Please share with us how you have been inspired to help the world!
- Michael Chester of the Swedenborg Centre: “I promote the life and teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg in Australia by running the Swedenborg Centre, give and organise talks on spiritual matters, and strive to being a good steward in carrying out my daily responsibilities.”
In July 2010, a group of women met in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, for Gathering Leaves, a meeting whose purpose was to bring together women from all Swedenborgian denominations for workshops and fellowship. Several weeks prior to the workshop, one of the participants, Laurie Klein, had a dream in which a large crowd was clamoring for her to “help Helen Keller help the world.” She told the other women at Gathering Leaves about her dream, and about a short essay of the same name written by Helen Keller that had been printed many years before as a booklet. Thus the spark for the Foundation’s new release How I Would Help the World was ignited.
Originally written as an introduction to Swedenborg’s work True Christianity, How I Would Help the World is Helen’s passionate tribute to the influence that Swedenborg had on her spiritual life. She fully embraced Swedenborg’s teaching that God consists wholly of love and wisdom, and that our purpose in life is to bring that love and wisdom into the world. “Of one thing I am sure,” she writes, “any effort is worthwhile that brings comfort to limited, struggling human beings in a dark, self-centered age; and Swedenborg’s message has meant so much to me! It has given color and reality and unity to my thought of the life to come; it has exalted my ideas of love, truth, and usefulness; it has been my strongest incitement to overcome limitations.”
Help us take Helen Keller’s message around the world!
1. Send us photographs of you with your copy of How I Would Help the World in different locations around the world! Please include your name, date and location with your image!
2. We will be mapping Helen’s progress as she spreads her message across the globe.
3. Additionally, please share with us how you have been inspired to help the world!
If you would like to purchase a copy of How I Would Help the World for yourself or as a gift to a friend, please visit the Swedenborg Foundation’s website.
Email any photographs or inspiring tales to the publications assistant at
pubasst at swedenborg.com