The Feeling: Introduction
The Feeling - Introduction
by Clayten Tylor
INTRODUCTION: The Feeling
In writing this "little book" that signifies "the doctrine of the New Jerusalem concerning the Lord" (A.R. 472), but is really just about the feeling of love and happiness, I felt it necessary to use terminology that is acceptable to both the religious and the atheist reader. However, that kind of logic was in the hope of changing the atheist into become a believer. Then I thought to change the word God, to Love; or even the spelling of it to something like Godd , just to overcome the dogma connected with that particular word was missing the point, because the traditional words, best resonate with the feeling that those particular words spiritually represent. By this I mean that the spiritual meaning of any word such as "God," comes from the actual spiritual vibration of that particular word. For the inner vibration is a spiritual feeling that gives life and meaning to words.
Our personal name also causes an inner vibration as the spiritual feeling of our sense of self. Our name is thereby linked with knowing the inner nature or quality of our individual spiritual essence; for our "Name signifies the essence of a thing, and by seeing and calling by a name is signified to know its nature and quality" (145).
Therefore, "It is to be noted that the internal sense of the Word contains the genuine doctrine of the church" (9424); yet, unless we can feel this internal sense, we can never know the truth, as "The genuine truth of doctrine does not appear in the literal sense of the Word, except to those who are in the illustration from the Lord" (S.S. 57).
To understand the "genuine doctrine of the Word," we will have to examine the internal feeling of words, such as "God" and "Christ" in order to reveal what they represent spiritually, without their religious interpretation. For "The name, which no one knew but himself signifies the quality of the Word in its spiritual and celestial sense seen by none but the Lord, and they to whom he revealed it" (A.R. 824).
All of this religious terminology is only the means to take us to a spiritual state of mind where we can actually approach the true meaning of a name – its true spiritual essence – to briefly become it as a feeling. To feel like God, to be like Christ, to "know," for "To believe in Jesus, and not to approach him, but to pray to the Father for his sake, is not to believe in him, for all faith approaches him in whom man believes" (A.P. 805). Consequently, "to approach signifies influx and communication" (8159).
Also, throughout this entire book the use of the term "man" is meant both male and female, for "Male and female created He them, and blessed them, and called their name Man" (475). And the same dual-gender meaning applies to the terms "Divine Human," "God-man," and "internal man." For "All things in the universe were created from the divine love and the divine wisdom of God-man" (D.L.W. 52) as "Jehovah signifies the Lord's internal man" (1793).
The language that we are forced to use to communicate is merely an intellectual language, and yet, what I am going to explain is not an intellectual concept, but a perception of a feeling. The feeling is the most important perception of all of our five physical senses, for it says the "Feeling is the inmost and the all of perception, for the taste, smell, hearing, and sight, are no other than the genera thereof" (3528). Yet, "The inmost with the good is love to the Lord and love toward the neighbor, but the inmost with the evil is the love of self and the love of the world" (7542).
by Clayten Tylor
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