June 4, 2015

One True Love - One True Life

Selection from Arcana Coelestia ~ Emanuel Swedenborg
It is in everyone's power very well to know that no life is possible without some love, and that no joy is possible except that which flows from love.
    Such however as is the love, such is the life, and such the joy: if you were to remove loves, or what is the same thing, desires - for these are of love - thought would instantly cease, and you would become like a dead person, as has been shown me to the life.
The loves of self and of the world have in them some resemblance to life and to joy, but as they are altogether contrary to true love, which consists in a man's loving the Lord above all things, and his neighbor as himself, it must be evident that they are not loves, but hatreds, for in proportion as anyone loves himself and the world, in the same proportion he hates his neighbor, and thereby the Lord. Wherefore true love is love to the Lord, and true life is the life of love from Him, and true joy is the joy of that life. There can be but one true love, and therefore but one true life, whence flow true joys and true felicities, such as are those of the angels in the heavens.
(Arcana Coelestia 33)