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according to the image of the greatest; but as far | in which they may store up their honey, and thus as his interiors do not receive, so far he is not a provide themselves and theirs with food, even for heaven and an image of the greatest; yet still the the coming winter. Their female lays eggs, the exteriors, which receive the world, may be in a rest minister and cover them over, that thence a form according to the order of the world, and new race may be born. They live in a certain hence in various beauty. For external beauty, form of government, which all there instinctively which is of the body, derives its cause from the know; they preserve the useful, and the useless parents, and from formation in the womb, and af- they cast out and deprive of their wings: besides terwards is preserved by a common influx from the other wonderful things which they receive from world: hence it is, that the form of the natural heaven for the sake of use ; for their wax serves man differs very much from the form of his spir- mankind for candles in all parts of the globe, and itual man.

Several times it has been shown what the honey for sweetening food. What comes to the spirit of man was in form, and it was seen, pass with worms, which are the vijest things in that in some who were beautifal and handsome in the animal kingdom? They know how to nourish the face, it was deformed, black, and monstrous, themselves with juice from their leaves, and afterso that you would call it an image of hell, not of wards at the exact time to invest themselves with heaven; but in some who were not beautiful, that a covering, and as it were put themselves in a it was well forined, fair, and angelic. The spirit womb, and thus hatch an offspring of their kind. of man also appears after death, such as it had Some are turned first into nymphs and chrysalids, been in the body, when it lived in the world. – and spin out threads; and after the labor is perH. H. 99.

formed, they are adorned with another body and

decorated with wings; and they fly in the air as in Correspondence of Heaven with Earth.

their heaven, celebrate marriages, lay eggs, and 728. Without correspondence with that man, provide for themselves a posterity. Besides these that is with heaven, or what is the same, with the in particular, all the fowls of the air in general spiritual world, nothing in any wise exists and know the food proper for their nourishment, not subsists, by reason that it has not any connection only what it is, but also where it is. They know with what is prior to itself, consequently neither how to build for themselves nests, one kind in one with the First, that is, with the Lord; what is un- way, and another in another; to lay eggs there, to connected, and thus independent, cannot subsist sit upon them, to hatch their young, to feed them, even a single moment, for that it subsists is from and to drive them away from home when they are its connection with and dependence upon that from able to take care of themselves. They also know which is the all of existence, for subsistence is their enemies whom they should avoid, and their perpetual existence. Hence it is, that not only all friends with whom they are to associate, and this and single things in man correspond, but also all from their earliest infancy: not to mention the and single things in the universe. The sun itself wonderful things in the eggs themselves, where all corresponds, and likewise the moon, for in heaven things requisite for the formation and nourishment the Lord is the sun and likewise the moon: the of the embryo chick lie prepared in their order: sun's flame and heat, and also light, correspond, besides innumerable other things. Who that for it is the Lord's love towards the whole human thinks froin any wisdom of reason will ever say, race to which the flame and heat, and the divine that these things are from any other source than truth to which the light corresponds. The very from the spiritual world ; to which the natura! stars correspond, the societies of heaven and their world is subservient, for clothing that which is habitations being what they have correspondence thence with a body, or for setting forth in effect with; not that they are there, but that they are in that which is spiritual in its cause? The reason such an order. Whatever appears under the sun that the animals of the earth and the fowls of the corresponds, as all and single subjects in the ani- air are born into all that knowledge, and not man, mal kingdom, and likewise all and single subjects who yet is more excellent than they, is, becanse the in the vegetable kingdom; all and each of which animals are in the order of their life, por could would instantly decay and fall to pieces, unless they destroy that which is in them from the spiritthere were an influx into them from the spiritual ual world, since they have not the rational. It is world. This has also been given me to know otherwise with man, who thinks from the spiritual from much experience; for it was shown with world; because he has perverted that with himself what things in the spiritual world corresponded by a life contrary to order, which the rational faseveral things which are in the animal kingdom, vored; therefore he cannot but be born into mere and still more things which are in the vegetable ignorance, and then by divine means be led back kingdom, and also that they do not in any wise into the order of heaven. subsist without influx; for the prior being taken 730. How the things which are in the vegetable away, the posterior necessarily falls, and the case kingdom correspond, may be evident from many is the same when the prior is separated from the things; as that little seeds grow into trees, put posterior. - A. C. 5377.

