Thoughts not our own


[1 of 1] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Appearance, of life/action from oneself" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.2": detail "Section 1910 - 1912"
Through much experience over some years, I have learned with certainty that the thoughts of those who have faith are not theirs. If evil, they belong to evil spirits, who believe that they are thinking on their own power, for which reason they are in fact accounted to them, as they are to people on earth who believe likewise. If good, they are of the Lord Alone. These facts I have been given to know with the greatest certainty by daily experience, over a long period of time.
 When I had finally become accustomed to the idea that I did not think anything on my own, this was almost a joyful thought to me, for then I could reflect on whatever was brought into my thoughts, and know that I myself was free of evil thoughts.
 In fact, I was even allowed to find out who the spirits were, and where they were, who were injecting the evil thoughts, with whom I very often spoke about these matters. I was allowed to learn from whom, and whence, even the least detail of thought came. These reflections were therefore pleasant to me.