Among some Swedenborgians and readers of Swedenborg, his theological writings are referred to as "the Writings" (so capitalized). This was lost whe the post was edited from upper case to lower case. Since it is an in-house term, I have replaced it with "Swedenborg's writings."
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From my experience the holy spirit, who Jesus called the spirit of truth and the helper, is the actual spirit of Jesus; many of us in the Catholic charismatic renewal experienced this and the spirit's main role was to convict (enlighten) us of our specific sins that we were committing. And then I (or we) would resist/shun these sin(s). We then gradually became regenerated (on born again). Now the 10 commandments were the guardrails of morality that we as Catholics at that time were taught to obey. But the spirit showed us the deeper meanings of the 10 commandments–like a searchlight on our souls.

Now, this is exactly how Swedenborg defines regeneration and salvation. So the holy spirit, "the helper", is the same as "divine providence". Now all this happened to me after I had a pentecostal experience while worshipping the Lord with songs with 100s of other people. We all knew that the holy spirit was the Lord himself–that is his spirit, not a separate person.

Also, the change in my behavior was gradual as the spirit enlightened me at the beginning of minor obvious sins and later of more hidden deeper sins. This too is in line with theSwedenborg's writings. It was like the Lord was gradually purifying my conscience as Swedenborg also says.

One difference though is we could later "feel" the spirit as I described and do so this day, especially when in worship or prayer. So the Lord's spirit is also "the comforter" as described in John. And somewhere in theSwedenborg's writings I also recall Swedenborg talks about how worship frees the mind of self and thus enables the Lord to come into our heart.

One other thing that Swedenborg says is that you must first remove false religious beliefs before the Lord can enter us and that is why I brought up the necessity of stopping the eastern meditation (in my case), which was blocking the spirit from entering my soul or mind.

Sorry, this is the best I can explain it but I became a strong believer in theSwedenborg's writings because Swedenborg has a unique and compelling way of explaining becoming born again, which paralleled my above experience.

Also, I would add that I would also be aware that it was best to stop sinning at my "thought" level to not let it gain steam by dwelling on it. This again is in line with theSwedenborg's writings and gospelthe Gospel.

From my experience the holy spirit, who Jesus called the spirit of truth and the helper, is the actual spirit of Jesus; many of us in the Catholic charismatic renewal experienced this and the spirit's main role was to convict (enlighten) us of our specific sins that we were committing. And then I (or we) would resist/shun these sin(s). We then gradually became regenerated (on born again). Now the 10 commandments were the guardrails of morality that we as Catholics at that time were taught to obey. But the spirit showed us the deeper meanings of the 10 commandments–like a searchlight on our souls.

Now, this is exactly how Swedenborg defines regeneration and salvation. So the holy spirit, "the helper", is the same as "divine providence". Now all this happened to me after I had a pentecostal experience while worshipping the Lord with songs with 100s of other people. We all knew that the holy spirit was the Lord himself–that is his spirit, not a separate person.

Also, the change in my behavior was gradual as the spirit enlightened me at the beginning of minor obvious sins and later of more hidden deeper sins. This too is in line with the writings. It was like the Lord was gradually purifying my conscience as Swedenborg also says.

One difference though is we could later "feel" the spirit as I described and do so this day, especially when in worship or prayer. So the Lord's spirit is also "the comforter" as described in John. And somewhere in the writings I also recall Swedenborg talks about how worship frees the mind of self and thus enables the Lord to come into our heart.

One other thing that Swedenborg says is that you must first remove false religious beliefs before the Lord can enter us and that is why I brought up the necessity of stopping the eastern meditation (in my case), which was blocking the spirit from entering my soul or mind.

Sorry, this is the best I can explain it but I became a strong believer in the writings because Swedenborg has a unique and compelling way of explaining becoming born again, which paralleled my above experience.

Also, I would add that I would also be aware that it was best to stop sinning at my "thought" level to not let it gain steam by dwelling on it. This again is in line with the writings and gospel.