forth leaves, produce flowers and then fruits, in 729. That all things which are in the world, ex- wbich again they put seeds; and that these things ist from the Divine, and are clothed with such are done successively, and exist together in such things in nature, that they can be there and per- admirable order, as cannot be described in few form use, and thus correspond, is manifestly evi- words: volumes might be written, and yet the dent from every thing which appears both in the more interior arcana, which are nearer to their animal and the vegetable kingdom; in each there uses, could not be exhausted by science. Since are such things as any one, if he thinks from the those things likewise are from the spiritual world interior, can see to be from heaven. For illustra- or heaven, which is in the form of a man, as was tion, a few of the innumerable things may be men- shown above in its proper article, thence also every tioned: first, some things in the animal kingdom. thing in the vegetable kingdom has a certain relaWhat knowledge is as it were implanted in every tion to such things as are with man; which also is animal, is known to many. The bees know how known to some in the learned world. That all the to gather honey from flowers, to build cells of wax, I things that are in that kingdom, are also corre

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spondences, has been made manifest to me from world is effected by correspondences, shall also be much experience; for often, when I have been in told in a few words. The kingdom of the Lord is gardens, and have there looked at trees, fruits, a kingdom of ends, which are uses; or what is the Howers, and pulse, I have observed the corre- sanie, a kingdom of uses which are ends. Therespondences in heaven, and have spoken with those fore the universe was so created and formed by with whom they were, and have been instructed the Divine, that uses may every where be clothed whence they were and what they were.

with such things as to be set forth in act or in ef731. But no one at this day can know the spir- fect, in heaven first, and then in the world ; thus itual things which are in heaven, to which the by degrees and successively even to the ultimates natural things which are in the world correspond, of nature. Hence it is manifest, that the correexcept from heaven; since the science of corre- spondence of natural things with spiritual, or of spondences at this day is entirely lost. But what the world with heaven, is effected by uses, and the correspondence of spiritual things with natural that uses conjoin; and that the forms with which things is, I will illustrate by some examples. The uses are clothed, are so far correspondences, and animals of the earth in general correspond to af- so far conjunctions, as they are forms of uses. In fections; the gentle and useful to good affections, the nature of the world, in its triple kingdom, all the fierce and useless to evil affections. Specific things which there exist according to order, are cally, cows and oxen correspond to the affections forms of uses, or effects formed from use for use; of the natural mind; sheep and lambs to the affec- wherefore the things which are there are corretions of the spiritual mind; but fowls, according to spondences. H. H. 108-112. their species, correspond to the intellectual things of each n ind. Hence it is, that various animals, as

Sun and Moon in Heaven. cows, oxen, rams, sheep, she goats, he goats, he 734. In heaven the sun of the world does not lambs, and she lambs, and also pigeons and turtle appear, nor any thing which is from that sun, bedoves, in the Israelitish church, which was a repre- cause all that is natural ; for nature begins from sentative church, were received for holy use, and that sun, and whatever is produced by it, is called from them were made sacrifices and burnt offerings : natural.' But the spiritual, in which heaven is, is for they corresponded in that use to spiritual things, above nature, and altogether distinct from the natwhich were understood in heaven according to cor- ural; neither do they communicate with each other respondences. That animals also, according to their except by correspondences, kinds and species, are affections, is because they 735. But although in heaven the sun of the live, and the life of each one is from no other world does not appear, nor any thing which is from source than from affection and according to it: that sun, still there is a sun there, and light and hence every animal has innate knowledge accord- heat. The sun of heaven is the Lord; the light ing to the affection of its life. Man also is similar there is divine truth, and the heat there is divine to them, as to his natural man; wherefore also he good, which proceed from the Lord as a sun; from is compared to them in common discourse; as, if that origin are all things which exist and appear gentle, he is called a sheep or a lamb; if fierce, in the heavens. That the Lord appears in heaven he is called a bear or a wolf; if cunning, a fox or as a sun, is because He is Divine Love, from a serpent, and so forth.

