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Everything is connected

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[1 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Connected, everything and everyone is" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.4": detail "Section 3627"
It is a general law that nothing can exist and subsist from itself but from another, that is, by means of another, and that nothing can be kept in form except from another, that is, by means of another, as is manifest from all things in general and particular in nature. That the human body is kept in form by the atmospheres from without, is well known, and unless it was also kept in form from within by some acting or living force, it would instantly fall to pieces. Everything unconnected with what is prior to itself, and by means of things prior with what is First, perishes in an instant. The Grand Man, or influx therefrom, is that prior thing by means of which man, as to all things in general and particular belonging to him, is connected with the First, that is, with the Lord.

[2 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Connected, everything and everyone is" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": source "Heaven and Hell": detail "Section 303"
Those who think from interior reason can see that there is a connection of all things through intermediates with the First, and that whatever is not in connection is dissipated. For they know, when they think about it, that nothing can have permanent existence from itself, but only from what is prior to itself, thus all things from a First; also that the connection with what is prior is like the connection of an effect with its effecting cause; for when the effecting cause is taken away from its effect the effect is dissolved and dispersed. Because the learned thought thus they saw and said that permanent existence is a perpetual springing forth; thus that all things have permanent existence from a First; and as they sprang from that First so they perpetually spring forth, that is, have permanent existence from it. But what the connection of everything is with that which is prior to itself, thus with the First which is the source of all things, cannot be told in a few words, because it is various and diverse. It can only be said in general that there is a connection of the natural world with the spiritual world, and that in consequence there is a correspondence of all things in the natural world with all things in the spiritual; also that there is a connection and consequently a correspondence of all things of man with all things of heaven.