From my experience the holy spirit, who Jesus called the spirit of truth and the helper, is the actual spirit of Jesus; many of us in the Catholic charismatic renewal experienced this and the spirit's main role was to convict (enlighten) us of our specific sins that we were committing. And then I (or we) would resist/shun these sin(s). We then gradually became regenerated (on born again). Now the 10 commandments were the guardrails of morality that we as Catholics at that time were taught to obey. But the spirit showed us the deeper meanings of the 10 commandments–like a searchlight on our souls.

Now, this is exactly how Swedenborg defines regeneration and salvation. So the holy spirit, "the helper", is the same as "divine providence". Now all this happened to me after I had a pentecostal experience while worshipping the Lord with songs with 100s of other people. We all knew that the holy spirit was the Lord himself–that is his spirit, not a separate person.

Also, the change in my behavior was gradual as the spirit enlightened me at the beginning of minor obvious sins and later of more hidden deeper sins. This too is in line with Swedenborg's writings. It was like the Lord was gradually purifying my conscience as Swedenborg also says.

One difference though is we could later "feel" the spirit as I described and do so this day, especially when in worship or prayer. So the Lord's spirit is also "the comforter" as described in John. And somewhere in Swedenborg's writings I also recall Swedenborg talks about how worship frees the mind of self and thus enables the Lord to come into our heart.

One other thing that Swedenborg says is that you must first remove false religious beliefs before the Lord can enter us and that is why I brought up the necessity of stopping the eastern meditation (in my case), which was blocking the spirit from entering my soul or mind.

Sorry, this is the best I can explain it but I became a strong believer in Swedenborg's writings because Swedenborg has a unique and compelling way of explaining becoming born again, which paralleled my above experience.

Also, I would add that I would also be aware that it was best to stop sinning at my "thought" level to not let it gain steam by dwelling on it. This again is in line with Swedenborg's writings and the Gospel.

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SORRY ABOUT THAT. I WILL TRY AGAIN.

FROM MY EXPERIENCE THE HOLY SPIRITFrom my experience the holy spirit, WHO JESUS CALLED THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH AND THE HELPERwho Jesus called the spirit of truth and the helper, IS THE ACTUAL SPIRIT OF JESUS; MANY OF US IN THE CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL EXPERIENCED THIS AND THE SPIRIT'S MAIN ROLE WAS TO CONVICTis the actual spirit of Jesus; many of us in the Catholic charismatic renewal experienced this and the spirit's main role was to convict (ENLIGHTENenlighten) US OF OUR SPECIFIC SINS THAT WE WERE COMMITINGus of our specific sins that we were committing. AND THENAnd then I (OR WEor we) WOULD RESIST would resist/ SHUN THESE SINshun these sin(Ss). WE THEN GRADUALLY BECAME REGENERATEDWe then gradually became regenerated (ON BORN AGAINon born again). NOW THENow the 10 COMMANDMENTS WERE THE GUARDRAILS OF MORALITY THAT WE AS CATHOLICS AT THAT TIME WERE TAUGHT TO OBEYcommandments were the guardrails of morality that we as Catholics at that time were taught to obey. BUT THE SPIRIT SHOWWED US THE DEEPER MEANINGS OF THEBut the spirit showed us the deeper meanings of the 10 COMMANDMENTS --LIKE A SEARCHLIGHT ON OUR SOULScommandments–like a searchlight on our souls.

NOW THIS IS EXACTLY HOW SWEDENBORG DEFINES REGENERATION AND SALVATIONNow, this is exactly how Swedenborg defines regeneration and salvation. SO THE HOLY SPIRITSo the holy spirit, "THE HELPER""the helper", IS THE SAME AS "DIVINE PROVIDENCE"is the same as "divine providence". NOW ALL THIS HAPPENED TO ME AFTERNow all this happened to me after I HAD A PENTECOSTAL EXPERIENCE WHILE WORSHIPPING THE LORD WITH SONGS WITH 100S OF OTHER PEOPLEhad a pentecostal experience while worshipping the Lord with songs with 100s of other people. WE ALL KNEW THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS THE LORD HIMSELF --THAT IS HIS SPIRITWe all knew that the holy spirit was the Lord himself–that is his spirit, NOT A SEPARATE PERSONnot a separate person.

