Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Venusians of Proxima Centauri

In the 1960s, remote probes to Venus showed that Venus is not a habitable planet, with temperatures rising to 864 degrees Fahrenheit (462 degrees Celsius) and having an atmospheric pressure over 90 times greater than that of earth.  This seemed to invalidate speculation and reports that Venus was habitable. Until now.

A model of ancient Venus used in a NASA simulation

In early August of this year, NASA made an "discovery" (or more likely a disclosure) that Venus in its past may have been habitable (see NASA Climate Modeling Suggests Venus May Have Been Habitable).  And not marginally - it is quite possible that Venus was habitable with an earth like climate for 2 billion years.  With oceans of water on the surface.  Hints of this were first detected in atmospheric measurements in the 1980s.  But as Venus was so close to the Sun, calculations showed any ocean water would have quickly evaporated.  In the current study by NASA, scientists who studied the topography of Venus realized it may have had more land are than water, which would slow down the water evaporation.  The other factor they considered: the ancient Sun was 30% dimmer than it is now. The result: the Sun's ray would cause some evaporation, but this would create a cloud layer that would insulate Venus from the Sun's rays, and Venus had a climate just like earth, only a few degrees cooler.

I want to point this out, because we should not jump to a conclusion based on science, which is based on limited factual information at our disposal and thus is constantly evolving.  This opens the door to some interesting possibilities.  Such as that Emanuel Swedenborg was correct in what he reported on extraterrestrial life in our solar system in the 18th century.  What was reported this month by NASA is nothing less than a dramatic turn around.  But I already said this over a year ago.  I wrote this after discussing the ancient habitability of Mars in Extraterrestrial Contact, Emanuel Swedenborg and Christianity:
There is one other planet of our solar system which also may have been habitable on the surface in the past - and that is Venus.  It is too hot to support any life as we know it right now.  But in its distant past, what many people do not know is that it probably had an ocean.
At the time, it had been proposed by some scientists that Venus had a liquid carbon dioxide ocean.  With this new study, these oceans now become water.  Just like on earth.  So what does this mean?  From There's mounting evidence that Venus was once habitable:
"Both planets probably enjoyed warm liquid water oceans in contact with rock and with organic molecules undergoing chemical evolution in those oceans," David Grinspoon at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona told Aviva Rutkin at New Scientist. "As far as we understand at present, those are the requirements for the origin of life."
According to the current climate model, Venus was habitable up until 715 million years ago. Thus what Swedenborg saw and described concerning life of Venus was from its very ancient and distant past.  But that past may not be so distant that scientists are currently declaring.

ANOTHER "DISCOVERY" CONCERNING PROXIMA CENTAURI

Artist's impression of planet orbiting Proxima Centauri (with Alpha Centauri also in background)

Again in this month, another "discovery" (or disclosure) was made concerning the star Proxima Centauri, which is 4.2 light years away and is probably part of the Alpha Centauri system.  Scientists have announced that they have detected A terrestrial planet candidate in a temperate orbit around Proxima Centauri.  It has an orbital period of 11 days, but Proxima Centauri is such a dim star that even this planet has a chance of supporting life, and its temperature would support water on its surface.  According to Wired magazine, scientists may have "jumped the gun" on this one.  From
Y’all Need to Chill About Proxima Centauri b:
First off, scientists only know Proxima Centauri b’s minimum mass—the smallest it could be—and they don’t know its radius, which means they actually don’t know if it’s rocky or not. “Remember we only have a minimum mass for the planet!” astronomer Elizabeth Tasker wrote on Twitter. “By those stats, I’m a twin of most life forms on Earth!”Plus, the star blasts the planet with high-energy radiation, perhaps baking away all the water long ago. If hydration did survive, it likely only lives in the most sunlit areas. And while “warm enough to have water or not” is a valuable binary, it doesn’t equate to actual habitability.
Why make such an announcement when such basic information is not known?  We don't know if it is habitable or not.  At least we don't know from the information that is publicly being released.

THE ANCIENT VENUSIANS OF PROXIMA CENTAURI

So what does the announcement in early August that Venus may have been habitable in its ancient past have to do with the announcement almost within the same week that the star Proxima Centauri b may host a habitable planet.  At first nothing.  But for me, I find these two announcements and their timing quite curious.  Why?  Because in the 1950s, there was a contact in which it was claimed a human race that once inhabited Venus migrated away from this solar system and settled the planets in Proxima Centauri b.  This is described in the book Beyond the Light Barrier by Elizabeth Klarer, published in 1980.  This was before science discovered evidence that Venus had oceans, and before evidence indicated that Venus once had a climate just like earth.

