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and objects which are from the light of the world, and
causes man to be able to think, conclude, and reflect.
The reason spiritual light is able to do this, is that that
light is the wisdom itself which proceeds from the Lord :
this wisdom is presented as light before the sight of the
Angels in Heaven. From this light appear each and all
things which are below, or which are with man from
natural light ; but not conversely, unless the man has
been regenerated. In that case the things of Heaven
. . . appear in the Natural from illustration by spiritual
light as in a representative mirror. Hence it is evident
that the Lord, who is the Light itself, sees each and
all things which are in the thought and will of man ;
nay, which are in universal nature . . .

5563". (Such) have their skulls ... as of ebony, by
which the rays of light — which are truths — are wholly
reflected.

5585*. 'To lift up the light of faces' (Ps.iv.6) = to give
good from mercy.

5637''. When scientifics are illustrated by the light of
Heaven. Ex.

5680'=. In the Spiritual World all things live from the
light which is from the Lord ; for in that light there
are intelligence and wisdom.

5704^. 'Light' = truth. Refs.

5865°. When Spirits look into the things which are
of the light of the world, the things which are there
appear like mere darkness.

5965^. That is called the Spiritual which is in the
light of Heaven ; for that which is in that light has in
it the affection of good and the perception of truth ;
these are in that light because that light is from the
Lord ; and therefore those who are in spiritual good and
truth are in the internal of the Church . . . But that is
called the Natural which is in the light of the world ;
and that which is in this light has not the afi'ection of
good and the perception of truth in it, but outside of
it ; for the light of Heaven inflows and makes an
illumination round about, thus outside and not within,
and causes it to be known that good is good and truth
truth, because it is so said, and not that it is perceived
to be so ; and therefore those who are in natural good
are in the external of the Church . . .

6000'. Hence the light of truth ... is absorbed and
suff'ocated.

6032. Spiritual light, and spiritual heat. Fully ex.
(See Heat, here.)

^. As to spiritual light, this is circumstanced in



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the understanding of man as natural light is in his
external sight ; namely, that in order for the eye to see
there must be a light which illuminates, and then the
eye sees in the light all things which are outside of
itself round about. Just so the intellectual mind, which
is the internal eye of man. In order for this eye to see
it is necessary for the light of Heaven ... to illuminate ;
and when this eye has been illuminated by this light,
it then sees the things which ai-e outside of it round
about. But the objects which it sees are spiritual,
namely, scientifics and truths. But when this light
does not illuminate, the intellectual mind ... is like
the eye of the body in the dark, and it sees nothing ;
that is, from scientifics it sees nothing of truth, and
from truths nothing of good. The light which illumin-
ates the intellectual mind is truly light, and is such
light as a thousand times surpasses the noon-day light
of the world. From this light all the Angels in the
Heavens see the things which are outside of them round
about ; and also from the same light they see and
perceive the ti-uths which are of faith, and the quality
of them.

6055. Thus the internal man is in the light of
Heaven, and the external man is in the light of the
world. Ex. 9755, Ex.

6125^. For the Intellectual translates the things of
the light of Heaven into those which are of the lumen
of nature . . .

6309^. For the things of the light of Heaven become
darkness when they fall into those which are of the lumen
of the world ; because, in themselves, they are contrary.
But in order that they may not be contrary, man is
regenerated . . ,

6310. According to the degrees in man there are also
lights . . .

6313^. The three Heavens are no otherwise distinct
than according to elevations towards the interiors, thus
also according to the degrees of light. Ex.

6335^ The lights in Heaven are varied according to
the goods and the derivative truths ; and the states of
intelligence and wisdom are varied according to the
lights . . .

6359*. Thus when the light of Heaven . . . falls upon
the hardness of falsity from evil, it is reflected ; where-
as when the light of Heaven . . . falls upon the softness
of truth from good it is received.

6388^. They are like objects which do not remit the
rays of light, but absorb them . . .

6400. Truth is in no light unless good is with it or in
it ; for good is like a flame which gives oif light from
itself . . .

