This is the 2nd Emanuel Swedenborg title I have read. Again the writings are hard to digest, but I did find the parts that I understood fascinating. Swedenborg put forward the idea that there are spiritual beings living on some of the other planets in our solar system and he visits and talks to them. He also visits and talks to some spiritual beings living on planets outside of our solar system. Some of the ideas of the spiritual beings make you think.
“I have given this book 5 stars. Though I found it hard to read, and much of it obtuse, I still found lots of value in the parts that I could understand, and I want to continue to learn about Emanuel Swedenborg.”
I was recommended this book to help with my Meditation practice. I have been meditating for 3 years (or attempting to). I have been struggling to know what is the best practice (the right style for me) as there are so many different styles of meditation being promoted. This book Tibetan Meditation (also published under the title of Buddhist Meditation) provides a lot of useful information about meditation, but be warned it sets very high standards. If I was to put all the suggestions into practice, I would have a very changed life and lifestyle. So this book has given me some new standards to aim to live by. If you are struggling with your meditation, this book may help. It may be a bit too much for a beginner, and other Meditation books may be more helpful, but a beginner who is willing to just take it one step at a time may find this book very useful.
I discovered the eighteenth-century spiritual world explorer Emanuel Swedenborg from reading a booklet Insights into the Afterlife by Nora Spurgin. Online, I found the Swedenborg Foundation, who are a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to help people learn about Emanuel Swedenborg.
From the Swedenborg Foundation websites Where to Start page I decided to read the book A Swedenborg Sampler. (You can download a free PDF or EPUB of the book or purchase a paperback copy from the website).
Insights into the afterlife is a small booklet, but still a great read. Nora had a friend who was dying of cancer, and so spent some time researching information to give to her dying friend to reassure in her few months on earth. Afterwards she then gather this information into 30 Questions on what to expect. In the booklet she referenced Emanuel Swedenborg and Anthony Borgia whom I had not heard of but sound very interesting and I have done a search and found my next avenue of exploration.
Dr Keith Parson gives a list of a few books he recommends, some on his list are here at Soulful Books, and others are now on my To-Read list. (Note to self, maybe I should build a To-Read list on this website, so then I could link to it from here).