Did you miss an episode and want to quickly catch up, or do you simply prefer reading instead of watching? Check out our collection of written episode recaps, featuring can’t-miss moments from episodes of our weekly webcast series Swedenborg & Life. Browse all of our written recaps by date and topic below.
As of mid-April 2020, we will not be adding new recaps to this archive, in preparation for a dedicated offTheLeftEye website, launching summer 2020. We’re excited to serve our community with this new resource as soon as possible!
In this episode of Swedenborg and Life, host Curtis Childs reviews some of Swedenborg’s written accounts about how gratitude benefits our relationship with God, ourselves, and others—and offers some practical ways we can use gratitude to enhance our lives and the lives of those we touch. Read more
Watch full episode here! How can we apply the Bible story of Cain and Abel to our modern lives? Swedenborg answers this question in his multivolume work Secrets of Heaven, in which he combs through the meaning and symbolism behind the stories in Genesis and Exodus. In this episode of Swedenborg and Life, host Curtis Childs […] Read more
In this episode of Swedenborg and Life, Curtis Childs takes viewers through all of the things God can’t do, looking at the laws he used to create the universe, and examining the way God follows his own laws, all through the lens of eighteenth-century philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg. Read more
In this episode of Swedenborg and Life, host Curtis Childs talks about the lies that evil spirits feed us, examining ideas like the way hellish spirits cover up their lies, the intent behind the lies, and the way evil spirits use negative energy. Curtis ends up showing us ways to defeat and use this knowledge to improve our lives. Read more
This idea of a slow transition, with time to adjust to a new state, provides a great comparison to eighteenth-century philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg’s ideas about the journey after death to the spiritual world. In this episode of Swedenborg and Life, host Curtis Childs goes over the path that Swedenborg maps out in his theology, taking us through this detailed transition from the physical world to a spiritual one. Read more
Each year, NASA spends million exploring outer space in an effort to make the unknown, known. Just as we’d like to know about life on other planets, many of us would like to know about life on the other side. Eighteenth-century philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg was—in many ways—a human rover of the spiritual world. Lucky for us, he was also meticulous in documenting what he found during his afterlife expeditions. In this episode of Swedenborg and Life, host Curtis Childs reviews some of Swedenborg’s written accounts about the kinds of angels he encountered in the world of spirits to help us understand what kind of intelligent angelic life is out there! Read more
Have you ever wondered if you’re living your truth and fulfilling your purpose? So many of us do, and that’s why advertisers, corporations, and politicians are always trying to sell you the next best thing that will improve your life. But what if the next best thing is already inside of you just waiting to come out? In this episode of Swedenborg and Life, host Curtis Childs guides us through 18th-century philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg’s spiritual explorations to see what they reveal about how to discover your true identity. Read more
The concept of auras has been around for a long time. Glowing halos have been depicted around angels, God, and holy people in historical art and religious texts for centuries. Even practitioners of modern spiritual traditions use vibes, colors, and odors to describe their sense of a person’s inner spirit. So what do auras mean to us, then and now? In this episode of Swedenborg and Life, host Curtis Childs guides us through 18th-century spiritual philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg’s written records about his explorations of the afterlife to see what they say about auras, and, more specifically, what they reveal and how we can cultivate positive auras within ourselves. Read more
In this episode of Swedenborg and Life, host Curtis Childs and featured guests look to the recorded spiritual explorations of Swedenborg and other modern-day authors to show the timeless commonalities between them. Read more
Are humans wired for greater love of self or greater love of others? If altruism can be learned, let’s study how to love (more selflessly)! In this episode of Swedenborg and Life, host Curtis Childs and featured guests look to Swedenborg’s writings to see what they reveal about how altruistic love can deepen our human and spiritual experience in the physical world. Read more