So, are the two announcements that Venus was once habitable, followed by the discovery of a possible habitable planet orbiting Proxima Centauri b, just a coincidence?  Maybe.  Or maybe not.  If not a coincidence, thanks to the censors for uncensoring that information (or quietly guiding scientists as to what to study and where to point our telescopes).  To me, it looks like we are on a delayed disclosure release plan.  So thanks for those responsible for releasing information.

So, there is quite a bit of subject matter on this affair, and I will in turn disclose a part of it by quoting portions from Beyond the Light Barrier.  It is claimed in this book that human life did not evolve on planet earth, but on Venus:
The cradle of humankind, the mother planet, brought forth the human race out of vast, warm seas covering her surface with sapphire blue.
And this of course goes against what everyone is taught: that Homo Sapiens evolved here on earth. This statement I consider questionable. But we are recent, and there are gaps in our evolutionary history.  And according to this story, they planted some of the life here on earth.  These descendants of the Venusians describes a life in which they would enjoy an idyllic life on the shore of the seas.  And what else?  They were protected from solar radiation by a dense atmosphere:
Through eons they lived in the seas and on islands of breathtaking beauty, getting their nourishment from the plants of the seas and the land. Radiation from the star was filtered through a dense atmosphere during daylight when our ancestors spent their time in the sea. 
Eventually they developed technology to explore other star systems, including Alpha Centauri. But then a flaw in the solar radiation of the Sun was detected:
But ever alert to protecting their heritage in a violent universe, the scientists of this utopia detected a flaw in the rhythm of the Sun. As it aged, it became a variable star and expanded with lethal radiation in cycles of time in its path of evolution. The cycle recurs more frequently as the star ages and loses the pressure balance within.
And this is again confirmed by scientists, who state in the distant past our sun was 30% dimmer.  As solar radiation from the sun became more lethal, these ancient Venusians migrated from this solar system towards Alpha Centauri, settling the planets around Proxima Centauri b.  Before doing so, they left a remnant of their civilization on earth.  In other words, Venusians are not exactly "extraterrestrial."  They are us, and we are them.

Eventually, the planet Venus died due to the increased solar radiation:
Venus died in the last cycle of solar expansion when all flora and fauna were destroyed by lethal stellar radiations. Her proximity to the star of her system caused our scientists to study the Sun very closely. They found that the Sun's atmosphere engulfs the planetary system, and that any changes occurring in the Sun would affect the planets and their atmospheres.
However it is stated that Venus supported life much more recently than what scientists are currently saying:
Venus, the cradle of humankind, remained shrouded and bereft of life after the Pleistocene cycle of solar expansion, its fruitful eons of fertil­ity at an end and its vast warm seas that nurtured our beginning dried out and barren. 
The Pleistocene age lasted from about 2 million years ago to 12,000 years ago.  Something is perhaps amiss in the scientific data gathered yet far.  But there is more scientific information that can be confirmed from the book first published in 1980:
There is thunderstorm activity in the atmosphere of Venus, as the upper atmospheric layers are cold, while those near the surface are very hot.
This information was not known in 1980, much less in the 1950s when the reported contact occurred.  Only much later did it become known that the upper atmosphere of Venus was similar to that of earth.  And, as I stated earlier in Swedenborg and Scientific Evidence of Extraterrestrial Venusians, lightning and thunderstorms in the Venusian atmosphere was only publicly confirmed by NASA in 2007.  There was a separate contact with Venusians in which this was written down in another book in the 1950s by Orfeo Angelucci.

Now that's one among several factual predictions.  What about this factual evidence from the book. One Venusian is claimed to have said this:
Mars still has active volcanoes, which are the breath of life.
Mars has active volcanoes?  Is this true or not?  Yes it is, from another recent scientific discovery that was announced just last year in 2015.  From Evidence for recent volcanic activity on Mars, from evidence gathered by the Curiosity rover, combined with evidence of Martian meteorites, scientists now know that the Martian volcano Mount Olympus erupted some time in the 20th century.  Also in the book, the Venusians stated that Mars was once a habitable planet, and that has also been recently confirmed.