ALSO THE CHANGE IN MY BEHAVIOR WAS GRADUAL AS THE SPIRIT ENLIGHTENED ME IN THE BEGINNING OF MINOR OBVIOUS SINS AND LATER OF MORE HIDDEN DEEPER SINSAlso, the change in my behavior was gradual as the spirit enlightened me at the beginning of minor obvious sins and later of more hidden deeper sins. THIS TOO IS IN LINE WITH THE WRITINGSThis too is in line with the writings. IT WAS LIKE THE LORD WAS GRADUALLY PURIFYING MY CONSCIENCE AS SWEDENBORG ALSO SAYSIt was like the Lord was gradually purifying my conscience as Swedenborg also says.

ONE DIFFERENCE THOUGH IS WE COULD LATER "FEEL" THE SPIRIT ASOne difference though is we could later "feel" the spirit as I DESCRIBED AND DO SO THIS DAYdescribed and do so this day, ESP WHEN IN WORSHIP OR PRAYERespecially when in worship or prayer. SO THE LORD'S SPIRIT IS ALSO "THE COMFORTER" AS DESCRIBED IN JOHNSo the Lord's spirit is also "the comforter" as described in John. AND SOMEWHERE IN THE WRITINGSAnd somewhere in the writings I ALSO RECALL SWEDENBORG TALKS ABOUT HOW WORSHIP FREES THE MIND OF SELF AND THUS ENABLES THE LORD TO COME INTO OUR HEARTalso recall Swedenborg talks about how worship frees the mind of self and thus enables the Lord to come into our heart.

ONE OTHER THING THAT SWEDENBORG SAYS IS THAT YOU MUST FIRST REMOVE FALSE RELIGOUS BELIEFS BEFORE THE LORD CAN ENTER US AND THAT IS WHYOne other thing that Swedenborg says is that you must first remove false religious beliefs before the Lord can enter us and that is why I BROUGHT UP THE NECESSITY OF STOPPING THE EASTERN MEDIATATIONbrought up the necessity of stopping the eastern meditation (IN MY CASEin my case), WHCH WAS BLOCKING THE SPIRIT FROM ENTERING MY SOUL OR MINDwhich was blocking the spirit from entering my soul or mind.

SORRY THIS IS THE BESTSorry, this is the best I CAN EXPLAIN IT BUTcan explain it but I BECAME A STRONG BELIEVER IN THE WRITINGS BECAUSE SWEDENBORG HAS A UNIQUE AND COMPELLING WAY OF EXPLAINING BECOMING BORN AGAINbecame a strong believer in the writings because Swedenborg has a unique and compelling way of explaining becoming born again, WHICH PARRALLED MY ABOVE EXPERIENCEwhich paralleled my above experience.

ALSOAlso, I WOULD ADD THATwould add that I WOULD ALSO BE AWARE THAT IT WAS BEST TO STOP SINNING AT MY "THOUGHT" LEVEL TO NOT LET IT GAIN STEAM BY DWELLING ON ITwould also be aware that it was best to stop sinning at my "thought" level to not let it gain steam by dwelling on it. THIS AGAIN IS IN LINE WITH THE WEITINGS AND GOSPELThis again is in line with the writings and gospel.

SORRY ABOUT THAT. I WILL TRY AGAIN.

FROM MY EXPERIENCE THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHO JESUS CALLED THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH AND THE HELPER, IS THE ACTUAL SPIRIT OF JESUS; MANY OF US IN THE CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL EXPERIENCED THIS AND THE SPIRIT'S MAIN ROLE WAS TO CONVICT (ENLIGHTEN) US OF OUR SPECIFIC SINS THAT WE WERE COMMITING. AND THEN I (OR WE) WOULD RESIST / SHUN THESE SIN(S). WE THEN GRADUALLY BECAME REGENERATED (ON BORN AGAIN). NOW THE 10 COMMANDMENTS WERE THE GUARDRAILS OF MORALITY THAT WE AS CATHOLICS AT THAT TIME WERE TAUGHT TO OBEY. BUT THE SPIRIT SHOWWED US THE DEEPER MEANINGS OF THE 10 COMMANDMENTS --LIKE A SEARCHLIGHT ON OUR SOULS.