6608. Intellectual light has been given me, has been
taken away, diminished, and moderated, in the things
being thought, spoken, and written, and this frequently ;
and it has been given me to perceive the varieties and
differences. The light itself has been perceived as an
illumination which illustrated the substances of the
interior sight, as the lumen of the sun does the organs
of sight . . .

6751^. These planes are what are illustrated by the
light of Heaven.



6775". For spiritual light cannot there inflow into
singulars . . .

6829. But when man emerges from temptation, then
appears light with its spiritual heat ; that is, truth
with its good.

". When light from the Divine appears, falsities

and evils are removed . . .

6832^. In the First Heaven the Lord does not appear
either as a Sun or as a Moon, but only as light ; which
light far surpasses the light of the world.

6865^. For the light of the world has the predomi-
nance with them, which light appears clear so long as
the light of Heaven does not inflow into it . . .

6907^. They who are in evil of life and thence in
falsity are in the light of the world ; for there is a light
by which intellectual objects are seen. With those who
are in falsity from evil this light is sparkling, and the
more they are in falsity from evil the more it sparkles.
The glory of the world which is from the love of self
kindles it, and causes it to sparkle. This being the
case, truths appear therein exactly like falsities, and
falsities exactly like truths. The reason is, that
heavenly light cannot inflow into the beam of this light ;
but with such a light it becomes thick darkness. Hence
it is that such are in a strong persuasive in favour of
falsities against truths, because so they see them in that
light. Whereas with those who are in truths from
good the light of the world does not sparkle, but is
obscure. With these the light of Heaven is bright ;
and (therefore) truths appear in it as truths, and falsi-
ties as falsities ; for when this light falls upon falsities
... it not only obscures but completely extinguishes
them. This light . . . becomes successively more and
more bright with them, insomuch that at last the light
of the world cannot be compared to it.

6971^. In a word, when the approach for the influx of
the light of Heaven has once been opened, and is then
closed, the man is compelled to look downwards . . .
lest the truths which he has once acknowledged . . .
should be profaned.

7130^. The things which are of the natural mind are
for the most part in the light of the world, which light
is called the lumen of nature ; but the things which are
of the rational mind are in the light of Heaven, which
light is spiritual light.

7486. (Artificial light in Mars.)

7625. In the Word . . . the truth conjoined with good
which proceeds from the Lord is compared to 'light;'
and the truth of faith is also therein called 'light' . . .
for love lib the fire of life, and faith is the light of
life.

7711^ 'To await light' (Is.lix.9) = to await truth.
7719. 'AH the sons of Israel had light in their dwell-
ings' (Ex. X. 23) = that those of the Spiritual Church had
illustration everywhere in their minds. . . Light' =
illustration; for the light which is from the Lord
illuminates the understanding ; for in this light there
are intelligence and wisdom. Refs.

e. Moreover there is light in the dwellings of the

Angels according to the intelligence and wisdom of their
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same proportion those who are in the opposite — who are
those who have infested them — have thick darkness.

[A.] 7870'. (Thus) in the other life everyone has light
according to his faculty of understanding, as furnished
with truths from good, or with falsities from evil.

7950^. All spiritual light comes through good from
the Lord, thus through charity ; for the good of charity
is like a flame from which is light . . .

8197^ The presence of the Lord — which is here
signified by 'the pillar' — is heavenly light itself
Heaven has its light thence, which light is n thousand
times brighter than the noon-day light of the world.
But the same light becomes thick darkness with the
evil, even if they are in the light itself . . . The reason
is that the truth Divine proceeding from the Lord
appears before the eyes of the Angels as light ; but to
those who are in falsities from evil it cannot appear as
light, but as thick darkness ; because falsity is opposite
to truth, and extinguishes it. Tr.

83288. See Heat, here. 8530. 8644.

8512'^. Whereas when a man is led by means of good,
he sees in light.

8604'. By the truth which is from Himself the Lord
gives life to man ; for the light which is from the Lord
is Divine truth, and is 'life.' (Continued under Life.)

86948. For through Heaven from the Lord there is a
light which circumfuses and illustrates the understand-
ing . . . The things which then appear in this light are
truths ; for this light itself is the Divine truth which
proceeds from the Lord.