A PROPHETIC WARNING

So there are a few subject matters I can discuss, it it hard to bring them all up, as each answer given here is going to raise more questions.  I would like to focus for now on a warning these Venusians gave concerning those on Earth.  The Sun is a variable star, and changes in its solar radiation output can have an adverse effect on this planet.  Here is what one Venusian said concerning those of Earth:
"There is a strange urgency to the question of their space flight pro­pulsion, It is a fact that their star, the Sun, is dying, or changing in the cycles of time. It is purely a metamorphosis. They need to pool all their scientific knowledge and ability to perfect space travel and seek another waxing star. They must stop their eternal warring among themselves before it is too late and the Sun expands again in its cycle of lethal radiation.

"The vast amount of human energy and time now being spent on rocket research is of no avail. It will not solve the problem of interstellar travel. Men of Earth continue to fight with violence to attain power over others while their planet is in mortal danger, and the selfishness of nations restrains a struggling humanity from becoming aware of the portents of danger encircling their world."
And another warning:
Violence and annihilation will be the outcome for people of Earth, unless they change their attitude of mindThey need to become enlight­ened to the truths of the universe in which they live, and follow their forebears into space to find the escape route to the stars and their destiny.
So our Sun is apparently a variable star.  I see this rarely discussed.  Evidently the warning here is the climate of Earth will be severely altered from increased solar radiation of the Sun.  Is this true or not?  Yes it is, and it again has recently been confirmed by NASA in 2003.  From NASA STUDY FINDS INCREASING SOLAR TREND THAT CAN CHANGE CLIMATE:
Since the late 1970s, the amount of solar radiation the sun emits, during times of quiet sunspot activity, has increased by nearly .05 percent per decade, according to a NASA funded study.
It is significant enough to provide an additional source for the cause of global warming:
Historical records of solar activity indicate that solar radiation has been increasing since the late 19th century. If a trend, comparable to the one found in this study, persisted throughout the 20th century, it would have provided a significant component of the global warming
More data is needed, the changes noted would be significant if they continued to persist for a century or more.  Right now all the study says is it would definitely contribute to "climate change."  Evidently the long term danger may be greater than we think.  So are we doing something about it?  Yes, but this is the subject matter of black budget programs, and it is kept away from the eyes of the public. The U.S. military has apparently been doing some very remarkable things:



But this of course brings up more questions than answers.  Why do they not contact us?  Why do they not help?  The main issue is our lower selfish nature, and the desire of politicians and military for power.  There are, however, contacts permitted on a private individual level where deemed useful. But unless humanity raises its spiritual level of awareness, and lives by the truths in the revelations God has given, there will forever remain a barrier between us and them where contact will generally not be permitted.

THE VISIONS OF EMANUEL SWEDENBORG

There is enough information available out there now where one can easily determine that not only are we not alone, but just maybe... the visions received by Emanuel Swedenborg were right all along.  And what did he say about Venusians?  He said the following:

1. They are human just like us.
2. They are a gentle and loving race. Others report they need to maintain separation from violent and low moral societies to protect their society.
3. They know who Jesus Christ is, who appeared to them, and,
4. They are in contact with another society that travels between solar systems.

And all of this was stated back in the 18th century, long before anything like space travel was ever imagined.x

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Spiritual Meaning of Works in Scripture, and Why Protestants have it Wrong



The Protestant churches have committed a major error which is the foundation of their theology, in which they have misinterpreted the meaning of the "works of the law" in the letters of the apostle Paul.  The end result is that many (not all) have made religion one of belief alone, and that they do not have to do anything with their lives.  And yet scripture says all will be judged according to their works (see Matt. 16:27).  If all are judged according to their works, how is it that Paul says we are justified by faith without works of the law? I bring this up because this became a matter of discussion for the "life review" we will all experience after death, which I describe in the previous blog post The Life Review of the Near Death Experience and the Visions of Swedenborg, as well as The Christianity of the Being of Light of the Near Death Experience.  What the Near Death Experience shows is that God cares about what we do with our life, and we will be held accountable for what we do with our life.  It is not about one's belief. It is about how we love others.

This issue of "works" comes up repeatedly in discussion with Protestants. What many do not understand is the word "works" is used in different contexts in scripture, and in each context it has a completely different meaning.  There are three main definitions of works, and the same word is used in all contexts:

  1. The works of the law refer to the rituals of the Jewish or Mosaic law.
  2. Works refer to self-meritorious works, works done for the sake of one's self or for the sake of appearance towards others.
  3. Works refer to acts of love and charity based on faith, or one's love towards God and others.

