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Time reflects states

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[1 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Day, times of" (search under Inner Life/Meanings)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.8": detail "Section 6110"
It is worthy of note that the alternations of the day in the natural world — morning, midday, evening, night, and again morning — perfectly represent the alternations in the spiritual world, with only this difference: that the alternations of the spiritual world flow into the understanding and the will, and sustain those things that pertain to the life; while the alternations in the natural world flow into those things that belong to the body, and sustain them. What is still more worthy of note is that the shades of evening and the darkness of night do not come from the Lord, but from things that belong to angels, spirits, and men. For the Lord as a Sun is continually shining and flowing in, but evils and falsities from the proprium, being in men, spirits, and angels, turn them aside from the Lord, and thus lead them into the shades of evening, and those who are evil into the darkness of night; in like manner as the sun of our world is continually shining and inflowing, but the earth by its rotation turns itself away from it, and brings itself into shade and darkness.
 The reason why these alternations take place in the natural world is that the natural world comes forth from the spiritual world, and therefore also subsists from it; and hence it is that universal nature is a theatre representative of the Lord's kingdom. The reason why these alternations exist in the spiritual world is that all who are in heaven may be continually perfected. From this there are such alternations also in the natural world, for otherwise all things therein would perish with drought. Yet be it known that in heaven there is no night, but only evening, which is succeeded by the twilight that precedes the morning. But in hell there is night. There are alternations there also, but these are the opposites of the alternations in heaven; for in hell morning is the heat of cupidities, noon is the itching for falsities, evening is anxiety, and night is torment. Yet through all these alternations the night dominates, and it is only the variations of shade and of the darkness of night that present these alternations. Be it further known that in the spiritual world the alternations with one person are not like those with another; and also that the alternations there are not distinguished into stated times, because it is the variations of state that present them to view; for in place of times in the natural world there are states in the spiritual world.


[2 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, space and time in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.10": detail "Section 8750"
In the other life all things are measured by progressions of state and their successive changes from beginning to end, as in the world by times. That this is so is because in heaven there are no times, but states instead. The reason is that in the other life the sun, which is the Lord, remains constantly in its place, and does not, as in the world, distinguish the day into morning, noon, evening and night by apparent daily progressions; nor by apparent annual progressions distinguish the year into spring, summer, autumn and winter; hence it is that in heaven there are no times, but states instead. But because in the inmost sphere of heaven there is a certain progression according to the Divine heavenly form, which comes to the perception of no one, and the states of all in heaven undergo changes according thereto, the angels there are by turns in the good of love, in the truth of faith, and in obscurity as to both. From this it is that there is a correspondence of the states there with times in the world, namely, of the state of the good of love with morning, of the state of the truth of faith with noon, and of an obscure state with evening and night. Moreover the heat also which is from the sun there, is the good of love, and the light which is from the sun there, is the truth of faith. Hence also it is that there is a correspondence of the heat in the world with love, which is thence called "spiritual heat"; as also of the light in the world with faith, which is thence called "spiritual light."
 There are in general two states of life, namely, the state of thought, which is of the understanding, and the state of affection, which is of the will. The state of thought, which is of the understanding, has relation to the truth which is of faith. It is this state that is enlightened by light from the sun of heaven, which is the Lord; the light of the understanding in man is also from that light. But the state of affection, which is of the will, has relation to the good which is of charity; the heat of the will in man, which is love, is also from the heat from that sun in heaven, which is the Lord.