(DP) - Angelic Wisdom about Divine Providence

DP 165

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165. III. MAN IS LED BY THE LORD BY MEANS OF INFLUX, AND TAUGHT BY MEANS OF ENLIGHTENMENT. Man is led by the Lord by means of influx because being led and inflowing are predicated of love and the will; and he is taught by the Lord by means of enlightenment because being taught and enlightened are properly predicated of wisdom and the understanding. It is well known that every man is led by himself from his own love, and by others according to his love, and not by his understanding. He is led by his understanding and according to it, only when his love or his will forms his understanding; and when this is done, it can also be said of his understanding that it is led; but even then it is not the understanding that is being led, but the will from which it is formed.
The term influx is used because it is customary to say that the soul flows into the body; and it has been shown above that influx is spiritual and not physical; and a man's soul or life is his love or will. The term is used also because influx is comparatively like the flow of the blood into the heart, and from the heart into the lungs. It has been shown in the treatise THE DIVINE LOVE AND WISDOM (n. 371-432), that there is a correspondence of the heart with the will, and of the lungs with the understanding, and that the conjunction of the will with the understanding is like the inflow of the blood from the heart into the lungs.


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