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Word are signified the goods which are of love, fruit treos of every kind, lawns, cornfields, plains and by lights the truths which are of faith. — A. C. replenished with flowers, herbs, and grasses of 3216-3222.
every kind, likewise the things derived from them, 803. Among the eminent faculties which man as oils, wines, all kinds of juices, and other things possesses in himself, although he is ignorant of it, appertaining to the vegetable kingdom; there apand which he carries with him into another life, pear also animals of the earth, fowls of the heaven, when he passes thither after his liberation from the fishes of the sea, reptiles, and these of every kind, body, is, that he perceives what is signified by the and so much like those which are in our earth, that representatives which appear in another life, also they cannot be distinguished; I have seen them, that he is able by the sense of his mind to express and could not perceive any distinction. But still fully in a moment of time, what he could during there is this difference, that the things which hours in the body, and this by ideas from those appear in heaven are from spiritual origin, but things which are of the light of heaven, assisted those which appear in our world are from a maand made as it were winged by suitable appear- terial origin; and the things which are from a spirances representative of the subject of discourse, itual origin affect the senses of the angels, inaswhich are such as cannot be described : and much as they are spiritual, equally as those which whereas man after death comes into those faculties, are froin a material origin affect the senses of men, and has no need to be instructed respecting them inasmuch as they are material; for spiritual things in another life, it may hence appear that he is in are homogeneous with those who are spiritual, and them, that is, that they are in him, during his life material things with those who are material. — A. in the body, although he does not know it. The E. 926. reason of this is, because there is a continual in- 806. It was said that there are continual repreAux with man through heaven from the Lord; this sentatives in the heavens, and indeed such as ininflux is of things spiritual and celestial, which fall volve the deepest arcana of wisdom; those which into his natural things, and are there exhibited are manifest to man from the literal sense of the representatively. -- A. C. 3226.
Word, are so few respectively, as are the waters 804. To show more plainly the nature of repre- of a small pool to the waters of the ocean: the sentatives, it is permitted to adduce one further nature of representatives in the heavens may apinstance: I heard several angels of the interior pear from what has been occasionally related above heaven, who together or in consort formed a repre. from things seen, and likewise from the following: sentative; the spirits about me could not perceive There was represented before certain spirits, as I it, except from a certain influx of interior affection; myself saw, a broad way and a narrow way, conit was a choir, in which those several together cerning which in the Word; a broad way which thought the same thing, and spake the same thing; led to hell, and a narrow one which led to heaven; by representations they formed a golden crown the broad way was beset with trees and flowers, of with diamonds around the head of the Lord; such a sort as in external form appeared beautiful which was effected at the same time by quick and delightful, but there were hidden therein snakes series of representations, such as are of thought and serpents of various kinds, which the spirits did and speech: and what is wonderful, although there not see; the narrow way was not so decorated were many, still they all thought and spake as one, with trees and flowers to the sight, but appeared thus they all represented as one, and this because sorrowful and obscure, but in it there were angel none was desirous to act at all from himself, still infants most beautifully adorned in paradises and less to preside over the rest, and lead the choir, for flower gardens most pleasant, which yet the spirits whoever does this, is of himself dissociated in- did not see; they were then asked which way they stantly; but they suffered themselves to be led wished to go; they said, the broad way; when mutually by each other, thus all in singular and in suddenly their eyes were opened, and in the broad general by the Lord : all the good, who come into way they saw the serpents, but in the narrow way another life, are brought into such harmonious the angels: and they were then again asked, which agreements: afterwards were heard several choirs, way they wished to go, whereupon they remained which exhibited various things representatively, silent; and so far as their sight was opened, they and although there were several choirs, and sev- said they desired to go the narrow way, and so far eral in each choir, still they acted as one, for as their sight was closed, that they desired to go from the form of things various there resulted a the broad way. – A. C. 3477. one, in which was the beautiful celestial. Thus the universal heaven, which consists of myriads of