which all spiritual things exist, and, by means of 732. There is a like correspondence with the the sun of the world, all natural things; it is that things which are in the vegetable kingdom. A love which shines as a sun. garden in general corresponds to heaven as to in- 736. That the Lord actually appears in heaven telligence and wisdom; wherefore heaven is called as a sun, has not only been told to me by the anthe garden of God and paradise, and also by man gels, but has also been given me to see several the heavenly paradise. Trees, according to their times: wherefore, what I have heard and seen conspecies, correspond to the perceptions and knowl- cerning the Lord as a sun, I would here describe edges of good and truth, from which are intelli- in a few words. The Lord appears as a sun, not gence and wisdom: therefore the ancients, who in heaven, but high above the heavens; neither were in the science of correspondences, had their over the head or in the zenith, but before the faces holy worship in groves: and hence it is, that in of the angels, in a middle altitude. He appears the Word trees are so often named, and heaven, in two places, in one before the right eye, in the the church, and man, are compared to them; as to other before the left eye, at a marked distance. the vine, the olive, the cedar, and others: and the Before the right eye He appears altogether as a goods which they do to the fruits. The food also sun, of similar fire as it were, and of similar magwhich is from them, especially that which is from nitude, as the sun of the world: but before the seeds raised in fields, corresponds to the affections left eye He does not appear as a sun, but as a of good and truth, because these nourish spiritual moon, of similar but more glittering whiteness, life, as earthly food nourishes natural life. Bread and of similar magnitude with the moon of our thence in general corresponds to the affection of earth; but it appears encompassed with several, all good, because that more than the rest sustains as it were, smaller moons, each of which is in like life, and because by it is meant all food. On ac- manner white and glittering. That the Lord apcount of that correspondence also the Lord calls pears in two places with such difference, is beHimself the bread of life; and also on account of cause He appears to every one according to the it, bread was in holy use in the Israelitish church ; quality of the reception of Him; and therefore in for it was set upon the table in the tabernacle, and one way to those who receive Him in the good of called the bread of faces; and also all the divine love, and in another to those who receive Him in worship, which was made by sacrifices and burnt the good of faith. To those who receive Him in offerings, was called bread. On account of that the good of love, He appears as a sun, fiery and correspondence also, the holiest thing of worship faming acccording to reception; these are in his in the Christian church is the holy supper, in which heavenly kingdom: but to those who receive Him there is given bread and wine. From these few in the good of faith, He appears as a moon, bright things it may be evident what correspondence is. and glittering according to reception; these are in

733. How the conjunction of heaven with the his spiritual kingdom. The reason is, because the

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good of love corresponds to fire, whence fire in compassed with the sun, but in an angelic form, the spiritual sense is love; and the good of faith distinguished from the angels by the Divine beamcorresponds to light, and also light in the spiritual ing through from the face: for He is not there in sense is faith. That he appears before the eyes, person, for the Lord in person is constantly suris because the interiors, which are of the mind, see rounded with the sun, but He is in presence by through the eyes ; from the good of love through aspect; for in heaven it is common for them to the right eye, and from the good of faith through appear as present in the place where the aspect the left eye: for all the things which are on the is fixed or terminated, although it be very far from right side with an angel and also with a man, cor- the place where they actually are. respond to good from which is truth; and those is called presence of internal sight, concerning which are on the left, to truth which is from which in what follows. The Lord has also been good. The good of faith is in its essence truth seen by me out of the sun, in an angelic form, a from good.

