25 January | Sacred Readings v1

VI. THE PASSING OF ÓGUN.

King Ógun spoke: “My son,
‘Tis long since you were here, and you are welcome.
But why with these armed men do you recall
Times well-forgotten and the ancient wars?
This is a land of peace: beneath the shade
Of Ífè’s trees the mirth of Heaven’s vales
Has found a home, the chorus and the dance
Their measure. Lay by your arms, and may no hurt
Attend your coming or your restful hours!”
Harshly Orányan answered his old father:
“You speak of peace, Great Ógun, and the calm
Arámfè destined for a World to be.
Arámfè spoke—and Odudúwa’s dream
Of wisdom linked to supreme power begat
A theft!1 And that same night on Heaven’s rim
Devised another destiny for men.

Myths of Ífè


Hence it is evident that those who are in love are also in faith, and thereby in heavenly life, but not those who say they are in faith, and are not in the life of love. The life of faith without love is like the light of the sun without heat, as in the time of winter, when nothing grows, but all things are torpid and dead; whereas faith proceeding from love is like the light of the sun in the time of spring, when all things grow and flourish in consequence of the sun’s fructifying heat. It is precisely similar in regard to spiritual and heavenly things, which are usually represented in the Word by such as exist in the world and on the face of the earth.

Arcana Coelestia by Emanuel Swedenborg


People prefer to believe that their thoughts cannot exert real control because they are literally afraid of them.

Helen Schucman