8707. The light of intelligence and the derivative
life. Sig. and Ex. S708.

. From the immediate influx of truth from the

Lord there is not the apperception of truth, but the
light which gives the faculty of understanding. It is
with this light as it is with the light of the eye-sight.
For the eye to see objects-res o6;'ectos-there must be a
light giving a general illumination. In this light the
eye sees and discriminates objects . . . The case is
similar with the sight of the internal eye, which is the
understanding. For this to see there must also be a
light giving a general illumination, in which appear the
objects which are the things of intelligence and wisdom.
This light is from the Divine truth which proceeds
immediately from the Lord. The things presented as
objects in this light appear beautiful and delightful
according to their agreement with the good in each
person.

8750'. There are in general two states of life, namely,
a state of thought . . . and a state of affection . . . The
(former) state is that which is illustrated by the light
from the Sun of Heaven . . .

8764. That thus through truths they have been
elevated tp heavenly light. Sig. and Ex.

^. For the Intellectual sees from the light of

Heaven, (which) is spiritual truth ; that is, the truth
of faith.

8871. 'The things in the heavens above, and in the
earth beneath ' = the things which are in spiritual light,
and which are in natural light.



8872. 'And in the waters under the earth '= . . .
That these are what are in the corporeal Sensuous, is
evident from the successive degi-ees of light which belong
to the Intellectual in man. In the first degree are those
which are in spiritual light ... in the second are those
which are in natural light ; and in the third are those
which are in corporeal sensuous light.

8878. For those who are in evil are not in heavenly
light, but are in natural light, and at last are in
sensuous light which is from the Corporeal. From this
lumen these persons cannot possibly see the Human of
the Lord otherwise than as human . . . '^.

8977*. For those who are in the good of charity are
in the light of Heaven, and from it see the things which
are in the light of the world. Whereas those who are
in the truth of faith, and not in the good of charity,
are in the light of the world, from which they cannot
see the things which are in the light of Heaven ; for
the light of Heaven is above — that is, within — whereas
the light of the world is below or without ; and lower
things can be seen from higher, but not conversely.
Heaven can inflow into the world, but not the world
into Heaven.

9103^. The Natural sees things in the light of the
world, which light is called natural lumen. Man
acquires this lumen by means of the objects which enter
through the sight and the hearing . . . When light from
Heaven inflows into these, the man begins to see them
spiritually, and to discriminate between things useful
and not useful ; thus he begins to have a clear view of
truth . . . This clear view increases according to the
influx of the light of Heaven ... for the light of
Heaven inflows through the internal man into the
external. Hence the man has perception, but not spirit-
ual perception ; for this perception does not come forth
from natural truths, but from spiritual truths. Ex.

^. For the things in the external man live from

the light of Heaven, because this light is alive . . . But
they do not live from natural light ... In order that
the things in this light may live, there must be an
influx of the living light . . .

91412. (The fire of life and the light of life. Ex. See
Life, here,)

9144. So long as the fires of evil are kept shut up in
the will, the understanding is in light . . . But when
those fires pour forth their light into the understanding,
the previous light is dissipated, and the man is obscured
as to the apperception of good and truth . . .

91768. For the Angels are in the light of Heaven,
(which) has infinite things in it, because (it) is the
Divine truth proceeding from the Lord. 9212*.

9227'. The things stored up in the memory, and
which appear in the memory before the understanding,
appear in the light of the world, which is called natural
lumen ; whereas the things which enter the will . . . are
in the light of Heaven, (which) is the truth of good
from the Lord. When these things go forth thence into
act, they return into the light of the world, but then
appear in that light under quite a different form . . .

9245. 'To come to the light' (John iii.2i)=to faith
in the Lord, thus to faith from the Lord.



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9405". The elevation of man into the light of Heaven.
9407!^

9435. (A Spirit the upper part of whose face only was
seen to be in the light of Heaven.)

9467^. For heavenly light is real, and in itself is the
Divine truth proceeding from the Lord's Divine good.
9498^. 10703.

9468^. (This) Divine truth appears as a Haming light
in the Inmost Heaven, and as a bright white light in
the Middle Heaven.

