Arcana Coelestia #4803

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4803. A matter wholly unknown in the world and worthy of mention is this: The states in which good spirits and angels live undergo constant change and perfection. In this way they are conveyed to the more internal parts of the province in which they dwell, and so into more excellent functions. For in heaven purification takes place constantly, which is so to speak a new creation. Yet the situation is that no angel to all eternity can possibly attain complete perfection. The Lord alone is the perfect One, He being the root and the source of all perfection. Those who correspond to the mouth constantly wish to be speaking, for speaking gives them utmost pleasure. While undergoing perfection they are restricted to speaking nothing but that which is beneficial to companions, the community, heaven, and the Lord. The delight they take in speaking in that way grows in the measure that the desire to regard themselves in what they speak and to strive after wisdom from what is properly their own passes away from them.

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Arcana Coelestia 6752, 9049, 9280, 9516, 10030, 10199

Divine Love and Wisdom 377

The White Horse 12

The New Jerusalem and its Heavenly Doctrine 121, 261

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Apocalypse Explained 146, 412, 519

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Spiritual Experiences 668, 669

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