“It was Joachim who taught me of the concepts of Swedenborg – for anything to have existence there must be an equilibrium between action and reaction. Without there equilibrium there was no existence. Or freedom. Aguéli was painting the freedom of the spirit, man as a god, in the shape of a god, man the god. There are states that man passes through after death. Man passes through these states in the world of the spirits.“
The woman who ate the apple from the tree of knowledge: This is the woman who gets her own back on the serpent. Æsa sacrificed her own father. Is there a connection between Gustav’s group and Æsahult? The serpents represent the sensuous things of man, living close to the earth, close to the body.
Why a religious sect, practicing a kind of universal religion? The Brotherhood of the Forest. Who were they?
And did Joachim paint Heavenly Secrets? What was it he stumbled across as he followed in the footsteps of Moses? I called Møbius. I asked him to examine the orders of the runes around the painting, see if they fitted into a three-part division of the man, or god, Odin, Christ, whoever it was. And it correlated. Each part of the body could be read off against certain runes ….
this provided the order … that provided equilibrium!
There was the tree of knowledge in the garden of Eden. There is celestial life. What about the spiritual life Joachim spoke of? The painting is obviously a tribute to Swedenborg. Heaven and Hell.
Extract from the diaries of Karl Oskar Eklund
Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was a Swedish scientist, philosopher, theologian, revelator, and mystic. He is best known for his book on the afterlife, Heaven and Hell (1758) – the common English title of a book written in Latin.
The full title is Heaven and its Wonders and Hell From Things Heard and Seen, or in Latin: De Caelo et Ejus Mirabilibus et de inferno, ex Auditis et Visis. This book is a detailed description of the afterlife where people go after the death of the physical body. It deals with God, heaven, hell, angels, spirits, and devils, which the author claimed to have witnessed first hand. Some of the things he claims to have experienced are that there are Jews, Muslims and people of pre-Christian times (“pagans” such as Romans and Greeks) in Heaven; the fundamental issue that love of self or of the world drives one towards Hell, and love of God and fellow beings towards Heaven.
‘This was not so with the ancient people. To them the knowledge of correspondences was the chief of knowledges. By means of it they acquired intelligence and wisdom; and by means of it those who were of the church had communication with heaven; for the knowledge of correspondences is angelic knowledge. The most ancient people, who were celestial men, thought from correspondence itself, as the angels do. And therefore they talked with angels, and the Lord frequently appeared to them, and they were taught by Him. But at this day that knowledge has been so completely lost that no one knows what correspondence is.”
(HH) – Heaven and Its Wonders and Hell – From Things Heard and Seen. HH 87
Swedenborg details a life after death that consists of real experiences in a world in many basic ways quite similar to the natural world. According to Swedenborg, angels in heaven do not have an ethereal or ephemeral existence but enjoy an active life of service to others. They sleep and wake, love, breathe, eat, talk, read, work, play, and worship. They live a genuine life in a real spiritual body and world. He wrote that in the natural world can only see angels here when our spiritual eyes are opened.
An angel’s whole environment – clothes, houses, towns, plants, etc. – are what Swedenborg terms correspondences. In other words, their environment spiritually reflects, and thus “corresponds” to, the mental state of the angel and changes as the angel’s state changes. He writes that angels have no power of their own. God’s power works through the Angel’s to restrain evil spirits, one angel being able to restrain a thousand such spirits all at once. Angels exercise God’s power chiefly in defending people against hell. Swedenborg is explicitly clear that Angel’s have no power whatsoever of their own, they neither take nor like to receive thanks or accept any credit.
Swedenborg states that every angel or devil began life as an inhabitant of the human race. In other words, there are no angels or demons who were not people on Earth first. Children who die go directly to heaven, where they are raised by angel mothers.
‘There are three heavens, entirely distinct from each other, an inmost or third, a middle or second, and an outmost or first. These have a like order and relation to each other as the highest part of man, or his head, the middle part, or body, and the lowest, or feet; or as the upper, the middle, and the lower stories of a house. In the same order is the Divine that goes forth and descends from the Lord; consequently heaven, from the necessity of order, is threefold.’