Life is love


[1 of 1] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Love (heart) as inmost life/will" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.3": detail "Section 4105"
I spoke with spirits about love, saying that love is life, and without love there is no life; and because the spirits were of that character, opposite loves, such as love of oneself and of the world, together with their pleasures, were displayed, and I perceived from them that unless there is a love of some definite thing, or some passion (which is the continuum of love), or unless there is some delight pertaining to some love, there is no life.
 This can be better grasped in the world of spirits than by people on earth, and they declared, because of this realization, that there can never be anything of life unless there is love, and the resulting delight, and that they did not know whether anything of life could exist without it. Just as nothing can vegetate without the warmth of spring and summer, so can nothing in the spiritual world without love. This showed that true love is the only life, and that there is no life if there is not love.