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This is Volume 3

    A Man of the Field

    Forming The New Church Mind In Today’s World

    Volume 3: Regeneration

    Spiritual Disciplines For Daily Life

Volume 1: Reformation

    The Struggle Against Nonduality

Volume 2: Enlightenment

    The Spiritual Sense of the Writings

Volume 4: Uses

    The New Church Mind In Old Age

By Leon James

    October 2002

    (draft 18)

Author information appears at the end. This document is in the process of being revised. Please

    note the draft version marked on top. To print this document, see Printing Note at the end.

    A ―field‖ means doctrine (AC 368)

    A "man" signifies faith and truth (AC 427; 4823)

    Volume 3: Regeneration

    Spiritual Disciplines For Daily Life

    Table of Contents

    Access other Chapters and Volumes here: ...................................................................................... 5 Preface to Volume 3 ................................................................................................................................ 5 DEDICATION .............................................................................................................................................. 9 Chapter 1 .................................................................................................................................................. 11 Self-Witnessing Your Life .................................................................................................................... 11 1. Introduction: The Spiritual Dimension Within The Natural......................................................... 11

    1. The Inherited Self Vs. The Innate Idea Of God ................................................... 12

    2. What Is Being Regenerated? The Proprium .................................................... 15

    3. No Yoga In The Church Hall? ................................................................................. 18

    4. How The Spiritual Can Be Approached ............................................................... 19

     5. Regeneration Requires Rational Consciousness ............................................. 23

    6. The Two Phases Of Regeneration ......................................................................... 25

    7. Turning A Moral Discipline Into Spiritual ............................................................ 28

    8. If I’m A Good Man, Why Do I Need To Be Regenerated? ................................ 30

    9. The Physical Body Hides The Spiritual Devil Within........................................ 31

    10. Spiritual Insanity Chains Us To Hell ................................................................... 32

    11. Spiritual Sanity Is To Return To God And To The Word ............................... 36

    12. Macro-Behaviors Are Regenerated By Means Of Micro-Behaviors ........... 38

    13. Self-Witnessing Our Micro-Behaviors ............................................................... 39

    14. Overlap Between The Mind And The Spiritual World .................................... 42

    15. The Mind And The Brain ........................................................................................ 44

    16. Metanoid Self-Witnessing ..................................................................................... 46

    17. Enlightenment From The Letter Of The Writings ............................................ 50

    18. Regeneration Disciplines Are Spiritual ............................................................. 51

    19. Innumerable Things In Every Evil ....................................................................... 55

    20. Relationship Between Interior Evils And Exterior .......................................... 59

    21. Do We Need To Confess Our Sins? .................................................................... 60

    22. Without Self-Monitoring Our Evils They Cannot Be Removed .................... 64 2. Snatching Things From Sudden Memory .................................................................................... 77

    1. What Makes Our Life Moments Spiritual ............................................................. 79

    2. The Most Ancients Prior To The Split-Brain Evolution .................................... 82

    3. Self-Witnessing Sudden Memory As A Spiritual Discipline ........................... 87

    4. Filled With Blasphemous Thoughts And Curiosities ....................................... 90

    5. The Natural Mind Must Be Compelled To Realign Itself .................................. 94 3. Conscience And Temptations Are The Methods Of Regeneration .......................................... 97

    1. Creating More And More Angels ......................................................................... 100

    2. External And Internal Methods Of Cooperation .............................................. 102 4.The remains of good and truth in the afterlife ............................................................................. 106 5.The Regeneration Of The Threefold Self: Willing, Thinking, And Acting Out ........................ 109

    1. Self-Examination: Monitoring The Threefold Self ........................................... 111

    2. Keeping Track Of The Motives We Have ........................................................... 114

    3. The Agony And Ecstasy Of Regeneration ........................................................ 116

    4. Head In Heaven, Feet In Hell ................................................................................. 118

    5. Seeing The Ugly Scary Proprium ........................................................................ 120

    6. Regeneration Is By Spiritual-Rational Correspondences ............................. 123

    7. Teachings Regarding Doctrine And The Spiritual Sense ............................. 126 Chapter 2 ................................................................................................................................................ 129 The Doctrine of the Wife ..................................................................................................................... 129 1. Introduction: Subduing The External Man .................................................................................. 129

    1. Discounting Our Wife’s Opinion Relative To Our Own.................................. 132 2. The Doctrine of the Wife ............................................................................................................... 134

