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    The doctrines are accumulative, “by their mutual respect and regard.” We just can’t add our own rational conclusions to them. (Arcana Coelestia 3786) That would be to “add or take away from the truths of doctrine which are in its spiritual sense.” (Apocalypse Revealed 959)   Since those doctrines concern “the Lord and faith in Him,” adding to or taking away terms not used in the Writings themselves results in “not acknowledging the Lord as God, no wisdom, not being received into the New Jerusalem.” (Apocalypse Revealed 958) So we’d better stick to that God-given enlightenment, the Holy Spirit-sown light beaming together with the actual wording in the pages of the Heavenly Doctrine, the City New Jerusalem, now come down from God out of heaven, to earth. And, get on with our regeneration.  The Rev. Dr. Erik E. Sandstrom Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania O U R N E W C H U RC H V O C A B U L A R Y Part of a continuing series developed by the Rev. W. Cairns Henderson, 1961-1966. PROPRIUM Like conjugial, this term is best left untranslated. It has been rendered as “own” and “ownhood,” “self ” and “selfhood”; but it has no true equivalent in English, and these attempts to find one are not only clumsy but also inaccurate, since man has nothing of his own. Perhaps the simplest way to define it is to say that man’s proprium is the life that seems to be his and no other’s – the life that distinguishes him from every other man and makes him a unique individual. If this life inflows from hell, it makes an infernal proprium; if it comes from the Lord by influx through heaven, it makes a heavenly proprium. In each instance the life inflows, but the fact that it is sensated as if self-derived makes it a proprium. (See Arcana Coelestia 3812; Conjugial Love 194; Sacred Scripture 60; Apocalypse Revealed 558) 191