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Space in spiritual world

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[1 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, space and time in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.8": detail "Section 6602"
Distance (in the afterlife) is perceived from the state of the affection of truth and good.

[2 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, space and time in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Heaven and Hell": detail "Section 191 - 193"
All things in heaven appear, just as in the world, to be in place and in space, and yet the angels have no notion or idea of place and space. As this must needs sounds like a paradox, I will endeavor to present the matter in a clear light, as it is of great importance.
 All changes of place in the spiritual world are effected by changes of state of the interiors, which means that change of place is nothing else than change of state. In this way I have been taken by the Lord into the heavens and also to the earths in the universe; and it was my spirit that so journeyed, while my body remained in the same place. Such are all movements of the angels; and in consequence they have no distances, and having no distances they have no spaces, but in place of spaces they have states and their changes.
 As changes of place are thus effected it is evident that approaches are likenesses of state of the interiors, and separations are unlikenesses; and for this reason those are near each other who are in like states, and those are at a distance who are in unlike states; and spaces in heaven are simply the external conditions corresponding to the internal states. For the same reason the heavens are distinct from each other, also the societies of each heaven and the individuals in each society; and this is also why the hells are entirely separated from the heavens, because they are in a contrary state.


[3 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "States, of mind" (search under Inner Life/Experiences)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.5": detail "Section 3938"
There are two states [in afterlife], namely, a state that corresponds to space and a state that corresponds to time. The state that corresponds to space is state as to being (esse); and the state that corresponds to time is state as to manifestation (existere). For there are two things that make man, namely, being and manifestation. Man's being is nothing else than a recipient of the eternal which proceeds from the Lord; for men, spirits, and angels are nothing but recipients, or forms recipient, of life from the Lord. The reception of life is that of which manifestation is predicated. Man believes that he is, and this of himself; when yet it is not true that he is of himself; but that as before said, he manifests himself. Being is solely in the Lord, and is called "Jehovah."