• The Presence of Other Worlds

    The Psychological/Spiritual Findings of Emanuel Swedenborg

    By Wilson Van Dusen
    Foreword by Dr. Raymond Moody
    Afterword by Dr. James Lawrence

    An account of the monumental journey of eighteenth-century scientist and philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg into the depths of his own mind and to spiritual worlds beyond. Read more

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In 1974, Wilson Van Dusen published a groundbreaking study on the findings of Emanuel Swedenborg, a book that has inspired thousands to look more closely into Swedenborg’s works and to consider the implications of living a useful and thoughtfully directed life. Now, on the thirtieth anniversary of this remarkable work, the Swedenborg Foundation presents an updated second edition of the best-selling book ever published on the philosophy and theology of Emanuel Swedenborg.

An account of the monumental journey of an eighteenth-century scientist and philosopher into the depths of his own mind and to spiritual worlds beyond, The Presence of Other Worlds shows how Swedenborg’s personal experiences radiate with insights about psychological and spiritual developments that are relevant to modern-day seekers. It has been hailed since its first publication as a passport for all spiritual voyagers into the human psyche and the inner sanctum of the afterlife.

Dr. Raymond Moody, author of Life After Life, provides a foreword that explains the importance of Swedenborg’s mystical experiences in connection with the near-death experience. Dr. James Lawrence presents a tribute to Wilson Van Dusen and his enduring legacy in an afterword.

About the Author

Wilson Van Dusen (1923–2005) earned a PhD in clinical psychology and spent his professional years working with schizophrenics. As a psychologist, he gravitated toward the depths of human experience, with a special interest in the human potential for the experience of God. An accomplished writer, his later books focus on the spiritual universal that transcends cultural and doctrinal differences. These books include The Natural Depth in Man, Returning to the Source, and Beauty, Wonder, and the Mystical Mind.


The Presence of Other Worlds is an excellent introduction to Swedenborg’s works, especially for readers with an interest in psychology and a mystical turn of mind.”

—from the foreword by Dr. Raymond Moody

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