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Love (heart) as inmost life/will

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[1 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Love (heart) as inmost life/will" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.9": detail "Section 7081"
The very life of man is his love, and such as his love is, such is his life, nay, such is the whole man. But the ruling or governing love, that is, the love of the thing that is regarded as the end, is what constitutes the man. This love has, subordinate to itself, several particular and singular loves, which are derivations from it, and appear under another aspect. The ruling love is, however, in each of these loves, and directs them, and by means of them, as by mediate ends, regards and intends its own end, which is the primary and ultimate end of them all; and this both directly and indirectly.

[2 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Love (heart) as inmost life/will" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.10": detail "Section 8853 - 8858"
Every man has a proprium which he loves above all things. This is called the dominant, or if you prefer, the universal ruling principle with him. This is constantly present in his thought, and also in his will, and makes his veriest life.
 As for example, he who loves riches above all things, whether money or possessions, is continually revolving in his mind how he may procure them; he inmostly rejoices when he obtains them; he inmostly grieves when he loses them; his heart is in them. He who loves himself above all things, is mindful of himself in every single thing, thinks of himself, speaks of himself, acts for the sake of himself, for his life is a life of self.
 A man has for an end that which he loves above all things, this he regards in each and all things; it is in his will like the hidden current of a river, which draws and bears him away, even when he is doing something else, for it is that which animates him. It is this which one man searches out in another, and also sees, and according to it either leads him, or acts with him.
 When man is being regenerated, charity is implanted by means of faith, even until it becomes dominant; and when charity becomes dominant, he has a new life, for charity is then continually present in his thought, and continually in his will, yea, in every single thing of both, even when he is meditating about other things, and when he is engaged in business.
 The case is similar with love to the Lord. When this is the dominant love, it is present in every single thing of the man's life; as for instance with him who loves his king, or his parent, his love toward them shines forth in their presence from every feature of his face; it is heard in every expression of his speech, and is seen in his every gesture. This is meant by having God continually before the eyes, and by loving Him above all things, with all the soul and with all the heart.
 Man is altogether such as is the dominant principle of his life; by this he is distinguished from others; according to this is formed his heaven if he is good, and his hell if he is evil; for it is his veriest will, and thus the very esse of his life, which cannot be changed after death.