The Science of Existence (18-1-1) Emanuel Swedenborg

 Emanuel Swedenborg

The inner self is as distinct from the outer self as heaven is from Earth. ~ Emanuel Swedenborg

In 1734, Swedish scientist, theologian, and Christian mystic Emanuel Swedenborg developed the nebular hypothesis: that the solar system formed by swirling accretions of matter; a surmise explaining star system formation which has stood as essentially correct for 3 centuries.

Swedenborg also had prescient concepts concerning the cerebral cortex, the nervous system, and the functions of the pituitary gland. Swedenborg was a century ahead of others in anticipating nerve cells.

Swedenborg regarded eating meat as “something profane.”

There are at least 3 reputable incidents of Swedenborg’s psychic power.

In 1758, the Queen of Sweden asked him to tell her something about her deceased brother. The next day he whispered in her ear a fact that turned the Queen pale. She explained that what Swedenborg had told her was something only she and her brother knew about.

In 1759, Swedenborg made an accurate prediction of fire threatening his home when he was hundreds of kilometers away at the time.

The 3rd incident was Swedenborg telling a woman who had lost an important document where it was located; information known only to someone recently deceased.

Swedenborg wrote about the relation between the finite and the infinite, and how the soul and body interconnect. Swedenborg believed that higher knowledge was received wisdom.