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[1 of 1] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, buildings in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.3": detail "Section 4293"
Angels have their own habitations where they dwell, which are magnificent. I have been there, and I have seen them several times, and marveled. They are so real and visible to them that anything more real and visible could not exist.
 The dwellings on earth, those of people on earth, are hardly anything in comparison, and they even call those on earth dead, not real, but their own they call true dwellings, as if they were alive, and real, for they enjoy them with every sense. The architecture is the very source of art itself, so it could never be described in its much variety.
 Like other people on earth, I wondered that such things exist in the other world, since it is contrary to our conception of the life of spirits, and I also wondered why they occur. But the reason is that the Lord appears to them as the sun from which comes their light of day, which greatly surpasses the light of the sun on the earth; and because they have light, they also have the variegation of light that produces colors. Light without variegation does not exist, for to them it is shade. Hence they have colors, which I have very often seen, so resplendent and brilliant that they cannot be described. Everything that exists in the other life is not, as some imagine, empty and void, but is the very substance itself that is the origin of all substantial things in nature. The substance there is living, and is the very purest ethereal property, which is formed by the Lord into the most marvelous, scarcely describable things—it is sufficient that I have seen them, and this many, many times, I have been there, I have spoken with them, and they have declared that those habitations are real, but not those that are dwelt in on earth, which are dead in comparison, and which they spurn.