Heavenly Scenery. myriads, can act as one, in consequence of being 807. As to what respects the paradisiacal scein mutual love, for thus they suffer themselves to nery, it is stupendous. There are paradisiacal be led of the Lord; and what is wonderful, the gardens presented to view, of an immense extent, greater their numbers are, that is, the greater the consisting of all sorts of trees, of a beauty and number of the myriads which constitute heaven, so pleasantness exceeding every idea of human much the more distinctly and perfectly all and thought, which yet appear in so living a manner single things are done; this is the case also, as the before their external sight, that they not only see angels are of a more interior heaven, for all per- them in the gross, but also perceive every single fection increases towards interiors. – A. C.3350. object much more vividly than the bodily sight does,
805. In general, whatsoever appears in heaven, when exercised on similar objects here on earth. appears altogether similar to what exists in our ma- In order to remove all doubt concerning this cirterial world in its three kingdoms; and those things cumstance, I was conducted to, and introduced appear before the angels altogether like such as are amongst, those who live a paradisiacal life. The of those three kingdoms before the eyes of men in situation where they dwell is in front, in an upper the world: there appear there gold, silver, copper, direction, over against the angle of the right eye. tin, lead, stones precious and not precious, ground, All things there, to every single object, appear in earths, mountains, hills, valleys, waters, fountains, their most beautiful spring and bloom, with an asand other things appertaining to the mineral king- tonishing magnificence and variety; and they are dom; there appear paradises, gardens, forests, living by virtue of their being representative: for
there is nothing but what represents and signifies least of the astonishing things in the other life. something celestial and spiritual. Thus the objects A. C. 1626, 1627. presented to view not only affect the sight with 812. Spirits are very indignant to think that men pleasantness, but the mind with happiness. Cer- have no ideas of the life of spirits and angels, but tain souls lately deceased, who, in consequence of suppose that they are in an obscure state, which the principles they had imbibed in the world, must needs be a very melancholy one, and in a doubted the possibility of such things existing in kind of vacuity and emptiness; when neverthe.ess another life, where there is neither wood nor they are in the highest degree of light, and in the stone, being taken up into that paradise, and enjoyment of all good things as to all the senses, discoursing thence with me, said in their astonish- and indeed to their inmost perception. — A. C. ment, that what they saw was inexpressible, and that 1630. they could not represent its inexpressibility by any 813. Before my interior sight was opened, my idea, and that delights and happiness shone forth idea concerning the innumerable things which apfrom every object, and this with successive varie- pear in the other life, differed little from that which ties. The souls that are introduced into heaven, the generality of people entertain, viz., that light, are generally first conducted to such paradisiacal and such things as exist by virtue of light, together
But the angels behold such things with with objects of sense, could by no means have exother eyes, not being delighted with the paradises, istence there. This idea was formed in consebut with the representatives, and thus with the quence of the prevailing imaginary conceit of the celestial and spiritual things which give them birth. learned respecting immateriality, upon which they It was from these celestial and spiritual things that so much insist in their disquisitions on the nature the most ancient church derived their paradisiacal of spirits and of all things relating to the life of scenery.
spirits ; from which no other conception can be 808. As to what respects the rainbow-like splen- formed, than that, being immaterial, their state dors, it is to be observed, that there is as it were a must either be so obscure as to fall under no idea, rainbow heaven, where the whole atmosphere ap- or else that it is a mere nonentity; for this is impears to consist of very small continued rainbows. plied in the notion of such immateriality. NeverÎn this heaven are they who appertain to the proy- theless, the very reverse of this is the truth : for ince of the interior eye: they dwell to the right in unless spirits and angels were organized substances, front, a little upwards. The whole atmosphere or it would be impossible for them either to speak, or aura therein consists of such splendors, and is see, or think.- A. C. 1533. radiated thus in every one, as it were, of the points in which it originates. Around is the form of a very
Habitations and Mansions of the Angels. large rainbow, encompassing the whole heaven,
814. Since in heaven there are societies, and most beautiful to behold, being composed of the angels live as men, therefore also they have similar smaller rainbows, which are images of the habitations, and these likewise various according larger. Every single color consists thus of innu- to every one's state of life; magnificent for those merable rays, so that myriads constitute one com- who are in greater dignity, and less magnificent mon perceptible object, which is, as it were, a modi- for those who are in an inferior state. Respecting fication of the origins of light arising from the the habitations in heaven I bave several times celestial and spiritual things which produce it, and spoken with angels, and said that at this day which at the same time present to the sight a rep- scarcely any one would believe that they have resentative idea of them. The varieties and varia- habitations and mansions; some because they do tions of the rainbows are indefinite.
