Space and time


[1 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Thought, is outside of space" (search under Cosmology/Cosmology, Laws)": source "Heaven and Hell": detail "Section 196"
Space does not pertain to thought, for whatever is thought of intently is set before one as present. Again, whoever reflects about it knows that his sight recognizes space only by intermediate objects on the earth that are seen at the same time, or by recalling what he already knows about the distance. This happens because of the continuity; and in what is continuous there is no appearance of distance except from things not continuous. This is even more true of the angels, because their sight acts as one with their thought, and their thought acts as one with their affection, and things appear near or remote, and also varied, in accordance with the states of their interiors.

[2 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, space and time in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.3": detail "Section 4403"
Upon first awakening early in the morning, I sensed more deeply than at other times that progressions from place to place are nothing but changes of one's state of mind, and that they appear to those in the other life just as real, and almost more so, than they do to a person on earth going from place to place. Then I sensed that not anyone can move a step unless all and the very least details have been prearranged in that order by the Lord that the societies may respond to every least mental image and feeling, so that there cannot be even the least thing to which some society does not or cannot respond. This is the doing of the Lord, from Whose Outflow, or Divine Aura, all those things, even societies, are arranged in order.
 Therefore progression from place to place, is from society to society. And because societies obtain a stable location, according to all their differences, their changes of state appear as progressions—which I so clearly sensed that there was not any doubt. This every state has its own location within the grand human being, as well as outside it.