I will repeat this again: in the letters of Paul, Paul speaks of works of the rituals of the Mosaic law, which have been abrogated.  Unfortunately a large number of Christians thinks that Paul is speaking about all works in general, and thus they have made religion one of praise and lip service only.  Many Protestants in particular think all works are by nature self-meritorious or hypocritical (#2 above) and they completely forget about works done out of faith.

PREVIOUS POSTS EXPOSING THE ERROR OF PROTESTANT THEOLOGY

Instead of completely repeating myself, I recommend for anyone interested to explore the following posts in which I discuss Protestant theology:

The Fallacy of Salvation and Justification by Faith Alone - explains how Jesus condemned belief alone. How "faith" is not just merely belief, but means "living by the truth." How Protestants falsely teach the will of each person is passive instead of active.

Is Salvation a Free Gift? - explains the fallacy of the teaching that one must do nothing to enter heaven.  A covenant is a TWO WAY relationship, and is based on love and doing God's commandments.

The False Theological Definition of the word "Grace" - Grace does not mean "unmerited favour." This is a false theological definition invented by Protestants.

The Fundamental Error of the Protestant Faith - this lists multiple quotes from scripture, showing that a spiritual life is not just a belief system in the memory. It is a life of works according to faith.

The Error of the Protestant Churches - this again explains what Paul meant by "works of the law."

A New Perspective on Paul and the New Church Perspective on Paul - Protestant theologians have comes to realize, from indisputable research on Jewish religion of the first century A.D., that Paul was talking about the rituals of the Mosaic law. But Swedenborg pointed this out over 250 years ago.

The Prophecy of Pauline Christianity - this discusses how scripture foresaw how the false teaching of belief alone would come to invade and destroy the church from within.

IS NEW CHURCH THEOLOGY PELAGIAN?

One interesting view I have heard from a Protestant is that New Church theology is a blatant form of Pelagianism.  This was new to me.  So I looked up what Pelagianism was, I had never heard of it.  From Pelagianism:
Pelagianism is the belief that original sin did not taint human nature and that mortal will is still capable of choosing good or evil without special divine aid. This theological theory is named after the British monk Pelagius (354–420 or 440), although he denied, at least at some point in his life, many of the doctrines associated with his name. Pelagius taught that the human will, as created with its abilities by God, was sufficient to live a sinless life, although he believed that God's grace assisted every good work. Pelagianism has come to be identified with the view (whether taught by Pelagius or not) that human beings can earn salvation by their own efforts.
Note the last sentence: opposition to any effort by someone to obtain salvation.  Swedenborg did not discuss Pelagianism directly, but merely lists it as a heresy in Apocalypse Revealed.  Anyone familiar with what was taught in the New Church theology knows that it has nothing to do with Pelagianism.  Here is what the New Church teaches:

  1. All good is from God alone.  God alone is good.
  2. Man of his selfish ego is nothing but evil. All of one's evil comes from the selfish ego.
  3. Inasmuch as one turns against one's selfish evil, and repents, one opens oneself to receiving God's love.
  4. God's love flows into us inasmuch as we act from the will according to love.
  5. Although we do good as if from ourselves, we must always acknowledge it is God who allows us to do good.

This is spelled out in more detail in the works Doctrine of Life and Doctrine of Faith, which are both found in the work Doctrines of the New Jerusalem.

Protestant theology, in its worst form, declares the will of a man passive, that God does everything through the Holy Spirit.  But we are not passive, our will is active.  There is an influx of Divine good into our will inasmuch as we receive it, and do it.  For that is the nature of love: it desires to do good, to make others happy, in outward act.

ARE WE CAPABLE OF GOOD?