9470". Spiritual truth . . . and celestial truth . . .
differ as do the light from the sun, and the light from
the stars.

9548^. 'Light' = faith, thus also intelligence and
wisdom.

9568^. The Scientifie is truth appearing in the light
of the world ; whereas the truth of faith, in so far as it
is of faith with a man, is truth appearing in the light
of Heaven.

9570. ('The. seven lamps') = the light of the Spiritual
Heaven. Ex.

. The light of the Spiritual Heaveu is the Divine

truth proceeding from the Lord, and the derivative
faith, and intelligence of truth and wisdom of good.
How the case is with the light of the Spiritual Heaven
shall be told in a few words. In the Lord's Celestial
Kingdom, — which is the inmost or Third Heaven — there
is a light which immensely transcends the light which
is in the Lord's Spiritual Kingdom, which is the Middle
or Second Heaven. The light of the Celestial Kingdom
. . . does not appear as light, but as flame, because in
that Heaven there reigns the good of love . . . Whereas
in the Spiritual Kingdom . . . there is a light which
immensely transcends the light of the world, but still it
appears bright white, because in that Heaven there
reigns the truth of faith from the good of charity.
Hence, too, by 'light' in the Word is signified the
truth which is from good ; and, in the supreme sense,
the Divine truth which proceeds from the Lord's Divine
good. 98652.

9571^. The Lord's Divine Human is the source of
light in Heaven ; for the Divine cannot be seen except
under the human form. Sig.

9577^ The light of Heaven is for man's spirit, and
the light of the world is for his body ; and . . . the
things which are in the light of Heaven are in thick
darkness when man sees from the light of the world ;
and, on the other hand, the things which are in the
light of the world are in thick darkness when man sees
from the light of Heaven. Hence it is that when the
light of the world is taken away from the sight of the
bodily eye, the eyes of the spirit are opened, and the
things which are in the light of Heaven are seen.

9642. For in the Heavens light— and with light
intelligence and wisdom— increases towards interior
things.

96536. All the Scientific, being of the natural man,
is in the light of the world.

9684. Those in the Celestial Kingdom have light
from the Lord as a Sun ; and those in the Spiritual
Kingdom have light from the Lord as a Moon. Ex.



9695. Therefore (the Spirits of the First Earth) have
light from a certain flame . . . because they do not
adore the Lord ; and therefore they have no light from
the Sun of Heaven, but from an angelic Society ; for an
angelic Society, when permitted by the Lord, is able to
present such a light to Spirits who are in a lower sphere.

9723. For the things which a man loves he sees in
the light ; but the things which he do«s not love he
sees in the shade.

9783. Light, received, is faith.

9797. In proportion as the internal man has been
opened towards Heaven, thus to the Lord, in the same
proportion it is in the light of Heaven, thus in the
same proportion it is in the understanding of truth. The
light of Heaven is the Divine truth which proceeds
from the Lord ; and to be illustrated by this light is to
understand truth.

9S01. But in proportion as the internal man has been
closed towards Heaven ... it is in cold and thick dark-
ness as to the things of Heaven ; and then in proportion
as the external man has been opened towards the world,
he thinks falsity and wills evil . . . for the light of the
world with him extinguishes the light of Heaven.

9814. The Divine Siriritual is the Divine truth pro-
ceeding from the Lord's Divine good. In Heaven this
appears as light ; and also is the light which illumin-
ates the Angels' sight, both external and internal. The
modification of this light according to the subjects
which receive it, which are Angels, presents various
phenomena to view, as clouds, rainbows, colours . . .
and also shining garments around the Angels.

9857^. 'For a light of the peoples' (Is.li.4) = for
illustration.

99052. That the light of Heaven is the Divine truth
proceeding from the Lord's Divine good. Eefs.

10019". 'Light of faces'=Divine truth from Divine
good.

10135'=. 'Light' = the Lord as to Divine truth.
10574".

10156. The knowledge of the natural, that is, of the
unregenerate man, is in the light of the world ; whereas
the intelligence of the spiritual, that is, of the regenerate
man, is in the light of Heaven. And so long as a man
is in the light of the world he is in Hell ; whereas when
he is at the same time in the light of Heaven he is in
Heaven . . .

