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Form, human, in all creation

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[1 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Form, human, in all creation" (search under Cosmology/Cosmology, Laws)": source "Heaven and Hell": detail "Section 460"
There is a certain arcanum hitherto unknown to anyone, namely, that every good and truth that goes forth from the Lord and makes heaven is in the human form; and this not only as a whole and in what is greatest, but also in every part: and what is least; also that this form affects everyone who receives good and truth from the Lord, and causes everyone who is in heaven to be in the human form in accordance with his reception of good and truth. It is in consequence of this that heaven is like itself in general and in particular, and that the human form is the form of the whole, of every society, and of every angel; to which let it be added that it is the form of the least things of thought derived from heavenly love with the angels. No man, however, can easily comprehend this arcanum; but it is clearly comprehended by the angels, because they are in the light of heaven.

[2 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Law, of Three" (search under Cosmology/Cosmology, Laws)": source "True Christian Religion, Appendix": detail "Section 17"
It is a well-known truth, that in order to give perfection to anything, there must be a Trine in just order, one under another, and that there must be communication between the members of the Trine, and that such a Trine constitutes one thing; not unlike a pillar, over which is the capital, under this the shaft, and under this again the pedestal. Such a Trine is man: his supreme part is the head, his middle part the body, and his lowest part the feet and soles of the feet. Every kingdom in this respect is like a man; in it there must be a king as the head, also magistrates and officers as the body, and yeomanry with servants as the feet and soles of the feet: in like manner in the church, there must be a mitred prelate, parish priests, and curates under them. Nor does the world itself subsist, without three things following each other in order, namely, morning, noon, and evening; also every year, spring, summer, and autumn, the spring for sowing seeds, the summer for their growth, and the autumn for their bringing forth fruit; but night and winter do not contribute to the stability of the world.
 Now since every perfect thing must be a Trine, in order to be a regularly coherent unity, therefore both the spiritual and the natural world consists of, and subsists from, three atmospheres or elements; the first of which proximately encompasses the sun, and is the Aura; the second is under it, and is the Ether; and the third is under them both, and is the Air. These three atmospheres in the natural world are natural, in themselves passive, because they proceed from a sun which is pure fire; but the three atmospheres corresponding to them in the spiritual world are spiritual, in themselves active, because they proceed from a sun which is pure love. The angels of the heavens dwell in the regions of these three atmospheres; the angels of the supreme heaven in the celestial aura, which proximately encompasses the sun, where the Lord is; the angels of the middle heaven in the spiritual ether, under them; and the angels of the lowest heaven in the spiritual-natural air, under them both. Thus all the heavens are co-established, from the first to this last, which is building by the Lord at this day.
 Hence it may be perceived, whence it is that by Three in the Word [Bible] is signified what is complete.