little beneath the sun on high; and also near, in a 737. Hence it is, that in the Word, the Lord as like forin with the face shining; once also in the to love is compared to the sun, and as to faith, to inidst of angels, as a flamy beam. — H. H. 116–121. the moon; and also that love from the Lord to the 740. The sun, from which the angels have their Lord is signified by the sun, and faith from the light and heat, appears above the earth, which the Lord in the Lord, is signified by the moon; as in angels inhabit, in an elevation of about forty-five the following passages : “The light of the moon degrees, or a middle altitude ; and it appears disshall be as the light of the sun, and the light of tant from the angels, as the sun of this world is the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven distant from men. It appears also constantly in days,” Isaiah xxx. 26. “When I shall extinguish that altitude and at that distance, nor does it move. thee, I will cover the heavens, and I will darken Hence, the angels have no times, distinguished the stars : I will cover the sun with a cloud, and into days and ycars, nor any progression of the day the inoon shall not make her light to shine. All from morning by noon to evening and night; nor the luminaries of light in the heavens I will darken any progression of the year from spring through over thee, and I will give darkness upon thy land," summer to autumn and winter, but there is perEzek. xxxii. 7, 8. “ I will darken the sun in his petual light and perpetual spring; wherefore, inrising, and the moon shall not make her light to stead of times, there are in heaven, states, as was shine,” Isaiah xiii. 10. “ The sun and the moon said above. shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw 741. The following are the principal reasons their shining. The sun shall be turned into dark- why the sun of the spiritual world appears in a ness, and the moon into blood,” Joel ii. 2, 10, 31; middle altitude : First, that so the heat and light, chap. iv. 15.

“ The sun became black as sack- which proceed from that sun, may be in their cloth of hair, and the moon became as blood, and mean degree, and thence in their equality, and the stars fell to the earth,” Apoc. vi. 12. “Im- thereby in their just temperature ; for if the sun mediately after the affliction of those days, the sun were to appear above its middle altitude, more heat will be obscured, and the moon will not give her than light would be perceived, if below it, more light, and the stars will fall from heaven,” Matt. light than heat would be perceived; as comes to xxiv. 29, and elsewhere. In these passages, by pass on earth, when the sun is above, or below, the the sun is signified love, by the moon faith, and by middle of the heavens ; when above, the heat instars the knowledges of good and truth; which are creases to a greater degree than the light, and said to be darkened, to lose their light, and to fall when below, the light increases to a greater degree from heaven, when they are no more. That the than the heat; for the light remains the same, both Lord appears as a sun in heaven, is evident also in summer and winter, but the heat is increased from his transfiguration before Peter, James, and and diminished, according to the sun's altitude. .John, “ that his face shone as the sun,” Matt. xvii. The second reason, why the sun of the spiritual 2. The Lord was seen thus by those disciples, world appears in a middle altitude, above the anwhen they were withdrawn from the body, and in gelic heaven, is, because thence, there is a perthe light of heaven. Hence it was that the an- petual spring in all the angelic heavens, whereby -cients, with whom the church was representative, the angels are in a state of peace, for that state turned the face when they were in divine worship, corresponds to spring time on earth. The third to the sun in the east; from this it is, that they reason is, that by that means, the angels can algave to temples an aspect towards the east. ways turn their faces to the Lord and see Him

