Conjunction, between God/man, good/truth, etc.


[1 of 4] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Conjunction, between God, angel, man" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": source "True Christian Religion": detail "Section 371"
There are two kinds of reciprocation by which conjunction is produced; one is alternate, the other mutual. Alternate reciprocation, by which conjunction is produced, may be illustrated by the respiration of the lungs. A man draws in the air, and thus dilates the thorax or chest; presently after he emits the air he had drawn in, and thus compresses the thorax. This attraction and consequent dilation is effected by means of the incumbent air, in proportion to its column; but the emission and consequent compression is effected by the strength of the muscles acting upon the ribs. Such is the reciprocal conjunction of air and the lungs, on which depends the life of all the senses and motions of the body; for when respiration ceases, all sense and motion instantly cease with it.
 The reciprocal conjunction of the Lord and man is not however of this sort, but is a mutual conjunction, not effected by action and reaction, but by co-operations; for the Lord acts, and the man receives action from the Lord, and operates as from himself, yet of himself from the Lord. This operation of the man from the Lord is imputed to him as his own, for he is continually kept in free-will by the Lord. The free-will thence resulting is this, that he has power to will and think from the Lord, that is, from the Word (Bible), and also has power to will and think from the devil, that is, against the Lord and the Word. The Lord gives a man this freedom, in order that he may be capable of performing his part in effecting this reciprocal conjunction, and of being gifted, through such conjunction, with eternal life and happiness, which, without reciprocal conjunction, cannot possibly be attained.
 This reciprocal conjunction, which is of the mutual kind, may also he illustrated by various things in man and the world. Such is the conjunction of soul and body in every particular person, such is the conjunction of the will and action, and such also that of the thought and speech; such likewise is that of the two eyes with each other, and of the two ears, and of the two nostrils. The conjunction of the two eyes with each other is reciprocal after its manner, as is evident from the optic nerve, in which the fibres from both hemispheres of the cerebrum are folded together, and in that folded state extend to both the eyes. The case is similar with the ears and nostrils. The same reciprocal mutual conjunction exists between light and the eye, sound and the ear, smell and the nostril, taste and the tongue, touch and the body; for the eye is in the light, and the light is in the eye; sound is in the ear, and the ear is in the sound: smell is in the nostril, and the nostril is in the smell; taste is in the tongue, and the tongue is in the taste; and touch is in the body, and the body is in the touch. This reciprocal conjunction may also be compared with the conjunction of a horse and a chariot, of an ox and a plough, of a wheel and a machine, of a sail and the wind, of a musical pipe and the air; in short, such is the reciprocal conjunction of the end and the cause, and such also that of the cause and the effect.

[2 of 4] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Creation, is good conjoined with truth" (search under Cosmology/Cosmology, Laws)": source "True Christian Religion": detail "Section 624"
All things that exist in the universal heaven and in the universal world are by creation nothing but the marriage of good and truth; for all and everything, whether living or not living, whether animate or inanimate, were created from the marriage of good and truth, and to be the subjects of that marriage. There is not a single thing that was created to be a subject of truth alone, or of good alone; for neither without the other can be anything, but by that marriage they exist and become something, the quality of which is determined by the quality of that marriage. In the Lord God the Creator divine good and divine truth are in their very substance itself; the esse (being) of his substance is divine good, and the existere (manifestation) of his substance is divine truth: in him too they are in their very union itself, for in him they are infinitely one; and as these two principles are in God the Creator a one, they are a one also in all and everything created by him. By this too the Creator is joined in an eternal covenant, like that of marriage, with all things of his creation.

[3 of 4] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Creation, is good conjoined with truth" (search under Cosmology/Cosmology, Laws)": source "Divine Providence": detail "Section 5"
Divine love and wisdom, which are one in the Lord and proceed as one from him, are in some image in each created thing. God the Creator produced the sun of the spiritual world from himself, and all things of the universe through that sun. That sun, which is from him and in which he is, is therefore not only the first but the sole substance from which are all things. As this is the one substance, it is in everything made, but with endless variety in accord with uses.
 In the Lord, then, are divine love and wisdom, and in the sun from him divine fire and radiance, and from the sun spiritual heat and light; and in each instance the two make one. It follows that this oneness is in every created thing. All things in the world are referable, therefore, to good and truth, in fact to the conjunction of them. Or, what is the same, they are referable to love and wisdom and to the union of these; for good is of love and truth of wisdom, love calling all its own, "good," and wisdom calling all its own, "truth." And there is a conjunction of these in each created thing.

[4 of 4] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Conjunction, between God, angel, man" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": source "Apocalypse Explained, vol.3": detail "Section 616"
In a word, action and reaction are the cause of all conjunction, while action and mere passiveness do not produce any conjunction; for an agent or active power, when it inflows into what is merely passive, passes through and is dissipated, for the passive yields and recedes. But when an agent or active power flows into a passive which is also a reactive, then there is application and both remain conjoined. Thus it is with the influx of Divine Good and Divine Truth into the will or into the love of man. When therefore the Divine flows into the understanding alone, it then passes through and is dissipated, but when it flows into the will, where the proprium of man resides, it then remains conjoined.