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Mary Alden
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Mary Alden

5084 [7] (11) The sensuous man believes from fallacy that adulteries are allowable; for from the sensuous he concludes that marriages are instituted merely in behalf of order for the sake of the education of the offspring; and that so long as this order is not destroyed, it is immaterial from whom the offspring comes; and also that what is of marriage differs from lasciviousness merely in its being allowed; thus also that it would not be contrary to order to marry more than one wife, if it were not forbidden by the Christian world from Holy Scripture. If they… Read more »

Sarah Walker
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5084(3) nothing can subsist unless it perpetually comes into existence, according to the law that …. subsistence is perpetual existence 5081 In general, all exterior things are ministers relatively to interior things. Relatively to the spiritual man the whole natural man is nothing else. Cl 196 xi. To the end that the will of both may become one will, and thus the two, one man, for he who conjoins to himself the will of any one, conjoins to himself his understanding also, the understanding regarded in itself being merely the minister and servant of the will. 5089 For this reason… Read more »

David Moffat
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David Moffat

5081. The sensuous things of the body, … are as it were ministers of the court relatively to the interior man, … for they minister to him, so that from the things in the visible world and in human society he may come into the teachings of experience, and may in this way acquire intelligence and wisdom. … The things which flow in by the external way, … never flow in of themselves, but ARE CALLED FORTH by the internal man to serve as a plane for the celestial and spiritual things which flow in by the internal way from… Read more »

Fred Braakman
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Fred Braakman

Chosen text: 5076. That they sinned. That this signifies inverted order, is evident from the signification of “sinning,” as being to act contrary to Divine order: whatever is contrary to this is “sin.” Divine order itself is Divine truth from Divine good. All are in this order who are in truth from good, that is, who are in faith from charity, for truth is of faith, and good is of charity; and they are contrary to this order who are not in truth from good, consequently who are in truth from evil, or in falsity from evil; nothing else is… Read more »

Ruth Duckworth
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Ruth Duckworth

5076. That they sinned. That this signifies inverted order, is evident from the signification of “sinning,” as being to act contrary to Divine order: whatever is contrary to this is “sin.” Divine order itself is Divine truth from Divine good. All are in this order who are in truth from good, that is, who are in faith from charity, for truth is of faith, and good is of charity; and they are contrary to this order who are not in truth from good, consequently who are in truth from evil, or in falsity from evil; nothing else is signified by… Read more »

Liz Coggins
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Liz Coggins

5081: for man is not born into knowledge, still less into any intelligence or wisdom, but only into the capacity of receiving and becoming imbued with them. This is effected in two ways, namely, by an internal way, and by an external way. By the internal way flows in what is Divine, by the external way flows in what is of the world…..The things which flow in by the external way flow in through the sensuous things of the body; although they never flow in of themselves, but are called forth by the internal man to serve as a plane… Read more »

Gray Glenn
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Gray Glenn

AC 5084 Impressions received by the mind directly through the senses are illusions.
AC 5040 The Divine is inwardly present in the Word.
Work focus: What are my inner responses while meditating on pictures mentally drawn from the NT? What does it look like and feel like to recognize the Divine inwardly present there?

Siri Hurst
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Siri Hurst

No 5076 “That they sinned” signifies inverted order since sinning is contrary to Divine order. In this text the butler and the baker signify that external sensuous things were in inverted order relatively to interior things, so that they did not accord or correspond.
No 5077 states that when external sensuous things begin to rule over our internal things, “the man is lost.” The internal things are then considered to be servants and the order is inverted.

The work focus is to be aware of specific situations when the external rules the internal – and the order is inverted.

Ian Keal
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Ian Keal

AC 5082. Over the prince of the butlers, and over the prince of the bakers. That this signifies in general from the sensuous things subordinate to the intellectual part and to the will part, is evident from the signification of a “butler,” as being the sensuous subordinate and subject to the intellectual part (of which above, n. 5077); and from the signification of a “baker,” as being the sensuous subordinate and subject to the will part (of which also above, n. 5078); and from the signification of a “prince,” as being what is primary (see n. 1482, 2089, 5044), here… Read more »

Louise Gardam
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Louise Gardam

Arcana Coelestia # 5089 [2]:
“Unless man’s thoughts can be elevated above sensuous things, so that these are seen as below him, he can not understand any interior thing in the WORD, still less such things as are of heaven abstracted from those which are of the world; for sensuous things absorb and suffocate them.”

Work Focus: This happens in me daily. Journal regularly about times when sensual concerns and thoughts (and appetites) absorb and suffocate higher things. How can this be lessened?

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