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Swedenborg's Journal of Dreams Paperback – 1 Jun 1986


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  • Paperback: 2 pages
  • Publisher: Chrysalis Books (Swedenborg Foundation) (1 Jun. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877851336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877851332
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,310,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Explore the possibilities 29 Jun. 2004
By Jackie M. Sthilaire - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I came across Emanuel Swedenborg's name while reading: The Soul After Death: Contemporary "After-Death" Experiences in the Light of the Orthodox Teaching on the Afterlife by Fr. Seraphim Rose. See my book review.

Swedenborg is one of the first writer's to write about dreams and visions and the afterlife. Dr. Carl Jung Memories, Dreams, Reflections was an avid reader of Swedenborg as were, Raplh Waldo Emerson , Elizabeth Browning and Emmanuel Kant.

Swedenborg spent the last 27 seven years of his life writing his spiritual journey. He is honest, articulate and unafraid to befriend the unconscious.

I am very grateful that Swendenborg's books have been translated to English, they are gems ready to be discovered.

July 1, 2014 more observations. From the editor: Notes of dreams and visions were not intended for publication by Swedenborg. Found years later after his death, in a notebook. Bits and pieces put together in order to be published. Swedenborg sought to meet God within and this was one avenue that he explored. Having exhausted all known means of human knowledge, Swedenborg chose to explore within himself in the most direct way possible, by a very close study of the inner process. An unknown territory that he proposed to risk his life and sanity by exploring. A daring adventure. Encountering the Divine within. Swedenborg's task the inner life was to bring the massive intellect to a feelingful(the feminine side, anima) understanding of life itself. (A heavy load to accomplish). A personal life experience, seeking the truth not intellectually. Understanding. Affectual. Living. Becoming.

I will be using SW for Swedenborg & JSH for my own observations.

JSH: One cannot get truth through the intellect by working at it. One simply "knows" truth inwardly and it is given freely, it is a gift, it is grace, divine love. One needs to let go and let God in.

SW: "No fragment of a dream is useless"

JSH: I have been doing dream journals for over 30 years and dreamwork similar to Swedenborg. Dreams are personal and speak to you about your life. Inner life wants to come out and be dealt with. Dreams are less invasive (sometimes). Dreams can be gentle or they can shake you up. Stronger, deeper dreams should take priority, this is where your inner work might start with a dream vision that shakes you up, like Saul on the road to Damascus (St. Paul as we know him in the Bible. Jesus said to Saul: "Saul why do you persecute me?"

SW: It was that I should excuse myself and make myself free. To find out the fact that one is unworthy and belongs to the work of the Spirit.

JSH: Great humility comes from recognizing that only through the grace of God am I absolved from my sins. The greater the humility the greater the love for God and humankind. The greatest Jesus Christ.

SW: Dream 189- On restraining appetite: I came into a strange situation and into a kind of chagrin; but yet I was speedily released after having prayed and sung a psalm. I will not be any more mine own; but live as a new man in Christ.

JSH: Other books on dreams and dreamwork have helped me greatly. [ Dreams and Spiritual Growth: A Christian Approach to Dreamwork: With More Than 35 Dreamwork Techniques ] By Savary, Louis M. ( Author ) [ 1984 ) [ Paperback ] by Louis M. Savary. and The Jungian-Senoi Dreamwork Manual: A Step-by-Step Introduction to Working With Dreamsby Strephon Kaplan-Williams.

Associations in our dreams can be primitive but as you grow inward, associations become more personal and into the deeper inner life. The choices have to be made to go forward and grow or stay stagnant.
Passive living like watching TV doesn't lead to much inner growth.
Reading is mostly intellectualizing.
Writing the dream leads to inner development.
Go deeper and deeper, keep writing.
Message will be revealed.
3 is the #. Message will come in usually 3 different ways but with the same meaning. 3 is very important.
Don't go looking for symbols in books, workshops etc. These dreams are meant for you alone. You will be able to integrate and make choices for the meaning of your life. These are your dreams, cherish them. They are not given to others to interpret, they are a reflection of you.

JSH: We dream a third of our life and usually have 8 dreams per night. Dreams are dramatic presentations of the basic issues of an individual's life. The feelings inside the dream are always correct. The value in a long series of dreams is that any mistakes we make in one dream can gradually be straightened out as the inner process sends it's mighty messages is countless different ways.

SW: One cannot know God except by becoming more like Him. To enter into the love of God, one has to let go of control. Control of the intellect (ideas), the rational and become free. The truth (inner) sets you free. Break away from the intellect into love.

SW: Our mission is to be guided by the Lord and not get philosophical. Not power of intellect but letting your feelings in, of love and affection. Have faith in the process and walk humbly with the Lord.
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Amazing Man, Must Read 6 July 2013
By Daniel Petro - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone interested in exploring the validity of their own dream interpretation with or without a therapist must read this book.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Strange book 13 Oct. 2013
By Elisabeth Siegmund - Published on Amazon.com
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The book contains various extracts of Swedenborg's journal that are subsequently interpreted (years later after Swedenborg's death) by Wilson Van Dusen. I could not relate to the interpretations as I feel it would be incredibly difficult to analyse somebody's thought; interpretations that are, at worst, incorrect, and, at best, "best guesses". Also Swedenborg's passages were too abstract for me and I never got to the part where he "became the seer" which was the part that interested me. I never quite finished the book but stopped page 142; it is, of course, possible that I did not grasp the significance of his writing - if there, indeed, was some.
Five Stars 18 Dec. 2014
By CHO WON KYUNG - Published on Amazon.com
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TRIPLE EXCELLENT!!!
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