Monday, April 23, 2018

A Clairvoyant Angelic Dream of Japanese Anime



Occasionally people have clairvoyant dreams, which is caused by a spiritual influx into our minds from the spiritual world. Although most just have dreams reflecting one's daily life or problems that one needs to address, occasionally some are spiritually significant. Swedenborg describes the different origin of dreams in his work Heavenly Arcana, and how to distinguish between ordinary dreams and dreams that are spiritual in origin. He describes one dream that is symbolic in nature, and upon waking he mentioned it to some angels in a waking vision, who then stated that the dream described in a symbolic fashion the subject of their conversation. Symbolic dreams often will take a subject familiar with a dreamer in order to convey a more spiritual message.

Recently I had been watching a Japanese anime, and someone I know had a couple of clairvoyant dreams that happened to describe in detail a few episodes of a Japanese anime I had been watching the day before. On this occasion I had been watching an anime series called Fairy Tail, and she had not been aware of this nor had ever seen this particular anime series. As I listened to the dreams I realized the dreams began to describe in detail the plot of the anime. When I looked at it in more detail, I could see the subject matter of the dream was selecting portions of the anime that were spiritual in nature.

The anime series of Fairy Tail is geared towards teenagers, it starts off bad with elements of goofiness but it does gradually get better. The first season has about 177 episodes and after a while it does gets repetitive. It does have good elements of humor as well as character development as the story progresses, and a fair amount of plot twists.

The target audience of Japanese anime ranges from children all the way to adults, covering all genres with some covering themes that are quite mature in nature. However the good ones are hard to find, and as Japanese anime does not follow the American rating system the storyline can veer off into a subject matter or plot twist one did not expect. As Fairy Tail isn't exactly the best example of good anime, if you leave a comment I will provide a list of Japanese anime that are my favorites that I can personally recommend. One has to get through a lot of fluff in Fairy Tail to arrive at the episdodes described by these clairvoyant dreams.

In this blog post I will first describe the two dreams as they were initially described to me. This will be followed by a description of the some of the episodes of the anime I had been watching the day before. At first I didn't see the point and thought this person had somehow just telepathically connected with my mind, but in the end I saw that there was a certain amount of spiritual significance in the subject matter. It should be kept in mind that the person who had the dream was completely unaware of the anime I had been watching, and had never seen it. When she started to describe it to me, myself and another person who had seen it both started to laugh, we were amazed at how the dream described this anime we had both seen the day before.

THE FIRST CLAIRVOYANT DREAM

In the first dream, the dreamer is travelling by camel through a desert to go on vacation to another place. Travelling with her is a girl who at first looks like her sister but then changes in appearance to her guardian angel (this female guardian angel tends to appear in dreams that are significant). They are travelling to an island. The island has trees, with very little buildings or people. The dreamer has an unusual ability: she had the capability to fly into the trees, and wanted to teach her brother how to fly. However to do this they had to get some height, and needed to find a tree that was taller than the others. Her brother then pointed out a tree that was taller than the others. At this point the dreamer finds a curtain, pulls it down, and behind it sees a circular marketplace of food and dancing. It is surrounded by a couple of steps. The dreamer then flies off of the steps towards the tree, but then she sees that at the base of the tree there is a door. The brother passes through the door. She goes through the door into the tree, and inside the door there is a maze. The maze is full of puzzles that need to be solved. The maze is square with four passages and at the four corners there were switches that needed to be activated, and once the switch was activated it would reveal another portion of the puzzle in the maze.

At this point, she realizes that this is a "video game" and then jumps ahead in the game to someone else's game progress where the dreamer was able to skip ahead. In this progress all the puzzles of the maze have been solved, and her brother is thankful to her for the her help in clearing out the maze. At this point she realizes the tree is for "crazy people." Out of the door of the tree comes out this old couple, where the old man is leaning on the old lady. The old man is wielding a knife, and comes close to the dreamer.

