-by-word, replete with copious biblical cross-references. There’s everything here but the sheet music! (Not available to us, anyway.)

Webber does more than collate scattered references to the Psalms into one harmonious whole. The man can write as surely as he can edit, and, when the text demands greater clarity, he thinks for himself. Below is a brief example of Webber’s editorial grappling, which, whether one agrees with it or not, demonstrates that one can have an independent mind and still be (to use an old-fashioned term) a true New Churchman:

But You have made him a little lower than God,
And have crowned him with glory and grandeur.  (Ps. 8:5)

The word for “God” is mistranslated as “angels” in most translations to make this Psalm refer to mankind in general. However this is a prophecy concerning the coming of the Lord, who lowered Himself to become incarnate in human form and is thus described as “a little lower than God.” The elevation of His human form to Divinity is then described as being crowned, which also signifies a state of wisdom from love. [Scriptural citations follow.] To give glory and grandeur means to ascribe all truth and good to the Lord.

Let it stay moot just which translation of the word Elohim is the more accurate. Webber’s observation is clear and concise, and does not distract from the rest of his commentary, solidly based on the Writings. What else matters? It isn’t often that Webber asserts himself over received opinion and conventional translation, but he never does so without providing just cause and due diligence. In such instances, it’s exhilarating to see familiar material explored by an original mind.

I learned something profoundly new when I read Webber’s analysis of the much loved 23rd Psalm, especially his parsing of “Your rod and staff comfort me.” I was made to realize that rod (often made of iron) corresponds to truth while a staff (usually made of wood) corresponds to good, both of which we receive from the Lord when we allow Him to shepherd us. Maybe these correspondences have been expounded elsewhere, but it was Webber’s explanation that finally unfolded the meaning of this familiar line to me. I’m still pondering the heartening implications of the word, “comfort,” which I learned means “to protect.” Now apply the same meaning of that word to the mysterious Divine function sometimes referred to as “The Comforter.” Consider that with the Lord’s Glorification, in which He assumed Divinely Human power, He can protect us that much more. What a comforting thought! Such insights fulfill Webber’s promise at the outset of his tome: “Once one’s mind becomes abstracted from the literal sense, it is lifted up towards higher concepts of love and truth, and the most obscure passages become relevant to one’s everyday life.”

We in the New Church know that beyond everyday life, the Psalms refer to the greatest—indeed the only—life ever lived. Were it not for the Writings, we might never guess at the genuinely merciful spirit behind the so-called “vengeful Psalms,” of which even their composers were apparently unaware. It is no mere background information to be apprised that “David” represents the Lord as to His Divine Human—God become man in the Person of Jesus Christ. Some readers have been put off by David’s all-too human failings, which can make his apparent self-righteousness expressed in the Psalms that much more insufferable. It helps us to know that what may appear as self-pitying complaining or vindictive score-settling reflects a deeper reality of the Lord’s direful spiritual combats against the hells. While David was fighting for his life and reputation, the Lord on earth was fighting to rescue the human race from total damnation. So severe were the Lord’s spiritual struggles (known to us by the mild term “temptations”), only the highly charged language of the Psalms can give us some idea of what He suffered on our behalf. Keeping this thought in mind raises even the most bloody-minded Psalm into a higher dimension. The personal becomes metaphysical.

Elaborating on this point, Webber produces a list of prophecies recorded therein that Jesus literally fulfilled while on earth—but then draws up a list of prophecies seemingly not fulfilled by Him. How are we to understand the latter? “Many now” he relates, “assume these will be fulfilled in the future when He returns in the Second Coming. But is this the proper way to interpret these prophecies, that God will come in anger to judge the world, destroy the wicked by fire, and rule over the kingdoms of the earth?”

This is no idle question when one ponders the vast popularity of the Left Behind fiction series or such “apocalyptic” works as The Late Great Planet Earth, whose author, Hal Lindsey, was invited to lecture on the imminence of Armageddon to high-level personnel at the Pentagon. Only a deeper, more spiritual understanding of Scripture may save us from the designs of a Military-Eschatological Complex. It can only be hoped that Jewish apocalypticians, who have great influence on the government of Israel, may yet become acquainted with a more enlightened interpretation of the Psalms. They are still focused on religious and geo-political conflict, rather than spiritual warfare. Some zealots have taken Psalm 83 in particular as a literal, Divinely-mandated prescription for all-out war on each of Israel’s neighbors. When the world understands that our real enemies are not those of other nations, but the evils and falsities of own selfish nature, it will become a safer place—and not a moment too soon!

While there is so much to say in praise of Webber’s magnificent work, no author’s book is perfect, especially one that seems to be one notch above being self-published. At the risk of appearing petty, it must be noted that his manuscript could have benefited from the oversight of a keen copy-editor: typographical errors abound. Not to call it an error, but it takes some getting used to Webber’s reference to Heavenly Arcana, which seems like a compromise between the Latin title Arcana Coelestia and the New Century Edition title Secrets of Heaven. I prefer the old familiar titles, and so does Webber, apparently, with this exception. If only for the sake of consistency, it’s too bad he didn’t stay with the titles listed in the Rotch Edition, which would have enabled him to use abbreviated titles for the Writings, a real space-saver.

It must be said that in its ambition to be as compendious as Pott’s Concordance, there occurs some unnecessary repetition of material from the Writings. Textual redundancy can give this opus the feel of a generalized cut-and-paste job, which is all but inevitable with a one-man publishing project. O for a professional editor, who knows just when and where to prune!

Here’s an example of what I mean:

From your rebuke, Jehovah,
From the breath of the spirit of Your nostrils. (Ps. 18:15)
A pithy commentary follows (scriptural references removed): “The rebuke of Jehovah is the punishment of evil; wind or breath of the Lord signifies Divine influx of the truth into the lower regions which punishes the falsehood of evil; spirit signifies Divine truth.”

Well said. But since some words have not yet been expounded (i.e. “breath”), there follow four more pages of biblical citation, quotation, and explication for just this one verse. Untried readers of the Writings may feel they’re being subjected to expository overkill. Sometimes less is more. When Webber has completed his multi-volume exegesis of all 150 Psalms, he might consider publishing a single condensed commentary of their internal sense, which may have wider appeal for first-time and even well-versed readers.

Finally, there is the question of the book’s cover. It’s a lovely picture, to be sure, but what is it doing on a staid reference text?

All of the above are quibbles, however, compared to the magnitude of Webber’s achievement. There is nothing said here in the way of criticism that can’t be fixed in a second edition, which surely deserves to happen.

New Church scholars may have stronger objections other than those raised here. If so, they should make their suggestions to the author while it is still a work-in-progress—or publish something of comparable scope and depth. For now at least, especially given its inspired content, this rendition of the Psalms stands above all others. This is a noble work, a labor of love, and a worthy addition to any New Church library.

Whether or not it is noticed by mainstream theological schools, The Symbolism of the Psalms deserves to be recognized as a major contribution to biblical hermeneutics. Here is an opportunity for those unacquainted with the Writings to learn the language of correspondences, whereby even more challenging portions of the Bible can become understandable to them. Imagine the thrill of realizing that the Symbolism of the Psalms, far from being an arbitrary interpretation, reveals a code of such surpassing ingenuity, it can only be Divine—and it applies to all of the rest of the Lord’s own Word, making it at last an open book for humanity!

We in the New Church cannot be so thrilled. The Symbolism of the Psalms is old news to us.
But this book is new—brand new—and should give cause for gratitude and wonder to anyone who reads it.

David Brooks Deaton

Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada