Concerning the Holy Scripture or Word, in Which Are Stored up Divine Things, Which Are Open before Good Spirits and Angels (Continued)

A certain spirit came to me not long after his departure from the body, as I was able to infer from the fact that he did not yet know that he was in the other life, but supposed that he was living in the world. It was perceived that he had been devoted to studies, concerning which I spoke with him. But he was suddenly taken up on high; and, surprised at this, I imagined that he was one of those who aspire to high things, for such are wont to be taken up on high; or else that he placed heaven at a great height, for such likewise are often carried up on high, that they may know from experience that heaven is not in what is high, but in what is internal.

But I soon perceived that he was taken up to the angelic spirits, who were in front, a little to the right, at the entrance to heaven. He then spoke with me from thence, saying that he saw things more sublime than human minds could at all comprehend. While this was taking place, I was reading the first chapter of Deuteronomy, about the Jewish people, in that men were sent to explore the land of Canaan and what was in it. While I was reading this, he said that he perceived nothing of the sense of the letter, but the things in the spiritual sense, and that these were wonders which he could not describe.

This was in the first entrance to the heaven of angelic spirits; what wonders then would be perceived in that heaven itself! and what in the angelic heaven!

Certain spirits who were with me, and who before had not believed that the Word of the Lord is of such a nature, then began to repent of their unbelief; they said, in that state, that they believed because they heard the spirit say that he heard, saw, and perceived that it was so.

But other spirits still persisted in their unbelief, and said that it was not so, but that these things were fancies; and therefore they too were suddenly taken up, and spoke with me from thence; and they confessed that it was anything but fancy, because they really perceived that it was so; and by a more exquisite perception indeed than can ever be given to any sense during the life of the body.

Soon others also were taken up into the same heaven, and among them one whom I had known in the life of the body, who testified to the same effect, saying also, among other things, that he was too much amazed to be able to describe the glory of the Word in its internal sense. Then, speaking from a kind of pity, he said that it was strange that men knew nothing at all of such things. He said further that from where he then was he could look most deeply into my thoughts and my affections, and perceived in them more things than he could tell; such as causes, influxes, whence they came, and from whom; the ideas, and how they were mixed with earthly things, and that these were to be wholly separated; besides other things.

from Arcana Coelestia, Section 1769

Concerning the Holy Scripture or Word, in Which Are Stored up Divine Things, Which Are Open before Good Spirits and Angels

When the Word of the Lord is being read by a man who loves the Word and lives in charity, or by a man who from simplicity of heart believes what is written and has not formed principles contrary to the truth of faith which is in the internal sense, it is presented by the Lord before the angels in such beauty and in such pleasantness, with representatives also, and this with inexpressible variety in accordance with all their state at the time, that every particular is perceived as if it had life, which life is that which is in the Word, and from which the Word had birth when it was sent down from heaven. From this cause the Word of the Lord is such, that although in the letter it appears crude, there are stored up in it spiritual and celestial things which lie open before good spirits, and before angels, when the Word is being read by man.

That the Word of the Lord is so presented before good spirits and before angels, it has been given me to hear and to see; and I am therefore permitted to relate the experiences themselves.

from Arcana Coelestia, Sections 1767-1768

There Are Levels of Love and Wisdom, Consequent Levels of Warmth and Light, and also Levels of Atmosphere (Continued)

However, the levels of spiritual warmth cannot be described on the basis of experience because the love to which spiritual warmth corresponds does not fit into the images of our thought. Still, the levels of spiritual light can be described because light does fit. It is actually an attribute of thought. On the basis of levels of light, we can understand levels of spiritual warmth, since warmth and light are comparable levels.

As for the spiritual light that surrounds angels, I have been allowed to see this with my own eyes. For angles of the higher heavens, the light is so brilliant that it is indescribable, even by comparison with the brilliance of snow; and it also has a glow that defies description, even by comparison with the radiant glory of our world’s sun. In short, this light is thousand times greater that the light at noon on earth. The light of angels of the lower heavens can in some measure be described by comparisons, though. Even so, it surpasses the highest level of light on earth.

The reason the light of angels of the higher heavens defies description is that this light is integral to their wisdom. Since their wisdom, relative to ours, is inexpressible, so is their light.

We can tell from these few facts that there are levels of light; and since wisdom and love occur on comparable levels, it follows that there are similar levels of warmth.

Since the atmospheres are what receive and hold warmth and light, it follows that there are as many levels of atmosphere as there are of warmth and light–as many, that is, as there are levels of love and wisdom. An abundance of experience in the spiritual world has shown me that there are several atmospheres, distinguished from each other by level. One kind of experience was especially convincing, namely that angels of lower heavens cannot breathe in the realm of higher angels. They seem to labor for breathe like creatures taken out of the air into ether, or like creatures taken out of water into the air. Then too, the spirits below heaven look as though they were in a cloud.

On the existence of several atmospheres distinguished from each other by levels, See Section 176 above.

from Divine Love and Wisdom, Sections 182-183

Notes:

Section 176: Published 1/13/2020

There Are Levels of Love and Wisdom, Consequent Levels of Warmth and Light, and also Levels of Atmosphere (Continued)

It is even clearer that there are levels of love and wisdom if we compare angels’ love and wisdom with our love and wisdom. It is generally acknowledged that the wisdom of angels is unutterable, relatively speking, You will see later [ Sections 267, 416] that it is also incomprehensible to us when we are wrapped up in our earthly love. The reason it seems unutterable and incomprehensible is that it is on a higher level.

Since there are levels of love and wisdom, there are levels of warmth and light–warmth and light here meaning spiritual warmth and light as angels experience them in the heavens and as they exist for us in the deeper levels of our minds. This is because we do have warmth of love and a light of wisdom like that of angels.

It is like this in the heavens. The quality and amount of angels; love determine the quality and amount of their warmth, with the same relationship between their wisdom and their light, This is because there is love in their warmth and wisdom in their light, as I have already described [Section 5, 32, 84]. The same holds true for us on earth, but with the difference that angels feel the warmth and see the light, while we do not, the reason being that we are focused on physical warmth and light; and as long as we are, we feel spiritual warmth only as a kind of pleasure of love and see spiritual light only as a kind of sense of what is true.

Since people know nothing about the spiritual warmth and light within them as long as they are focused on physical warmth and light, and since they can know about this only through experience offered by the spiritual world, I need first of all to talk about the warmth and light that surround angels and their heavens. This is the one and only way to shed some light on this matter.

from Divine Love and Wisdom, Sections 180-181

Notes:

Section 5: Published 4/9/2018

Section 32: Published 4/20/2018

Section 84: Published 6/3/2018

There Are Levels of Love and Wisdom, Consequent Levels of Warmth and Light, and also Levels of Atmosphere

Without a Knowledge that there are levels, what they are and what they are like, what is to follow will be incomprehensible, since there are levels in everything that has been created; therefore they exist in every form. Consequently, I need to discuss levels in this part of Angelic Wisdom.

We can tell clearly from the angels of the three heavens that there are levels of love and wisdom. Angles of the third heaven so surpass angels of the second heaven in love and wisdom, and these in turn so surpass angels of the farthest heaven, that they cannot live the same place. Their levels of love and wisdom mark them off and separate them. This is why angels of the lower heavens cannot climb up to angels of the higher heavens, and why if they are allowed to climb up they do not see anyone or anything around them. The reason they do not see anyone is that the love and wisdom of the higher angels is on a higher level, a level beyond their perception. Every angel actually is her or his love and wisdom; and love together with wisdom is human in form because God, who is love itself and wisdom itself, is human.

Occasionally I have been allowed to see angels of the farthest heaven go up to angels of the third heaven. When they managed to get there, I heard them complain that they could not see anyone; and yet they were surrounded by angels. They were afterwards told that these angels had been invisible to them because they could not perceive their love and wisdom, and it is love and wisdom that give angles their human appearance.

from Divine Love and Wisdom, Section 179

There Are Atmospheres, Liquid, and Solids in the Spiritual World just as There are in the Physical World, but They Are Spiritual, While Ours are Physical (Continued)

I have already presented (and in Heaven and Hell) the fact that there are bodies of water and there are lands in the spiritual world just as there are in the physical world, with the difference that the bodies of water and lands in the spiritual world are spiritual. Because they are spiritual, they are moved and affected by the warmth and light of the spiritual sun through its atmospheres just as the bodies of water and lands in our physical world are moved and affected by the warmth and light of the sun of our world through its atmospheres.

We speak of atmospheres, liquids, and solids here because these are the three basics through which and from which everything arises, with infinite variety. The atmospheres are active factors, the liquid intermediate factors, and the solids passive factors from which all results arise. The arrangement of three such factors in this sequence comes solely from the life that emanates from the Lord as the sun and enables them to be active.

from Divine Love and Wisdom, Sections 177-178

There Are Atmospheres, Liquid, and Solids in the Spiritual World just as There are in the Physical World, but They Are Spiritual, While Ours are Physical (Continued)

The difference between spiritual and physical atmospheres is that spiritual atmospheres are vessels of divine fire and light, of love and wisdom, then. They bear these things within themselves. Physical atmospheres, though, are not vessels of divine fire and light; they are vessels of the fire light of their own sun, which is intrinsically dead, as explained above [ Sections 89, 157-159]. As a result, there is nothing from the spiritual world’s sun within them. However, they are surrounded by the spiritual atmospheres that come from that sun.

This differences between spiritual atmospheres and physical atmospheres is a matter of angelic wisdom.

It stands to reason that there are atmospheres in the spiritual world just as there are in the physical world, given the fact that angels and spirits breathe and talk and hear just as the way we do in this physical world. Breathing involves that lowest atmosphere that we call “air,” as do speech and hearing. We may also cite the fact that angels and spirits see just as we do in this physical world, and sight would not be possible without a medium purer than air. Then there is the fact that angels and spirits think and are moved just as we are in this physical world, and thought and feeling would not be possible without the aid of still purer atmospheres. Finally, there is the fact that every part of angels’ and spirits’ bodies, both the inner and outer parts, is held closely together, the outer parts by am airlike medium and the inner parts by ethereal ones. Clearly, if it were not for the active pressure of these atmospheres, the inner and outer forms of their bodies would be disintegrate.

Since angels are spiritual beings, then, and since everything about their bodies is held together, given form, and organized by these atmospheres, it follows that the atmospheres are spiritual. They are spiritual too because they come from the spiritual sun that is the first emanation of the Lord’s divine love and wisdom.

from Divine Love and Wisdom, Sections 175-176

Notes:

Section 89: Published 6/6/2018

Sections 157-159: Published 1/3/2020-1/4/2020

There Are Atmospheres, Liquid, and Solids in the Spiritual World just as There are in the Physical World, but They Are Spiritual, While Ours are Physical

I have already noted (and in the book Heaven and Hell illustrated) the fact that the spiritual world and the physical world are similar to each other, the only difference being that every single thing in the spiritual world is spiritual and every single thing in physical world is physical. Because these two worlds are similar to each other, there are atmospheres, liquids, and solids in each. These are the general elements that provide the means and substances for all the infinite variety of phenomena that arise.

As for the atmospheres that we refer to as “ether” and “airs,” there are similar forms in each world, the spiritual and the physical, the difference being that in the spiritual world they are spiritual, while in the physical world they physical. They are spiritual because they come from a sun that is first emanation of the Lord’s divine love and wisdom and accept into themselves the divine fire from him that is love and the divine light from him that is wisdom, bringing each down to the heaven where angels live. They bring about the presence of that sun in everything there, from the largest thing to the smallest.

The spiritual atmospheres are distinct substances or elemental forms that arise from the sun. Since they accept the sun individually, the sun’s fire becomes a warmth that is ultimately adapted to the love of angels in heaven and spirits under heaven by being separated into a corresponding number of substances, enfolded in them, and tempered by being enfolded. The same holds true for the sun’s light.

In this respect, our physical atmospheres are like the spiritual ones. They too are distinct substances and elemental forms, arising from the physical world’s sun. They too accept the sun individually and conceal its fire within themselves, temper it, and bring it down as warmth to earth where we are; and the same holds true for light.

from Divine Love and Wisdom, Sections 173-174

The Goal of Creation–That Everything Should Return to the Creator and That There Should Be a Union–Becomes Manifest in Outermost Forms (Continued)

Creation is constantly pressing toward this final goal by means of this trio of purpose, means, and result, because these three elements are in God the Creator, as just stated.  Further, Divinity is in all space nonspatially [Sections 69-72] and is the same in the largest and smallest things [Sections 77-82].  We can see from this that the entire creation, in its general tending toward its final goal, is the intermediate end, relatively speaking.  God the Creator is constantly drawing up out of the earth forms of service in their sequence, a sequence that culminates in us, who are from the earth as far as our bodies are concerned.  By accepting love and wisdom from the Lord, we are then raised up and furnished with all the means for the acceptance of love and wisdom.  Moreover, we are so created that we can accept them if we are only willing to.

What has now been said enables us to see, if only in a general way so far, that the goal of creation becomes manifest in final things, the goal being the return of all things to their Creator, and union.

The presence of this trio of purpose, means, and result in absolutely everything created is evidenced also by the fact that all the results that we call final goals become fresh new goals in an endless series, from the First, who is the Lord the Creator, to the last, which is our union with him.  We can see all final goals become fresh new goals from the fact that there is nothing so lifeless and dead that it has no trace of effectiveness in it.  Even from sand there breaches something that provides a resource for accomplishing something, and therefore for having some effect.

from Divine Love and Wisdom, Sections 171-172

Notes:

Sections 69-72: Published 5/28/2018-5/29/2018

Sections 77-82: Published 6/1/2018-6/2/2018

The Goal of Creation–That Everything Should Return to the Creator and That There Should Be a Union–Becomes Manifest in Outermost Forms (Continued)

Throughout the created universe, in its largest and smallest instances alike, we find these three–purpose, means and result. The reason we find them in the largest and smallest instances of the created universe is that these three are in God the Creator, who is the Lord from eternity. Since he is infinite, though, and since in one who is infinite there are infinite things in a distinguishable oneness (as explained in Sections 17-22) these three are a distinguishable oneness in him and in the infinite things that belong to him. This is why the universe, being created from his reality and (if we look at its functions) being an image of him, retains these three in each of its constituent details.

The grand purpose, or the purpose of all elements of creation, is an eternal union of the Creator with the created universe. This does not happen unless there are subjects in which his divinity can be at home, so to speak, subjects in which it can dwell and abide. For these subjects to be his dwellings and homes they must be receptive of his love and wisdom apparently of their own accord, subjects who will with apparent autonomy raise themselves toward the Creator and unite themselves with him. In the absence of this reciprocity, there is no union.

We are those subjects, people who can raise themselves and unite with apparent autonomy. I have already explained several times [Sections 4-6, 57, 68, 116] that we are subjects of this sort and that we are receptive of Divinity with apparent autonomy.

Through this union, the Lord is present in every work he has created, since in the last analysis everything has been created for our sake. As a result, the functions of all created things rise level by level from the lowest things to us, and through us to God the Creator, their source, as explained in Sections 65-68 above.

from Divine Love and Wisdom, Sections 169-170

Notes:

Sections 17-22: Published 4/15/2018-4/16/2018

Section 4: Published 4/14/2016

Sections 5-6: Published 4/9/2018

Section 57: Published 5/23/2018

Sections 65-68: Published 5/26/2018-5/27/2018

Section 116: Published 2/20/2019