Spiritual Experiences #4399

By Emanuel Swedenborg

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4399. Spirits and angels reside in human feelings

By experiences I have been instructed that good spirits and angels are not only present with human beings, but even reside in their feelings. For every feeling has great extension, and because the ultimate plane is with human beings in their feelings, therefore this happens when the Lord enlivens, and then arranges them; just as good spirits are in the affection for gardening, where they have little abodes [4142].

But there are two kinds of feelings, for truth and for goodness, or for understanding and for willing. Feeling for truth regards form, feeling for goodness regards essence. When one delights in praises of his wife, it is a feeling regarding form; the marriage love itself is a feeling regarding essence, from which and on account of which the feeling for form exists, to the extent that the feeling for goodness is in the feeling for truth. These are experiential matters, about which it was granted me to converse with angels.

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