THE ANIME EPISODES OF TENROU ISLAND

This dream, for any of those who have actually watched Fairy Tail, corresponds to the arc of stories known as Tenrou Island, covering episodes 97-122. In this story a guild of wizards travel to Tenrou island to compete in several trials to become a higher class wizard. And Tenrou island, believe it or not, is this island with one huge singular tree growing out of the middle:


The dream begins with the dreamer travelling there by camel through a desert. However in the anime they travel by ship. However in the spiritual dream world, camels and ships have a similar meaning, as they were both means of conveying and transporting goods. In the spiritual world, as well as scripture, riches are knowledges that serve to lead to spiritual things; camels signify these knowledges in the lower natural person. For the gospels to state that it is easier for a camel to go through an eye of a needle than for rich man to enter into heaven means that it is impossible to explore the mysteries of faith through outward knowledges derived from the self; one must be guided and led by the Lord. Ships are similar, they signify doctrines drawn from the Word:
"ships [signify] doctrines from the Word. That ships have such a signification is because they pass through seas and rivers, and carry things useful for life; for by seas and rivers are signified knowledges outward and inward; the useful things of life which they carry, are the doctrines and also truths themselves from the Word, which are signified by ships — as is plain from the following passages: The isles shall wait for Me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them (Isa. lx. 9). Here ships of Tarshish are doctrines and truths from the Word, wherefore it is said that they should bring their sons, their silver and gold; for by sons are signified those who are in truths, by silver the truth itself, and by gold good. Every one may see that ships of Tarshish are not here meant, nor sons, silver, and gold" (Heavenly Arcana, n. 6385)
In the dream, the dreamer pairs up with her brother to fly into the tree. In the trials at Tenrou island, two wizards pair up with each other - one is to become a higher class wizard, the other is there to help them achieve their goal. Here the brother and sister correspond to the characters of Natzu, a fire dragon wizard, and Lucy Heartfilia, a celestial wizard who can summon celestial spirits of the sky to her aid.

As for flying into the tree, in episode 98 the trials begin as the ship begins to approach the island.  Instead of swimming, Natzu attempts to fly there using his flying cat:


Yes, that's a flying cat with wings (Japanese anime as I said is a bit odd and creative). Two other wizards also fly from the ship to Tenrou island:


In the dream, the dreamer did not fly into the dream. Instead she had to go through a door at the base of the tree. And indeed, in the trial at Tenrou island, each wizard must choose a door at the base of the island:


As in the dream, each door leads to an underground maze.  In the maze each wizard must face a trial, and once the trial is completed they are allowed to leave the maze.  In the dream there were four paths, in the anime episode I believe there were eight doors or paths. In the above screenshot when the doors are first shown, it shows four doors have been chosen (marked with a red X) and four remain open. This perfectly matches the clairvoyant dream.

A trial and maze here signify one's spiritual journey, and in one's journey we all must face trials and temptations. One cannot achieve true spirituality without first going through a period of temptation, as one faces one's own sins. This is part of the cleansing process, a state of temptation is what we experience when good angels fight against evil spirits to influence which direction we shall take. And that is represented in this anime by the fights these wizards must go through. Natzu, as it turns out, faces a very powerful wizard for his trial: Gildarts:


Natzu is very self-confident and head-strong, who tends to think he has no limits on his power. But here with Gildarts he faces one of his first failures. And here he has a hard time acknowledging his limits and weakness. The dialogue between Gildarts and Natzu is of particular interest, when Natzu realizes fails to know his limit and to know that he has failed:
Gildarts: I don't know if you'll want to keep this up once I have unleashed my full power. In order to walk the path of magic, it eventually reaches its peak. There is one thing you still lack. Let me show you.
And then Gildarts transforms:


In the face of overwhelming power, Natzu experiences fear for the first time in his life, and bows down on his hands and knees. He accepts defeat, and begins to cry, for now he knows he has limits.


Gildarts: A wise choice. I applaud anyone who has the courage to stand up and face their enemies. However, the wizards who are the most courageous are those exceptional few, who know when to stand down. Remember Natzu, there is nothing wrong with feeling fear. After all, how else are we to come to know our own weaknesses? You need to know them, in order to become stronger, and a gentler person.
This is the central message of the trial. And in our spiritual journey, we become spiritually stronger when we acknowledge and face our own weaknesses, and humble ourselves before God. The lowering of one's ego and pride is signified by bowing down. In fact, in scripture, the "worship" is a translation of a word that simply means "bow down."  And when faced and confronted with power from the Divine, one experiences true fear, a fear that eventually becomes transformed into a fear of obedience, and then a serving fear done out of pure love and joy. But without humbling one self, and rejecting one's pride, one cannot pass the test.

