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Heart and lungs

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[1 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Marriage, spiritual" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": source "Divine Love and Wisdom": detail "Section 402"
There is marriage of good and truth in the created universe and in all its parts; and this is the case because good is of love and truth is of wisdom, and these two are in the Lord, and out of Him all things have been created. How this marriage exists in man may be seen in a mirror in the conjunction of the heart with the lungs; for the heart corresponds to love or good, and the lungs to wisdom and truth.

[2 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Correspondence, between nature and spirit" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": source "Divine Love and Wisdom": detail "Section 382"
There are two things which reign in the spiritual man or in the mind, the will and the understanding, and there are two things which reign in the natural man or in the body, the heart and the lungs: and there is correspondence of all things of the mind with all things of the body: hence it follows that as the will corresponds to the heart, so the understanding corresponds to the lungs.

[3 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Heaven, paradise" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.5": detail "Section 3887, 3888"
In heaven or the Grand Man there are two kingdoms, one of which is called Celestial, and the other Spiritual. The celestial kingdom consists of angels who are called celestial, and these are they who have been in love to the Lord, and thence in all wisdom; for they are in the Lord, and thereby they are pre-eminently in a state of peace and innocence. They appear to others like little children; for a state of peace and innocence presents this appearance. Everything there is as it were alive before them, for whatever comes immediately from the Lord is alive. Such is the celestial kingdom.
 The other kingdom is called spiritual. It consists of angels who are called spiritual, and these are they who have been in the good of charity towards the neighbour. They make the delight of their life to consist in the fact that they can do good to others without recompense; to them it is sufficient recompense to be allowed to do good to others. The more they will and desire this, in so much the greater intelligence and happiness are they; for in the other life everyone is gifted with intelligence and happiness by the Lord, in accordance with the use he performs from the affection of the will. Such is the spiritual kingdom.
 Those who are in the Lord's celestial kingdom all belong to the province of the heart; and those who are in the spiritual kingdom all belong to the province of the lungs. The influx from the celestial kingdom into the spiritual kingdom is like that of the heart into the lungs; as also is the influx of all things of the heart into those of the lungs; for by means of the blood-vessels the heart rules in the whole of the body and in all its parts; and the lungs in all its parts by the respiration. Hence there is everywhere in the body as it were an influx of the heart into the lungs; but according to the forms there; and according to the states. …
 These things will necessarily appear to man as paradoxical, from his having no other idea of the good of love and the truth of faith than that they are certain abstract things without the power of effecting anything; when yet the contrary is true, namely, that all perception and sensation, and all energy and action, even in man on earth, are from the good of love and the truth of faith.
 These two kingdoms are presented to view in man by means of the two kingdoms that are in him, namely, the kingdom of the will, and the kingdom of the understanding, which two kingdoms constitute the mind of man, nay, the man himself. The will is that to which corresponds the pulsation of the heart; and the understanding is that to which corresponds the respiration of the lungs. For this reason there are likewise in the body of man two kingdoms, namely, those of the heart and the lungs. He who knows this mystery may also know how the case is with the influx of the will into the understanding, and of the understanding into the will; consequently, with the influx of the good of love into the truth of faith, and vice versa; thus how the case is with the regeneration of man.