738. What and how great the divine love is, with their eyes; for the east, thus the Lord, is . may be evident from comparison with the sun of before the faces of the angels in every turn of the world, that it is most ardent, and, if you will their bodies, which is peculiar to that world. This believe, it is much more ardent than that sun. would not be the case, if the sun of that world Wherefore the Lord as a sun does not flow in im- were to appear above or below a middle altitude, mediately into the heavens, but the ardor of his and least of all, if it appeared overhead, in the , love is tempered in the way by degrees; the tem- zenith. — D. L. W. 104, 105. perings appear as radiant belts around the sun: 742. But beware of thinking that the sun of the and besides, the angels are veiled over with a thin spiritual world is God Himself: God is Man. The i adapted cloud, lest they should be injured by the first proceeding from His love and wisdom is a influx. The heavens therefore are distant accord- fiery spiritual principle, which appears in the sight ing to reception: the superior heavens, because of the angels as a sun; hence, when the Lord they are in the good of love, are nearest to the Lord manifests Himself to the angels, in person, He as a sun; but the inferior heavens, because they manifests Himself as Man, sometimes in the sun, are in the good of faith, are more remote from and sometimes out of it. — D. L. W.97. Him: but they who are in no good, as those who are in hell, are most remote, and there so far re

Heat and Light of Heaven. mote, as they are in the opposite to good.

743. The heat of heaven, as the light of heaven, 739. But when the Lord appears in heaven, is every where various ; different in the celestial which is often the case He does not appear en- kingdom from what it is in the spiritual kingdom,

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and also different in every society there. it differs disposes analytically into orders, forms inti reanot only in degree, but also in quality. It is more sons, and from them concludes things in a series. intense and purer in the celestial kingdom of the That it is real light, from which the understanding Lord, because the angels there receive the divine sees such things, natural man does not know, good more; it is less intense and pure in the spir- because he does not see it with the eyes, nor peritual kingdom of the Lord, because the angels ceive it with the thought; but many still know it, there receive the divine truth more: in each society and also distinguish it from natural light, in which also it differs according to reception. That love is those are who think naturally and not spiritually: heat from a spiritual origin, is manifest from grow- those think naturally, who only look into the world ing warm according to love; for a man is inflamed and attribute all things to nature ; but those think and grows warm according to its quantity and spiritually, who look to heaven and attribute al quality, and its ardor is manifested when it is as- things to the Divine. That it is true light, which saulted. Hence also it is, that it is usual to speak enlightens the mind, plainly distinct from the light of being inflamed, of growing warm, of burning, which is called natural light (lumen), has many

times boiling, and being on fire, both in reference to the been given me to perceive, and also to see. I have affections which are of the love of good, and also been elevated into that light interiorly by degrees, to the lusts which are of the love of evil.

and as I was elevated, my understanding was en744. That love proceeding from the Lord as a lightened, so that at length I perceived what I did sun is felt in heaven as heat, is because the inte- not perceive before, and at last such things as I riors of the angels, from the divine good which is could not even comprehend by thought from natural from the Lord, are love; whence the exteriors, light: I was sometimes indignant that they were which grow warm thence, are in heat. From this not coinprehended, when yet they were clearly and it is, that in heaven heat and love so correspond to perspicuously perceived in heavenly light. Beeach other, that every one there is in heat such as cause the understanding has light, therefore the the love he is in, agreeably to what was said just like is said concerning it as concerning the eye, as above.

that it sees and is in the light, when it perceives, 745. Angels, like men, have understanding and and that it is obscure and in the shade, when it will. The light of heaven makes the life of their does not perceive; and other like things. — H. H. understanding, because the light of heaven is di- 130. vine truth, and thence divine wisdom; and the 748. Because divine truth is light in the heavens, heat of heaven makes the life of their will, because therefore all truths, wherever they are, whether the heat of heaven is divine good, and thence di- within an angel or without him, also whether within vine love. The veriest life of the angels is from the heavens or without them, beam; yet truths heat, but not from light, except so far as heat is in without the heavens do not beam like truths within it. That life is from heat is manifest; for when the heavens. Truths without the heavens beam that is removed, life perishes. The case is similar coldly like snow without heat, since they do not with faith without love, or with truth without good; derive their essence from good, like truths within for truth, which is said to be of faith, is light, and the heavens; wherefore also that cold light, at the good which is of love, is heat. These things ap- admission of the light of heaven, disappears; and pear more manifest from the heat and light of the if evil is underneath, it is turned into darkness. world, to which the heat and light of heaven cor- This I have seen several times, and many other respond. From the heat of the world, conjoined memorable things concerning beaming truths, to light, all things which are upon the earth are which are here passed by. H. H. 132. vivified and flourish; they are conjoined in the 749. Recent souls, or novitiate spirits, namely, times of spring and summer: but from light sepa- those who some days after the death of the body rate from heat, nothing is vivified and flourishes, come into the other life, are greatly surprised that but all things are torpid and die : they are not con- there is light in the other life; for they bring along joined in the time of winter; heat is then absent, with them the ignorance that light is from any and light continues. From that correspondence other source than from the sun, and from material heaven is called paradise; since truth is there con- flame; and still less do they know, that there is joined to good, or faith to love, as light to heat in any light which illuminates the understanding, for the time of spring on earth. H. H. 134-136. they have not apperceived this in the life of the

