Whatever senses we possess may be used as means of escape from the prison of personality into the boundless freedom of the spiritual world
. And once the soul is set free, there is no need for painful aimless wanderings, no need for Mahomet to go to the Mountain, for resting in the centre of all things the universe will be our home and our share in the secrets of the World-Builder will be made known.
Here, too, at an earlier period, he had studied the wonders of the human frame, and attempted to fathom the very process by which Nature assimilates all her precious influences from earth and air, and from the spiritual world, to create and foster man, her masterpiece.
Though she had some indistinct idea of the method of these optical phenomena, still the illusion was almost perfect enough to warrant the belief that her husband possessed sway over the spiritual world. Then again, when she felt a wish to look forth from her seclusion, immediately, as if her thoughts were answered, the procession of external existence flitted across a screen.
In its subtlest operations, further, Imagination penetrates below the surface and comprehends and brings to light the deeper forces and facts--the real controlling instincts of characters, the real motives for actions, and the relations of material things to those of the spiritual world
and of Man to Nature and God.
I do not know that in the spiritual world
a sentiment or emotion may not survive the heart that held it, and seek expression in a kindred life, ages removed.
She felt that a different world had now taken possession of her- the life of a world of strenuous and free activity, quite opposed to the spiritual world
in which till now she had been confined and in which her greatest comfort had been prayer.
Hester could only account for the child's character -- and even then most vaguely and imperfectly -- by recalling what she herself had been during that momentous period while Pearl was imbibing her soul from the spiritual world
, and her bodily frame from its material of earth.
Says the poet Mr Udd, "Being seated, to run through the region of the spiritual world
; I have had this advantage in books.
In the morning I awake and find the old world, wife, babes, and mother, Concord and Boston, the dear old spiritual world and even the dear old devil not far off.
Marriage (in what is called the spiritual world) is impossible, because of the inequality between every subject and every object.
In old Colonel Pyncheon's funeral discourse the clergyman absolutely canonized his deceased parishioner, and opening, as it were, a vista through the roof of the church, and thence through the firmament above, showed him seated, harp in hand, among the crowned choristers of the spiritual world
. On his tombstone, too, the record is highly eulogistic; nor does history, so far as he holds a place upon its page, assail the consistency and uprightness of his character.
It was this conviction which Swedenborg expressed when he described a group of persons in the spiritual world
endeavoring in vain to articulate a proposition which they did not believe; but they could not, though they twisted and folded their lips even to indignation.