5337(2) To show what is meant by ‘coming out’ or going forth let some examples be used. Truth is said to come out or go forth from good when truth is in the form that good possesses , that is, when truth is good existing in a form intelligible to the understanding. The understanding too may be said to come out or go forth from the will when the understanding is the form that the will possesses, that is, when the will is in a form discernible to a persons inner sight. 5339(2) These arrays or ordered arrangements of truths… Read more »
5338 ‘And went through all the land of Egypt’ means when it made each thing there, in the natural, subordinate and submissive.
Task: To practice making my natural subordinate and submissive to the Lord.
Submission: I didn’t do too well practicing my task this session. What got in the way? The belief that doing the reading and the task was unimportant. What was more important? A Coen Brothers movie marathon. Possible lesson: The more I push myself out into living in externals, in identifying with the proprium through seeking relief there, the less important the Word becomes.
ACV7S24-Len #5342-4…..”for no one can be admitted and received into heaven unless he has received spiritual life, and no one can receive spiritual life unless he is being regenerated, and no one can be regenerated except through the good of life conjoined with the truth of doctrine: from this he has spiritual life…..” Task: To be aware of when I operate from truth of doctrine and don’t marry it to the good of life. #5337-2 the external man ‘goes out’ or proceeds from the internal, it does so substantially, because the external man is nothing else than the internal man… Read more »
ACV7S24-Judy #5331…..”In its original language “Zaphenath-paneah” means “a revealer of hidden things and an opener of things to come,” by which in the celestial sense is signified the Divine therein; for to reveal hidden things, and to open things to come, is of God alone……..” Task: To accept and consciously acknowledge that all insight/revelation is of ‘God alone” Observations: When trying to work with the Text questions came thick and fast. What does an incite/revelation look like? is here a benchmark for assessing whether it’s really from the Lord or just another delusion of grandeur from “self”? Am I willing… Read more »
Task: Start the day by reflecting on Truly, truly I say to you, unless anyone is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 9:9. Truly, truly I say to you, unless a person has been born from water and the spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God. John 3:5. In regards to 5340.  Truth comes to be joined to good when a person finds joy in doing good to his neighbour for truth and goodness’ own sake, and not for any selfish or worldly reason. When that affection moves a person the truths he hears… Read more »
5345. And Joseph heaped up corn as the sand of the sea, exceeding much. That this signifies the multiplying of truth from good, is evident from the signification of “heaping up,” as here being to multiply; and from the signification of “corn,” as being truth in the will and in act (n. 5295), the multiplying of which, when compared to the sand of the sea, signifies that it is from good, and here from the good of the celestial of the spiritual by influx; for truth in the interiors is never multiplied from any other source than good. The multiplying… Read more »
Chosen text: 5339: With the man who is being reformed, general truths are first instilled, then the particulars of the generals, and finally the singulars of the particulars; the particulars are arranged under the generals, and the singulars under the particulars 5340: Truth is conjoined with good when a man feels delight in doing well to the neighbor for the sake of what is true and good, and not for the sake of self or the world. When a man is in this affection, the truths he hears or reads or thinks are conjoined with good, as is usually noticeable… Read more »
AC5340 It is said “the preservation of truth adjoined to good,” but as few know what truth adjoined to good is, and still less how and when truth is adjoined to good, something must be said about it. Truth is conjoined with good when a man feels delight in doing well to the neighbor for the sake of what is true and good, and not for the sake of self or the world.
PRINCIPLE: That every least word, so-called ‘jot and tittle’ signifies or represents or corresponds.
TASK: explore the distinction between ‘adjoin’ and ‘conjoin’.
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No. 5342 And put the food in the cities means that “truths adjoined to good are stored up in the interiors of the natural mind, and there preserved for use in after life, especially for use in temptations during man’ regeneration…”
The task asks to what extent, if any, can I identify those truths that have been stored up and then used during times of temptation. Be specific.