The end of the dream had an old man and woman come out of the door of the tree, with him wielding a knife threatening to attack the dreamer. This converges two parts: one there is a major battle in the tree involving Erza, another wizard who tends to wield a powerful sword. The other is that the island is approached by a group of evil wizards, who use a flying ship to approach the tree. They are headed by an old bearded wizard known as Hades, which is the Greek word for hell:


Which again has a remarkable correspondence with the clairvoyant dream. This conveys the spiritual meaning that these trials are a spiritual journey involving a war between heaven and hell in our trials. The tree on Tenrou island gives the wizards of Fairy Tail their special power, and here it corresponds to the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden, representative of heaven.

THE SECOND CLAIRVOYANT DREAM

A second dream followed the first, which is not as extensive but is related. In this the dreamer participates in a game trial, where she must hit other students on the head with a ball. Either she must solve a puzzle, in which case the other players have to freeze in their place, or she could just immediately start throwing the ball. She pretends to be indecisive about her choice, everyone thinks she will choose to solve the puzzle, but instead she reacts quickly and immediately throws the ball. She hits the most people and wins the game. As a reward, she gets an hour glass. She soon realizes that this hour glass has a special property: it gives the ability of the holder to go back in time. She accidentally realizes this when she goes back in time 5 minutes. Other students begin to realize its power, and then start to ask her to go back in time to different points in time, especially to retake a test, or to experience a happy moment in their life. The timelines start to get confusing, but then later the teacher decides to reward the hour glass to another student who tied with her but had opted to solve the puzzle. She returns the hour glass. The teacher puts the hour glass on a gold table, the sand changes into a blue color and magical colors emanate from the hour glass. She begins to cry that she had to give up her hour glass, and the teacher told her to accept it as it is the Lord's will. She leaves and goes to another class where the teacher does not like her. In the class the desks are all piled together, and the teacher decides to show her a folder of the "worst student ever" meaning herself. She looks at the folder, she does not see her name, but instead sees the game of Farmville. The dream ends.

FAIRY TAIL: TENROU ISLAND CONTINUED

The second dream actually describes a series of subsequent episodes of Tenrou Island in Fairy Tail, where a flying ship of evil wizards headed by Hades approaches the island. Makarov, the leader of Fairy Tail, grows into a giant to protect the island:


Makarov then attacks the ship, and it begins to fall apart tilting to one side. However Hades has a mysterious woman at his side, named Ultear:



Hades: Now, Ultear!

Ultear: Sir. ARC OF TIME. Restore.


Time then goes backward a few seconds, and the ship is completely restored. Just as in the dream, where the hour glass gave the wielder the ability to go back in time to correct one's mistakes.

So there is time travel, what about the game involving a ball in which the goal is to hit other people in the quickest amount of time?

Ultear goes to the island of Tenrou to retrieve an evil black wizard known as "lord Zariph" that had wandered onto the island, who is even more powerful than Hades. She must subdue and capture him, not kill him. This particular wizard has this strange ability... to create these deadly black balls that he throws at her which swallow everything in their path:


Lord Zariph launches several black balls at Ultear. Ultear counters by reversing or fast forwarding time using her power. She fast fowards time, trapping Zariph in a tree that grows around him. Zariph has a spell of depression that comes upon him, which causes everything around him to immediately die in this black cloud that emanates from him, including the tree that traps him. Ultear, faced with death, uses her crystal ball of time to absorb the cloud of death:


The crystal ball turns black, and then cracks and crumbles.  Just as in the dream, where the dreamer lost her hour glass.  However Ultear then uses her arc of time spell to restore the crystal ball.

Later, Natzu encounters Ultear on the island. Ultear attacks him by using her arc of time spell to cause a seed of a tree to rapidly sprout underneath his feet, throwing him off.