10551^. In proportion as they think from self and
the world, in the same proportion they think from
natural light separated from heavenly light ; (which) is
mere thick darkness in spiritual things.

10574^ ' Light '= the Divine truth proceeding from
the Lord. 111.

106052. The light (in Heaven) does not undergo
diurnal changes like tlie light in the world; but is
varied according to the states of love and faith with the
Angels . . . Ex.

106942. These loves are opposites, and therefore so
also are the lights. Ex.

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are in the gi-eatest light ; and those at the circumfer-
ences are in less and less light. S. 107.

[H.] 118-. The good of love corresponds to fire . . .
and the good of faith corresponds to light ; and, in the
spiritual sense, light is faith.

126. On light and heat in Heaven. Gen. art.

. That there is light in the Heavens cannot be

apprehended by those who think solely from nature ;
when yet the light in the Heavens is so great as to
exceed by many degrees the noon-day light in the world.
I have often seen it, even in the times of evening and
night. At first I had wondered when I heard the
Angels saying that relatively to the light of Heaven it
is scarcely anything but shade ; but now that I have
seen it I can bear mtness to it. The brightness and
brilliancy of it are such that they cannot be described.
The things which have been seen by me in the Heavens
were seen in that light ; thus more clearly and distinctly
than things in the world.

127. The light of Heaven is not natural, like the
light of the world, but is spiritual ; for it is from the
Lord as a Sun, which Sun is Divine love. (Continued
under Heat.)

128. The reason Divine truth is light to the Angels,
is that the Angels are spiritual, and not natural. The
spiritual see from their own Sun, and the natural from
theirs ; and the Divine truth is that from which the
Angels have understanding ; and the understanding is
their internal sight, which iuflows into their external
sight and pi-oduces it. Hence the things which appear
in Heaven from the Lord as a Sun appear in light. As
this is the origin of light in Heaven, the light is varied
there according to the reception of Divine truth from
the Lord ; or, what is the same thing, according to the
intelligence and wisdom in which the Angels are. And
therefore the light is different in the Celestial Kingdom
from what it is in the Spiritual Kingdom ; and it is
different in every Society. The light in the Celestial
Kingdom appears flaming, because the Angels who are
there receive light from the Lord as a Sun ; whereas the
light in the Spiritual Kingdom is bright white, because
the Angels who are there receive light from the Lord as
a Moon. Moreover, the light in one Society is not like
what it is in another ; and in each Society also it differs ;
those who are in the middle being in greater light, and
those around being in less. In a word, in the same
degree in which the Angels are receptions of Divine
truth, that is to say, in the same degree in which they
are in intelligence and wisdom from the Lord, in the
same degree they have light. Hence the Angels of
Heaven are called 'Angels of light.' "W.253^. 380.

129. As the Lord in the Heavens is the Divine truth,
and the Divine truth there is light, therefore in the
Word the Lord is called 'the Light.' 111.

130. That the light in the Heavens is spiritual, and
that that light is the Divine truth, may also be con-
cluded from the fact that man also has spiritual light,
and that he has illustration from that light in propor-
tion as he is in intelligence and wisdom from Divine
truth. The spiritual light of man is the light of his
imderstanding, the objects of which are truths, which
he disposes analytically into orders, forms into reasons.



and from them concludes things in a series. The
natural man does not know that it is real light from
which the understanding sees such things, because he
does not see it w-ith his eyes, nor apperceive it in his
thought ; but still many know it, and also distinguish
it from the natural light in which are those who think
naturally and not spiritually . . .

2. That it is true light which illustrates the

mind, quite distinct from the light which is called
natural lumen, has frequently been given me to perceive,
and also to see. I have been elevated into that light
interiorly, through the degrees ; and, as I was elevated,
my understanding was illustrated, so that at last I per-
ceived . . . such things as I could not even comprehend
in thought from natural lumen. I have sometimes been
indignant that they were not comprehended, when yet
in heavenly light they were clearly and perspicuously
perceived.

•>. As there is a light for the understanding, the

like is said of it that is said of the eye ; as that it sees
and is in the light, when it perceives . . .



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