not see them, some because they do not know that 809. All visible colors, in the other life, repre- angels are men, some because they believe that sent what is celestial and spiritual; the colors the angelic heaven is the heaven which is seen originating in a flame-like brightness representing with their eyes around them, and because this apthe things appertaining to love and the affection of pears empty, and they suppose that angels are goodness, and those originating in a white bright- ethereal forms, they conclude that they live in ness the things appertaining to faith and the affec- ether: besides that they do not comprehend that tion of truth. All colors, in the other life, are there are such things in the spiritual world as are from these origins; and therefore they are of such in the natural world, because they know nothing a refulgent brightness, that no colors in this world concerning the spiritual. are to be compared with them. There are also 815. But it is better to bring forward the proors colors which were never seen here on earth. — A. of experience. As often as I have spoken with C. 1622-1624.
the angels face to face, so often I have been with 810. Beside these paradisiacal objects, there are them in their habitations. Their habitations are also cities exhibited to view, with magnificent altogether like the habitations on earth, which are palaces, contiguous to each other, splendid in their called houses, but more beautiful; in them are colors, and of an architecture surpassing all the parlors, rooms, and bed chambers, in great num powers of art. This is the less surprising, since bers: there are also courts, and round about are cities were seen also by the prophets, when their gardens, shrubberies and fields. Where they are interior sight was open, and this so plainly that consociated, the habitations are contiguous, one nothing in the world could be plainer.
near another, disposed in the form of a city, with 811. Besides cities and palaces, it has also, at streets, ways, and public squares, altogether after times, been given me to see the decorations of par- the likeness of cities on our earth. It has also ticular parts; as those of the steps and gates been granted me to pass through them, and to look thereof: and they seemed to move as if they were about me on every side, and at times to enter the alive, and to vary themselves continually with new houses : this was done in full wakefulness, when beauty and symmetry. I was also informed, that my interior sight was opened. the variations may thus succeed perpetually, yea, 816. Palaces of heaven have been seen, which even to eternity, with continually new harmony, were so magnificent that they could not be de: the succession itself forming such harmony; and scribed: above they glittered as if they were of it was further told me that these are among the l pure gold, and below as if they were of precious
stones : some palaces were more splendid than from the Lord. The architecture of them is such, others. Within, it was the same; the rooms were as to be the ground and source of the architectonic ornamented with such decorations as neither words art, with an indefinite variety. The angels have nor sciences are sufficient to describe. On the declared to me, that if they could possess all the side which looked to the south, there were para- palaces throughout the whole earth, they would not dises, where all things in like manner glittered, exchange their own for them. What is of stone, and in some places the leaves were as of silver, and mortar, and wood, is to them dead'; but what and the fruits as of gold; and the flowers in their is from the Lord, and from essential life and light, beds presented by their colors as it were rainbows: this, they say, is alive, and the more so, as they at the boundaries again were seen palaces, in enjoy it with all fulness of sense. For the things which the view terminated. Such is the architect- that are in heaven are completely adapted to the ure of heaven, that you would say that the art is senses of spirits and angels; whilst the things that there in its own art ; and no wonder, because that are in the light of this solar world are utterly inart itself is from heaven. The angels said that visible to them. Buildings of stone and wood), such things, and innumerable others which are however, are adapted to the senses of men in the still more perfect, are presented by the Lord body. Spiritual things correspond with those that before their eyes ; but still that they delight their are spiritual, and corporeal things with those that ininds more than their eyes, and this because in are corporeal. every thing they see correspondences, and by cor- 822. The habitations of good spirits and of anrespondences, things divine.