NOW THIS IS EXACTLY HOW SWEDENBORG DEFINES REGENERATION AND SALVATION. SO THE HOLY SPIRIT, "THE HELPER", IS THE SAME AS "DIVINE PROVIDENCE". NOW ALL THIS HAPPENED TO ME AFTER I HAD A PENTECOSTAL EXPERIENCE WHILE WORSHIPPING THE LORD WITH SONGS WITH 100S OF OTHER PEOPLE. WE ALL KNEW THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS THE LORD HIMSELF --THAT IS HIS SPIRIT, NOT A SEPARATE PERSON.

ALSO THE CHANGE IN MY BEHAVIOR WAS GRADUAL AS THE SPIRIT ENLIGHTENED ME IN THE BEGINNING OF MINOR OBVIOUS SINS AND LATER OF MORE HIDDEN DEEPER SINS. THIS TOO IS IN LINE WITH THE WRITINGS. IT WAS LIKE THE LORD WAS GRADUALLY PURIFYING MY CONSCIENCE AS SWEDENBORG ALSO SAYS.

ONE DIFFERENCE THOUGH IS WE COULD LATER "FEEL" THE SPIRIT AS I DESCRIBED AND DO SO THIS DAY, ESP WHEN IN WORSHIP OR PRAYER. SO THE LORD'S SPIRIT IS ALSO "THE COMFORTER" AS DESCRIBED IN JOHN. AND SOMEWHERE IN THE WRITINGS I ALSO RECALL SWEDENBORG TALKS ABOUT HOW WORSHIP FREES THE MIND OF SELF AND THUS ENABLES THE LORD TO COME INTO OUR HEART.

ONE OTHER THING THAT SWEDENBORG SAYS IS THAT YOU MUST FIRST REMOVE FALSE RELIGOUS BELIEFS BEFORE THE LORD CAN ENTER US AND THAT IS WHY I BROUGHT UP THE NECESSITY OF STOPPING THE EASTERN MEDIATATION (IN MY CASE), WHCH WAS BLOCKING THE SPIRIT FROM ENTERING MY SOUL OR MIND.

SORRY THIS IS THE BEST I CAN EXPLAIN IT BUT I BECAME A STRONG BELIEVER IN THE WRITINGS BECAUSE SWEDENBORG HAS A UNIQUE AND COMPELLING WAY OF EXPLAINING BECOMING BORN AGAIN, WHICH PARRALLED MY ABOVE EXPERIENCE.

ALSO, I WOULD ADD THAT I WOULD ALSO BE AWARE THAT IT WAS BEST TO STOP SINNING AT MY "THOUGHT" LEVEL TO NOT LET IT GAIN STEAM BY DWELLING ON IT. THIS AGAIN IS IN LINE WITH THE WEITINGS AND GOSPEL.

From my experience the holy spirit, who Jesus called the spirit of truth and the helper, is the actual spirit of Jesus; many of us in the Catholic charismatic renewal experienced this and the spirit's main role was to convict (enlighten) us of our specific sins that we were committing. And then I (or we) would resist/shun these sin(s). We then gradually became regenerated (on born again). Now the 10 commandments were the guardrails of morality that we as Catholics at that time were taught to obey. But the spirit showed us the deeper meanings of the 10 commandments–like a searchlight on our souls.

Now, this is exactly how Swedenborg defines regeneration and salvation. So the holy spirit, "the helper", is the same as "divine providence". Now all this happened to me after I had a pentecostal experience while worshipping the Lord with songs with 100s of other people. We all knew that the holy spirit was the Lord himself–that is his spirit, not a separate person.

Also, the change in my behavior was gradual as the spirit enlightened me at the beginning of minor obvious sins and later of more hidden deeper sins. This too is in line with the writings. It was like the Lord was gradually purifying my conscience as Swedenborg also says.

One difference though is we could later "feel" the spirit as I described and do so this day, especially when in worship or prayer. So the Lord's spirit is also "the comforter" as described in John. And somewhere in the writings I also recall Swedenborg talks about how worship frees the mind of self and thus enables the Lord to come into our heart.

One other thing that Swedenborg says is that you must first remove false religious beliefs before the Lord can enter us and that is why I brought up the necessity of stopping the eastern meditation (in my case), which was blocking the spirit from entering my soul or mind.

