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Spiritual concepts

Invisible input

We are used to and take most notice of spiritual input when it is ‘visible – dreams, visions or hallucinations.  But the vast majority of spiritual input and by far the most useful long term is invisible input, input of which we are often completely unaware, other than that we suddenly come upon an idea or feel horrendously guilty about something or have a flash of complete inspiration.  There are various types of invisible input.

Invisible input - healing

Invisible input - prophecy

Invisible input - divine love

Invisible input - bliss and peace

Invisible input - inspiration

Invisible input - wisdom

Invisible input - punishment

Invisible input - other

The Greeks classified the types of spiritual input received and allocated various named personifications to them.  In the table below I have shown the functions and the gods.  In devising the categories above I have tried to follow the Greek system as it is exceptionally good.

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Activity/function

Greek God

Dreams etc

Sleep, Dream vision and hallucination

Apollo

Oneroi

Hypnos

Bliss and Peace

Bliss and Peace

Eirene [in part]; Harmony

Wisdom

Wisdom

Athena [also Metis]

Love

Love

Aphrodite and Cupid/Eros

Prophecy and Intuition

Prophecy,  divination, foresight

Apollo

Prometheus

Conscience

Punishment/ Retribution /

Conscience/

Justice

Apollo

Nemesis

The Furies

 

Forgiveness

Mercy and forgiveness

Themis

Inspiration

Inspiration and Imagination

Apollo

Powers of expression

The Muses

Apollo

Healing

Healing

Apollo and

Asclepius, Iaso

Aceso, Panacea

Hygeia

Observations

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