The Third Round: Eating for the body of the group…

Arcana Coelestia

6078. For there is no pasture for thy servants’ flock. That this signifies that memory-knowledges are wanting in which are the goods of truth, is evident from the signification of “pasture for a flock,” as being the memory-knowledges in which are goods of truth; thus “no pasture” is memory-knowledges in which there are no goods of truth. “Pasture” in the internal sense is that which sustains the spiritual life, and especially is it the truth of memory-knowledge, for the soul of man desires this as the body desires food. This truth nourishes, and therefore “to feed” denotes to be instructed (see n. 5201).

That memory-knowledges and truths sustain the soul of man is very evident from man’s longing to know things, and also from the correspondence of food with memory-knowledges (n. 1480, 3114, 4792, 5147, 5293, 5340, 5342, 5576, 5579, 5915), which correspondence also shows itself in man when he is partaking of food, for if this is done while he is speaking and listening, the vessels which receive the chyle are opened, and he is more fully nourished than if he is alone.

Spiritual truths and instructions in them would have the same effect with men if they were in the affection of good. 


Third Round posts are short audio clips taken from Round 3 comments offered in the online Logopraxis Life Group meetings. The aim is to keep the focus on understanding the Text in terms of its application to the inner life along with reinforcing any key LP principles that have been highlighted in the exchanges.

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