Swedenborg – It’s not the deed, but the thought that caused it

good-deedSo you did a good deed and now you feel good about yourself. Wait a moment and reflect on why did you perform that action? Swedenborg writes;

“If the thought and intent are good, then the deeds and works are good; but if the thought and intent are evil, then the deeds and works are evil, even though they may look-alike in outward form.” [A Swedenborg Sampler, 2011, section 472, p.47]

If we learn anything from Spiritism, it is that all we have, all we really are, is the sum total of our thoughts and memories from the distant past until this moment. We take nothing else with us, because any material object eventually decays and disappears, while our immortal spirit remains.

Still shaking your head? Swedenborg gives some examples;

“Take for example behaving honestly and fairly with an associate. One person can behaveemanuel-Swedenborg honestly and fairly with someone else in order to seem honest and fair for the sake of self and to gain respect; another person can do the same for the sake of worldly profit; a third for reward and credit; a fourth to curry friendship; a fifth out of fear of the law and loss of reputation and office; a sixth to enlist people in his or her cause, even if it is an evil one; a seventh in order to mislead and others for still other reasons.” [A Swedenborg Sampler, 2011, section 472 (2), p.47]

The only basis of thought that should be the cause of behaving honestly and fairly is the love of what is honest and fair.

My favorite example is when a company engages in a “good deed”. I always ask myself, what politician are they currying favor for now, what demographic are they trying to sell? I shouldn’t be so cynical and I should try to be thankful that anything is done to help others. I do realize there are organizations out there who really have an ingrained culture of performing charitable acts, like Doctors without Borders, and others.

Therefore, always try to follow your moral truths, love what is honest and upright, your good deeds will flow naturally like a sweet spring of water in a desert.

3D-Explore-Small-coverTo learn about your personal destiny and how we need to learn the lessons assigned to us by the spirit realm, you should read my book, Explore Your Destiny – Since Your Life’s Path is (mostly) Predetermined. You will understand why we are here and what is waiting for you when you pass on to the next world.

 

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