240. Because the speech of angels proceeds directly from their affection, and the ideas of their thought are the various forms into which their general affection is distributed (see above, n. 236), angels can express in a moment what a man cannot express in half an hour; also they can set forth in a few words what has been expressed in writing on many pages; and this, too, has been proved to me by much experience.# Thus the angels' ideas of thought and the words of their speech make one, like effecting cause and effect; for what is in the ideas of thought as cause is presented in the words as effect, and this is why every word comprehends in itself so many things. Also all the particulars of angelic thought, and thus of angelic speech, appear when presented to view like a thin wave or circumfluent atmosphere, in which are innumerable things in their order derived from angelic wisdom, and these enter another's thought and affect him. The ideas of thought of everyone, both angel and man, are presented to view in the light of heaven, whenever the Lord pleases.##
# Angels can express by their speech in a moment more than a man can express by his in half an hour; and they can also express things that do not fall into the expressions of human speech (n. 1641-1643, 1645, 4609, 7089).
## The innumerable things contained in one idea of thought (n. 1008, 1869, 4946, 6613-6618).
The ideas of man's thought are opened in the other life, and what they are is presented to view to the life (n. 1869, 3310, 5510).
What their appearance is (n. 6601, 8885).
The ideas of angels of the inmost heaven present an appearance of flamy light (n. 6615).
The ideas of angels of the outmost heaven present an appearance of thin white clouds (n. 6614).
An angelic idea seen, from which there was a radiation towards the Lord (n. 6620).
Ideas of thought extend themselves widely into the societies of angels round about (n. 6598-6613).