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Controlled by spirits

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[1 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Humans, controlled by spirits" (search under Beings/Other Beings)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.1": detail "Section 842"
It is ever so clear, and known to everyone, that people are not conscious of being led by spirits, and by means of spirits. But that they are nevertheless so led, and quite obviously, is evident from manifold experience—for I have seen, perceived, heard, how one spirit was led by others, and then by still others as a group, and yet the spirit knows absolutely no otherwise than that he is leading himself, entirely like a person on earth.
 It can be recognized what kind, or particular sort of spirit is leading another spirit, though not by that spirit being led. Spirits also can be led in the same way by a person on earth when in the spirit, as I have sometimes been given the ability to do. I then know it, and the spirits in company with me know, perceive, and more or less see it happening, while the spirit who is being led is quite unaware of it, thinking that he is speaking on his own. This has sometimes been done by myself, and I was amazed that the spirit did not notice it, for it was obvious to me.


[2 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Humans, controlled by spirits" (search under Beings/Other Beings)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.2": detail "Section 2169"
Everything whatever that exists in a person's mental life and feelings, evil as well as good, has spirits, and societies of spirits, who exactly interact with it.
 Just one such case was, when I was taking pleasure in some unimportant details, either in regard to writing, or eating or drinking, or something else, like while buying things I had desired in times past, and for which I had acquired a liking. When those enjoyments recurred, then there were spirits, and societies of spirits, that had exactly the same enjoyment, so that they were much more desirous than I myself, even to the point that they could hardly control themselves, without almost perishing, if they were not indulged and given those things—even though they knew they were of no use to them, but to me.
 So there is not anything mental or emotional in a human being that does not have societies of spirits that indulge and favor it.