About a month ago I gave a lecture to 130 first-year medical students about the art and necessity of thinking from causes when dealing with disease. Treating symptoms, which are only effects, is just buying time, I told them, but finding and correcting the cause of a disease will take the disease away.
As one long interested in his theological works and his life, I have wondered just where Swedenborg’s travels took him. Where was he at certain key times in his life? What other countries did he visit and for how long? These questions are not always easy to answer. There is a great wealth of facts about Swedenborg and his life, but no simple outline for easy reference. Information is available, but it is scattered here and there, and some of it is inaccurate. This is why it seemed worthwhile to gather as much data as possible in order to create a more accurate chronology. The following is the result of this research.
On 19th June 1787 the “spiritist” faction in the Stockholm Exegetic and Philanthropic Society led by Baron Karl Göran Silfverhjelm, a nephew of the venerable Emanuel Swedenborg, sent a letter broadcast to universities, learned societies, mesmeric conclaves and Illuminist Freemasons throughout Europe.1 The letter championed recent experiments conducted by the Society as providing ready confirmation of the Truths of Swedenborg’s teachings, in the “magnetic” means employed to contact higher “Guardian” entities who, they argued, were instrumental in the confrontation with, and the cure of, diseases.