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Grand Man

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[1 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Grand Man (form of heaven)" (search under Cosmology/Cosmology, Laws)": source "Divine Love and Wisdom": detail "Section 19"
The universal heaven, consisting of myriads of myriads of angels, in its universal form is as a man. Each society of heaven, be it large or small, is so likewise; hence also an angel is a man, for an angel is a heaven in the least form.

[2 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Grand Man (form of heaven)" (search under Cosmology/Cosmology, Laws)": source "Divine Providence": detail "Section 254[3]"
Also among the arcana of heaven is this: in the Lord's sight the angelic heaven is like one man whose soul and life is the Lord. In each particular of his form this divine man is man, not only as to the external members and organs but as to the more numerous internal members and organs, also as to the skins, membranes, cartilages, and bones; but in that man all these, both external and internal, are not material but spiritual. Further, the Lord has provided that those who cannot be reached by the Gospel but only by some form of religion shall also have a place in this divine man, that is, in heaven, by constituting the parts called skins, membranes, cartilages, and bones, and like others should be in heavenly joy. For it does not matter whether their joy is that of the angels of the highest heaven or of the lowest heaven, for everyone entering heaven comes into the highest joy of his own heart; joy higher still he does not endure; he would suffocate in it.

[3 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, finding one's place in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.4": detail "Section 6058"
Certain ones asked why it is that evil spirits, thus those who deny God, who are silent, cannot be in an angelic society. They received the reply that all spirits ultimately come to the place where they are as it were in their own center, for those who are above him, who are below him, and who are around him on every side result in his being in that place, because there is a communication and inflow of affections, for which reason in the end no one can be in another place than in his own position, and as it were in his own center. All angels and all spirits are also centers, for the heavenly form is made up of continuous centers.