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Swedenborg writes on the hells of the spirit world

December 17, 1915


I am here, Swedenborg.

Let me write a few lines as I desire to write you some truths about what you and your friend were discussing, namely, are there any such hells as are described in the messages contained in Dr. Peeble’s book, Immortality, which you have been reading tonight.

You must know that, in the spirit world, hell is a place as well as a condition, and that as a place it has all the accompaniments that make it a reality to the spirits who inhabit it. Of course, the conditions of the spirits who are in these hells are determined by their recollections worked upon by their consciences. But notwithstanding that these recollections are the things that cause their sufferings, yet the appearances of the locations in which they live are due to something more than these mere recollections. As you have been informed, all these spirits are in darkness, and the degree of the darkness in which they live is determined by their recollections. I mean that when the spirit has recollections of deeds done or not done, which are not as bad as the recollections of another, the former spirit is in a place where there is less darkness than the latter.

These places have their own fixed condition of darkness and gloom and many other attachments that increase the sufferings that spirits have to endure. There are, of course, no fires and brimstone lakes, and devils with pitchforks adding to the sufferings of spirits, but yet, there are certain conditions and appearances that are outside of the spirits themselves that cause their recollections to become more acute and to work in a manner to produce a greater degree of suffering.

These hells may be places of caverns and rocks and barren wastes and dark holes and other such things as has been written about, and mortals must know that evil spirits do not live in pleasant places and suffer only from the punishments that their recollections bring to them. While the hells of the orthodox are in their descriptions greatly exaggerated, yet there is some truth in the ideas that these descriptions convey as to the fact that the hells are places in which there is darkness and many accompanying appearances that add to the tortures of the spirits of evil. I tell you this because I see you want to know the truth and for the further reason that you do not believe that there are such distinctive places as the hells, and that the darkness which the spirits in their communications speak to you of are, in your opinion, produced by the conditions of the minds and souls of the spirits who write. But such opinion is not altogether correct, and it is best for men to know that the mere recollections do not include all of what the hells are.

You say you have your hells on earth sometimes, and that is true to a limited extent, and many men suffer very much from their conscience and remorse. When they come into the spirit world, if they have not gotten out of the condition that these recollections place them in, they will find that there is waiting for them that place or location that will add to their sufferings that arise from the recollections of evil deeds committed while on earth.

These evil spirits live in communities, for the law of attraction operates in these dark and lower planes just as it does in the higher spheres, and it causes spirits of like or similar conditions to congregate together and find consolation, or what they may think at times to be consolation, in one another’s company. These hells are in the planes that are the nearest to the earth, and these spirits are not confined all the time to any particular hell. They have the privilege of moving at will along this plane, but wherever they go they find that they are in hell, and they cannot escape unless they accept the help from spirits who can instruct them in what they must do.

These spirits, while their habitations are in these hells, have the privilege of leaving these particular localities and wandering in and over parts of the earth plane, but this is only for a short time, for they have to return to the places where they have been placed that the law of attraction draws them to.

Nevertheless, the great fact is that these evil spirits have a place of living where they have to remain until, by the operation of the law of compensation, they are relieved from some of their evil tendencies and desires. Then they are permitted to progress. My principal reason in writing you is for you know that there are hells of places as well as of conditions, and that these places, by reason of what they contain and their appearances, add to the suffering of the spirits.

As I have written a long time I will stop and say that I am a Christian and an inhabitant of the celestial spheres, and I am one of the spirit band that is helping you in your great work of the Master.

So, in leaving you, I will subscribe myself.

Your brother in Christ,
Swedenborg, the Seer