Psychological Revelations

July 31, 2017 § Leave a comment

people may be helped by being able to express their feelings (sensa animi), which usually does them good, see 1701, 1931. (AC 2693)
This is clear from the meaning of ‘do not be afraid’ as not despairing, for once fear is removed hope is at hand; (AC 2694)
for the thought receives its conviction and its life from the affection. (AC 2694.3)
Those who experience such vastation or desolation are brought to the point of despair, and when in that state they receive comfort and help from the Lord, and at length are taken away out of that state into heaven, where in the presence of angels they are taught so to speak anew the goods and truths of faith. The primary reason why they undergo vastation or desolation is so that the things of which they are firmly persuaded, originating in what is properly their own, may crumble, see 2682, and also that they may receive the perception of good and truth, which perception they are not able to receive until those false persuasions originating in what is their own are so to speak softened. And it is the state of distress and grief even to the point of despair that effects this change. What good is, and indeed what blessedness and happiness are, nobody with even the sharpest mind is able to perceive unless he has experienced the state of being deprived of good, blessedness, and happiness. (2694.2)
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