Spiritual Experiences #4224

Durch Emanuel Swedenborg
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4224. About states

A spirit passes through all possible states of mind. When he comes into a state that is familiar to him, he then comes into his own life, and it was seen that upon first arriving at that state, he has the urge to plunge himself into the state of his own life. Now because he passes through all possible states, therefore when he comes into contrary states, then he is at once distressed, or punished, and when he rushes into greater evil than what has become actual in practice with him, then he punishes himself, or runs into punishment. 1749, 15 April.

  
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Thanks to the Academy of the New Church, and Bryn Athyn College, for the permission to use this translation.