    1. A Philosophy Of Action Or Spiritual Discipline ............................................... 137

    2. Men’s Resistance To Conjugial Love ................................................................. 138

    3. Conjugial Commandments In The Writings ...................................................... 140

    4. Commitment To Conjugial Unity ......................................................................... 144

    5. The Four-Step Conjoining Process ..................................................................... 145

    6. Leon’s Story .............................................................................................................. 148

    7. The Husband’s Spiritual Dependence On The Wife ....................................... 153 3. The Unregenerate Husband ......................................................................................................... 153

    1. The Appearance Of Eve ......................................................................................... 156

    2. External Reformation Vs. Internal Regeneration ............................................. 157

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     3. Leave Mother and Father And Cleave To The Wife ........................................ 159

    4. Becoming An Interior Man..................................................................................... 160

    5. Proving The Doctrine of the Wife and Rule 1 ................................................... 162

    6. External And Internal Marriage ............................................................................ 167

    7. Heresies Regarding The Husband's Wisdom................................................... 169

    8. Feminine Love Within Which Is Masculine Wisdom ...................................... 175

    9. The Role Of The Wife In The Husband's Wisdom ........................................... 178

    10. Inventory Of Confessions For Husbands ....................................................... 180

    11. Six-Step Process For Removing Our Evils ..................................................... 185

    12. The Marriage Of Good And Truth ...................................................................... 188

    13. Shunning Sins, Doing Good, And Performing Uses .................................... 191

    14. To Detest Evils And Sins ..................................................................................... 194 4. The surrendered wife vs. the surrendered husband ................................................................ 198

    1. The Surrendered Husband is The Ideal Elevated Man ................................... 200

    2. The Self-Entrapment of Male Intelligence ......................................................... 202

    3. Who Is Going To Do The Bills? ............................................................................ 206

    4. The Spiritual Physiology Of Marriage ................................................................ 207

    5. Her Heaven, Not His ................................................................................................ 213

    6. Divine Truth Within Which Is Divine Love ......................................................... 216

    7. Is The Surrendered Husband Feminized? ......................................................... 219

    8. The Conjoint Mind Is Both Masculine And Feminine ..................................... 220 5. Rule 1: The Regeneration Discipline Of Acting From The Wife ............................................. 222

    1. Achieving Internal Union ....................................................................................... 224

    2. I’m Commanded To Not Disagree With Her ...................................................... 230 6. Giving Up Male Prerogatives As Contrary To Conjugial Unity ............................................... 232 7. The Equity Model Versus The Unity Model Of Marriage ......................................................... 235 8. The Spiritual Discipline Of Sweetheart Rituals .......................................................................... 243

    1. Sweethearts Spend All Their Time Together .................................................... 247

    2. The Commandment Of Conjugial Simulation ................................................... 250 9. Conjugial Intimacy Disciplines ..................................................................................................... 252 10. Overcoming Threats To Sweetheart Rituals ........................................................................... 257 11. How To Avoid Turning Cold Against The Wife ........................................................................ 260

    1. The Fallacy That Men Want Sex More Than Women ...................................... 262 12. Spiritual Psychobiology Of The Conjoint Self .......................................................................... 265

    1. Conjugial Husbands Are Loyal To The Wife ..................................................... 268 13. The Regeneration Discipline Of Conjugial Massage ............................................................. 272

    1. Sensorimotor Memory ............................................................................................ 273

    2. The Sensuous Mind Turns Itself Away From The Rational .......................... 274

    3. Creation Of The Natural-Rational Mind .............................................................. 277

    4. The Weekly Massage Routine .............................................................................. 278

    5. The Masculine And Feminine Mind ..................................................................... 282 14. The Regeneration Discipline of Heaven On Wheels .............................................................. 284

    1. Becoming A Reformed Driver............................................................................... 285

    2. Meeting My Master .................................................................................................. 288

    3. What Is Repentance ................................................................................................ 289

    4. Driving Like The Lord Is My Passenger ............................................................. 290

    5. The Conjugial Discipline Of Partnership Driving ............................................ 292 15. The spiritual discipline of shopping together ........................................................................... 294 15. Wife takes precedence over the children ................................................................................. 300

