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Afterlife, memory in

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[1 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, memory in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Heaven and Hell": detail "Section 464[1] - 464[2]"
Although the external or natural memory remains in man after death, the merely natural things in it are not reproduced in the other life, but only the spiritual things adjoined to the nature by correspondences; but when these are present to the sight they appear in exactly the same form as they had in the natural world; for all things seen in the heavens have just the same appearance as in the world, although in their essence they are not natural but spiritual.
 But the external or natural memory in respect to the things in it that are derived from the material, and from time and space and from other properties of nature, is not serviceable to the spirit in the way that it was serviceable to it in the world, for whenever man thinks in the world from his external sensual, and not at the same time from his internal or intellectual sensual, he thinks naturally and not spiritually; but in the other life when he is a spirit in the spiritual world he does not think naturally but spiritually, and to think spiritually is to think intellectually or rationally. For this reason the external or natural memory in respect to its material contents is then quiescent, and only those things that man has imbibed in the world by means of material things, and has made rational, come into use.


[2 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Angels" (search under Beings/Other Beings)": source "Heaven and Hell": detail "Section 278[2]"
[The celestial angels] are not anxious about the future; anxiety about the future they call care for the morrow, which they define as grief on account of losing or not receiving things that are not necessary for the uses of life. … And whatever they hear from the Lord, whether through the Word [Bible] or by means of preaching, they do not store up in the memory, but instantly obey it, that is, will it and do it, their will being itself their memory. These for the most part outwardly appear simple, but inwardly they are wise and prudent.