Senses and influx


[1 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Senses, limitations of" (search under Cosmology/Science)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.7": detail "Section 5119"
It appears as if the things of the world flow in through the senses towards the interiors, but this is a fallacy of sense; the influx is of interiors into exteriors, and the result of this influx is perception. On these subjects I have at times conversed with spirits; and it was demonstrated by living experience that the interior man sees and perceives in the exterior what is done outside him, and that from no other source has the sensuous life, or the faculty of sense, or sensation. But this fallacy is of such a nature, and so great, that it can by no means be dispelled by the natural man, and not even by the rational unless he can withdraw his thought from the sensuous.

[2 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Senses, relation to spirit" (search under Outer Life/Body)": source "Conjugial Love": detail "Section 440"
The eye does not see and discern various particulars in objects, but they are seen and discerned by the spirit; neither does the ear hear and discern the harmonies of tunes in singing, and the concordances of the articulation of sounds in speech, but they are heard and discerned by the spirit; moreover, the spirit is sensible of everything according to its elevation in wisdom.