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Body, relation to spirit

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[1 of 4] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Body, relation to spirit" (search under Outer Life/Body)": source "Heaven and Hell": detail "Section 521"
The body lives not from itself, but from its spirit, and a man's spirit is his essential affection, and his spiritual body is nothing else than his affection in human form, and in such a form it appears after death.

[2 of 4] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Body, relation to spirit" (search under Outer Life/Body)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.11": detail "Section 9556"
By the things which are in the right side of the body are signified goods, and by those which are in the left side, the truths which are derived thence; as, for instance, the right and the left part of the face, the right and the left eye, the right and the left ear, the right and the left foot; in like manner the rest of the things in the body.

[3 of 4] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Body, relation to spirit" (search under Outer Life/Body)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.12": detail "Section 10005"
There is a correspondence of everything in man with everything in the heavens. The head corresponds to the inmost or third heaven, where celestial good is; the breast as far as the loins, corresponds to the middle or second heaven, where spiritual good is; and the feet correspond to the ultimate or first heaven, where natural good is; but the neck, from correspondence, denotes the uniting medium between the inmost heaven and the middle heaven; for all representatives in nature have reference to the human form, and their signification is according to their relation to it.

[4 of 4] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Body, relation to spirit" (search under Outer Life/Body)": source "Divine Love and Wisdom": detail "Section 127"
In order that love and wisdom may make one with angel and man, there are pairs in all the things of his body. The eyes, ears, and nostrils are pairs; the hands, loins, and feet are pairs; the brain is divided into two hemispheres, the heart into two chambers, the lungs into two lobes, and in like manner the other members. Thus in the angel and in the man there is a right and a left; and all their right parts have relation to love from which wisdom comes, and all the left parts to wisdom from love; or, what is the same thing, all the right parts have relation to good from which truth comes, and all the left parts to truth from good. Angel and man have these pairs that love and wisdom, or good and truth, may act as one, and that as one they may look to the Lord.