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Mutual love

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[1 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, happiness in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.1": detail "Section 359 - 360"
It is due to the heavenly pattern that everyone flowing along with that pattern shares their own blessedness with all, and all share theirs with each, so that each one is like a center to all. Therefore, the more there are who make up the Kingdom of God the Messiah, the more the happiness of harmony in the individual groups increases, and it increases according to the levels. From this we can therefore surmise how unutterable the happiness must be, and how it must increase.
 But all must be passive forces, to which active forces, in reaction, respond with a sharing by many with each. This also has the result that the harmony will be the more perfect, the greater a number there is; then the harmony itself also increases.

[2 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, happiness in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.2": detail "Section 2520"
That it is mutual love wherein all happiness lies, and that heaven consists in mutual love and in everyone regarding themselves as nothing, besides other properties of love, is evident from everything in nature, from the atmospheric divisions, from the parts and internal organs in the human body, where not one exists that does not have something beneficial from the whole, because it contributes to the whole. So there is a confluence of the happiness of all into those who are not devoted to self but to the whole, and who have faith, while the opposite comes to those who are devoted to themselves and wish others, even the much more worthy, to exist for their sake.