    1. The Parenting Relationship Is Temporary And External ............................... 302

    2. Moses, Paul, And Swedenborg Phases Of Marriage ...................................... 306

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     3. Blood-Love For Children Is Spiritually Hurtful ................................................ 309

    16. The spiritual discipline of metanoid television watching ........................................................ 312

    1. Teaching The Metanoid Self-Witnessing Technique ...................................... 315 17. Summary of anti-absorption techniques .................................................................................. 318 Chapter 3 ................................................................................................................................................ 323 Additional Regeneration Disciplines .............................................................................................. 323

    1. Kitchen Disciplines ................................................................................................. 323

    2. Laundry And Housecleaning Disciplines .......................................................... 324

    3. Daily Disciplines Of Studying The Writings ..................................................... 324

    4. Monitoring What’s In My Mind .............................................................................. 324

    5. Monitoring What’s On My Face ............................................................................ 325

    6. Monitoring What Are My Eyes Doing ................................................................. 328

    7. Holding In Your Stomach....................................................................................... 330

    8. Conjugial Grooming Rituals ................................................................................. 335

    9. The Discipline Of Junk E-Mail .............................................................................. 336

    10. How To Handle Junk Phone Calls ..................................................................... 338

    11. The Spiritual Discipline Of Eating Half-Portions ........................................... 340

    12. Arrival And Departure Rituals With The Wife ................................................. 342

    13. The Spiritual Discipline Of Colon Cleansing .................................................. 344

    14. Acknowledging The Lord’s Co-Presence ....................................................... 348

    15. Talking To The Lord Is To Apply The Letter To The Letter ........................ 351

    16. Rational Consciousness Of The Lord Now Conjoins .................................. 354

    17. Rational Consciousness From Applying The Letter To The Letter .......... 355

    18. So Far As The Lord Is Present, So Far He Speaks With The Man ............ 357

    19. Cleanliness And Health Disciplines ................................................................. 360

    20. Not Detachment, But Right Attachments ........................................................ 361

    21. Self-worth, Self-esteem, Self-efficacy .............................................................. 363

    22. Remains Are The Cornerstone of Self-worth ................................................. 364

    23. Shunning The Rage-Depression Spin Cycle .................................................. 366 Volume 4 ................................................................................................................................................. 367 A Kingdom Of Uses: The Innocence of Old Age ......................................................................... 367 Preface to Volume 1 ............................................................................................................................ 368

    1. The Writings Are A Divine Scientific Revelation ..................................................... 368

    2. The Writings Are The Lord’s Second Coming ......................................................... 372

    3. Heaven Is Created From Rational Love ................................................................... 374

    4. A Divine Revelation That Surpasses All Others ....................................................... 374

    5. Swedenborg’s Scientific Experiments In The Spiritual World ............................... 376

    6. Swedenborg’s Dual CitizenshipNatural And Spiritual ........................................ 377

    7. This Book Is About Regeneration .............................................................................. 379 End Notes and References ................................................................................................................ 383

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Access other Chapters and Volumes here:

     www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/nonduality.html

    Every spiritual truth in the Writings

    is a Divine Commandment

Preface to Volume 3

    You may want to read the Preface to Volume 1 and Volume 2 along with this. See Table of Contents for the location of the Preface to Volume 1.

    This Volume is called Regeneration. Volume 1 is called Reformation, and Volume 2, Enlightenment. These three represent the three steps that the New Church mind lives through in order to mature in old age into the innocence of wisdom. Thus prepared, our mind is celestial and can enter heaven. It is not until then that we are fully human. We begin Reformation sometime in adult life, early or late with a variety, when we begin worshipping the Letter of the Writings as the Lord Himself in the Word of His Second Coming. This acknowledgement, when sincere, is always passionate and exciting. It is the feeling that we have at last found the vision and consciousness we had been searching for. It replaces everything that was there before. It is all consuming, all pervasive, a new birth. What an amazing difference it makes to pick up a book of Swedenborg and read it, versus to pick up the Word of God through which the Lord Himself speaks to our mind. This new vision, enthusiasm, passion, and content leads immediately to reformation, for how can we mean it and still think as before?

