Love is inmost


[1 of 3] 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.

[2 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Love (heart) as inmost life/will" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.12": detail "Section 10740"
What any one does from love, remains inscribed on his heart, for love is the fire of life, thus it is the life of everyone, consequently such as is the love, such is the life, and such as is the life, such is the whole man as to soul and body.

[3 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Love (heart) as inmost life/will" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": source "Heaven and Hell": detail "Section 477"
It is man's ruling love that awaits him after death, and this is in no way changed to eternity. Everyone has many loves; but they are all related to his ruling love, and make one with it or together compose it. All things of the will that are in harmony with the ruling love are called loves, because they are loved. These loves are both inner and outer; some directly connected and some mediately; some nearer and some more remote; they are subservient in various ways. Taken together they constitute a kingdom, as it were, such being the order in which they are arranged in man, although man knows nothing whatever about that arrangement. And yet something of it is made manifest to him in the other life, for the spread of his thought and affection there is in accordance with the arrangement of his loves, his thought and affection extending into heavenly societies when the ruling love is made up of the loves of heaven, but into infernal societies when it is made up of the loves of hell.