Esotericism of E Swedenborg.
Author : Philip W Groves
Format : Paperback, 242 pages.
Release date : 2014
Here we find a book comprising a collection of lectures dealing in expansive detail with the writings and revelations of Swedenborg; while also presenting the qualities of Love, Good, Wisdom, Truth and Use, and the eternal Presence of the Creator, so greatly elaborated and constantly explored by Swedenborg, in various other material including numerous references to Sufi and Fourth Way material and methods; translations of some profound aspects of ancient Egyptian papyri; plus illustrations taken from the natural world, which Swedenborg explained as being the vehicle for esoteric knowledge and understanding through correspondence.
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Because the word Esotericism may be unfamiliar here is a definition given by Andrew Schneider that I like. The word 'esoteric' simply means that which is inner, contrasted with that which is outer or 'exoteric'. Esotericism is therefore the body of knowledge or wisdom about all aspects of life which are within, behind, or beyond the outer appearance, form, or expression of life's many aspects.
And here are two quotes from Philip Groves in which he refers to Esotericism.
1. Esotericism originally used to refer to something that was potentially inside yourself. If you want to find the esoteric it's a matter of exploring your own being. The mind itself has such profound complexity and depth there is no person living who knows all the details of their own mind. There is much knowledge in the world that has been lost. But its not secret. That knowledge in ancient times was available to everybody.
2. Genuine esotericism is not a matter of getting hold of some fragments of hidden information and then mentally wiseacring about them. It is the process of opening oneself up to huge cosmic influences that come from beyond the personality, and allowing oneself to be acted upon, catalyzed and reformed by their creative action.
This book is a collection of lectures given by Philip Groves to his groups. All chapters relate directly or indirectly, to the work and teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg. The qualities of Love, Good, Wisdom, Truth and Use, and the eternal Presence of the Creator, so greatly elaborated and constantly explored by Swedenborg, are found here and supported with other works. There are numerous references to Sufi and Fourth Way material and methods; to spiritual insights of the Ancient Egyptians; plus illustrations taken from the natural world, which Swedenborg explained as being the vehicle for deeper knowledge and understanding through correspondence.
It begins with 'Swedenborg's Life: A Dynamic Parable' which provides an overview of his life. The coverage of his life in these fifteen pages is absorbing reading and an excellent introduction to anyone with little or no knowledge of Emanuel Swedenborg, and a wonderful reminder of the extraordinary life of this man for those who are familiar with his experiences. Philip Groves stresses that the pattern of Swedenborg's life - involvement in the external world with his scientific pursuits, separation from the external, entry into the internal, and finally integration of the whole being and conjunction with God - is a pattern we can follow. By grasping, understanding and following this pattern we gain access to Greater Life.
Why would you be drawn to buying the book? Look inside the book, read excerpts and you will hopefully pick up on the sincere dedication and love that stands behind the book to provide true teaching to those who seek fulfilment and deeper connections with Life. - Michael Chester 2015