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Societies in heaven and hell

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[1 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, societies in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Divine Providence": detail "Section 338[4]"
Everyone is his own love, and no one can live with others than those who are in a like love, and that if he comes among others he cannot breathe his own life. For this reason everyone comes after death into a society of his own people, that is, who are in a like love, and recognizes them as relatives and friends, and what is remarkable, on meeting and seeing them it is as if he had known them from infancy. Spiritual relationship and friendship bring this about.

[2 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, societies in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Divine Love and Wisdom": detail "Section 141"
The universal heaven is distinguished into societies according to all the differences of loves; in like manner hell, and in like manner the world of spirits. But heaven is distinguished into societies according to the differences of heavenly loves; hell into societies according to the differences of infernal loves; and the world of spirits, according to the differences of loves, both heavenly and infernal. There are two loves which are the heads of all the rest, or to which all other loves stand related; the love which is the head, or to which all heavenly loves have relation, is love to the Lord; and the love which is the head, or to which all infernal loves have relation, is the love of ruling from the love of self. These two loves are diametrically opposed to each other.

[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.