Heaven and Hell #438

Heaven and Hell (Dole translation)

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438. I may add here that even while we are living in our bodies, each one of us is in a community with spirits as to our own spirits even though we are unaware of it. Good people are in angelic communities by means of [their spirits] and evil people are in hellish communities. Further, we come into those same communities when we die. People who are coming into the company of spirits after death are often told and shown this.

Actually, we are not visible as spirits in our [spiritual] communities while we are living in the world because we are thinking on the natural level. However, if our thinking is withdrawn from the body we are sometimes visible in our communities because we are then in the spirit. When we are visible, it is easy to tell us from the spirits who live there because we walk along deep in thought, silent, without looking at others, as though we did not see them; and the moment any spirit addresses us, we disappear.

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From Swedenborg's Works

Inbound References:

Apocalypse Revealed 552

Divine Providence 307

Heaven and Hell 453, 510

The Last Judgment 22, 32, 69

True Christian Religion 475

The New Jerusalem and its Heavenly Doctrine 46, 229


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 53, 121


Thanks to the Swedenborg Foundation for the permission to use this translation.


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