Swedish man of letters Lars Bergquist explains the often enigmatic but always fascinating dream journal kept by Emanuel Swedenborg from 1743 to 1744. A scientist, Swedenborg meticulously recorded his dreams and visions, adding interpretations that foreshadowed modern dream analysis. After an Easter vision in 1745, Swedenborg abandoned his scientific studies and dedicated his life to studying the inner meaning of Sacred Scripture. In his diary, he reveals his daily life and the reflections that are a key to understanding his later spiritual works.
"The book enables us to follow Swedenborg...from dismal gloom to inner splendor."
--Gunnar Bronerg, Upsala Nya Tidning
About the Author
Lars Bergquist is an acclaimed Swedish novelist, essayist, and translator. Among his works published in Swedish are Per Brahes undergang och bargning, Isvandring med Nordenskiold, and Den heliga pyramiden. He has also translated into Swedish the poetry of the French poet Rene Char, Chinese Tang poetry, and novels by the Italian Leonardo Sciascia. In addition to Swedenborgs Dreambok, which was published in Sweden in 1988, Mr. Bergquist has written a major biography of Swedenborg, Swedenborgs heimlighet Om Ordets betydelse, anglarnas liv och tjansten hos Gud, published by Natur och Kultur in 1999.
Mr. Bergquist also served in the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1960 until his retirement in 1993. During his time in the diplomatic service, he was the Swedish ambassador to China and Italy and held posts in Paris, Moscow, Warsaw, and London.
Table of ContentsContents Acknowledgments Part One: An Introduction The Purpose of This Edition Discovery and Publication of the Diary An Outline of the Diary The Context of 1743 Science and Dreams Between Orthodoxy and Revival What the Brethren of Herrnhut Said The Interpretation of Dreams Visions and Ecstasy Being in the Spirit Initiation and Designation Concentration and Breathing Technique Swedenborg’s Health Social Circles The Call Notes to Introduction Part Two: The Dream Diary with Commentary by Lars Bergquist 1. An Account of a Journey 2. Glimpses of the Past, Keywords for the Future 3. March 1744 4. April 1744 5. May 1744 6. June 1744 7. July 1744 8. August 1744 9. September 1744 10. October 1744 11. The Eleventh Night 12. Financial Affairs and the Damsels of Wisdom Notes to Diary Bibliography Index