gelic spirits have generally porticoes, or long arched 817. Concerning correspondences I have also courts, attached to them, sometimes double, to been informed, that not only palaces and houses, walk in; the walls of which are constructed with but also all and each of the things which are with much variety, and are adorned also with flowers in and without them, correspond to interior things and wreaths of Powers wonderfully composed, bewhich are from the Lord with them: that the house side many other ornaments, which, as observed itself in general corresponds to their good, and above, are varied in an orderly succession. At that the several things which are within the houses one time they appear in a clearer light, at another correspond to the various things of which their time in a light less clear, but always with interior good consists ; and the things out of the houses, delight. Their dwellings are also changed into to their truths which are from good, and likewise more beautiful ones, in proportion as the spirits are to perceptions and knowledges : and because they perfected. At the time of the change there apcorrespond to the goods and truths with them from pears somewhat representing a window on the the Lord, that they correspond to their love, and side, which is dilated, and a rather obscure exthence to their wisdom and intelligence, because panse is displayed within, and there is opened love is of good, wisdom is of good and at the same something as of heaven with stars, and a kind of time of truth, and intelligence is of truth from cloud; which is a mark that their habitations are good; and that such are the things which the an- changing into such as are more pleasant. --A. C. gels perceive when they look at them, and that 1628, 1629. therefore those things delight and affect their minds more than their eyes. - - H. H. 184-186.
Garments of the Angels. 818. The angels who constitute the Lord's celes- 823. The garments with which angels are clothed, tial kingdom, dwell for the most part in elevated like the other things, correspond; and because they places, which appear as mountains from the ground: correspond, they also really exist. Their garments the angels who constitute the Lord's spiritual king- correspond to their intelligence : wherefore all in doin, dwell in less elevated places, which appear as the heavens appear clothed according to intellihills: but the angels who are in the lowest parts gence; and because one excels another in intelliof heaven, dwell in places which appear as rocks gence, therefore one has more excellent garments of stone. These things also exist from corre than another. The most intelligent have garments spondence, for interior things correspond to supe- glittering as from flame, some shining as from rior, and exterior things to inferior. From this it light; the less intelligent have bright and wbite is, that mountains, in the Word, signify celestial garments without splendor; and the still less inlove, hills spiritual love, and rocks faith.
telligent have garments of diverse colors · but the 819. There are also angels who do not live con- angels of the inmost heaven are naked. sociated, but separate, house and house : these 824. Because the garments of the angels cordwell in the midst of heaven, because they are the respond to their intelligence, therefore also they best of angels.
correspond to truth, since all intelligence is from 820. The houses in which angels dwell, are not divine truth; wherefore whether you say that built like the houses in the world, but are given to angels are clothed according to intelligence, or them gratis by the Lord, to every one according to according to divine truth, it is the same thing. their reception of good and truth : they are also That the garments of some glitter as from flame, varied a little according to the changes of the state and those of some shine as from light, is because of their interiors. All things whatsoever, which flame corresponds to good, and light to truth from the angels possess, they acknowledge as received good. That the garments of some are bright and from the Lord, and whatever things they need are white without splendor, and of some are of diverse given to them. — H. H. 188–190.