Having been introduced to Protestant theology, I can tell you that most Protestants are introduced to Christianity through the writings of Paul, especially the book of Romans and Galatians.  And here it is not understood that Paul was writing against the Judaizers, who kept trying to get the early Christians to follow the rituals of the Mosaic law.  But there is an interesting quote that Protestants will use, to indicate that each person has no capacity to do good:
For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?
And not [rather], (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.
What then? are we better [than they]? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one
. (Rom. 3:7-12)
This passage is interesting. Throughout the letters of Paul, Paul is constantly defending himself against being a liar, but in verse 7, he actually admits to having committed a lie.  There is actually a bit of historical evidence of a big conflict between the apostle Paul and the apostle James - for more information on this, see Christus Victor, Pauline Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls.  Another interesting point here is that in Rom, 3:13-18 Paul is quoting the Septuagint version of Psalm 14, which contains 8 lines not found in the Masoretic and were a later addition. But besides that, what of this verse from the Psalm:
There is none who does good, no, not one. (Ps. 14:3)
Does this mean that no one can do any good, and that thus works are of no account?  No.  This is an example of how a verse taken out of context can be distorted.  Psalm 14 begins as follows:
The fool has said in his heart, there is no God. (Ps. 14:1)
Thus the Psalm is speaking of those who do not believe in God, and do everything for their own self.  These become self-meritorious or hypocritcal works, depending on the intent. Thus they are incapable of doing good, for actions are judged according to intent, and anything done for selfish purposes is regarded as evil, not good.  That this is so, is shown by other passages:
Many say, Who will show us good?Jehovah, lift up the light of Your face upon us. (Ps. 4:6)
This speaks of those who deny that anyone can do good.  But the second half speaks of the Divine truth (the light) from the Lord's face, which signifies Divine love and mercy.  Divine love and mercy flows into all people who do according to God's will.  God's light flows into our understanding through faith, and God's mercy flows into us through our will.  We have no good apart from God:
You have said unto Jehovah, You are my Lord,My goodness is not beyond You. (Ps. 16:2)
This is an acknowledgment that one's good originates from God.  We are but recipients of it.  But we are not passive recipients, for the will by nature is active.  Jehovah is Divine Love, which flows into the Lord as to the Divine Human (Heb. Adonai), and from the Lord flows into us through our will.  One must seek good from the Lord, and not from the selfish ego:
They who enquire after Jehovah shall not want any good. (Ps. 34:10)
And who says we should not do good?  That is against all of scripture, and destroys Christianity from within.  That it is not true, and a false teaching, can be shown from this verse:
Depart from evil and do good (Ps. 34:14)
So telling people that they must do good, by refusing evil, and following the commandments, is not Pelagianism.  It is the Christian way of life.  It is an active effective Christianity, one that is useful not only in this life but the life to come.  When one understands that one's good and truth are from the Lord alone, he or she then give glory and honor to the Lord alone:
By giving to the Lord glory and honor nothing else is meant in the Word but to acknowledge and confess that all truth and all good are from Him, and thus that He is the only God; for He has glory from the Divine truth and honor from the Divine good. These things are signified by glory and honor in the following passages: Jehovah made the heavens; glory and honor are before Him (Ps. xcvi. 5, 6). O Jehovah God, Thou art very great; Thou art clothed with glory and honor (Ps. civ. 1). The works of Jehovah are great; glory and honor are His work (Ps. cxi. 2, 3). Glory and honor Thou layest upon Him, blessings for ever (Ps. xxi. 5, 6). These things are said of the Lord. Gird Thy sword upon Thy thigh, O mighty in glory and honor; in Thine honor mount up, ride upon the Word of truth (Ps. xlv. 3, 4). Thou hast made him little less than the angels; Thou hast crowned him with glory and honor (Ps. viii. 5). The glory of Lebanon hast Thou given unto it, the honor of Carmel and Sharon: they shall see the glory of Jehovah, and the honor of our God (Isa. xxxv. 1, 2). These and the foregoing are concerning the Lord; besides other places, as Ps. cxlv. 4, 5, 12; Apoc. xxi. 24, 26. Besides, where the Divine truth is treated of in the Word, the word glory is used (n. 629); and where the Divine good is treated of, honor.” (Apocalypse Revealed, n. 249)
If you have been taught otherwise, examine the scriptures, and determine what you have been taught is according to the truth.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Life Review of the Near Death Experience and the Visions of Swedenborg



There are many who have clinically died and were revived by doctors in the last 50 years, and there is now a wealth of testimony of a common "Near Death Experience" that everyone follows after they die.  Many report seeing a Being of light at the end of a tunnel, and in the 18th century Emanuel Swedenborg had waking visions of the spiritual world of heaven and saw a "central sun" in which God dwelled in heaven.  This is confirmation that Swedenborg did indeed receive a heavenly revelation, for this was long before doctors had the medical expertise to revive people after they had died (see The Christianity of the Being of Light of the Near Death Experience).

In the previous blog post, I concentrated on Being of Light or the central Sun of heaven.  Here I want to focus on the life review that people have, in which they see every moment of their life flash before their eyes, in which they see how their actions have effected other people.  We can learn a lot from reports of this life review: one is, the Biblical doctrine of judgment after death is not a myth, it is real. The other is, we can learn how to review our lives NOW, in fact review it every day, and think how our actions effect others. We can learn that it is love which is most important in life, that we should rise above our own selfish desires and love others. This is what is important to the Being of Light: love is the answer.

