New Church Life March/April 2017 - Page 65

  -      The other aspect of the Lord’s inflowing life enters into the mind through the medium of the spiritual world, that is, through heaven, the world of spirits, and hell. This is called “mediate influx” because it flows through the medium of angels and spirits in the spiritual world. It enters the other hemisphere of the brain, called the cerebrum. This is what gives us the ability to enjoy conscious thoughts and affections. So we ask again, where do our thoughts come from? They come to us from the spiritual world, and although we are unaware of it we are always in communion with either angels or spirits of some other quality. All of our thoughts have a basis in this world of time and space. We see trees, lakes, flowers, buildings, people, and all the physical objects around us. But the ability to interpret these images into meaningful concepts of thought comes by virtue of this mediate influx of the Lord’s life flowing into our minds through the spiritual world. The senses of the body simply serve to bring images into the mind from the world around us, but it is the influx of life from the Lord passing through the spiritual world into the cerebrum that provides for our ability to formulate thoughts and perceive their quality. So we can rightly say that the human mind is actually in communion with two worlds. The human mind is the meeting ground where influences from the spiritual world and the natural world meet and come together, giving rise to our thoughts and affections. But we are not consciously aware of the spiritual association that is taking place as we experience the thoughts that come into our mind. As we all know from experience, however, the thoughts we entertain can be either good or evil. The Lord has created us to be free beings, and the only freedom we truly have lies in the choice we make between good or evil. The Word of the Lord provides a clear distinction between the two. It provides us with the knowledge of truth which, if we choose to follow it, will lead to a good and truly fulfilling experience of life. By following the leading of truth advocated in the Word our thoughts are brought into consociation with the angels of heaven. But if we choose the contrary course we fall into communion with the evil spirits of hell. Where do our thoughts come from? They come to us from the spiritual world, and although we are unaware of it we are always in communion with either angels or spirits of some other quality. 131