Spiritual Foundations is a detailed exploration of the ways in which a person is spiritually connected with the cosmos, and how the physical world contains spiritually significant and meaningful patterns and values which greatly contribute to understanding greater reality, and act as a link with the spiritual world. An extensive study of the language of correspondences, based on the work of the great Christian mystic Emanuel Swedenborg, allows us real insight into Nature, and clarifies our relationship with the Whole.
Extract of Spiritual Foundations.
Dr Philip W Groves (1920-1999) was highly educated in a broad range of subjects, having PhD's in Biochemistry, Psychology and Divinity, was a qualified and practising Naturopath and Psychotherapist, and had extensive knowledge of Chemistry, Marine Biology, Egyptology, Comparative Religion and Botany.
He taught for over 40 years in universities, natural therapy colleges, and privately with groups of people drawn to his teachings. The foundation of his teaching, whatever the topic, was always to guide people into the abundance of life, the creative expression of life's potentials, as well as developing greater knowledge and understanding of the world in which we live.
These goals were explored by the practical application and real methodology founded in Esoteric Christianity, Sufism, and the works of Gurdjieff and Emanuel Swedenborg, as well as science, history, botany and psychology.
He demonstrated at all times, in his life and his teaching, a great love of the world and of spiritual Work, and these qualities are readily available in his many books.
Spiritual Foundations is a detailed exploration of the ways in which a person is spiritually connected with the cosmos, and how the physical world contains spiritually significant and meaningful patterns and values which can both assist us in understanding greater Reality, and act as a link with the spiritual world. An extensive study of the language of correspondences provides insight into the meanings of the natural world, and clarifies our relationship with the Whole.
The chapters in this book are drawn from lectures by Dr Groves provided as part of a programme of study for a small group of students. Only minor edits have been made from his extensive written notes. Because the material was prepared for lectures, for spoken delivery, there are no footnotes or even in situ references to the main sources of the ideas, concepts and terminology used throughout. Students of the works of Emanuel Swedenborg will, however, readily identify the key concepts of Divine Good and Truth at play in the world, the correspondential nature of the material world including the human body, the necessity and use of a careful and non-literal study of the Word, and the wonderful possibility of spiritual regeneration, if only we are willing to work on ourselves. In his lectures, Dr Groves also drew upon his own extensive learning in the fields of microbiology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology to illustrate and illuminate certain concepts, to show in detail the orderly yet stupendous structures - and connectedness - of Divine, celestial, spiritual and natural worlds and processes.
As Dr Groves noted, the vast body of work produced by Swedenborg requires many years of intense reading and pondering to comprehend fully, but one important principle can be stated clearly. In a previous publication, The Garden of the Mind, Dr Groves asserts that 'No person has an independent, separate life of their own. There is only one life in the whole of Reality, and that is the Divine.' Moreover, everything in the natural world is a kind of hieroglyph which incorporates and represents all the processes and creative activities of the spiritual worlds. Part of our spiritual education is to learn the fundamentals of the universal language of correspondences and this current work seeks to assist us with this.
The work of Dr Groves in synthesising, exploring and summarising complex Swedenborgian and contemporary scientific insights as outlined within these chapters serves both as an introduction to and a reaffirmation of fundamental spiritual principles. It is above all a call to awaken, a positive urging to persist with our own daily struggle against the negativities and evils that exist within us, so that with the help of God, we too might be able to transform our beings and enter into the realms of good, love, wisdom, knowledge, harmony and delight. - Maery O'Connell 2010