Ultear uses her crystal ball to attack Natzu, constantly pummelling him by throwing the crystal ball at him. The crystal ball then multiplies into several balls, each reflecting a different aspect of Natzu:


Ultear: Each one of these crystal balls contains a different possible future for you. Parallel worlds. I have the ability to create an infinite number of futures. And then, compress them into a single future.
Ultear then start pummeling Natzu again with multiple crystal balls as the different possibilities compress into a single ball:


And this explains the ball game of the clairvoyant dream, in which the objective was to hit the opposing player in the quickest amount of time. So what is the meaning?  One, this particular dreamer has at times the ability to see into the future with her dreams. The other, is that in the spiritual world time has no meaning:
"That angels know nothing about time, though all things move onward with them as in the world, without any difference at all, is because in heaven there are not years and days, but changes of state; and where there are years and days there are times, but where there are changes of state there are states... Since angels have no idea from time, like men in the world, neither have they any idea about time and matters of time. They know nothing of the terms of time, such as year, month, week, day, hour, today, tomorrow, yesterday. When they hear them from man — for angels are always associated with man by the Lord — in place of them they perceive states and what belong to states. Thus man's natural idea is turned into a spiritual idea with angels. For this reason times in the Word signify states, and the terms of time, as named above, signify spiritual things corresponding to them" (Heaven and Hell, n. 163, 165)
So what about the final part of the dream, where the dreamer enters a classroom where the teacher hates her? This has to do with the history of Ultear, where her mother abandoned her as a child to a special school that could control and develop her magical power. However they used her for nefarious ends, corrupting her towards evil. Ultear developed a hatred for her mother, but it was based on false lie. This falsehood led her down the path of evil, but ultimately Ultear comes to realize the truth about her mother, that she had been lied to.  This leads to her changing her life, when she acknowledges the truth. She must fall into water to retrieve the truth of her mother, similar to the ritual of baptism. Again, a spiritual message about transformation.

Finally, in the first dream the dreamer thinks she sees her sister, but she looks like her guardian angel. This angel has appeared in multiple dreams, and I was at first uncertain but given the correspondence between the dream and this anime it look like this angel is real. In the past she has shown her intelligence and sometimes humor, and this dream was rather clever. The dream only selected the portion of this anime that had spiritual significance. Angels have the ability to read thoughts and implant them in our minds. This particular guardian angel has golden hair and blue eyes, and towards the end when the wizards lose all hope, a guardian angel with blonde hair and blue eyes appears on the island:


This particular angel has revealed her name to this dreamer, but until now I did not have enough confirmation to show indeed that this guardian angel is real, and in this case used a Japanese anime I had been watching to convey a spiritual dream to another person.  Swedenborg does indeed describe how angels often have delight in creating spiritual dreams:
"The angelic spirits, who are at the entrance to the paradisal scenes, are they who insinuate such dreams; and to them is also entrusted the duty of watching over certain men when they sleep, lest they should then be infested by evil spirits. They enter upon this duty with the greatest delight, so that there is rivalry among them as to who shall attend, and they love to affect the man with the enjoyable and delightful things which they see in his affection and genius. They who have become angelic spirits are from those who, in the life of the body, delighted and loved to make the life of others enjoyable by every means and effort. When the hearing is opened so far, there is heard from them, as from a distance, a sweetly modulating sound, as it were of singing. They said that they do not know whence such things, and representatives so beautiful and pleasant, come to them in a moment; but it was said that it was from heaven. They belong to the province of the cerebellum; for the cerebellum, as I have been informed, is awake in the time of sleep, when the cerebrum sleeps. From this source the men of the Most Ancient Church had their dreams, with a perception of what they signified; from whom, in great part, were the representatives and significatives of the ancients, under which were set forth things deeply hidden" (Heavenly Arcana, n. 1977.2)

Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Spiritual Meaning of "Let us make man in our image" (Gen. 1:26)



What is the true spiritual meaning of the passage Let us make man in our image (Gen. 1:26)? In traditional Christianity, this passage is used as one of the proof texts for the concept of a trinity of three persons, a doctrine that was invented in the 4th century A.D. to combat Arianism.  The doctrine came from men, and has no support from scripture as the doctrine is utterly foreign to the monotheism of scripture, except if one takes passages from the New Testament in a very literal manner, ignoring the numerous passages where God is described as not only one personal Being, but as Being itself:
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.”1  And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” (Ex. 3:14)
The phrase "I AM" is a title of Divinity, and Jesus claimed this title for Himself (John 8:58) as He is Jehovah incarnate in human form.  The name Jehovah comes from a Hebrew word that means "He is." Thus God is one personal being, and beside Him there is no other god:
Thus says Jehovah, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, Jehovah of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god. (Isa. 44:6).
Jesus also claims the title of first and last (Rev. 1:17, 2:8). The concept of a trinity of three persons is thus foreign to scripture.  As for Gen. 1:26, the ancient Jewish interpretation is that this refers to God among His congregation of angels in heaven. It in no way indicates a plurality of persons in the Godhead, for such a belief is none other than polytheism.