First I will give a summary of the life review of the Near Death Experience, and then I will quote passages where Swedenborg was able to describe the exact same phenomenon in his waking visions of heaven.  The comparison is interesting, for it describes how the life review takes place in more detail. While most NDEs only last several minutes, imagine having an experience lasting 27 years.  So we can learn a lot from the writings of Swedenborg on this matter.

THE LIFE REVIEW OF THE NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE

There are many testimonies to choose from for Near Death Experiences.  It was once a taboo subject.  It also was once a foreign and unknown topic to traditional churches whose ministers and priests did not understand it, but even that is beginning to change. Now there is a flood of information on the subject.  There is a good summary at The Life Review and the Near-Death Experience and I will be quoting portions here.

The purpose of the life review is to learn, gain insights, and grow as a spiritual being.  We essentially see how we effect others.  The Golden Rule is the essence of it all.

Here is a list of the mechanics of the life review:

a.Viewing a movie of your entire life.
b.Viewing a movie of important segments of your life.
c.Viewing a video of knowledge concerning your entire life.
d.Viewing a panoramic view of your entire life.
e.Viewing a vivid, three-dimensional color display of your entire life.
f.Viewing hundreds of television screens with each screen showing a home movie of one event in your life.
g.Viewing a three-dimensional hologram of your life in full color, sound, and scent.
h.Viewing scenes of your life in little bursts.
i.Viewing scenes of your life flitting from scene to scene.
j.Viewing scenes of your life at a tremendous speed.
k.Viewing scenes of your life in fast-forward.
l.Viewing scenes of your life in a way that can be slowed down or paused in order to focus on a particular detail of your life.
m.Reliving your entire life with scenes of your life projected around you.
n.Having a feeling like a dam has burst in your mind and every memory has flowed out.
o.Having a religious figure or higher being initiating the life review.
p.Having the life review occur when getting in close proximity to the Being of Light.
q.Having a higher being reading from a Book of Life (for Christian experiencers).
r.Having a higher being reading from the Akashic Records (for Hindu experiencers).
s.Having a life review before a Council of Elders who are seated at a table.
t.Having a life review take place in a domed room with square screens up and down the walls and on the ceiling.
u.Having a life review take place in a amphitheater the size of a sports stadium filled with light beings who will observe your review.

Here is a list of the characteristics of the life review:

a.Instantly becoming everyone you came in contact with in your entire life (feeling their emotions, thinking their thoughts, living their experiences, learning their motives behind their actions).
b.Reliving every detail of every second of your life, every emotion, and every thought simultaneously.
c.Re-living the way you dealt with others and how others dealt with you.
d.Viewing a few special deeds in your life.
e.Replaying a part of your life review to focus on a particular event for instruction.
f.Viewing past lives and/or your future.
g.Feeling a strong sense of responsibility.
h.Feeling a sense of judgment or self-judgment (often these feelings transform from judgment to self-judgment).
i.The review is a fact-finding process rather than a fault-finding process.
j.Your motives for everything will be as visible as your actions.
k.The negative events you expected to see did not show up because you had a change of heart.

What is important here to note: all of our memories are recorded.  And not just the external actions, but also our motives and intentions for each of our actions.  This is important to note, because many of these same features were described in the visions of Swedenborg in the 18th century.  This again is evidence that Swedenborg was indeed given an accurate account of heaven and hell, and that the spiritual teachings concerning the Bible and Christianity are indeed correct.

Here are some insights gained from the life review:

a.Deeds which we might consider to be unimportant may turn out to be more important than we can possibly imagine on the Other Side.
b.Deeds which we might consider to be important may turn out to be insignificant on the Other Side.
c.Deeds which we might consider to be "very good" may not be considered as such on the Other Side if the deeds were done solely for self.
d.Deeds which we may have given "no second thought about" might amaze us when we learn how much they meant to God and the Other Side.
e.Deeds which are considered most valuable on the Other Side are those which express love in a greater, purer and unconditional manner.
f.Deeds which are considered to be "greatest" on the Other Side are usually those which are not done with great fanfare, but are small acts of kindness toward others.
g.Deeds which are considered "greatest" on the Other Side are often the little things we do out of kindness and love because they are more spontaneous and reveal our true motive behind the deeds. Such deeds demonstrate in a better way who we really are.

