ACV7 S14: AC 5158-5170

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5158. Verses 20-23. And it came to pass on the third day, on Pharaoh’s birthday, and he made a feast to all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the prince of the butlers and the head of the prince of the bakers in the midst of his servants. And he brought back the prince of the butlers upon his butlership, and he gave the cup upon Pharaoh’s palm; and he hanged the prince of the bakers; as Joseph interpreted to them. And the prince of the butlers did not remember Joseph, and he forgot him. “And it came to pass on the third day,” signifies in the last; “on Pharaoh’s birthday,” signifies when the natural was being regenerated; “and he made a feast to all his servants,” signifies initiation and conjunction with the exterior natural; “and he lifted up the head,” signifies according to what was provided and foreseen; “of the prince of the butlers and the head of the prince of the bakers,” signifies concerning the sensuous things subject to both parts, the intellectual part and the will part; “in the midst of his servants,” signifies which were among those things that were in the exterior natural; “and he brought back the prince of the butlers upon his butlership,” signifies that the sensuous things of the intellectual part were received and made subordinate; “and he gave the cup upon Pharaoh’s palm,” signifies instrumental to the interior natural; “and he hanged the prince of the bakers,” signifies that the sensuous things of the will part were rejected; “as Joseph interpreted to them,” signifies prediction from the celestial in the natural; “and the prince of the butlers did not remember Joseph,” signifies that there was not as yet conjunction in every way with the celestial of the natural; “and he forgot him,” signifies removal.

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Paddy Morahan
Paddy Morahan
29 days ago

5158: “and he hanged the prince of the bakers,” signifies that the sensuous things of the will part were rejected Task: Become aware when affections of the proprium arise due to sensuous things Submission: I practised this task in my reactions to people at work who trigger negative states. I’m working with the 12 steps at the moment and so when I recognised and identified ‘character defects’ or aspects of the proprium being triggered by these people, I humbly asked the Lord to remove them; for me a new and very workable method of repentance bringing a real sense of the… Read more »

Judy & Len Robinson
Judy & Len Robinson
29 days ago

ACV7S14-Len #5165-3…”[The quality of the exterior natural is very manifest in the other life, for the faces of spirits and angels are formed from it and according to it. In the light of heaven the interiors, and especially the intentions or ends, shine forth through that face. If love to the Lord and charity toward the neighbor have formed the interiors, there is a consequent resplendence in the face, and the face itself is love and charity in form; but if the love of self and of the world, and the derivative hatred, revenge, cruelty, and the like, have formed… Read more »

Louise Gardam
Louise Gardam
30 days ago

Arcana Coelestia # 5168 [2]: “The subject treated of in the internal sense of this chapter is the subordinatiion of the exterior natural, which is to be made subordinate in order that it may serve the interior natural as a plane (no. 5165); for unless it is made subordinate, interior truths and goods, and consequently interior thoughts which have in them what is spiritual and celestial, have not anything in which they can be represented; for they are presented in the exterior natural as in their face. or as in a mirror; and therefore when there is no subordination the… Read more »

John Talbot
John Talbot
1 month ago

5164 3 They are called ‘servants’ in relation to Divine Truth which originates in the Lord and ‘ministers’ in relation to the Divine Good which originates in him. The reason ‘the last who are the first’ are servants, and more so than any others, is that they know, acknowledge , and perceived that the whole of their life, and therefore the whole of the power which they possess, originates in the Lord, and none at all in themselves : and those who do not perceive this because their acknowledgement of it is not so great are ‘servants’ too, though more… Read more »

Gray Glenn
Gray Glenn
1 month ago

5159 A new state begins …when interior things obtain dominion over exterior things, and the exterior things begin to serve the interior…this is observed from the fact that something within dissuades them from allowing sensuous delights and bodily or earthly pleasures to reign, and to draw over to their side the things of the intellect to confirm them… 5168…[2] The subject treated of in the internal sense of this chapter is the subordination of the exterior natural, which is to be made subordinate in order that it may serve the interior natural as a plane … The only thing that… Read more »

