New Church Life March/April 2017 - Page 66

new church life: march/april 2017 The Word reveals much about this spiritual consociation that results in the thoughts that come into our mind. From our mental observation we are completely unaware of the fact that we are actually in association with angels and spirits every moment of every day. Perhaps the dramas we experience in our dreams, when our rational mind is inactive and quiescent, offer the clearest testimony of this fact. Spirits are then at liberty to reach into our memory and impose their fantasies upon us, causing us to feel their influence as our own. When we awaken, our rational mind becomes reactive again and dismisses the experience as a fantasy not of our own making. Dreams are examples of the influence that spirits have upon our mind. Angels and spirits are also with us during our wakeful hours, but again we are completely unaware of their presence. If our thoughts are in harmony with the Lord’s order, we are then in association with the angels of heaven, and they cast their love and happiness upon us. But if our thoughts are turned away from the Lord in favor of selfish or merely worldly ends we fall under the influence of the hells. They are the source of all the evil lusts that the Lord referred to in our lesson: “murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.” (Matthew 15: 19) So what do w e do with evil thoughts that periodically invade our mind? When we experience wicked or unkind thoughts it is easy to mistake the enticement we feel as though it were our own, causing us to feel unworthy and guilty. This is where the words of the Lord can bring us comfort and relief, for He says that it is “not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person.” Remember that the mouth corresponds to thought. The thoughts that come into our mind are not in themselves attributable to us. They come upon us from the spiritual world. Evil thoughts are breathed into our minds from hell. Good and pleasant thoughts come through associate angels in heaven when we think in accord with the teachings of the Word. So we read in the work on Divine Providence that: “If a person were to If our thoughts are in harmony with the Lord’s order, we are then in association with the angels of heaven, and they cast their love and happiness upon us. But if our thoughts are turned away from the Lord in favor of selfish or merely worldly ends we fall under the influence of the hells. 132