What this shows is God cares about what you do with your life, what are your deeds and works - and the intentions behind them.  Deeds that are self-aggrandizing, to promote one's selfish interest, are not important. Small acts of kindness are what are important.  It is one's life, not one's belief system, is what influences one's life review.  And we see there is no man is an island, we all effect others in one way or another.  We are all part of the butterfly effect.



THE INTERNAL MEMORY OF THE SOUL

So we have all these reports of a life review after death, how does it happen?  Swedenborg was given an interesting explanation: in addition to an external memory, the physical one, we have an internal spiritual memory.  Everything is recorded in this spiritual memory, what we do is written in our very nature.  Despite all the research on the Near Death Experience, scientists cannot go as far as Swedenborg in providing an explanation.  I thought it was interesting enough to quote Swedenborg in full on this matter:
"It is to be known that all the good a man has thought and done from infancy even to the last of his life, remains; in like manner all the evil; so that not the least of it altogether perishes. Both are inscribed on his book of life, that is, on each of his memories, and on his nature, that is, his disposition and genius. From them he has formed for himself a life, and so to say, a soul, which is such after death. But good is never so mixed up with evil, and evil with good, that they cannot be separated; for if they should be so mixed, the man would perish for ever. The Lord provides for this. When a man comes into the other life, if he has lived in the good of love and charity, the Lord then separates his evils, and by what is good with him elevates him into heaven. But if he has lived in evils, that is, in things contrary to love and charity, the Lord then separates from him what is good, and his evils bring him into hell." (Heavenly Arcana, n. 2256.2)
The life review actually comes from the internal memory of the soul.  And note that, there are two results from the life review: a life in heaven, or a life in hell, depending on what course of action the person chose of his or her own free will.
"Whatever things a man hears and sees, and by which he is affected, are without the man's knowledge inserted as to ideas and ends in his interior memory, and remain in it, so that not anything perishes; though the same things be obliterated in the exterior memory. Such, therefore, is the interior memory that particulars are inscribed on it; and indeed the very least particulars which the man has ever thought, spoken, and done, even what has appeared to him as but a shadow, with the minutest particulars, from earliest infancy to the last of old age. The memory of all these things the man has with him when he comes into the other life, and he is led successively into full recollection of them. This is his Book of Life, which is opened in the other life, and according to which he is judged. Man can scarcely believe this, but still it is most true. All the ends, which have been in obscurity to him, and all the things thought; also all that were spoken and done therefrom, to the smallest point, are in that Book, that is, in the interior memory, and whenever the Lord grants, are made manifest before the angels as in clear day. This has several times been shown to me, and has been attested by so much experience that not the least doubt remains." (Heavenly Arcana, n. 2474)
The internal memory of the soul is the "Book of Life" which is mentioned in scripture, but more on that later.  Note that Swedenborg reported all of this, even though he knew at the time few people would believe it.  Thus no one should think that their own thoughts are hidden from view in the other life:
"Before I had been instructed by living experience, I imagined with others that no spirit could in any way know the things in my memory and in my thought; but that they were solely in my possession, and were hidden. But I can attest that the spirits with man know and observe the smallest things of his memory and his thoughts, and this much more clearly than the man himself; and that the angels observe the ends themselves, how they bend themselves from good to evil, and from evil to good, and many more things than the man knows; as those which he has merged in his enjoyments, and thus as it were in his nature and disposition; for when this is done, they no longer appear, because he no longer reflects upon them. Let man, therefore, no longer believe that his thoughts are hidden, and that he is not to render an account of his thoughts, and of his deeds according to the thoughts that were in them; for deeds have their quality from the thoughts, and the thoughts from the ends." (Heavenly Arcana, n. 2488)
THE SYMBOLISM OF THE BOOK OF LIFE


