Only when reading the Heavenly Doctrines

June 10, 2017 § 1 Comment

The teaching below, it seems to me, can mostly only be done when reading the Heavenly Doctrines.

‘Jehovah appeared to him’ means the Lord’s perception. This becomes clear from the fact that historical events as described in the Word are representative, and nothing else, and the actual words used there serve to mean the things that occur in the internal sense. Featured at this point in the internal sense are the Lord and His perception; and that perception was represented by the event of Jehovah’s appearing to Abraham. Every appearance, every utterance, and every deed recorded in the historical sections of the Word is in this manner representative. But what each represents becomes apparent only if attention is paid to historical descriptions solely as objects – as when objects of sight serve solely to give one an opportunity and the ability to think about more sublime things, as for example when people look at gardens and yet think solely of fruits and their uses, and also of the delight of life given by these, and think still more sublimely of the happiness of paradise, or heaven. When their thoughts are on those things they do, it is true, behold the particular objects in the gardens, yet with so little interest in them as mere objects that they pay no attention to them. It is similar with the historical descriptions in the Word. When people’s thoughts are on the celestial and spiritual things contained in the internal sense, just as little attention is paid to the historical events described or to the words themselves used to describe them. (AC 2143)

I am often struck by the beauty and wonders of the Lord’s creation, but I seldom think about their celestial and spiritual meanings. This is largely due to not knowing what their celestial and spiritual meanings.

I confess, my knowledge of correspondences is too general to have any really coherent thought about the celestial and spiritual meanings of what I am seeing around me.

The same is true when I read the Old and New Testaments. For the most part, my knowledge of correspondences is too general for me to have any really profound and extensive thoughts about the celestial or spiritual means of the passages I am reading.

On the other hand, when I am reading the Heavenly Doctrines my mind focuses on the celestial and spiritual meanings being revealed. I do not pay much attention historical meanings of the passages from the Testaments that are being quoted.

It seems to me that while the above teaching is outwardly referring to our reading of the Old and New Testaments, it is speaking more to our reading of the Heavenly Doctrines themselves.

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§ One Response to Only when reading the Heavenly Doctrines

  • What we see depends upon the meaning which we focus our attention:

    “Consequently when ideas are confined to the sense of the letter, the internal sense is seen as something altogether dark and obscure. Conversely when ideas are confined to the internal sense, the sense of the letter in a similar way is seen as something obscure.” (AC2333.2)

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