Only God truly lives


[1 of 1] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, fantasies in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.1": detail "Section 364 - 365"
It is remarkable, but souls and spirits have sensation altogether as in the body—touch, as in the body, like when they feel their clothes. The same is true of strong desires and appetites, heat, cold, even sweat, which are just as actual as they are in the body, when yet they cannot be called anything but illusions. But because the sensation is as real as it is in the body, they are as if real.
 Conditions of this kind are brought on by a process of mental projection, as I can corroborate by very many instances.
 The obvious conclusion, entirely beyond doubt, is that we do not live, but suppose that we live—thus that life belongs to God the Messiah Alone, even though people appear to live. This conclusion is so evident and well documented, that it cannot be denied by any souls in whom some power of reason remains.