In the other life, one's internal memory, and what is written on it, is represented by books, or the "book of life" or the Akashic Records, depending on one's background.  Swedenborg confirms this in the visions he received.  For example, one's name that is written is not literally one's name, but rather one's spiritual quality as to good and truth:
"Names written in heaven do not mean their names, but the quality of their faith and charity. So is it with names written in the book of life, in the Apocalypse: Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments. . . . He who overcometh shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot his name out of the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels (iii. 4, 5)." (Heavenly Arcana, n. 6674.6)
One's internal memory is represented in heaven by books:
"Concerning the book of life it is thus written in Daniel: The Ancient of days did sit . . . the judgment was set, and the books were opened (vii. 9, 10). Again: At that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book (xii. 1). And in David: Add iniquity unto their iniquity; and let them not come into Thy justice. Let them be blotted out of the book of lives, and not be written with the just (Ps. lxix. 27, 28). In John: He who overcometh shall be clothed in white garments; and I will not blot his name out of the book of life (Apoc. iii. 5). Again: There shall not enter into the New Jerusalem any but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life (Apoc. xxi. 27). Again: I saw . . . and books were opened: and another book was opened, which is of life: and the dead were judged out of the things which were written in the books, according to their works. . . . They were judged all according to their works. . . . And if any was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire (Apoc. xx. 12, 13, 15; and also, xiii. 8; xvii. 8).
"He who does not know from the internal sense what the book of life is, also what the books are out of which the dead are to be judged, cannot form any other idea than that in heaven there are such books, and that in them are written the acts of all, whereof the memory is thus preserved. When yet by books in the above passages are not meant books, but the remembrance of all things which have been done; for every one carries with him into the other life the memory of all his acts, thus the book of his life (n. 2474). But no one save the Lord alone can judge any one according to his acts; for all acts proceed from final causes, which lie deeply concealed within. According to these causes man is judged, and no one knows them but the Lord." (Heavenly Arcana, n. 8620.1-2)
And one other quote:
"That the book which Jehovah wrote, which in the following verse is called My book, or the book of Jehovah, and in other places the book of life, is the internal, is because the internal of man is in heaven, thus where the Lord is, and therefore those things which are in his internal are from heaven of the Lord, all which things are Divine celestial and spiritual things. These can be received by the internal of man, but not by his external separate from the internal, since the external is in the world and is formed to receive the natural things which are in the world and which without influx through internal things have no heavenly life and thus are called dead.
"From these things it may be evident what is meant in the Word by the book of life, and who they are who are said to be written in that book, namely, they who are in the life of truth and of good, thus who do the Divine commandments from love and faith. For a life according to those commandments opens the internal man and forms him, and what is therein inscribed is inscribed by the Lord and remains to eternity. These are meant by those who are written in the book of life" (Heavenly Arcana, n. 10505.2-3)
DID SWEDENBORG SEE SOMETHING SIMILAR TO THE LIFE REVIEW?

The answer is yes.  And like the life review, it was presented visually for all to see.  Nothing was kept secret.  One man had secretly poisoned another and was condemned to hell.  A woman maintained her innocence, and then all her adulteries and whoredoms were presented in full view to others.  Even minor things, such as one withholding and stealing property, and even what one had written in their own private diary.  Only when one was in denial and did not confess were these memories brought out in full view.  Accounts of this are described in detail in Swedenborg's work Heaven and Hell and others in Heavenly Arcana. As in some Near Death Experience reports, Swedenborg also reports some of these review are done by angels:
"When man's acts are disclosed to him after death, the angels to whom is given the office of searching, look into his face and the search is extended through the whole body, beginning from the fingers of each hand, and thus proceeding through the whole. Because I wondered as to the reason of this, it was made known to me, namely, that as all things of the thought and will are inscribed on the brain, for their beginnings are there, so also they are inscribed on the whole body; since all the things of thought and will extend thither from their beginnings, and there terminate, as in their ultimates. Hence it is that the things which are inscribed on the memory, from the will and its thought, are not only inscribed on the brain, but also on the whole man, and there exist in order, according to the order of the parts of the body. Thus it was made plain that man in the whole is such as he is in his will and its thought, so that an evil man is his own evil, and a good man his own good. From these things also it may be evident what is meant by the book of man's life, spoken of in the Word, namely this, that all things, both what he has thought and what he has done, are inscribed on the whole man, and appear as if read in a book when they are called forth from the memory, and as if presented to sight when the spirit is viewed in the light of heaven." (Heaven and Hell, n. 463)
There you go - the panoramic life review was seen by Swedenborg in his visions.  Again, this is very strong testimony that Swedenborg indeed receive heavenly revelations.  It was this kind of material that made me reassess what I had been taught to believe.

So what to take from all of this?  Do your life review now, every day.  Don't wait until it is too late.  Self examination is actually a spiritual exercise of self repentance.  Don't just examine your actions, examine your intentions - do you do things for your self, or for others?  Ask yourself the question, What have you done with your life? How can you improve it?  What can you change?  At first it may be hard, but if done repeatedly, it can become a matter of habit, and one small change will have a ripple effect that would not have been foreseen.