746. That there is light in the heavens, those body; and still less, that that light gives the cannot apprehend who think only from nature; faculty of thinking, and by influx into the forens when yet in the heavens the light is so great, that which are from the light of the world, constitutes It exceeds by many degrees the midday light in all things which are of the understanding. These, the world: it has been seen by me often, even in if they have been good, that they may be inthe times of evening and night. In the beginning structed, are elevated to heavenly societies, and I wondered, when I heard the angels say, that the from society into society, that they may perceive light of the world is scarcely other than shade by living experience, that in the other life there is respectively to the light of heaven; but since it light, and this more intense than is any where has been seen, I can testify to it. Its brightness given in the world, and that at the same time they and its splendor are such, that they cannot be may apperceive, that so far as they are in the light described. The things which have been seen by there, so far they are in intelligence. Some, who me in the heavens, were seen in that light; thus were taken up into spheres of celestial light, spoke more clearly and distinctly than things in the with me thence, and confessed that they had never world. H. H. 126.

believed any thing of the kind, and that the light 747. That the light in the heavens is spiritual, of the world is respectively darkness. They also and that that light is divine truth, may be concluded looked thence through my eyes into the light of also from this, that man also has spiritual light, and the world, and this they did not perceive otherwise from that light has illustration, as far as he is in in- than as a dark cloud; and from commiseration telligence and wisdom from divine truth. The said, that man is in such a cloud. From what has spiritual light of man is the light of his under- been said it may also appear, why the celestial standing, the objects of which are truths, which he angels are in the world called angels of light; and

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John i. 1 to 9, chap. viii. 12. — A. C. 4415. fants with an indefinite variety. Nay, there are 750. That spirits and angels enjoy every sense, also atmospheres consisting as it were of sporting except taste, in a far more exquisite and perfect infants, in forms most minute and indiscernible, but degree than ever man did, has been abundantly still perceptible, to an inmost idea ; by which forms minifested to me. They not only see each other, it is suggested to infants, that all things around and converse with each other, the angels in the them are alive, and that they are in the life of the highest felicity arising from their mutual love, but Lord, which affects them with the inmost happiness. they also see more objects in their world than man Besides these there are several otl sorts of atcan believe to exist. The world of spirits and the mospheres: for the varieties are innumerable, and heavens are full of representatives, such as were also inexpressible. – A. C. 1621. seen by the prophets, and of so grand a kind that if any one's spiritual sight were opened, and he could

Quarters in Heaven. look into those worlds, though but for a few hours, 754. In heaven, as in the world, there are four he would be all astonishment. The light in heaven quarters, the east, the south, the west, and the is such, as to exceed the noonday light of this north, in both cases determined by their sun; in world in a degree surpassing all belief. The heaven by the sun of heaven, which is the Lord; heavenly inhabitants however receive no light from in the world by the sun of the world; but still this world, because they are above, or within, the there are great differences. The first is, that in sphere of that light; but they receive light from the world it is called south where the sun is in its the Lord, who to them is a sun. The noonday greatest altitude above the earth; north, where it light of this world is to the angels, also, like gross is in the opposite point below the earth; the east darkness, and when it is given them to look upon where the sun rises at the equinoxes ; and the west that light, it is as if they looked upon mere dark- where it then sets : thus in the world all the quarness; of which I have been convinced by expe- ters are determined from the south. But in heaven rience. Hence may appear what a difference there it is called the east where the Lord appears as a is between the light of heaven and the light of sun; opposite is the west, to the right in heaven is this world - A. C. 1521.

