Thursday, January 3, 2008

Section Three: The Power of Your Mind, page 20

The Lord looks at our intentions “A person's ultimate aims and intentions in life determine where he is in the next life.” (AC 3570)
“Your life is a mirror” Think of it as the book of life.

page 21

Quantum physics: “You can’t have a Universe without mind entering into it.” That mind is God’s and ours. The marriage of the Lord’s mind with our minds is what makes the Church and therefore what makes up the Universe.
“Your mind is actually shaping the world around you.” This actually happens in the spiritual world.

“Things that arise in the heavens do not arise in the same way as things on earth. In the heavens, everything comes into being from the Lord in response to the deeper natures of the angels.... The appearances that arise in heaven in this way are called real appearances because they do actually come into being....
By way of illustration, I should like to offer one instance of the way things look to angels because of correspondences. To angels who are focused on intelligence there appear gardens and parks full of all kinds of trees and flowers.” (HH 173-176)

“In general terms, [angels’] houses correspond to the good that oocupies them and the items within their houses to the various things that constitute that good.... They also change slightly in response to the changes of state of their deeper natures.” (HH 186-190)

page 22

“Thank God that there’s a time delay, that all of your thoughts don’t come true instantly. We’d be in trouble if they did. The element of time delay serves you. It allows you to reassess, to think about what you want, and to make a new choice.” - Lisa Nichols.

What she is describing here is the process of regeneration, especially in this earthly life. We have our whole earthly life to practice our attitude change, to prepare for a life in heaven.

page 23

It’s actually an insult to God if you constantly think of yourself as dirt. If you think of yourself as fundamentally flawed, then essentially what you are saying is “God goofed when He made me!”
We shouldn’t be arrogant, selfish, and conceited, but we also shouldn’t put down and disregard the magnificent creation of God that we all are.

Swedenborg taught self-examination: TCR 528
“We should examine not only our actions but also our thoughts, and explore what we would do if we were not afraid of laws and of losing our reputations.”
Divine Providence 278 Emanuel Swedenborg

“Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed.” (Josh 1:8)

“I am the master of my thoughts” ... not the hells.
The book the Secret uses phrases like “The most magnificent version of you.” If you are uncomfortable with language like that, then think of it as “The angel that I will be someday in Heaven.” This is not a selfish, arrogant, conceited goal... this is what the Lord wants us to pursue.

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