The Third Round: Hardness can be illustrated by the hold of possessive thoughts and feelings. Softness, by the willingness to let go.

Arcana Coelestia 6359. And their wrath for it was hard. That this signifies a turning away from the derivative truth, that it was confirmed, is evident from the signification of “wrath,” as being a turning away from truth (that “wrath” is predicated of truth, and “anger” of good, may be seen above, n. 3614); and from the signification of “hard,” as being what is confirmed, for the falsity which has been confirmed even to persuasion, is hard. That it is hard has been given to know from experience, for among spirits and among the angels truth from good appears and is presented to view as soft, but falsity from evil as hard, and this in proportion as the falsity from evil is more confirmed. When persuasion has been brought about by means of confirmation from many things, this hardness appears there like the hardness of bone. Such hardness is also like the hardness in this world, in that it reflects the rays of light. Thus when the light of heaven from the Lord falls upon the hardness produced by falsity from evil, it is reflected; but on the other hand, when the light of heaven from the Lord falls upon the softness produced by truth from good, it is received.


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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Hal Rosner
Hal Rosner
1 year ago

Where is the hardness? How may I maintain a softer internal that yields to the Lord’s love and instructional truths? The steady commitment is to read the Word and adhere to a repentance practice where the falsities and persuasions I carry are acknowledged through prayer and the opportunity to “starti a new life.”