Gretchen & Harald Sandstrom
Gretchen & Harald Sandstrom
1 month ago

AC 5165 re “… restoration to order of the sensory impressions belonging to the understanding …” Task: Notice every time I take self-congratulatory delight in correcting someone’s grammatical or spelling mistake.  Observation: Love of self – feeling superior; being critical – so often trumps just feeling and being useful. Academics and teachers spend their working lives instructing and correcting others. We may therefore be especially prone to arrogance. Even if correcting others’ mistakes may be subordinating sensory impressions to the understanding and performing a use, I must be alert to the likelihood of the “petty evil” (my dad presented an… Read more »

Michael Chester
Michael Chester
1 month ago

Tasks:
Reflect on why the prince of the bakers was hanged. That is, reflect on why the old will needs to be replaced by a new will. 

Recite each day:
Create for me a clean heart, O God;
and renew a firm spirit in the midst of me. (Psalm 51:10)

Siri Hurst
Siri Hurst
1 month ago

The subject treated of in the internal sense of this chapter is the subordination of the exterior natural, which is to be made subordinate in order that it may serve the interior natural as a plane, for unless it is made subordinate, interior truths and goods have not anything in which they can be represented… But the only thing that can make the natural subordinate and reduce it to correspondence is the good in which there is innocence, which in the Word is called charity. No 5161 states that the exterior things that are subordinated to the interior are servants,… Read more »

Paddy Morahan
Paddy Morahan
1 month ago

5158: “and he hanged the prince of the bakers,” signifies that the sensuous things of the will part were rejected

Task: Become aware when affections of the proprium arise due to sensuous things

Judy & Len Robinson
Judy & Len Robinson
1 month ago

ACV7S14-Judy
#5159-4…”It is the ends in a man (sensual mind) that have the dominion, for the ends subordinate and subject to themselves all things that are in him (sensual mind). His (the sensual mind’s) life is from no other source than his (sensual mind’s) end, because his (sensual mind’s) end is always his (sensual mind’s ) love.”
Task: To observe any shift in state when this truth is remembered.

Judy & Len Robinson
Judy & Len Robinson
Reply to  Judy & Len Robinson
29 days ago

Observations: Working with the Text, when I remembered, helped me to be in a state of observation rather than ownership or involvement which in turn took the power away from the selfish ends or at least seemed to moderate them a little. I also experienced the waking from a dream state, when it really struck me that the butler and baker’s story is about Pharoah’s dream. Pharoah’s dream ( natural man in me) when realisation struck that it is the Text (Celestial in the natural-Joseph) that reveals the sensual in the natural ( the understanding-butler and the will-baker) as the… Read more »

Janna King
Janna King
1 month ago

AC 5168:2
Only one thing can make the natural subordinate, and reduce it to correspondence, and this is good that has innocence within it, a good which in the Word is called “charity.” Sensory impressions and factual knowledge are merely the means into which that good may flow, to present itself in a visual form, and make itself available for every useful purpose it can serve. (Elliot)

Work focus: Entreat the Lord to grant me the energy, enlightenment and opportunity to be of service to him.

Ruth Duckworth
Ruth Duckworth
1 month ago

5164[2] In the Lord’s kingdom or heaven they who are the greatest (that is, they who are inmost) are servants more than others, because they are in the greatest obedience, and in deeper humiliation than the rest; for these are they who are meant by the “least that shall be greatest,” and by the “last that shall be first”: 5165[2] These sensuous things are received and made subordinate when they minister and serve as means to interior things, both for bringing forth into act and for seeing inwardly; My task is to work on my servanthood, to put others first… Read more »

Ruth Duckworth
Ruth Duckworth
Reply to  Ruth Duckworth
30 days ago

I tried to offer to help various people in different ways, and some of these were accepted. This task has made me realise that I miss my time volunteering at the Emergency Department of the hospital, I enjoyed the interactions with people and felt really useful there.  I need to create different ways to help that are less exhausting now I am a bit older.
I conveniently forgot my task much of the time and probably missed some opportunities which made me realise that I was just like the butler. Not really ready to commit to full on spiritual wakefulness.