colors, is because the divine good and truth are less 821. All the angels have their respective habi- refulgent, and also are variously received, with the tations, which are magnificent. I have at times less intelligent: brightness also, and whiteness, seen them, and been in them, and admired them; correspond to truth, and colors to its varieties. and conversed there with the inhabitants. They That those in the inmost heaven are naked, is are so distinct and conspicuous that nothing can be because they are in innocence, and innocence cor
The houses on earth are scarce any thing responds to nakedness. in comparison : indeed, the angels say that such 8:25. Because the angels are clothed with garthings on earth are dead and not real, but that ments in heaven, therefore also they have appeared their own are alive and true, because they are clothed with garments when seen in the world, as
those seen by the prophets, and likewise those seen affections of his love, which encompasses him, and at the Lord's sepulchre, “ who had the appearance infuses itself into the natural sphere derived from of lightning, and their raiment was glittering and the body, so that the two spheres are conjoined. white,” Matt. xxviii. 3; Mark xvi. 5; Luke xxiv. That a natural sphere is continually flowing forth, 4; John xx. 12, 13: and those seen in heaven by not only from man, but also from beasts, yea, from John had “ garments of fine linen and white,” trees, fruits, fowers, and also from metals, is a A poc. iv. 4; chap. xix. 11, 13. And because in- thing generally known; the case is the same in telligence is from divine truth, therefore the gar- the spiritual world; but the spheres flowing forth ments of the Lord, when He was transfigured, from subjects in that world are spiritual, and those were “ glittering and white as the light," Matt. which emane from spirits and angels are altogether xvii. 2; Mark ix. 3; Luke ix. 29: that light is di- spiritual, because there appertain thereto affecvine truth proceeding from the Lord, may be seen tions of love, and thence perceptions and interior above. Hence it is, that garments in the Word thoughts ; all of sympathy and antipathy hath signify truths, and from these intelligence; as in hence its rise, and likewise all conjunction and the Apocalypse, " Those who have not polluted disjunction, and according thereto presence and their garments, shall walk with Me in white, be- absence in the spiritual world, for what is homogecause they are worthy; he that overcometh shall neous or concordant causes conjunction and presbe clothed with white raiment,” chap. iii. 4, 5. ence, and what is heterogeneous and discordant “ Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his gar- causes disjunction and absence, wherefore those ments," chap. xvi. 15. And concerning Jerusalem, spheres cause distances in that world. What by which is understood the church which is in those spiritual spheres operate in the natural world, truth, it is thus written in Isaiah: “ Stir up thy- is also known to some. The inclination of conjuself, put on strength, O Zion; put on the garments gial partners one towards the other is from no other of thy gracefulness, O Jerusalem,” lii. 1: and in origin than this ; such partners are united by unaniEzekiel : “ Jerusalem, I girded thee with fine linen, mous and concordant spheres, and disunited by and covered thee with silk; thy garments were fine adverse and discordant spheres ; for concordant linen and silk;" xvi. 10, 13: besides many other spheres are delightful and grateful, whereas dispassages. But he who is not in truths, is said not cordant spheres are undelightful and ungrateful. to be clothed with a wedding garment; as in Mat- I have been informed by the angels, who are in a thew, “ When the king came in, he saw a man clear perception of those spheres, that there is not who was not clothed in a wedding garment; and any part within in man, nor any without, which he said to him, Friend, how camest thou in hither, doth not renew itself, and that this renewal is efnot having a wedding garment? Wherefore he fected by solutions and reparations, and that hence was cast into outer darkness,” xxii. 12, 13. By is the sphere which continually issues forth. -- C. the house of the wedding is understood heaven L. 171. and the church, from the conjunction of the Lord 829. Sympathies and antipathies are nothing with them by his divine truth ; wherefore the Lord, else than exhalations of affections, from minds in the Word, is called the Bridegroom and Hus- which affect one another, according to similitudes, band, and heaven with the church, the bride and and excite aversion according to dissimilitudes. wife.