    When we read the Writings as a Divine Scientific Revelation we are undergoing reformation. It can take just a few months, or longer, depending on how intense our study of the Writings is. For my part, I could not read anything else since I started reading the Writings. Whenever I read other books I soon begin to feel that I‘m wasting

    my time, and with relief and joy, I reach for a book of the Writings. I make sure that I‘m always surrounded by the Sacred Volumes. It is with joy and interest that we take up the truths, the new information, the new science, the new insights, the new concepts and the new reasoning from them. We become erudite and intelligent and rational in our ability to think, to distinguish, to trace, analyze, evaluate. With our rational-mind formed from the Writings we complete our reformation, a new man, looking in everything towards heaven, instructed by the Lord Himself, walking out into life with new powers to wage war against our inherited character or proprium.

    The truths of the Letter of the Writings give us this new power. Volume 2 explains the process by which we are enlightened from the Lord when we apply these truths to our daily willing and thinking, hour by hour, minute by minute, and second by second. The

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    Writings gives us a scientific understanding of regeneration. It is a process of rewiring millions of bundles of fibers in our inherited will. These spiritual fibers have grown and matured into degenerate organs that coil in the opposite direction of the heavenly will. Consequently our will is a receptor of evil affections from hell and we have these affections in us. They make our life, and were the Lord to remove them, we would have no life left. Hence regeneration is the gradual process of replacing these degenerate fibers, one by one, and replacing it with a heavenly affection that coils in the heavenly direction. This new will then becomes a receptor for heavenly affections, and it is being regenerated or purified more and more. As the heavenly affections are instilled, the Lord removes the infernal ones. In this way we do not feel that we are losing life, but gaining it. Our new affections are far superior to the old, giving us new perceptions and understandings, new powers to act and execute.

    To be enlightened is to acquire the spiritual consciousness or conscious awareness of spiritual-rational correspondences. These are appearances of Divine Truth accommodated to the individual‘s intellect by discrete degrees. Volume 2 explains how

    we can extract a spiritual sense from the Letter of the Writings. This spiritual sense cannot be described in natural language except by means of correspondences. In the initial phases of reformation, the New Church mind sees the literal meaning as the spiritual sense when it is deepened by comparisons and outlined rationally in our mind. But when enlightenment is given, we begin to see that these expert knowledge systems we develop for ourselves, are not the spiritual sense.

    To see the spiritual sense we need to look at the literal expressions as natural-rational correspondences. Once this is acknowledged, we are prepared for enlightenment. This happens the moment we apply some doctrine or principle to our willing and thinking. We are then enlightened as to this one thing we were applying. It may not seem much at first, but the new perception of this one thing is so powerful, so real, that it is enough to be proof that we are capable of spiritual consciousness in the physical body. Applying the natural-rational correspondences of the Writings to the stream of willing and thinking, has a built in mechanism of enlightenment. The Lord enlightens every time this is done by anyone. Thus it functions as a new psycho-physiological mechanism for the human race. Hence we may call it a scientific mechanism, knowing as always, that every mechanism is maintained in place by the Lord on a continuous basis by influx of good from within.

    Enlightenment of this or that truth builds and cumulates so that it becomes a permanent background to our personality.

    Rational consciousness is the method the Lord has provided for the new human race to be conjoined with Him. He has now revealed Himself as the Divine Human within whom there is the Divine Rational. Henceforth the new celestial mind of the human race is to dwell in new heavens built out of these new rational truths. Our enlightenment continues to grow in regeneration. It is a gradual process of using higher correspondences as the basis of our thinking, as explained in Volume 2.

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    But regeneration is not an automatic process. Nor is it easy. It is a commandment of the Letter that we cooperate with the Lord in the process of His removing the degenerate fibers in the will. He cannot create new heavenly fibers without us letting go of the old infernal fibers. It cannot be done like the weight control surgery popular today, of mechanical suction or aspiration of the surface layers of fat under the skin. Regeneration is more like a heart transplant. The new heart has to fit the genius and life of the old individual, or else it cannot survive. The new heavenly affections that the Lord implants must be loved, or else we feel that we don‘t have our life back. But they cannot

    be loved without first detesting or rejecting those in place now, to which we are

    committed and by which we are delighted.

This is where the hard part comes in: How do you learn to hate what you love?

    This difficult struggle is regeneration. This Volume is about regeneration disciplines for husbands. A discipline is a method of procedure we use when the outcome is of great importance to us. Nothing is more important to us than regeneration, for it is the only path available to salvation and heaven. First it is necessary to focus on the Letter of the Writings from a perspective of enlightenment, as explained in Volume 2. This builds up the Spiritual Doctrine in our understanding. The level of thinking by which we operate when thinking about the Spiritual Doctrine is called interior-natural, or spiritual-natural. This is effective in proportion to our gradually increasing enlightenment. This basis of thinking is called spiritual-rational correspondences and is a discrete degree above the Letter of natural-rational correspondences.