Sorry, this is the best I can explain it but I became a strong believer in the writings because Swedenborg has a unique and compelling way of explaining becoming born again, which paralleled my above experience.

Also, I would add that I would also be aware that it was best to stop sinning at my "thought" level to not let it gain steam by dwelling on it. This again is in line with the writings and gospel.

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SORRY ABOUT THAT. I WILL TRY AGAIN.

FROM MY EXPERIENCE THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHO JESUS CALLED THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH AND THE HELPER, IS THE ACTUAL SPIRIT OF JESUS; MANY OF US IN THE CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL EXPERIENCED THIS AND THE SPIRIT'S MAIN ROLE WAS TO CONVICT (ENLIGHTEN) US OF OUR SPECIFIC SINS THAT WE WERE COMMITING. AND THEN I (OR WE) WOULD RESIST / SHUN THESE SIN(S). WE THEN GRADUALLY BECAME REGENERATED (ON BORN AGAIN). NOW THE 10 COMMANDMENTS WERE THE GUARDRAILS OF MORALITY THAT WE AS CATHOLICS AT THAT TIME WERE TAUGHT TO OBEY. BUT THE SPIRIT SHOWWED US THE DEEPER MEANINGS OF THE 10 COMMANDMENTS --LIKE A SEARCHLIGHT ON OUR SOULS.

NOW THIS IS EXACTLY HOW SWEDENBORG DEFINES REGENERATION AND SALVATION. SO THE HOLY SPIRIT, "THE HELPER", IS THE SAME AS "DIVINE PROVIDENCE". NOW ALL THIS HAPPENED TO ME AFTER I HAD A PENTECOSTAL EXPERIENCE WHILE WORSHIPPING THE LORD WITH SONGS WITH 100S OF OTHER PEOPLE. WE ALL KNEW THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS THE LORD HIMSELF --THAT IS HIS SPIRIT, NOT A SEPARATE PERSON.

ALSO THE CHANGE IN MY BEHAVIOR WAS GRADUAL AS THE SPIRIT ENLIGHTENED ME IN THE BEGINNING OF MINOR OBVIOUS SINS AND LATER OF MORE HIDDEN DEEPER SINS. THIS TOO IS IN LINE WITH THE WRITINGS. IT WAS LIKE THE LORD WAS GRADUALLY PURIFYING MY CONSCIENCE AS SWEDENBORG ALSO SAYS.

ONE DIFFERENCE THOUGH IS WE COULD LATER "FEEL" THE SPIRIT AS I DESCRIBED AND DO SO THIS DAY, ESP WHEN IN WORSHIP OR PRAYER. SO THE LORD'S SPIRIT IS ALSO "THE COMFORTER" AS DESCRIBED IN JOHN. AND SOMEWHERE IN THE WRITINGS I ALSO RECALL SWEDENBORG TALKS ABOUT HOW WORSHIP FREES THE MIND OF SELF AND THUS ENABLES THE LORD TO COME INTO OUR HEART.

ONE OTHER THING THAT SWEDENBORG SAYS IS THAT YOU MUST FIRST REMOVE FALSE RELIGOUS BELIEFS BEFORE THE LORD CAN ENTER US AND THAT IS WHY I BROUGHT UP THE NECESSITY OF STOPPING THE EASTERN MEDIATATION (IN MY CASE), WHCH WAS BLOCKING THE SPIRIT FROM ENTERING MY SOUL OR MIND.

SORRY THIS IS THE BEST I CAN EXPLAIN IT BUT I BECAME A STRONG BELIEVER IN THE WRITINGS BECAUSE SWEDENBORG HAS A UNIQUE AND COMPELLING WAY OF EXPLAINING BECOMING BORN AGAIN, WHICH PARRALLED MY ABOVE EXPERIENCE.

ALSO, I WOULD ADD THAT I WOULD ALSO BE AWARE THAT IT WAS BEST TO STOP SINNING AT MY "THOUGHT" LEVEL TO NOT LET IT GAIN STEAM BY DWELLING ON IT. THIS AGAIN IS IN LINE WITH THE WEITINGS AND GOSPEL.