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[1 of 4] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Mind" (search under Inner Life/Mind, Psyche, Soul, Spirit)": source "Divine Love and Wisdom": detail "Section 387"
The mind of a man is his spirit, and the spirit is a man, because the mind means all things of the will and the understanding of the man, and these things are in principles in the brains and in principiates in the body; therefore they are all the things of the man regarded as to their forms. And this being the case therefore the mind, that is the will and the understanding, commands the body and all its parts at pleasure. Does not the body act out whatever the mind thinks and wills? The mind rules the ear to hear, and aims the eye to see; the mind moves the tongue and the lips to speak: it sets the hands and fingers to do whatever it pleases; and the feet to walk whither it will. Is the body anything else then but the obedience of its mind? Can the body be this unless the mind in its principiates be in the body? Is it congruous with reason to think that the body out of obedience does because the mind so wills? In this case they would be two, the one above and the other below, and the one must command and the other must obey. Since this is in no way congruous with reason, it follows, that the life of man is in principles in the brains, and in principiates in the body; also that such as the life is in principles, such it is in the whole and in every part; and that the life through those principles is in the whole from every part, and in every part from the whole.

[2 of 4] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Death" (search under Inner Life/Death, Suffering)": source "Divine Love and Wisdom": detail "Section 390"
As hitherto it has been unknown that the mind of man, by which is meant, the will and the understanding, is his spirit, and that the spirit is a man: and as it has been unknown that the spirit of man has a pulse and a respiration equally with the body, so of course it could not be known that the pulse and the respiration of the spirit in man flow into the pulse and respiration of his body, and produce them. Seeing therefore that the spirit of man has a pulse and a respiration equally with the body, it follows that there is likewise a correspondence of the pulse and respiration of the spirit of man with the pulse and respiration of his body; for the mind as was said is his spirit: wherefore when the correspondence of these two motions ceases, a separation takes place which is death. Separation or death ensues when the body comes into such a state from any disease or accident, that it cannot act in unison with its spirit; for thus the correspondence perishes, and conjunction with the correspondence; not when the respiration alone ceases; but when the pulse of the heart ceases: for as long as the heart is moved so long love with its vital heat remains, and conserves life; as is evident in cases of swoon and suffocation, and also from the state of the life of the embryo in the womb. In a word, the life of man's body depends on the correspondence of its pulse and respiration with the pulse and respiration of his spirit: and when that correspondence ceases the life of the body ceases, and his spirit goes away and continues its life in the spiritual world, which is so similar to his life in the natural world that he does not know that he has deceased. The most are in the spiritual world from the body after a period of two days; for I have spoken with some after two days.

[3 of 4] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Spirit, of man" (search under Inner Life/Mind, Psyche, Soul, Spirit)": source "Apocalypse Explained, vol.6": detail "‘Divine Wisdom’ [posthumous] VII.2"
Man’s spirit is not a substance separated from his viscera, organs, and members, but is intimately conjoined with them; for the Spiritual accompanies every minute part from outmost to inmost, and therefore also all the minute structures and fibers of the heart and lungs. When therefore the connection between man’s body and spirit is dissolved, the spirit possesses a form similar to that which the man had before; it is merely the separation of spiritual from material substance. Consequently the spirit has a heart and lungs as the man had in the world; it has therefore similar senses and motions, and it has also power of speech; and sense, and motion, and speech are not possible without a heart and lungs; spirits also have atmospheres, but these are spiritual. How greatly are they mistaken therefore who assign a particular place to the soul, whether in the brain or in the heart; for it is the soul of man which is to live after death, that is, his spirit.

[4 of 4] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Senses, limitations of" (search under Cosmology/Science)": source "Divine Providence": detail "Section 209"
It is amazing that when heaven is opened to those who acknowledge nature only, and believe in their own prudence, and they are told that they are insane, and this is made plain to their very perception by influx and enlightenment, still they angrily shut heaven away from them and look to the earth beneath which is hell. This is done with such men while they are still outside hell. It makes plain how mistaken those are who think, "If I see heaven and hear angels speaking with me, I shall acknowledge." Their understanding makes the acknowledgment, but if the will does not at the same time, they still do not acknowledge. For the love of the will inspires in the understanding what it wills (it is not the other way about); indeed, it destroys everything in the understanding which is not from itself.