ACV7 S20: AC 5271-5290

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5271. Verses 28-32. This is the word that I spoke unto Pharaoh; what God doeth He hath caused Pharaoh to see. Behold there come seven years of great abundance of produce in all the land of Egypt; and there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the abundance of produce shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land; and the abundance of produce shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine after it, for it shall be very grievous. And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice, it is because the word is established by God, and God is hastening to do it.

“This is the word that I spoke unto Pharaoh,” signifies what the natural thought from the celestial of the spiritual; “what God doeth,” signifies concerning what is provided; “He hath caused Pharaoh to see,” signifies the perception of the natural; “behold there come seven years,” signifies states of providence; “of great abundance of produce in all the land of Egypt,” signifies the multiplication of truth in both naturals; “and there shall arise after them seven years of famine,” signifies the states that follow when there is a lack of truth; “and all the abundance of produce shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt,” signifies the removal of truth and the apparent privation of it in both naturals; “and the famine shall consume the land,” signifies even to despair; “and the abundance of produce shall not be known in the land,” signifies that nothing shall be perceived therein of truth previously there; “by reason of that famine after it, for it shall be very grievous,” signifies on account of such a lack; “and for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice,” signifies because foreseen concerning both naturals; “it is because the word is established by God,” signifies that it is Divine; “and God is hastening to do it,” signifies in every event.

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Ruth Duckworth
Ruth Duckworth
18 days ago

5278 What a man thinks about is directly under his view, and things related thereto present themselves around in order, even to those unrelated, which are most remote, and thus forgotten. Things opposite are separated from the rest and hang down, and present themselves underneath, and balance those above. This setting in order is effected by means of the good that flows in, and such is the case with all man’s thinking. That such is the case appears from thoughts in the other life; for in the light of heaven thoughts there are wont to be sometimes presented to view,… Read more »

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Judy & Len Robinson
Judy & Len Robinson
18 days ago

ACV7S20-Len #5280-3…”for most in the church learn the truths of faith or the knowledges of good for the sake of reputation and honor, and also for gain; and when the truths of faith have been introduced by means of these loves, the man cannot be born anew or regenerated until these loves have been removed. In order therefore that they may be removed, the man is let into a state of temptation…..The result is a conflict between the evil spirits and the angels which is felt in the man as temptation…” Task: To remember to ask this question of myself:… Read more »

Michael Chester
Michael Chester
21 days ago

The reading relates to the inner self (Joseph) relating to the outer self (Pharaoh) and guiding it. For example in 5286 we read ‘A person’s natural – that is, his natural mind which is beneath his rational mind – cannot by itself see to any provision whatever that has to be made. It seems to do so by itself, but any provision it does make is seen to by what is interior.’

Task: Remember experiences that point to the presence of the inner self at work and acknowledge it and express gratitude for that experience.

John Talbot
John Talbot
22 days ago

5286…… A person’s natural – that is, his natural mind which is beneath his rational mind – cannot by itself see to any provisionwhatever that has to be made. It seems to do so by itself, but any provision it does make is seen to what is interior. 5287 ‘A man with intelligence and wisdom’ means with regard to inflowing good and truth. 5287 (2)..Insofar as his thought fixes its attention on the actual words a speaker uses, its attention is not fixed on their meaning. … More than this , insofar as self-regard is present in everything he thinks… Read more »

Sarah Walker
24 days ago

Re conjugial simulations :  CL 289. XVIII. THAT THEY ARE FOR THE SAKE OF RECONCILIATIONS. That between partners who are of discordant minds there are alternate dissensions and confidences, alienations and conjunctions, yea, quarrels and adjustments and thus reconciliations–and this from various causes; and that then apparent friendships effect reconciliation, is well known in the world. There are also reconciliations effected after separations, which are not so alternating and transitory. chadwick : 289. (xviii) They are intended to bring about reconciliation. It is well known in the world that married couples who disagree in mind for various reasons alternate between… Read more »

Sarah Walker
Reply to  Sarah Walker
18 days ago

The Word as the Divine Human- as that which is of the Lord Himself that we are able to receive as finite vessels – it enters into our mind … stirs and uncovers and unfolds and creates and brings us into existence, brings all into existence -that is our experience of this. And the various conjugial simulations, the simulations of good and truth joining in the mind, are the variations and fluctuations that occur that are the process, that create a sense that we are in a process that moves and changes and ebbs and flows. I can almost viscerally… Read more »

Louise Gardam
Louise Gardam
25 days ago

Arcana Coelestia #5288~~
“…..It is indeed good and truth that bring order into each and all things in the natural mind…… all things… are one and all from the influx through Heaven from the LORD, and …. without this influx man could not think at all…. when the influx ceases so does everything of thought.”

Principle: All life flows in from the LORD.

