Curtis is the director of Off The Left Eye, a media project of the nonprofit Swedenborg Foundation, that looks to explore and explain a truly comprehensive theory of life, without taking itself too seriously.

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Show Notes

  • Curtis’ speech at IANDS conference – 3:44
  • What motivated his presentation – 4:16
  • Things that do not get along – 5:08
  • Having access to the spiritual world – 6:40
  • Understanding Emanuel Swedenborg’s life – 7:00
  • How Curtis got involved with Swedenborg – 8:15
  • What is the Swedenborg Foundation? – 9:30
  • How he started with Swedenborg Foundation – 11:33
  • Everyone wants to talk about spiritual experiences – 12:14
  • The Spiritual side of life – 17:08
  • Swedenborg’s thoughts on the other life in his book – 19:03
  • Near-Death experiences and Swedenborg – 20:36
  • How understanding Swedenborg’s principles help you to know the other side  – 22:22
  • Heaven and Hell book – 26:36
  • Teaching you about the other side – 28:08
  • Getting into Swedenborg’s world – 29:22
  • Swedenborg descriptions of the other life – 31:21
  • Lisa reads some cards for Curtis – 34:03
  • Everything has to be with heart and mind – 38:15
  • Lisa reads some cards about finding a new connection – 41:55
  • Lisa’s Divine Message – 43:55


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One Response to “The Spiritual Level of Emanuel Swedenborg with Curtis Childs – Episode 95”

  1. Jenna

    I love Curtis Childs’ enthusiasm about Swedenborg! I had heard of Swedenborg before, but I haven’t studied his work at all. It sounds like he was interesting though, there were quite a few interesting philosophers who lived around that time. I will take a look at the Swedenborg Foundation Youtube videos. It is a good idea to use Youtube to communicate Swedenborg’s ideas, since many writings of philosophers can be difficult to read and understand, so someone putting those ideas in a form more accessible to people is very helpful. It is great how Swedenborg was eventually able to go at will between our world and the spiritual world, I am sure his writings provide some helpful insights about that. The other point Curtis makes about Swedenborg I like is Swedenborg provided guidance on how spirituality relates to daily life and the way spirituality ties everything together. We often think of spiritual experiences as being big and elaborate uncommon events, but it is important to remember that the spiritual world is always with us, including in our daily lives. I like how Curtis says Swedenborg’s work provides a framework for understanding the spiritual world and how it connects into a larger structure.

    I agree that it has become more acceptable recently for people to be spiritual outside of the context of Christianity. I am glad things are moving in that direction, I always liked the spirituality of Christianity, but I have never fully been able to accept the idea of God commanding people to worship him in a specific way. I have an intuitive feeling that God is not judgmental or hateful toward people who follow different religions, and that all of us as human beings are equal in God’s eyes. Why would there be only one correct spiritual path? Since there are so many different religions, aren’t they all valid routes to God if they help people connect to the Divine in their own way?

    I like when Curtis talks about how if you dropped somebody into life on earth without giving them the knowledge they needed to live, they would be taken advantage of and scammed easily. It is interesting to think about how the skills we use now in our daily lives are really different from skills in the past. Skills needed to survive in our world now include things such as how to obtain a driver’s license, how to buy a car, how to buy a plane ticket and go through airport security, how to rent an apartment, how to type, how to set up a bank account, how to apply for jobs, how to connect to the Internet, how to file tax returns, and so forth. So those are all survival skills for the environment we live in, even though they are not what would be considered direct survival skills.

    Lisa has a great point when she does the card reading for listeners at the end when she says people should always strive to learn and have different experiences. That is some of the best advice that anyone can give another person. Some people have pointed out that most of our first-time experiences in life happen when we are between 15 and 25 years old. Then almost everything we experience after that is just a variation on something we have already experienced. Sometimes when we are older than that we expect that same sort of excitement as before, but it usually doesn’t happen that way anymore. But continually learning new things is a great way to keep life interesting, and I have always been happier at times when I have continued to be curious and learn something new. It is okay for life to be routine in some ways, and we shouldn’t expect everything to be especially exciting all the time, the important thing is to just keep having little moments of joy and learning during the day.


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