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Spiritual sun

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[1 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Sun, spiritual" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Heaven and Hell": detail "Section 117 - 118"
In heaven the Lord is seen as a sun, for the reason that he is Divine love, from which all spiritual things, and by means of the sun of the world all natural things, have their existence. That love is what shines as a sun.
 That the Lord is actually seen in heaven as a sun I have not only been told by angels, but it has occasionally been granted me to see it; and therefore what I have heard and seen respecting the Lord as a sun I shall be glad to tell in a few words. The Lord is seen as a sun, not in heaven, but high above the heavens; and not directly overhead or in the zenith, but before the faces of the angels at a middle height. He is seen at a considerable distance, in two places, one before the right eye and the other before the left eye. Before the right eye he is seen exactly like a sun, as it were, with a glow and size like that of the sun of the world. But before the left eye he is not seen as a sun, but as a moon, glowing white like the moon of our earth, and of like size, but more brilliant, and surrounded with many little moons, as it were, each of them of similar whiteness and splendor. The Lord is seen so differently in two places because every person sees the Lord in accordance with the quality of his reception of the Lord, thus he is seen in one way by those that receive him with the good of love, and in another by those that receive him with the good of faith. Those that receive him with the good of love see him as a sun, fiery and flaming, in accordance with their reception of him; these are in his celestial kingdom; while those that receive him with the good of faith see him as a moon, white and brilliant in accordance with their reception of him, and these are in his spiritual kingdom.


[2 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Sun, spiritual" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Divine Providence": detail "Section 162"
Man is led and taught by the Lord alone through the angelic heaven. We say "through" the angelic heaven and from it, but that he does so "through" the angelic heaven is the apparent fact, while "from it" is the reality. The Lord seems to lead and teach through the angelic heaven because he appears above that heaven as a sun, but the reality is that he does so from heaven because he is in heaven as the soul is in man. For the Lord is omnipresent and not in space. Therefore distance is an appearance according to conjunction with him, and the conjunction is according to the reception of love and wisdom from him. Since no one can be conjoined to the Lord as he exists in himself he appears to angels at a distance as a sun; nevertheless he is in the angelic heaven as the soul is in man. He is similarly in every society of heaven and in every angel, for man's soul is not only the soul of man as a whole but also of every part of him.