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Influx from God

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[1 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Influx (influences), God to man" (search under Beings/God)": source "Heaven and Hell": detail "Section 297"
As to what further concerns the conjunction of heaven with the human race, let it be noted that the Lord himself flows into each man, in accord with the order of heaven, both into his inmosts and into his outmosts, and arranges him for receiving heaven, and governs his outmosts from his inmosts, and at the same time his inmosts from his outmosts, thus holding in connection each thing and all things in man. This influx of the Lord is called direct influx; while the other influx that is effected through spirits is called mediate influx. The latter is maintained by means of the former. Direct influx, which is that of the Lord himself, is from his Divine human, and is into man’s will and through his will into his understanding, and thus into his good and through his good into his truth, or what is the same thing, into his love and through his love into his faith, and not the reverse; still less is it into faith apart from love or into truth apart from good or into understanding that is not from will. This Divine influx is unceasing, and in the good is received in good, but not in the evil; for in them it is either rejected or suffocated or perverted; and in consequence they have an evil life which in a spiritual sense is death.

[2 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Influx, differing effects of" (search under Beings/God)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.2": detail "Section 3020 - 3022"
I have been taught how this works, that the Lord streams into the whole heaven and world of spirits both directly from Himself and indirectly through angels, into inward spirits, and these into lower spirits and thus to mankind, this being inflow in general.
 Also that all the inflow of goodness and truth is received by spirits according to their form or nature. By the good is received goodness and truth, by the evil goodness is turned into evil, and truth into falsity, differently and variously according to their disposition and state of mind.
 Further, since human beings are the last of order, ideas terminate in their memory, or in the material images of their memory. And because all ideas terminate there, even those of spirits, and they are therefore receptacles of spirits' ideas and there is an unbroken ordered connection leading right to them, spirits cannot think otherwise than that their ideas begin in themselves and from themselves, when yet they are in the human's ideas, where they terminate. This is evident from the fact that spirits appropriate to themselves every least thing of people they are with, speaking their language as if it were their own, unable to know any better.


[3 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Influx (influences), God to man" (search under Beings/God)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.11": detail "Section 9940"
The things which are from the Lord are either nearer to, or more remote from Him; and they are said to be from His Will, from His Good Pleasure, from Allowance, and from Permission. The things which are from the Will are nearest to the Lord; those which are from Good Pleasures are somewhat more remote from Him; those which are from Allowance are still more remote; and those which are from Permission are most remote from Him. These are the degrees of the influx and the reception of the Divine; yet each degree contains innumerable things, which are distinct from those that are in another degree; and these innumerable things are the arcana of heaven, a few of which only strike the human understanding; as, for instance, in the case of those things which happen from Permission; although these are in the last place, still, when a man examines them closely from the development of things in nature, and from appearances, and still more when he does so from the fallacies of the senses, on account of the innumerable arcana contained therein, he becomes confounded; and yet the arcana of permission are comparatively few in respect to the arcana of the higher degrees; which degrees are the things that happen from allowance, from good pleasure, and from will.