Thursday, January 3, 2008

Quote and Dedication pages

The book begins with a quote from The Emerald Tablet, circa 3000 B.C. It says, “As above, so below. As within, so without.” As Christians, I think this probably reminds us all of the quote from the Lord’s prayer: “As in Heaven, so upon the earth.” (Matt 6:10) In many ways, this is the sumation of the point of the Secret. The spiritual and natural worlds are not as separated as we might think or feel them to be. Isn’t this the challange of our natural lives? To become more and more aware of our spiritual lives?

The next page has a dedication in which the author says: “Dedicated to You. May the Secret bring you love and joy for your entire existence. That is my intention for you and for the world.” This quote makes me think about a quote from Swedenborg: “To feel another’s joy as joy in oneself, that is loving.” (DLW 47) So at least if we take the dedication at face value, we can get a hint of another theme in this book: Love to the neighbor.

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