These, although they are innumerable, and are not 826. That the garments of the angels do not sensibly perceived by any sense of the body, are merely appear as garments, but that they really are yet perceived by the sense of the soul as one ; and garments, is evident from this, that they not only according to them all conjunctions and consociasee them, but also feel them; and also that they tions in the spiritual world are made. — T. C. R. have more garments than one, and that they put 365. them off and put them on, and those which are not 830. Spiritual spheres encompass all spirits and in use they preserve; and when in use they reas- societies of spirits, flowing forth from the life of sume them: that they are clothed with various gar- the affections and of the thoughts thence; wherements, has been seen by me a thousand times. I fore if the affections be contrary, collision takes inquired whence they had the garments, and they place, whence comes anxiety. - A. C. 10,312. said that it was from the Lord, and that they are 831. It has been already observed, that in the given to them, and that they are sometiines clothed other life the character of every one is known at without knowing it. They said also that their gar- his first approach, whether he opens his lips to ments are changed according to the changes of speak, or not ; from which circumstance it is obtheir state, and that in the first and second state vious, that the interiors of man have a certain unthey have shining and bright garments, in the third known activity, by which the character of a spirit and fourth a little more obscure; and this likewise is perceivable. That this is the case might appear from correspondence, because they have changes from this consideration, that the sphere of such of state as to intelligence and wisdom.
activity not only extends itself to a distance, but is . 827. Because every one in the spiritual world also at particular times, when the Lord perinits, has garments according to intelligence, thus ac- made manifest to the senses by various methods. cording to the truths from which intelligence is, 832. I have likewise been informed how those therefore those who are in the hells, since they are spheres are procured which are made so sensible without truths, appear indeed clothed with gar- in the other life. To give some idea of this matments, but ragged, squalid and filthy, every one ter, let us take for an example one who has conaccording to his insanity; nor can they wear any ceived a high opinion of himself, and of his own other. It is given to them by the Lord to be excellence, compared with others; such a person clothed, lest they should appear naked. — H. H. at length contracts such a habit, and, as it were, 178-182.
such å nature, that whithersoever he goes, and
whenever he sees or converses with other persons, Spheres around every Spirit, and Consocia- his attention is fixed on himself. This he at first tions thence.
manifestly perceives, but afterwards he does it 828. There flows forth, yea, overflows, from without taking notice of it: still however the same every man a spiritual sphere, derived from the regard to himself prevails, and is uppermost, both
in all the particulars of his affection and thought, truth, so that there is no possibility of its appearing and in all the particulars of his behavior and otherwise, and this by reason of their sphere. In conversation. This is discernible even amongst like manner genii, who are principled in evils, men, who can perceive it in others. Such then is the enter by influx into the will, and excite a sensation nature of that which causes a sphere in the other as if evil were good, so that there is no possibility life; and there it is perceptible, yet only at such of its being perceived otherwise, and this also by times, and on such occasions, as the Lord permits. reason of their sphere. It has been granted me a This is the case with other affections : wherefore thousand times over to perceive manifestly the inthere are as many spheres as there are affections, flux both of the former and of the latter, and also and compounds of affections, which are innumera- from whom it proceeded, and in what manner the ble. The sphere of a spirit is, as it were, his image angels from the Lord removed it, with a variety extended without him, and is indeed the image of of circumstances which cannot be particularly deall things appertaining to him. But what is ex- clared. Hence it was made evident to me, with hibited visibly and perceptibly in the world of such certainty that nothing can be more so, whence spirits, is only a sort of general image or resem- come the falsities and evils that prevail in man; blance: its quality, however, as to its particulars, and that from principles of falsity, and from lusts is discerned in heaven; but its quality as to its par- of evil, proceed such spheres, which remain after ticulars of particulars, or individual component the life of the body, and manifest themselves so principles, no one knows but the Lord alone. evidently. — A. C. 1510, 1511. A. C. 1504, 1505.
