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Space and Time

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[1 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, space and time in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.9": detail "Section 6983"
There are two things which are peculiar to nature, which do not exist in heaven, still less in the Divine, namely, space and time. Instead of them there are states: instead of space state as to esse (being), and instead of time state as to existere (manifestation). But in the Divine which is above the heavens, still less is there space and time, or even state, but instead of space there is infinity, and instead of time there is eternity. These are the two things to which the times and spaces in the world correspond; also states as to esse and as to existere in the heavens. By yesterday and the day before yesterday, in the Word [Bible], are not signified yesterday and the day before yesterday, but, in general, past time.

[2 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, space and time in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Conjugial Love": detail "Section 50"
In the spiritual world there are not spaces, but the appearance of spaces; and these appearances are according to the states of life of the inhabitants, which are according to their states of love; therefore in that world no one can dwell but in his own house, which is provided for him and assigned to him according to the quality of his love: if he dwells in any other, he is straitened and pained in his breast and breathing; and it is impossible for two to dwell together in the same house unless they are likenesses; neither can married partners so dwell together, unless they are mutual inclinations; if they are external inclinations, and not at the same time internal, the very house or place itself separates, and rejects and expels them. This is the reason why for those who after preparation are introduced into heaven, there is provided a marriage with a consort whose soul inclines to mutual union with the soul of another, so that they no longer wish to be two lives, but one. This is the reason why after separation there is given to the man a suitable wife and to the woman in like, manner a suitable husband.

[3 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Nature" (search under Cosmology/Science)": source "Divine Love and Wisdom": detail "Section 159"
Now, because nature begins from the sun, and all that exists and subsists from it is called natural, it follows that nature, with all things belonging thereto, in general and in particular, is dead. That nature in man and in animals appears as it were alive, is owing to the Life which accompanies and actuates.
 Since the lowest things of nature which form the earths are dead, and are not mutable and various according to the states of affections and thoughts, as in the spiritual world, but are immutable and fixed, therefore there are spaces in nature, and there are distances of spaces. These things are so, because creation has ceased there, and subsists in rest. Hence it is evident that spaces are proper to nature; and because spaces in nature are not appearances of spaces according to states of life, as in the spiritual world, they also may be called dead.
 Since times in like manner are stated and constant, they also are proper to nature; thus the time of a day is constantly twenty-four hours, and the time of a year is constantly three hundred and sixty-five days and a quarter. The very states of light and shade, and of heat and cold, by which the times are varied, are also constant in returning. All these states, because they are not states of life, as in the spiritual world, are also dead: for in the spiritual world there is continual light and continual heat, and the light corresponds to the state of wisdom, and the heat to the state of love, with the angels; whence their states are living.