THE SPIRITUAL INTERACTION BETWEEN ANGELS AND MAN

The Jewish interpreation that the plurality of Gen. 1:26 refers to God and his angels is confirmed in the revelations received by Emanuel Swedenborg, who takes the concept further. Our lives are dependent on the influx of spiritual life, which flows into us through angels and spirits:
"Man does not know at all that he is governed of the Lord by means of angels and spirits; and that with every man there are at least two spirits, and two angels. Through spirits communication of man with the world of spirits is effected, and through angels with heaven. Without communication through spirits with the world of spirits, and through angels with heaven, and so through heaven with the Lord, man can by no means live. His life entirely depends on that conjunction. If the spirits and angels should withdraw, he would perish in a moment." (Heavenly Arcana, n. 50)
This spiritual psychology of the human soul goes against the modern concept of the individual self, that it is the self alone that is the origin of our being and thought. To make man in our image, means God's influence over man through angels to regenerate us into a spiritual being:
"While man is unregenerate, he is governed quite otherwise than when regenerated. While unregenerate there are evil spirits with him, who so domineer over him that the angels, though present, are scarcely able to do any thing more than just to guide him so that he may not plunge into the lowest evil, and bend him to some good — in fact to bend him by means of his own desires to good, and through the fallacies of the senses to truth. He then has communication with the world of spirits, through the spirits who are with him, but not so much with heaven, because evil spirits rule, and angels only avert their rule.
"But when man is regenerated, angels rule, and inspire him with all goods and truths, and with fear and horror of evils and falsities. The angels indeed lead, but only as ministers, for it is the Lord alone who governs man by angels and spirits. And because it is done through the ministry of angels it is here first said, in the plural number, Let us make man in our image; and yet, because the Lord alone governs and disposes, it is said in the following verse, in the singular number, God created him in His own image." (Heavenly Arcana, n. 50.2-3)
In ancient times the spiritual communication was more direct, but it was cut off due to our separation due to the love of self and ruling over others. Thus man is merely natural, and spiritual communication is opened through the Lord who appeared in human form, as well as through scripture which is the Divine truth in written form. There are occasions when this is opened up, often through dreams, and for one personal experience see the blog posts A Clairvoyant Dream of an Angel and a Celtic Fairy Tale as well as An Angelic Visitation at Death and a Funeral.

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF IMAGE AND LIKENESS?

In the literal sense the meaning of image and likeness is that God is anthropomorphic.  This is partly true: in the New Church revelation God is Man, and we are but his images, for in order to be understood God has revealed Himself in human form. But in more spiritual sense, a human becomes an image or likeness of God inasmuch as does what is good according to the truth, for Good and Truth are the two primary aspects of the Divine:
"And God created man in His own image; in the image of God created He him. The word image is twice used here, because faith, which is of the understanding, is called His own image; and love, which is of the will — and which in the spiritual man comes after, but in the celestial man precedes — is called the image of God." (Heavenly Arcana, n. 53)
To give God glory is to acknowledge that the good we do and the truth we think is not from our self, but from God alone, for the selfish ego is the source of nothing but evil:
"By giving to the Lord glory and honor nothing else is meant in the Word but to acknowledge and confess that all truth and all good are from Him, and thus that He is the only God; for He has glory from the Divine truth and honor from the Divine good" (Apocalypse Revealed, n. 249; see also the work The Symbolism of the Psalms)
Thus the purpose of the worship of God, giving Him glory, is not for the sake of God, but for the sake of ourselves and our salvation, for in honoring and worshiping God we withdraw from the self-glorification of our own ego. And inasmuch as we withdraw from the selfish ego, that is as far as we will become an image and likeness of God in good and truth in a life of usefulness.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Clairvoyant Empathy and the Golden Rule



Empathy is defined as the ability to step into another person's shoes and to understand their point of view and sense their feelings.  For those who are sensitive or empathatic, the weight of these feelings are so strong that they can become unbearable. I recently found this website, 13 Signs You're An Empath, which lists similar symptoms. Empathy is based on love, and accepts the other person with their faults with understanding, without judgment or hate - for love opens the door to empathy, and hate is what closes it off.

