Swedish scientist, Emanuel Swedenborg was born in 1688. He entered university at eleven, excelled in many fields, and traveled widely throughout Europe. However, at fifty six, his disillusionment led to a dream in which he claimed to travel to the spiritual realm.
The precursor of the Spiritualist movement, he went on to commune with spirits and discuss philosophy with entities such as Plato and Jesus. Many clairvoyant instances are attributed to him, such as a vision he had of a fire in a neighbour’s home when he was three hundred miles away in Gothenburg.
The fire was later confirmed. With such talents Swedenborg built a whole new spiritual philosophy in which he argued God required us to exist in the physical and spiritual worlds at the same time.
(c) Anthony North, Feb 2007