Correspondence between worlds


[1 of 5] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Correspondence, between nature and spirit" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": source "Heaven and Hell": detail "Section 89"
First, what correspondence is. The whole natural world corresponds to the spiritual world, and not merely the natural world in general, but also every particular of it; and as a consequence everything in the natural world that springs from the spiritual world is called a correspondent. It must be understood that the natural world springs from and has permanent existence from the spiritual world, precisely like an effect from its effecting cause.

[2 of 5] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Nature, as a reflection of spiritual world" (search under Cosmology/Science)": source "Apocalypse Explained, vol.6": detail "Section 1207"
Nature and life are two distinct things; nature deriving its beginning from the sun of the world, and life its beginning from the Sun of heaven. The sun of the world is pure fire, and the Sun of heaven pure love; that which proceeds from the former is called nature, but that which proceeds from the latter is called life. That which proceeds from pure fire is dead, but that which proceeds from pure love is living; therefore it is evident that nature in itself is dead. That nature serves as a covering for the Spiritual, is evident from the souls of beasts, for these are spiritual affections, clothed with materials in the world; it is well known that their bodies are material; and also the bodies of men. The reason why the Spiritual can be clothed by the material is, that all the objects which exist in nature, whether they belong to the atmosphere, to water, or to the earth are, as to every one of them, effects produced from the Spiritual as a cause. The effects again act as one with the cause, and are in complete agreement with it, according to the axiom, that nothing exists in the effect that is not in the cause. But the difference is, that the cause is a living force, because it is spiritual, while the effect derived from it is a dead force, because it is natural. From this it arises that there are in the natural world such objects as are in complete agreement with those which exist in the spiritual world, and that the former can be suitably conjoined with the latter. For this reason it is said that nature was created that the Spiritual might be clothed by it with forms to serve for use.

[3 of 5] Horowitz, Rabbi Isaiah (c. 1570-1626, Czech Republic): primary subject "Correspondence, between nature and spirit" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)"
The upper and lower [worlds] cleave together. The upper bestows upon the lower, and the lower is a shadow of the upper. What is in one is in the other—even if the one below is material and the one above spiritual. It is always a case of one being parallel to the other.

[4 of 5] Boehme, Jacob (1575-1624, Germany): primary subject "Nature, as a reflection of spiritual world" (search under Cosmology/Science)": detail "Sig.re.ix.1-3/Ss; Life p. 44"
The outward, visible, temporal world is a ‘spiration’, or ‘outbreaking’, or egress of an eternal spiritual World and this inner, spiritual World ‘couches within’ our visible world and is its ground and mother, and the outward world is from husk to core a parable or figure of the inward and eternal World. The whole outward visible world, with all its being, is a signature or figure of the inward, spiritual World, and everything has a character that fits an internal reality and process, and the internal is in the external. [Alternate translation: That which a thing actually is in its interior is reflected in its external character.] The visible world is a manifestation of the inward spiritual World, and it is an image or figure of eternity, whereby eternity has made itself visible.

[5 of 5] Milton, John (1608-1674, England): primary subject "Nature, as a reflection of spiritual world" (search under Cosmology/Science)"
 … What if Earth
 Be but the shadow of Heaven, and things therein
 Each to other like, more than on Earth is thought?