THE EMMAUS ROAD: WORKING WITH BOTICELLI’S WORK THE HOLY TRINITY

In this Emmaus Road presentation Erika Brown takes us on a journey in the exploration of Boticelli’s work The Holy Trinity.

The focus question was: How does this picture speak to us of the Divine Human and the salvation offered by the Lord? Participants were invited to meditate on how the image was reflected in their sense of Logopraxis work and its interface with the Divine Human. To support participants in this, excerpts concerning the Divine Human taken from the Word were offered. These can be found below.

 

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Unless the Lord had united the Human to the Divine, so that man might be enabled with his mind to look upon and adore the Human of the Lord and thus have access to the Divine, he could not possibly have been saved. The conjunction of man with the Divine itself which is called the “Father” is through the Divine Human which is called the “Son”; thus through the Lord, by whom the spiritual man understands the Human, but the celestial man the Divine Itself. Hence it is evident why the Divine Human is called a “servant,” namely, because it serves the Divine, in order that man may have access thereto, and because it serves mankind for their salvation.

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[2] But as Jehovah by this Divine Human of His, could not flow in any longer with men, because they had so far removed themselves from this Divine, He therefore took on the Human and made it Divine, and thus by influx from this into heaven He could reach even those of the human race who would receive the good of charity and the truth of faith from the Divine Human, which was thus made visible, and could thus deliver them from hell, which could not possibly have been effected in any other way. This deliverance is that which is called “redemption,” and the Divine Human Itself, which delivered or redeemed, is what is called the “redeeming Angel.”

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The Divine Human is the quality of the Divine Itself is evident from the signification of the name “God” as being all in one complex whereby God is worshiped, thus His quality ; and as the Divine Itself cannot be worshiped, because it cannot be approached either by faith or by love, being above every idea, according to the Lord’s words in John, “No man hath seen God at any time; the Only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He hath set Him forth” (John 1:18​)

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Martin Pennington
Martin Pennington
6 months ago

I think you your use of the Botticelli Painting as an anchor point to the focus question was an excellent idea. At first appearance the painting is an unusual choice for an image of the trinity since it so clearly separates the members but I immediately recognized the point you made further on that the painting is very confronting and I have found in my christian experience that this can be useful in encouraging us to leave our comfort zones and challenge our preconceptions.  I have myself recently been struggling with the question of what exactly the Writings mean by… Read more »

Erika Brown
Erika Brown
Reply to  Martin Pennington
6 months ago

Martin thanks so much for your thoughts here. The struggle with the concept of the Divine Human has been engaging me for several months. Something that the painting helped me with in regards to that was thinking of the painting as process, movement through states. If it is taken this way, then the presence of the cast of characters we see does not trouble, instead I am taught that as I engage with the Divine Human, many processes and characters will be part of that journey. I see that I am just at the beginning of approaching this topic, but… Read more »

Kirsten Schoenberger
Kirsten Schoenberger
6 months ago

I just finished watching the recording of this wonderful session. I want to share the resistance I wrestled with yesterday about wether or not I would come to The Emmaus road group ‘in person’. Thoughts yesterday(from hell): I’m too tired to pay attention; it would be selfish to be there with nothing to add; I have nothing useful to say; I don’t feel like being there; I need a break from all this spiritual stuff. Thoughts this morning (from hell): you could have added to the group but you didn’t extend yourself to the others; Erika worked hard to prepare… Read more »

Erika Brown
Erika Brown
Reply to  Kirsten Schoenberger
6 months ago

I’m drawn to the figure in Thomas in the bottom corner because of what you say here. He seems so human, just trotting ignorantly along beside the Archangel. He isn’t looking at the Lord at all, yet the Angel ( truth) leads him to the fish ( to search for the knowledge needed to instruct the natural) needed to heal the sight of his father ( to rebirth our faith). Thanks for sharing.