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[1 of 4] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Humans, controlled by spirits" (search under Beings/Other Beings)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.4": detail "Section 4585 - 4586"
For nothing ever exists in a human being except due to a cause from the spiritual world. People think that such things exist in them and that there is nothing outside of them that is acting, but still, every earthly thing has a cause from what is spiritual—otherwise it would be without a cause. But still, this does not gainsay that they can also, and should also, be cured or healed by earthly methods. The Providence of the Lord then works in tandem with such means, and then also, people are held back longer from faith about a Providence in the very least things; for if one were to believe this and then deny it, one would profane holy truth, which is the most dreadful hell itself.
 That such things as sickness derive their cause from the spiritual world has been granted me to learn through much experience. This happened in such a way that there was never any doubt left. Such spirits had attached themselves to me often and for long periods and brought on torments and pains, or rather sicknesses. Where the spirits were was shown and what they were like. Spirits spoke with them enabling me to find out where they came from.


[2 of 4] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Humans, controlled by spirits" (search under Beings/Other Beings)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.2": detail "Section 2169"
Everything whatever that exists in a person's mental life and feelings, evil as well as good, has spirits, and societies of spirits, who exactly interact with it.
 Just one such case was, when I was taking pleasure in some unimportant details, either in regard to writing, or eating or drinking, or something else, like while buying things I had desired in times past, and for which I had acquired a liking. When those enjoyments recurred, then there were spirits, and societies of spirits, that had exactly the same enjoyment, so that they were much more desirous than I myself, even to the point that they could hardly control themselves, without almost perishing, if they were not indulged and given those things—even though they knew they were of no use to them, but to me.
 So there is not anything mental or emotional in a human being that does not have societies of spirits that indulge and favor it.


[3 of 4] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Humans, controlled by spirits" (search under Beings/Other Beings)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.1": detail "Section 842"
It is ever so clear, and known to everyone, that people are not conscious of being led by spirits, and by means of spirits. But that they are nevertheless so led, and quite obviously, is evident from manifold experience—for I have seen, perceived, heard, how one spirit was led by others, and then by still others as a group, and yet the spirit knows absolutely no otherwise than that he is leading himself, entirely like a person on earth.
 It can be recognized what kind, or particular sort of spirit is leading another spirit, though not by that spirit being led. Spirits also can be led in the same way by a person on earth when in the spirit, as I have sometimes been given the ability to do. I then know it, and the spirits in company with me know, perceive, and more or less see it happening, while the spirit who is being led is quite unaware of it, thinking that he is speaking on his own. This has sometimes been done by myself, and I was amazed that the spirit did not notice it, for it was obvious to me.


[4 of 4] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Humans, controlled by spirits" (search under Beings/Other Beings)": source "Heaven and Hell": detail "Section 295"
The spirits associated with man are such as he himself is in respect to his affection or love; but the Lord associates good spirits with him, while evil spirits are invited by the man himself. The spirits with man, however, are changed in accordance with the changes of his affections; thus there are some spirits that are with him in early childhood, others in boyhood, others in youth and manhood, and others in old age. In early childhood those spirits are present who are in innocence and who thus communicate with the heaven of innocence, which is the inmost or third heaven; in boyhood those spirits are present who are in affection for knowing, and who thus communicate with the outmost or first heaven; in youth and manhood spirits are present who are in affection for what is true and good, and in consequent intelligence, and who thus communicate with the second or middle heaven; while in old age spirits are present who are in wisdom and innocence, and who thus communicate with the inmost or third heaven. But the Lord maintains this association with such as can be reformed and regenerated.