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Aura (halo), from persons or in nature

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[1 of 1] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Aura (halo), from persons or in nature" (search under Cosmology/Science)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.12": detail "Section 10130"
Every one's will or love entirely constitutes the man [in the afterlife], and the sphere of the life therefore goes forth from him like an exhalation or vapour, encompasses him, and embodies the man, as it were, around himself, somewhat like the effluvia which surround plants and are perceptible at a distance in the form of odours; also like that which encompasses animals, of which a sagacious dog has a keen perception. Such effluvia also, are diffused from every man, as is known from experience.
 When a man lays aside the body, and becomes a spirit or an angel, then the effluvium or exhalation is not material, as in the world, but spiritual, emanating from his love; this then forms a sphere around him, which causes his character to be perceived at a distance by others.
 Now as this sphere communicates with, and is transferred into him there, and is received by him according to his love, therefore many wonderful things unknown to man in the world take place there. For example:
 1. Presence is always according to similitude of love, and absence according to dissimilitude of the same.
 2. All are associated according to love: those who are in love to the Lord from the Lord, are together in the inmost heaven; those who are in love towards the neighbour from the Lord, are together in the middle heaven; those who are in obedience from faith, that is, who do the truth for its own sake are together in the ultimate heaven; but those who are in the love of self and of the world, that is, who act for the sake of themselves and the world as the end are together in hell.
 3. All turn their eyes to those whom they love; those who love the Lord, turn their eyes to the Lord as a Sun; those who love the neighbour from the Lord, turn their eyes to the Lord as the moon; similarly those who do the truth for its own sake. And what is wonderful, in whatever direction or to whatever quarter they turn, they still see the Lord before them. The contrary is the case with those who are in hell, since the more they are in the love of self, and in the love of the world, the more do they turn away from the Lord, and have Him at the back; and this is the case in whatever direction or to whatever quarter they turn.
 4. When an angel of heaven directs his sight to others, his interior states are communicated and transferred into them, according to the amount and nature of his love; and they are received by them according to the amount and nature of their love. If an angel of heaven looks upon the good, gladness and joy result, but if upon the evil, grief and torment follow.