Task: Reread the full number (5288) each evening. Reflect on the reality that we are Nothing on our own.
Journal a thought or two.

Louise Gardam
Louise Gardam
Reply to  Louise Gardam
20 days ago

Submission:

This was a Thanks giving task.
The number brought me comfort.
* We can not think– can not live– without the LORD’s influx.
* All life is His— we are nothing.
* Yet I am blind— repeatedly returning to live in the appearance.
* Life flows in— the proprium wants to steal the credit.
* Only the LORD has the wisdom to lead a country~~ and He always looks to the best outcome for all.

Judy & Len Robinson
Judy & Len Robinson
27 days ago

ACV7S20-Judy
#5287-2…”man’s thought, which insofar as it regards the words of one speaking, so far it does not regard his meaning; and which insofar as it regards the particular things of the memory, and dwells on them, so far it does not perceive the nature of the real things; and, still more important, insofar as it regards itself in everything, so far it narrows the thoughts and removes itself from viewing a subject in a universal manner….”
Task: To observe the tendency to view words of others(literal Text) from ‘self” rather than in a more universal manner and report back.

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

Observations: When deliberate, conscious attention was given to what lay within the literal Text it opened up on many occasions to reveal it’s secrets and wonders-a glimmer, at least and other areas of Text were brought to the centre of the mind and connected. The natural mind still clings to time, person, place, space etc and often misses words related to them which clouds the internal sense and projects interpretations of ‘self’ onto the Text which falsifies it. An experience of ‘plenty’ followed by ‘famine’????

Janna King
Janna King
27 days ago

5276… Knowledges do not become truths in man until they are acknowledged by the understanding, which takes place when they are confirmed by him; and these truths do not become his own until he lives according to them; for nothing is made man’s own except that which becomes of his life, for thus he himself is in the truths, because his life is in them.
Task: Back to basics: Simplify my understanding of the rich doctrines in the reading so I can remain focused on my own part in this process. Shun stealing, shun cruelty, shun arrogance, shun despair.

Siri Hurst
Siri Hurst
27 days ago

5286 “And now let Pharaoh see. That this signifies the looking forward of the natural, is evident from the signification of “seeing” or “looking” as being to look forward; for seeing here implies activity, namely in doing; but when it does not imply that something is to be done, it implies understanding and perceiving…”Man’s natural mind does not of itself look forward to anything, although it appears to do so as of itself. Its looking forward is from within for the inner looks forward in the outer as a man looks at himself in a mirror in which the figure… Read more »

Fred Braakman
Fred Braakman
28 days ago

5276. Of great abundance of produce in all the land of Egypt. That this signifies the multiplication of truth in both naturals, is evident from the signification of “abundance of produce,” as being the multiplication of truth (of which presently); and from the signification of the “land of Egypt,” as being both naturals. For by “Egypt” is signified memory knowledge; and as memory-knowledge is signified, so too is the natural, for the reason that what is in the natural is called memory-knowledge; and therefore the “land of Egypt” is the natural mind in which is memory-knowledge. Hence by “all the… Read more »

Liz Coggins
Liz Coggins
1 month ago

The ‘famine‘ brought by the “lack of knowledges of good, consequently a lack of truth”, brings despair, and is experienced in my emersion in the external life, and my forgetfulness of the Lord. (5281).  A wonderful solution is offered in 5276. “great abundance of produce in all the land of Egypt” signifies the multiplication of truth in both naturals…..both the interior and the exterior natural…..(where) Knowledges do not become truths in man until they are acknowledged by the understanding…..until he lives according to them.  The Way of living according to the truths is in the previous number:  5275 [2] “That which took place at… Read more »

Liz Coggins
Liz Coggins
Reply to  Liz Coggins
28 days ago

I am led to modify my task – how, exactly do I live the good of the truth I understand? How often during the day do I live that good, and in what ways? I think I need to clarify a ‘plan’ otherwise it becomes quite nebulous, and easily forgotten. Reading the truths of doctrine and doing ‘good deeds’ is not all that is being spoken of here. What am I led to by reading the Word with my inner self, and remembering the Lord? How can I bring this to use?

Liz Coggins
Liz Coggins
Reply to  Liz Coggins
20 days ago

Observation
I have been intentionally trying each day to live from a place in myself that come from truth and it’s good, knowing it to be the Lord – and the best I could do was remember to sense that place within in myself, and think about how to do it….even that was a blessing and changed my day.

Ian Keal
Ian Keal
1 month ago

AC 5279 ..That it signifies even to despair is because it is said that “the famine shall consume the land;” for when by “land” is signified the natural mind, and by “famine” the privation of truth, nothing else than despair is signified: for then consumption takes place in a spiritual manner. In this passage is described a state of desolation caused by the privation of truth, the last stage of which state is despair. That despair is the last stage of this state, is because thereby the delight of the love of self and of the world is removed, and… Read more »