Swedenborg - The great king of the mystic realms
Who Was Swedenborg?
Emanuel Swedenborg was born 29 January 1688 and died 29 March 1772) and was a scientist, philosopher, theologian and mystic.
As one of the world's premier scientists he pioneered many fields including psychoanalysis, atomic theory and many advancements in economics, monetary theory, aeronautics, submarine design and much more.
He is best known for his book on the afterlife, Heaven and Hell (1758).
Swedenborg had a prolific career as an inventor and scientist. In 1741, at 53, he entered into a spiritual phase in which he began to experience dreams and visions, beginning on Easter Weekend, on 6 April 1744.
It culminated in a 'spiritual awakening' in which he received a revelation that he was appointed by the Lord Jesus Christ to write The Heavenly Doctrine to reform Christianity.
According to The Heavenly Doctrine, the Lord had opened Swedenborg's spiritual eyes so that from then on, he could freely visit heaven and hell to converse with angels, demons and other spirits.
Was Swedenborg Crazy?
Because of Swedenborg's assertions regarding the spiritual world, some people have asserted he was mentally impaired.
However, none of the historical evidence supports that assertion because he was functioning extremely highly publishing thousands of pages, participating in Swedish government at the highest levels and otherwise living a normal life.