Thought, relation to awareness


[1 of 1] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Thought, relation to awareness" (search under Inner Life/Practices)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.2": detail "Section 1924 - 1925"
The more we grow up and become immersed in worldly and bodily matters, the more our every idea becomes closed toward heaven. And it is not opened except in those in whom the Lord deems it fitting. From this one may understand what it symbolizes that Adam was cast out of Paradise, and that guards were placed before the paradise and the tree of life [Gen. 3:24].
 With myself I have also observed, by actual and very plain experience, that the angels received a more perfect understanding of the mental images when I was not mixing in my own thinking, but only seeing that they were open toward heaven, and that the angels were thereby understanding inward matters. Then the mental image was more open than when I myself seemed to enter at the same time into the inward contents of it.
 I was surprised also that when I had no understanding of certain matters, or was paying no attention, I then sensed that the angels had a more perfect one. From this it is also clear that the angels receive a still more perfect understanding from little children who do not understand what they are praying.
 This may seem surprising to anyone, and yet it is very true, and borne out to me by actual, plain, and quite a lot of experience.