AC 5331 In its original language “Zaphenath-paneah” means “a revealer of hidden things and an opener of things to come,” by which in the celestial sense is signified the Divine therein; for to reveal hidden things, and to open things to come, is of God alone. CL 341 Presence is effected by approaching Him, and conjunction by living according to His precepts. If there is merely presence, there is no reception, but if there is presence and at the same time conjunction, there is reception. Task: To listen attentively to my heart and allow myself to be drawn to do… Read more »
Living in the Lord’s precepts for me is about living in the tension of the unknown and the known. The work then is one of vulnerability in the unknown but trust in the heart that knows the Lord and knows that what He reveals to me is a gift . But this also brings greater vulnerability and hence requires the increasing work of giving my heart back over to Him. His way be done, the heart of love and not the head of self condemnation and wanting things to make sense all at once. I hear that I need to… Read more »
5340 Truth is conjoined with good when a man feels delight in doing well to the neighbour for the sake of what is true and good, and not for the sake of self or the world. 5339 These arrangings or settings in order are signified in the Word by “bundles,” here by “handfuls” or “gatherings,” and they are nothing but the series into which truths when multiplied are arranged or set in order. With the regenerate these series are according to the setting in order of the societies in the heavens; 5343 all truths joined to good are arranged in… Read more »
Having this task made me more aware of trying to help more people. Each time I reached out to someone in person, or via messaging or phone calls it seemed much appreciated. It doesn’t take much effort to be more kind with my communications with people. I also found that discussing ways to help someone with Julian brought us closer together and resulted in a greater use for that person. This was showing to me the marriage of good and truth signified by Joseph being given Asenath for a woman. We are trying to help a child in our… Read more »
Has the format for downloading the text been changed? I have to basically “copy” the text into Word to down load it. I used to be able to download the text as a pdf. Now the pdf only highlights the comments. Am I missing something?
Its working now Fred. I had the same issue but its been changed/fixed and it prints okay for me now again.
Yes I see that now, Sarah. Thank you for checking.
Arcana Coelestia # 5335: “remains afe the truths joined to good stored up by the LORD in man’s interiors.” #5342 : “from earliest infancy even to the first of childhood, man is being introduced by the LORD into heaven, and indeed among celestial angels, by whom he is kept in a state of innocence, in which….. infants are up to the first of childhood.” ………  “This state is what is signified by the ‘seven years of abundance of produce.’ It is these truths adjoined to good tht in the proper sense are called ‘remains’.” Principle: The LORD provides remains… Read more »
Submission: I forgot my task frequently. But I did reflect on it at times. The LORD implants remains, all I can do is try to provide spaces. In general I do try to make those spaces for the little ones I work with. Two very helpful things were from friends. One lent me a Steiner book on teaching young children. It is excellent. Each time I read in it I feel my priorities recalibrating. The other asked me about Bible stories with my young clients. (An area where one walks carefully, due to political correctness and family systems.) She lent… Read more »
AC 5342 , …no one can be admitted and received into heaven unless he has received spiritual life, and no one can receive spiritual life unless he is being regenerated, and no one can be regenerated except through the good of life conjoined with the truth of doctrine: from this he has spiritual life. DP 326  The good of life, that is, living well, is shunning evils because they are contrary to religion, thus contrary to God. …Goods only become good by the removal of evil.. Principle: A man needs to suffer himself to be regenerated. Task: Pray daily… Read more »
My task was to pray daily for the wakefulness to see and flee from hellish thoughts and desires, however subtile they may appear. What kept emerging was the parable of the Sower. And within that, what kept presenting was the following: Mark 4: 3 Hear: Behold, A sower went out to sow. 4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, it indeed fell along the way, and the birds of the heaven came and devoured it. 5 And other fell on a rocky place, where it had not much earth, and straightway it sprang up, because of not having… Read more »
5331. And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphenath-paneah. That this signifies the quality of the celestial of the spiritual at that time, is evident from the signification of a “name” and of “calling a name,” as being the quality . In its original language “Zaphenath-paneah” means “a revealer of hidden things and an opener of things to come,” by which in the celestial sense is signified the Divine therein; for to reveal hidden things, and to open things to come, is of God alone. This is the quality this name involves, and it is also the quality of the celestial of… Read more »
5337  “Going out or proceeding…Truth is said to ‘go out’ or proceed from good when truth is the form of good, or when truth is good in a form that the understanding can apprehend……So in regard to the thought of the understanding, this may be said to ‘go out’ or proceed when it becomes speech; and of the will, that it ‘goes out’ when it becomes action…..So also, it may be said of the external man, that it ‘goes out’ or proceeds from the internal man…” Task Observe and experience the qualities that go forth in my speech and… Read more »
I am finding this such a helpful task, and it has brought happiness, and a distinct and new quality to the day….which goes to show how powerful simple remembrances can be…if I remember to do them! Each morning before going about the day i reach out to the Lord’s Good and seek to remember it, often repeating a phrase from the Word and knowing it to be Truth. There is a sense of warm inclusion with other people, less boundaries between us.