Psychology 459 – February 16, 2006

Economics of Immortality

By Tawny Antonio


Lecture Notes (VII), The Economics of Immortality, By: Leon James, Textbook of Theistic Psychology.  Available at:


Instructions for this activity are found at:


Instructor: Dr. Leon James


I.                    Economics of Immortality

A.     Describes the activities that contribute to the growth of the heavens and hells in our natural mind

1.      When we think, do, and act for the love of ourselves, we are in the hells of our mind

2.      When we think, do, and act for the love of others, we are in the heavens of our mind (lower heaven)

3.      When we think, do, and act for the love of God, we are in the heavens of our mind (higher heaven)

B.     Zero-sum economics

1.      We end up with either all bad and no good, or all good and no bad

2.      We commonly make the mistake of thinking that as long as our heavenly traits outweigh our hellish traits, we will end up in the heavens of our mind

3.      We must remember that if we are unable to let go of even one hellish trait, we will be stuck in the hells of our mind


II.                 Second Death

A.     This is a process of complete and total separation of evil from good when our physical body dies

B.     Ruling love – what we love most

1.      This is our strongest motivation or intention

2.      We need to get to know our ruling love while in our physical body because we are still able to change our ruling love through character reformation

C.     It is a spiritual biological process and experience of self-discovery

1.      We discover what we are willing and unwilling to let go of

2.      This is the time when we choose our ruling love

D.     When we discover or ruling love, we permanently go to our heavens or hells of our mind

E.      During this process, we undergo spiritual temptations

1.      Spiritual temptations are mental struggles between heaven and hell in our mind

2.      We are ready for spiritual temptations when we have obtained the moral traits from a motivation to be a good person


III.               Meritoriousness

A.     This is when we attribute our abilities and actions to ourselves, rather than t God

1.      When we do this, we are stealing what is rightfully Gods

2.      We are disabling ourselves to think rationally

B.     We also commonly practice the Economics of Immortality as if its purpose is to obtain more heavenly traits than hellish traits

1.      We must remember that we can only hold on to all heavenly traits, or else, we hold on to all hellish trait

C.     Our Motivation

1.      We must be aware that we cannot just act good because we want to look good, or because we want to impress God

2.      It is our motivation for our actions that really matter; we must want to do and be good or heavenly

D.     This way of thinking results in distancing ourselves from God

E.      This is called sensuous spirituality thinking

1.      When we feel that we are alone and free in our mind

2.      We feel that the good and the truth that we experience is our own good and truth

3.      This is referred to “hold as-of self”


Related Links:

Second Death: I chose this website because it provides us with a different meaning and process.  It is from the Christian perspective.  The Second Death process that is talked about in the Bible refers to a process in which man dies, and along with man, all of his sins.  It is said that the “new man” does not sin.

The ruling love: I chose this website because it goes more into depth about the concept of ruling love.  It is based on the teachings of Swedenborg.  The concept of our ruling love can be a hard concept to grasp, so I think that this website will help to clarify what this concept means and why it is so important in Theistic Psychology.

Report 2: This is a report that was completed by one of Dr. James’ previous students. It is very interesting to see another student’s perspective on this subject.  In this report he provides information on heavenly versus hellish traits.  He furthermore provides information on character reformation- a concept that is at the core of Theistic Psychology, as this is the process that we must go through in order to build our character so that we can learn to think and act in a heavenly way.


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