ACV7 S18: AC 5226-5249

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5226. Verses 9-13. And spoke the prince of the butlers unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my sins this day. Pharaoh was wroth upon his servants, and put me in custody in the house of the prince of the guards, me and the prince of the bakers: and we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he; we dreamed each one according to the interpretation of his dream. And there was with us there a Hebrew boy, servant to the prince of the guards; and we told him, and he interpreted to us our dreams; to each one according to his dream he did interpret. And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was; me he brought back upon my station, and him he hanged. “And spoke the prince of the butlers unto Pharaoh,” signifies thought from the sensuous subject to the intellectual part; “saying,” signifies perception therefrom; “I do remember my sins this day,” signifies about a state of disjunction; “Pharaoh was wroth upon his servants,” signifies when the natural turned itself away; “and put me in custody in the house of the prince of the guards,” signifies rejection by the things that are primary for interpretation; “me and the prince of the bakers,” signifies both sensuous parts; “and we dreamed a dream in one night,” signifies what was foreseen in obscurity; “I and he,” signifies concerning both sensuous parts; “we dreamed each one according to the interpretation of his dream,” signifies what would be the event to both; “and there was with us there a Hebrew boy,” signifies that because of temptation the guiltlessness of the church was rejected thither; “servant to the prince of the guards,” signifies wherein was truth that might serve primarily for interpretation; “and we told him,” signifies that there was perception therefrom; “and he interpreted to us our dreams,” signifies what was in the things foreseen in obscurity; “to each one according to his dream he did interpret,” signifies from truth; “and it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was,” signifies that such was the event; “me he brought back upon my station,” signifies that the sensuous of the intellectual part was received; “and him he hanged,” signifies that the sensuous of the will part was rejected.

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Gray Glenn
Gray Glenn
2 days ago

5228 …when [the speech or thought of the angels who are with man] flows in, it becomes the perception that a thing is so, or is not so…it flows in through good. 5232…charity has reference to the will 5236.2…only innocence acknowledges and receives the Lord.   The sense of being a live, pinned down worm thrashing this way and that: the writhing between taking all that happens: circumstances, thoughts and states AND THE IMMEDIATE, SUBSEQUENT CONSCLUSIONS as truths versus taking all that happens and THE IMMEDIATE, SUBSEQUENT CONSCLUSIONS into the filter of the Word, particularly our present reading.   I’ve been seeing… Read more »

Judy & Len Robinson
Judy & Len Robinson
8 days ago

ACV7S18-Judy No Text came. No Task came but a willingness to engage with the Text remained and eventually the word “remember” surfaced. Remember : the process is the Lord’s, that obscurity rules when states are being reordered and enlightened, the Text holds authority over the process, the comfort and the power, the sensuous cannot be conjoined to the natural until it is reordered and only then can the Lord’s process take place so that regeneration can begin. Maybe the experience of a state of obscurity eventually received a glimmer of enlightenment through a state willing to apply the Text even… Read more »

Judy & Len Robinson
Judy & Len Robinson
8 days ago

ACV7S18-Len The text was read and reflected on. My task was driven towards being awake to what it is I am doing that is not heavenly. It became clearer as the days went by what was going on in me. The proprium was running amok and needed reining in; ha!ha! what I came to see was that the natural was ruling and seemed to be the main problem. However, as I said the days went by and I continued to reflect. I realised then that while I may not have literally or physically been involved in disorderly things it became… Read more »

Louise Gardam
Louise Gardam
9 days ago

Arcana Coelestia 5249[2]: “These are the things the celestial angels think when this history is being read by man, moreover to think such things is to them most delightful, for they are in the LORD’s Divine sphere, thus as it were in the LORD, and in a perception of inmost joy when thinking of the LORD and of the salvation of the human race by the LORD’s making Divine the Human in HIM; and in order that the angels might be kept in this most heavenly joy, and at the same time in wisdom, the Divine process is fully described… Read more »

Janna King
Janna King
9 days ago

AC 5229. I do remember my sins this day. That this signifies about a state of disjunction, is evident from the signification of “sins,” as being what is of inverted order (see n. 5076); and from the signification of “remembering,” as being conjunction (n. 5169). Thus “to remember sins” is to be conjoined with what is of inverted order, and consequently to be disjoined from the natural which is represented by Pharaoh; for whatever is conjoined with what is in inverted order, is disjoined from what is in order. The reason why “to remember” is conjunction, is that the remembering… Read more »

John Talbot
John Talbot
10 days ago

5228…………..For perception is nothing else than the speech or thought of the angels who are present with a person. When that speech or thought passes into him it becomes the perception of whether something is true or untrue. This however happens to none but those in whom the good of love and charity is present, good being the channel through which it reaches him. 5229 ………. For that which is attached to the faults present in an inverted order is separated from what constitutes true order. The reason ‘remembering’ means a joining together is that in the next life the remembrance… Read more »

Michael Chester
Michael Chester
12 days ago

5236 [3] The fact that the innocence called guiltlessness is meant by ‘a child’ is clear in Luke: Jesus said, Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it. Luke 18:17. ‘Receiving the kingdom of God like a child’ means receiving charity and faith because of one’s innocence.  5247. And he shaved. That this signifies rejection and change as to what is of the exterior natural, is evident from the signification of “shaving the head and the beard,” as being to reject such things as are of the exterior natural; for the “hair” that… Read more »