The experience of empathy can become so strong, however, that it becomes clairvoyant - one literally experiences what the other person thinks or feels. This is known by others as "psychic empathy."  This kind of empathy is more common in waking dreams. I know someone who had a dream, where he was standing in a garage, and sees his mother. His mother than walks away, and he begins shouting after her to come back. However an invisible barrier then comes up, and she cant hear him, and they become distant until the mother walks away. He woke up with such a heavy sadness, and that very morning received a phone call giving the news that his best friend's mother had committed suicide. She had committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in the garage.

Empathy can be closed off for many years, but by random chance one may come across a person that triggers something, opening it up once again.  It can cause one to lose sleep, I have recently experienced something similar to it and can't shake it off so I thought I would blog about it to let it out and let it go.

THE SCRIPTURAL FOUNDATION FOR EMPATHY

There are spiritual laws which govern the experience of empathy, and that is the spiritual love of God and loving one's neighbour.  These two are the greatest commandments:
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matt. 22:36-40)
Scripture expresses this as a commandment, and one may view that one must follow it as a duty or obligation.  That is certainly the first step, but as one practices it, one experiences the love, and it grows more internal. An empath lives it, where they are living in the shoes of the other person. More spiritual experiences can happen with those who have similar personalities or who follow similar life paths, despite their differences. Empathy is the bridge across differences, which are in fact mental constructs which block the flow the empathy.

From empathy, one can begin to read other people's thoughts. In fact, the gospels state that Jesus had this ability:
"But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man." (John 2:24-25)
And, what is interesting to note here, of all empaths God is the greatest empath. He literally stands in the place of every person, and knows firsthand what each person experiences. This can be seen in the following passage:
"Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’" (Matt. 25:34-40)

THE SPIRITUAL EXPLANATION OF EMPATHY

The writings of Emanuel Swedenborg provide a deeper explanation for the experience of empathy. Whereas our bodies live in a three dimensional material world, our souls are spiritual in origin and dwell in a parallel dimension where space and time have no meaning. In the spiritual world, instead of space there are states of love, for heaven is composed of one' interior state of ideas and feelings. The more one loves another person the more closer one becomes to that soul:
"In the spiritual world one appears in presence to another, if only he intensely desires his presence; for thus he sees him in thought, and presents himself in his state; and conversely, one is removed from another so far as he is averse to him. And because all aversion is from contrariety of affections and from disagreement of thoughts, it comes to pass in that world, that several who are in one place are seen by one another so long as they agree, but as soon as they disagree they disappear." (Heaven and Hell, n. 194)
What then happens is that in the spiritual world, communities form based on like personalities, and this collection of souls appear together in the form of a human being:
"It is to be known that though all in a society of heaven, when seen together as one, appear in the likeness of a man, yet no one society is just such a man as another. The societies are distinguished one from another as are human faces from one stock... they are varied according to the varieties of the good in which they are, and which gives them their form... It is noteworthy that the more there are in a society of heaven making a one, the more perfect is its human form, since variety disposed in heavenly form makes perfection" (Heaven and Hell, n. 70, 71)
In the spiritual world, angelic spirits experience a more intense from of empathy - one can literally share the memory of another person where one thinks one is that person:
"That I might know how the matter stood, as to man's not being able to think from his own memory, if spirits flowed in from their exterior memory, it was permitted two or three times that this should be done; and I then knew no otherwise than that that was mine which was not mine, but a spirit's; and that I had thought the things before, which I had not thought" (Heavenly Arcana, n. 2478)
This influx into another person's memory is the spiritual origin of telepathy as well as empathy. here is another passage:
"An angel or a spirit when he comes to a man, and by turning to him is conjoined to him, comes into all his memory, insomuch that he scarce knows otherwise than that he knows from himself what the man knows, including his languages" (Heaven and Hell, n. 246)
Thus those who have experienced clairvoyant empathy have in fact experienced something very close to what the angelic minds think, when they come across another soul who is of like mind with them. Empaths are thus the hidden angels on earth, and you are lucky if you should ever encounter one, or share such an experience with another.