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Afterlife, senses in

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[1 of 1] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, senses in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.2": detail "Section 1343"
There is a variety of dwellings of the blessed. These are portrayed to them as such, exactly as in life, so that none of their senses perceives any difference. This may of course seem unbelievable, but from everything that has been told and is yet to be told, it should be clear enough. For what is sensation, where do the senses come from—sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell? Do they belong to the body, or to the soul? Do they not belong to the soul, for when the soul departs, no organ or part [in the physical body] has sensation? And there is much other evidence as well.
 Of course, some will say it is not a real dwelling, because not the same as in the world. But it is enough that a soul, spirit, angel, does not know at all otherwise than that it is real, with every sense. So if he should touch it, he would have the sensation of touch—something more obvious to me than to others. I have had a sense of touch exactly the same as when I am awake, when yet I was a spirit, and with my body separated—in fact, my sense was sharper. (These points may be repeated, together with more demonstrative evidence.)
 If this were not so, what would life after death, or the life of the soul be? Without fine sensation there is no life. Even man's mental life must be exquisitely sensorial. Not even the smallest part of a mental image exists without a fine sensation at the same level, so the sharpness of sensation increases according to the level.
 However, those who are in the heavens are not concerned with these details and therefore consider them nothing, paying no attention to them. Yet if they do turn their mind to them, they are at once in possession of them.