Mystic and non secular thinker Emanuel Swedenborg present a meticulously written up report of what he claimed have been visions of an afterlife realm. This materials was primarily based on what he inwardly heard and noticed when experiencing altered states of consciousness. The attention occurred each day all through the final twenty-seven years of his life.
I imagine that what he wrote about these extraordinary experiences is value sharing as a result of it throws gentle on what I see as widespread errors of enthusiastic about loss of life.
We learn that following our departure from this life, we get up in a ‘spirit physique’ like a standard human physique we now have on earth. On this afterlife existence we’re stated to take heed to folks and issues however not these nonetheless current within the materials universe. We’re not it appears reincarnated again on the earth in a bodily physique. However, we every retain our individuality in a ‘spirit physique’ – one that may see, hear and scent in addition to suppose and really feel.
Swedenborg’s concept of a ‘spirit physique’ could resemble the concept of a ‘refined physique’ regarded as a psycho-spiritual a part of dwelling beings based on numerous esoteric, occult, and mystical teachings. For instance in yoga, practitioners declare that the ‘refined physique’ consists of ‘chakras’, related by channels, that convey ‘refined breath’. By means of respiration workout routines, it’s claimed an individual could direct the ‘refined breath’ to realize immortality.
What’s Swedenborg’s imaginative and prescient of human contact after loss of life?
For Swedenborg, with our ‘spirit physique’ we are able to keep up a correspondence with others who are also now not alive within the bodily physique. We are able to talk and socially work together like we normally do. He says the afterlife is a spirit dimension of existence. It’s actual with much more vivid sensations than we expertise within the pure world. That is so though our environment aren’t a part of the bodily universe. Writing in Latin 300 years in the past, he known as this atmosphere ‘mundi spiritualis’. I prefer to translate this phrase for afterlife as ‘spirit world’. Most translators have used the time period ‘non secular world’.
Moreover, we be taught that the person’s psychological state initiatives itself on to what they see and listen to. For instance, if after loss of life we’re searching for kindness and thoughtfulness, then magnificence surrounds us. But when we want crime and corruption, then ugliness is throughout.
Is there time and house within the afterlife?
Swedenborg’s imaginative and prescient of the afterlife, is that point and house don’t observe the legal guidelines of physics. As an alternative they mirror our inside states of thoughts. I might level out that, within the materials world, time is objectively measured for instance by clocks and the rotation of our planet. However think about what it might be like if these bodily measures are now not doable. We’d be left with ‘subjective time’ which is determined by our temper. One thing of this concept may be seen after we are bored or in ache for then time drags. However, if we’re getting on with issues and engaged with what pursuits us, then time passes earlier than we all know it.
Swedenborg says how far issues appear from us is determined by psychological somewhat than bodily guidelines. For instance, in case you and another person really feel emotionally shut, then within the afterlife, each of you’ll look like situated close to to one another. So what issues is psychological time and distance.
Are there different descriptions of an afterlife?
It’s not simply Swedenborg who presents this image. There’s a constant wealth of comparable info from mediums relating to what spirit communicators supposedly say via them in regards to the afterlife of spirits. How the world views mediums and psychics varies so much. Some have been uncovered as fraudsters and there stays a common scientific scepticism as to the validity of their experiences.
Nonetheless, psychologist David Fontana summarised most of the reviews by mediums in his e-book ‘Is there an afterlife: a complete overview of the proof’.
“We’re instructed by (spirit) communicators that the way in which through which the following world – not less than on the decrease ranges – is skilled by every particular person is formed not simply by his or her personal ideas however by the ideas of others who suppose in comparable methods.” (Professor David Fontana)
Apparently, we’ll gravitate to that a part of the following life the place there are folks of like thoughts to ourselves. Those that love timber and flowers, peace and concord, go to a site the place the ideas of others who love these items can have helped to create simply such an atmosphere. Against this if violence and strife attracts us, then we enter that sort of social sphere. Consequently, our personal atmosphere would change accordingly.
Swedenborg claims to have had direct entry to this afterlife dimension. To some extent he trusted what spirits instructed him however as well as a lot of this was verified by his personal inside experiences. If true, the supply of a whole lot of his info is first hand and contrasts with that of the mediums whose accounts rely solely on info conveyed to them through spirit communicators. But regardless of this, the content material of each – the mediums’ and Swedenborg’s account – tally collectively.
Is the following life a cheerful one?
Professor Fontana writes that spirit communicators describe an atmosphere known as the “Higher Astral”. It’s an idealised model of what this earthly world may change into. One the place we deal with it and one another with extra love and respect. Spirits converse of landscapes of enchanting magnificence, of mountains and rivers, of lovely cities and cities and so on.
This appears like Swedenborg’s imaginative and prescient of 1 a part of the afterlife he calls the ‘spirit world’. The half he phrases in Latin “caelo”. For him this social sphere of the afterlife provides a deep sort of happiness.
He doesn’t see this state of consciousness as a reward for an unselfish life on earth. Quite the opposite, for him it’s the fulfilment of what already has begun to develop in an individual. He doesn’t suggest it’s for somebody who has merely gone via the motions of dwelling a superb life: showing to be sincere and beneficiant for the sake of social approval. As an alternative he reserves the sphere of “caelo” for the one that genuinely needs to behave in these methods. One who tries to stay by their deeper conscience of what’s good and proper.
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