Fred Braakman
Fred Braakman
1 month ago

Chosen text: 5161. And he made a feast to all his servants. That this signifies initiation and conjunction with the exterior natural, is evident from the signification of a “feast,” as being initiation to conjunction …. and also conjunction through love, and appropriation …; and from the signification of “servants,” as being the things of the exterior natural. For when man is being regenerated lower things are subordinated and subjected to higher, or exterior things to interior, the exterior things then becoming servants, and the interior, masters. Such is the signification of “servants” in the Word …; but they become… Read more »

Sarah Walker
1 month ago

CL 250. XIV. THAT OF THE EXTERNAL CAUSES OF COLD, THE FIFTH IS INEQUALITY OF STATION AND CONDITION IN EXTERNALS.  There are many inequalities of station and condition which, during the time of living together, break up the conjugial love initiated before the nuptials.  All, however, can be referred to inequalities in respect to age, to rank, and to wealth.  That unequal ages induce cold in marriages, as in the marriage of a boy with an old woman, or of an adolescent maid with a decrepit old man, needs no confirmation. That in marriages it is the same in the… Read more »

Sarah Walker
Reply to  Sarah Walker
29 days ago

well!!! sometimes we set tasks and we hope we arent setting up what we think we’re setting up and usually that is what happens but occasionally the work demonstrates exactly – to a tee – what is described in the literal text. It wasn’t pleasant , not by any means. But i am grateful I got through it and have learnt so much more about the process. Its like I want to bang myself over the head with the Word ….. remember, remember, remember – remember different is not separate , different is complement- even if I cant see how… Read more »

Ian Keal
Ian Keal
1 month ago

AC 5159 [2] With every man, whether being regenerated or not, there come forth changes of state, and also inversions; but in one way with those who are being regenerated, and in another way with those who are not being regenerated. …with those who are being regenerated, the changes or inversions are effected for spiritual reasons, which proceed from goodness and justice itself; and when the man begins to be affected with these, he is at the end of the prior state, and at the beginning of a new one. [4]…And it can further be seen that in the regenerate… Read more »

Ian Keal
Ian Keal
Reply to  Ian Keal
1 month ago

So, …I just got home from spending 3 weeks helping family members empty out my father in laws house. The physical task of deciding what to keep and what to throw out mirrors the often tumultuous battleground that presents on the spiritual landscape. There has been so much food for thought served up on the L.P. website in the last few weeks. The physical unfolding and sorting of boxes of tax returns, receipts and “other stuff” on the natural plane presented hours and hours of opportunity to reflect on what my proprium has been, and still is, packaging up in… Read more »

Liz Coggins
Liz Coggins
1 month ago

AC 5161 “For when man is being regenerated lower things are subordinated and subjected to higher, or exterior things to interior, the exterior things then becoming servants, and the interior, masters. ….but they become such servants as are loved by the Lord; for it is mutual love that conjoins them, and causes their service not to be perceived as such, but as compliance from the heart; for good flows in from within, and produces in it this delight. In old times feasts were held for various reasons and by them was signified initiation into mutual love, and thus conjunction. They were also… Read more »

Liz Coggins
Liz Coggins
Reply to  Liz Coggins
1 month ago

Observation: I have watched myself get so caught in the external world during this session that I am frustrated at my forgetfulness. The outer world has given me the pleasure of rare time with my grandchildren, and fleeting moments of beauty in remembering the Lord, but I hoped to remember Him consciously more often. It is so easy to be distracted and forget to remember! I frequently forgot to be sensitive to states of delight, but am gradually becoming aware of different kinds of delight, some intense and some subtle. I notice that when I see them their affect becomes… Read more »