Sarah Walker
14 days ago

CL 274 III. THAT IT IS EXTERNAL AFFECTIONS ACCORDING TO WHICH MATRIMONIES ARE COMMONLY CONTRACTED IN THE WORLD. This is because internal affections are rarely consulted, and if consulted, the similitude between them is not seen in the woman; for by her native gift she withdraws her internal affections into the inner recesses of her mind. The external affections which induce men to contract matrimony are many in number. The first affection of this age is for the enlargement of the family estate by wealth, both that they may be rich in lands and that they may have abundant means… Read more »

Sarah Walker
Reply to  Sarah Walker
6 days ago

The past 2 weeks have been inexpressibly delightful…of course the natural life plods along with it’s ups and downs and its movements in what is inner but the task of focusing on delight has – opened it up more I guess…. I am just in awe of it all at the moment really….  5249: These are the things the celestial angels think when this history is being read by man; moreover, to think such things is to them most delightful, for they are in the Lord’s Divine sphere, thus as it were in the Lord, and in a perception of… Read more »

Liz Coggins
Liz Coggins
Reply to  Sarah Walker
6 days ago

That is so beautifully said Sarah, and serves to awaken states of delight in me; joining us in Delight. It does seem extraordinary sometimes how by giving focus to something it can become, even momentarily, manifest in us as a gift.

Sarah Walker
Reply to  Liz Coggins
5 days ago

yes .. extra ordinary 🙂

Siri Hurst
Siri Hurst
15 days ago

No 5246 [2] states that…the state of temptation is like being in a pit or prison – squalid and unclean… [3] Evils and falsities are laid open creating an appearance of thick mist. When the state of temptation ceases, the mist is dissipated and the sky clears. The work focus is to view my life as a “stage” where I can experience the process of change. Specifically, note when I am in the “pits”; then in a mist or fog of obscurity when evil and falsities are presented, and lastly to see when the clear sky appears. If/when I am… Read more »

Ruth Duckworth
Ruth Duckworth
17 days ago

5228 …for perception is nothing else than the speech or thought of the angels who are with man. When this speech or thought flows in, it becomes the perception that a thing is so, or is not so, but only with those who are in the good of love and of charity, for it flows in through good. With these this perception produces thoughts, for to them what is perceptive is the general of thought. Yet perception from thought is not actually given, but only apparently. 5247 [7] From all this it is evident that all the details of the… Read more »

Ruth Duckworth
Ruth Duckworth
Reply to  Ruth Duckworth
6 days ago

I read Joshua over the fortnight, a lot of battles won, all because they followed the Lord. It made me realise that we have to work on so many parts of ourselves, we can’t relax after the first town falls. And we really do very little of the work ourselves. We just have to keep doing what the Lord tells us.  Also, there is a lot about dividing up the land which helped me see that our inner life is so known and detailed to the Lord. To me it seems haphazard, but He knows all that is going on… Read more »

Fred Braakman
Fred Braakman
17 days ago

Selected text: 5236 (2) love to the Lord and charity toward the neighbor, cannot exist except in innocence. But be it known that the innocence of sucklings, little children, and children is only external; and that internal innocence is not possible in man till after he has been born anew, that is, becomes again as it were a suckling, a little child, and a child. It is these states that are signified in the Word by these three; for in the internal sense of the Word nothing but what is spiritual is understood; consequently, none but spiritual birth, which is… Read more »

Ian Keal
Ian Keal
19 days ago

AC 5244 And Pharaoh sent. That this signifies the inclination of the new natural, is evident from the representation of Pharaoh, as being the new natural man (as in n. 5079, 5080). The inclination to receive the celestial of the spiritual is signified by his “sending and calling Joseph.” The very inclination is plain from what is said farther on-that he set him over his house and over all the land of Egypt, and said that upon his mouth all his people should kiss (verses 40-43). In regard to this the case is that when the state is full, that… Read more »

Ian Keal
Ian Keal
Reply to  Ian Keal
8 days ago

So, ..while weeding a particularly thick, wide and wet patch of noxious weeds this morning, I received some Enlightenment, ..and Obscurity. (From a recent 3rd round) The Enlightenment was that what I was physically doing was akin to what the Lord has to do on a level that I am unable to comprehend in His attempt to extract me from the hells. Hence the obscurity from seeing the true nature of the natural, corporeal & sensuous proprium, in me, and wondering if I will ever get to the tendrils of the roots wrapped around the tree roots just below the… Read more »

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Liz Coggins
Liz Coggins
19 days ago

ACV7:18

5247[3]. But to have the external or natural man subordinate to the internal or spiritual, and thus to have both subordinate to the Divine, this is a holy thing, and what the angels perceive when passages of the Word are being read by man.

Task: when reading the Word make efforts to read from my internal person, from essence; while also acknowledging my external person as the vehicle through which this can take place. Let both remember the Divine.

Liz Coggins
Liz Coggins
Reply to  Liz Coggins
6 days ago

Reading the sacred scripture and the Writings this way is different to how i usually read, because i realise that i am often in a rush – hungry and wanting to be fed. There are always times when the inner and the outer Remember the Lord while reading, but this has been spontaneous and haphazzard. Reading with more consciusness and openness has slowed the process, and there feels like more constant engagement and connection.