836. Spheres are also rendered sensible by odors, 833. There was a certain spirit, who, during his which spirits have a more exquisite perception of life in the body, seemed to himself to be great and than men; for, what is wonderful, odors correwise in comparison with others ; in other respects spond with spheres. They who have been accushe was well disposed, and not so much given to tomed to play the hypocrite and to impose on others despise others in comparison with himself; but by false pretences, and have thereby contracted a being of high birth, he had contracted a sphere of nature accordingly, when their sphere is changed preëminence and authority. This spirit came to into an odor, it is like the stench of vomiting. me, and for a long time said nothing, but I per- Such as have studied the art of eloquence, with no ceived that he was encompassed about as it were other view than to gain themselves admiration, with a mist, which proceeding from him began to when their sphere is made odoriferous, it is like overspread the associate spirits ; at which they the smell of burnt bread. Where men have inbegan to feel distressed. Upon this they spoke dulged in mere sensual pleasures, and have lived with me, and said, that they could not on any ac- unprincipled in charity and faith, the odor of their count bear his approach, because they felt them- sphere is like that of excrement. The case is the selves deprived of their liberty, and as if they did same with those who have passed their lives in not dare even to open their lips to speak. He also adulteries; but the odor of these is still more ofbegan to discourse, and entered into conversation fensively stinking. Where men have lived in with them, calling them his sons, and at times in- violent hatred, revenge, and cruelty, their sphere, structing them, but in the spirit of authority which when changed into odors, has the stench of a putrid he had contracted. Hence may appear what is the carcass. Such as have been immersed in sordid nature and quality of the sphere of authority in avarice give forth a stench like that of mice. Such the other life. – Å. C. 1507.
as have persecuted the innocent emit a stench like 834. Every spirit, and still more every society that of bugs. These odors cannot be perceived of spirits, have their own particular sphere pro- by any man, unless his interior sensations be open, ceeding from the principles and persuasions they so as to give him sensible intercourse with spirits. have imbibed, which is a sphere of those princi- - A. C. 1514. ples and persuasions. Evil genii have a sphere of 837. A vinous odor was once perceived, and I lusts. The sphere of principles and persuasions was informed that it proceeded from those who is of such a nature, that, when it acts upon another deal much in compliments to each other, but under spirit, it causes truths to appear like falsities, and the influence of friendship and lawful love, so that calls forth all sorts of confirmatory arguments, so there is involved in their compliments a principle as to induce the belief that things false are true, of truth. This odor is perceivable with much and that things evil are good. Hence it may ap- variety, and arises from the sphere of what is pear, how easily man may be confirmed in falsities elegant in the forms of civility and politeness. and evils, unless he believe the truths which are A. C. 1517. froin the Lord. Such spheres have a greater or 8:38. When the spheres of charity and faith less density according to the nature of the falsities are perceived as odors, they are most delightwhich give them birth. These spheres can in no ful; the odors are sweet and pleasant like those • respect accord with the spheres of spirits principled of flowers, lilies, and spices of divers kinds, with in truths, but as they approximate each other, there an indefinite variety. Moreover, the spheres of arises a conflict; when, if, by permission, the the angels are sometimes rendered visible like atsphere of falsity prevails, the good come into mospheres, which are of such beauty, pleasantness, temptation, and into anxiety. There was perceived and variety, as to admit of no description. A. C. also a sphere of incredulity, which is of such a 1519. nature, that the spirits from whom it proceeds be- 839. Man does not know, that according to the lieve nothing which is told them, and scarce what life of his affections, a certain spiritual sphere enis exhibited to their view. The sphere also of compasses him, which sphere is more perceptible those who believe nothing but what they compre- to the angels, than a sphere of odor is to the most hend by the bodily senses, was made perceptible. exquisite sense in the world. If his life has been
835. It has been made known to me by much in externals alone, namely, in pleasures derived experience, and with such certainty as to admit of from hatreds against his neighbor, from revenges no doubt. that the spirits who are principled in and from cruelty thence, from adulteries, from selffalse sentiments, enter by influx into the thoughts, exaltation, and thence contempt of others, from find induce a persuasion as if what is false were clandestine rapines, from avarice, from deceits,