Thursday, February 24, 2011

March to Freedom, the Journey out of Egypt

We have greater freedom in the spiritual world than in the physical world. We are not constrained by space, time, gravity, entropy. Parenthetically,  there is an organization of experience via what one might consider successors to time, space, gravity, change and the like. Think of time' (time-prime), space' (space-prime) and so on.

Some things that are internal in the physical realm become external in the spiritual realm. In the spiritual realm, we are able to move mountains and still winds with our thought. Only the Lord can do this in the physical realm.

Physical law, which operates as a forcing function independent of our minds in the physical realm, becomes moored to our some aspects of our individual and communal psyches in the spiritual realm. Reality becomes more software than hardware (more "virtual" and more plastic), even though sensory experience is heightened rather than blunted or erased. We are less constrained by a rigid universe, even though we are constrained by our choices and out loves. Since our natural and human surroundings match our deepest wishes, we do not feel imprisoned any longer. As in a virtual reality game, we can be what we want to be, do what we want to do, generate surroundings according to our desires and live in total harmony and freedom.

The question then is: How will we use this freedom, this deep harmony with our environment? If we choose to abuse it, we are in hell.

We will be sorted according to our choices into heaven and hell, and into different kinship communities ('interest groups') in heaven  and hell. Per Swedenborg's writings, this sorting out is a process that can take as much as 20-30 years after a person's death. This sorting is meant to preserve and enhance our freedom of being and action so that we are not hampered by cumbersome physical constraints or the presence of others whose interests, choices and values are different. We can bracket our incompatible attributes and visit with folks from other kinship groups in a 'neutral area', but our habitation and belonging are with our kinship group. That is where our harmony with our surroundings and our freedom are the greatest.

P.S.  I have used inputs from Candace Frazee, an expert on Swedenborg,  to correct my original post. I do not claim to represent her views, however.


  1. Nice blog. I love the books - that is so Swedenborg. And the title. And the big words. And the fact that you offer your opinions. Found out about it on GodGuy's blog.

  2. Dear Susan, Thanks for the kind words. May the Lord bless you and keep you on your journey to the Promised Land.Roger