(DP) - Angelic Wisdom about Divine Providence

DP 196

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196. Now since it is man's mind and not his body that thinks, and thinks from the delight of his affection, and since man's mind is his spirit, which lives after death, it follows that man's spirit is nothing but affection and thought derived from it. That there can be no thought without affection is plainly evident from spirits and angels in the spiritual world, because all there think from the affections of their life's love, and the delight of these affections presses close around each one as his atmosphere; and because all are united in accordance with these spheres which emanate from their affections through their thoughts. Moreover, the character of each one is known from the sphere of his life. Hence it may be evident that every thought is from affection and is the form of its affection. It is the same with the will and the understanding; also with good and truth; and also with charity and faith.


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