conscious of our own sensations, thoughts and feelings. We each have the sense
of being a self-contained individual. What makes each of us unique? Our name? Our
genes? Our environment? Or the person we have become as we inwardly
determine every moment of our lives?
live a self-orientated life, we feel separate from others to some
degree or other and lack any wider view on what life is all about. However we
are all capable of noticing, within our soul, the divine spark of what
is deeply human, revealed to us in e.g. music, books, dreams or
conversation. In this way our hearts can be stirred to want what is good. As
we choose to do what is helpful for the sake of others and not just for self,
we begin to find a sense of fulfilment.
alive in the world our inmost thoughts and feelings are part of a flow of
life linked from one person to another. Emanuel Swedenborg found that after our
death, we become much more aware of this shared world of the spirit, as
we mix with others with whom we are in harmony.
people whatever their race, education and background are united because there
is an infinite creative force for all that is humane in the world. This is the
underlying divinity of love which integrates together all who receive
having different skills, understanding and interests, we can join together
in a common purpose. Each religious tradition has its part to play in
one universal faith. This idea is similar to the way different components of
the human body fit together to form a whole healthy body. Each part depends on
the others as long as they are not diseased, for the whole to function
"A human being is part of a whole,
called by us the 'Universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences
himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest - a
kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of
prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a
few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by
widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the
whole of nature in its beauty."