the south, and to the left is the north there; and 751. In order that I might be made acquainted this in every turning of their face and body: thus with the nature and quality of the light in heaven, in heaven all the quarters are determined from the I have at times been introduced into the abodes of east. The reason that it is called east where the good and angelic spirits, where I not only saw the Lord appears as a sun, is, because all origin of spirits themselves, but also the objects which sur-life is from Him as a sun; and also, as far as heat rounded them. There were likewise seen little and light, or love and intelligence, are received children and their mothers, in a light of such with the angels from Him, so far the Lord is said brightness and splendor, that it is impossible to to arise with them. Hence also it is, that the Lord conceive any thing superior to it. – A. C. 1523. in the Word is called the East.

752. By virtue of the Lord's light in heaven there 755. Another difference is, that to the angels the appear wonderful things, which cannot be ex- east is always in front, the west behind, the sontha pressed, being so innumerable. They are con- to the right, and the north to the left. But because tinual representatives of the Lord, and of his this can with difficulty be comprehended in the kingdom, such as are mentioned by the prophets, world, for the reason that man turns his face to and by John in the Revelation; besides other sig- every quarter, therefore it will be explained. The nificatives. It is not possible for man to see these whole heaven turns itself to the Lord as to its things with his bodily eyes; but as soon as ever common centre; hence all the angels turn themthe interior vision of any one, which is the sight selves thither. That all direction in the earth of his spirit, is opened by the Lord, such objects also is to a common centre, is known: but the dimay be exhibited to view. The visions of the rection in heaven differs froni the direction in the prophets were no other than openings of their in- world, that in heaven the anterior parts are turned iernal sight; as when John saw the golden candle-to the common centre, but in the world the lower sticks, (Rev. i. 12, 13,) and the holy city as pure parts. The direction in the world is what is called gold, and the lurinary thereof like to a stone most centripetal force, and also gravitation. The inprecious, (Rev. xxi. 2, 10:) not to mention many teriors of the angels are also actually turned forthings besides, seen by the prophets : whence it wards ; and because the interiors present theminży be known, that the angels not only live in the selves in the face, therefore the face is what bighest degree of light, but that in their world determines the quarters. there are indefinite objects, which cannot enter 756. But, that with the angels the east is in front in into the heart of man to conceive or believe. – A. every turning of their face and body, is still more C. 1532.

difficult to be comprehended in the world, for the 753. As to what respects the atmospheres in reason that man has every quarter in front accordwhich the blessed live, which partake of the light, ing to his turning ; therefore this also shall be exis being derived from it, they are innumerable, plained. The angels, in like manner as men, turn and of such beauty and pleasantness as to surpass and bend their faces and their bodies every way; all power of description. There are adamantine | but still they always have the east before their atmospheres, which sparkle from every minutest eyes. But the turnings of the angels are not as point, as if they were composed of minute spher- the turnings of men, for they are from another ules of diamond. There are other atmospheres origin: they appear indeed alike, but still they are resembling the glittering of all precious stones; not alike. The reigning love is the origin; from others like the glittering of pearls that are trans- it are all determinations with angels and with spirparent from their centres, and radiated with the its ; for, as was said just above, their interiors are inost brilliant colors; others that fame as from actually turned to their common centre, thus in yold and from silver, and also as from adamantine heaven to the Lord as a sun : wherefore, because gold and silver; others of flowers of various the love is continually before their interiors, and colors, which'are in forms most minute and indis- the face exists from the interiors, for it is their

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