#ThursdayTheology: #Regeneration, #Genesis & #Maslow

To give you an idea of where we are going this Sunday, here is Swedenborg’s idea of regeneration:

From the Montréal Theosophy Project.

[Swedenborg describes the stages of spiritual regeneration that can be found in Genesis, in Arcana Coelestia,] trans. John Clowes, (West Chester, PA:Swedenborg Foundation, 1998), §16-85

Excerpt:

Genesis:

On the seventh and final day, God rests, satisfied with the creation

Microcosmic Correspondence:

This constitutes the highest state of perfection for the individual—a state in which there is complete union between his or her inner and outer selves.

Psycho-Spiritual Meaning:

Now, completely aligned with God’s will, so as to be scarcely differentiated from it, the celestial human being finds rest and peace: “Such is the quality of the celestial man that he acts not according to his own desire, but according to the good pleasure of the Lord, which is his ‘desire.’ Thus he enjoys internal peace and happiness.”

Here is Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs:

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