    Physiologically, natural-rational correspondences operate in the upper portion of the natural mind, but spiritual-rational correspondences operate in the interior-natural mind, which is within the natural-rational mind. This is why thinking with spiritual-rational correspondences is called enlightenment while thinking in natural-rational correspondences is not.

    It is the Spiritual Doctrine we need in our mind to lead us through regeneration. The angels are doing the leading and we must understand them in a spiritual-rational way, not merely in a natural-rational way. When we understand the angels‘ leading us at the

    level of natural-rational correspondences we are not yet being regenerated because we are not yet willing to look upon the evil delights we are to give up. Spiritual-rational correspondences in our thinking are for more powerful in fighting against the evil delights we want to hang on to. We need interior spiritual truths to be able to fight interior spiritual evils. There is always a balance between heavenly and infernal loves. The highest heaven must have the lowest hell, the lowest heaven must have the highest hell. There is an exact correspondence so that one supports the other. The formation of the Spiritual Doctrine in our mind is a Divine operation, as explained in Volume 2.

Without regeneration disciplines can we cooperate with the Lord?

I give many illustrations from my own regeneration journey. It‘s obvious after studying

    regeneration that it is a general process of spiritual biology. It has to do with willing and

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    thinking moment by moment. This is our human life. Without it we are no longer human. We never go to hell for the sins we‘ve inherited, nor even for the sins we‘ve committed. We only go to hell for the sins we are committing in the world of spirits. In the afterlife, we bring with us a psychological disposition that defines our preferred relationship styles with others. All our preferences in the spirit-body now become intense loves that cannot be resisted.

    We are then at the complete mercy of our preferences, loves, affections, delights, motives.

    This is why regeneration is so crucial. It is the only biological process available for getting rid of the infernal affections, replacing them at the same time with heavenly affections.

    This must be done while we still are tied to the physical body. It cannot be done after we wake up in our spirit-body.

    Since we express a preference or delight, moment by moment, every day in our willing and thinking, you can see that there are thousands of individual distinct items of willing and thinking chained together as an act or decision. There is no time to waste if we are seriously engaged in cooperating with the Lord regarding our regeneration. We are not going to be regenerated by floundering or relaxing or going slower or using any of the many tactics men use to oppose their regeneration. This is a serious matter of life and death, of eternal misery versus eternal conjugial bliss. Nothing can be more important!

You will see that I emphasize the wife‘s role in the regeneration of the husband. The

    regeneration discipline of the Doctrine of the Wife presented here is that the husband needs to learn to love to act from his wife‘s will, more than he loves to act from his own will. I have discovered the great efficacy of this spiritual method.

    There is no area of life that does not need to be regenerated. The illustrations I present are only points on a map. The map is your ego. It is the ego that needs to be regenerated. And the ego starts with being the all in all in our self. Thus, the ego must be dethroned and the Writings enthroned as a Divine King. This is done my the daily study of the Writings and applying it to life.

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    DEDICATION

    To my wife

    It is her internal wisdom that led me to write this book as-of

    myself. She brought into our marriage the conjugial love she has in her from the Lord, inborn from nativity

    An inclination to love one of the opposite sex, and with it a capacity for receiving that love, has been implanted in Christians from birth, for the reason that this love comes from the Lord

    alone

    (CL 466).

    Wives are by birth forms of love, so that it is innate in them to wish to be one with their husbands … But it is different with husbands; since they are not by birth forms of love, but designed to receive that love from their wives

    (CL 216)

    The intelligence of women is by nature modest,

    gracious, peaceable, compliant, soft and gentle, while the intelligence of men is by nature critical, rough, resistant, argumentative, and given to intemperance. Evidence that this is the nature of women and the nature of men is clearly apparent from the body, face, tone of voice, speech, bearing and behavior of each

    sex.

    (…)

    From this I could clearly see that a man is born a form of the intellect, and a woman a form of love. I could also see what the nature of the intellect is and what the nature of love is in

    their beginnings, and thus what a man's

    intellect in its development would be like without conjunction with feminine love and

    eventually conjugial love.

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(CL 218)

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