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Emanuel Swedenborg

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Emanuel Swedenborg

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Emanuel Swedenborg was not a Victorian.
He was born on January 29, 1688, in Stockholm, Sweden.
He crossed over March 29, 1772, decades before the Victorian era began.

So why include him in a section on Victorian influences on the way we experience the paranormal today?

He is considered by many to be the forerunner of modern mediums.
His influence was keenly felt in the Victorian era, in modern Spiritualism, and today.

He was a leading scientist and inventor of his generation.

He was appointed Assessor of the Board of Swedish Mines by Charles XII.
Two years later he was appointed to the House of Nobles.

Swedenborg spent the first two-thirds of his life in the pursuit of science and the last one third of his life opening his spiritual sight.

From: Wikipedia
“In 1741, at age 53, he entered into a spiritual phase in which he began to experience dreams and visions…this culminated in a “spiritual awakening,”…so that from then on he could freely…talk with angels…and other spirits.”

From: Swedenborg dot com
“The life of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) was steeped simultaneously in the rational world of the physical sciences…He lived during the height of the Enlightenment, a period when intellectuals rejected dogmatic religious teachings in favor of science and reason, and his theology reflects a long struggle to understand the world of spirit through investigation of the physical world. Ultimately, that struggle was resolved when (as he described it) his spiritual senses were opened and he began to interact directly with the denizens of heaven…and the world of spirits…In keeping with his early scholarly training, he presents his ideas in a logical order, drawing examples from everyday life as proof of the truth of his words, inviting readers to judge for themselves.

“Starting in 1759 a series of incidents demonstrating Swedenborg’s interactions with the spirit world drew international attention.

“The first, in July 1759, happened while Swedenborg was attending a dinner party in the Swedish city of Göteborg. During the party, he suddenly became agitated and began describing a fire in Stockholm—more than 250 miles away—that was threatening his home. Two hours later, he reported that the fire had been extinguished three doors down from his house. It was not until two days later that messengers from Stockholm arrived in Göteborg and confirmed the details as Swedenborg had relayed them.

“In 1760, the widow of the recently deceased French ambassador to Sweden was presented with a bill for a very expensive silver service her husband had bought. She was sure he had paid, but could not find the receipt. After asking Swedenborg for help, he had a dream in which her husband revealed the location of the receipt, a dream which turned out to be accurate.

“In 1761, Swedenborg was presented at the court of Sweden’s Queen Louisa Ulrika (1720–1782), and she asked him to relay a particular question to her deceased brother, Prince Augustus Wilhelm of Prussia (1722–1758). Swedenborg returned to court three weeks later and gave her the answer privately, upon which she was heard to exclaim that only her brother would have known what Swedenborg had just told her.”

While he was one of the great scientific minds of his day Swedenborg is better known as the “forerunner of the New Dispensation.”

From FST dot org 
The New Dispensation refers to “events which took place on the evening of March 31, 1848, along with those which followed, literally shook the world into confronting the reality that our loved ones, in Spirit, not only survive death, they can draw close to us and communicate with us.” This date was when the Fox sisters engaged in an interactive exchange with the spirit of a murdered peddler who remained in their home.

F.W.H. Myers said that, “To Swedenborg goes the recognition, for it is to Swedenborg first that the unseen world appeared as a realm of law, a region not of mere emotional vagueness…but of definite progress according to definite reactions of cause and effect.”

Much love,
David

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