From The Temptation of St. Anthony, Hieronymus Bosch
This offers us an interesting new perspective on creation itself as a vehicle that receives. What it receives lies within time; but all of its origins lie outside time. This last is, once again, consonant with our vision of the universe as informed by modern physics.
There is, however, a more important inward nature revealed here. Our inward nature, Swedenborg would explain, is inherently formed by the divine, and its origins of us outside time, just as God does. Mister Eckhart has a very similar vision of the soul; and Ibn al 'Arabi would have pitched it the same way. Modern physics deals with the mechanical substance of the universe, but this substance emanates from a location that lies beyond the realm of physics and its mechanical understandings.
In the same way, the whole of our lives emanates from a location that lies beyond the realm of the natural, which is a point that Swedenborg made again and again in his writings. It's interesting to note that this man, who was a hard-core scientist with, for his time, a truly superior understanding of the natural and the mechanical, would be so insistent on its inferiority to a higher order which cannot be seen except through the receiving of the divine inflow.
Matter, in the Swedenborgian universe, serves as a receptacle for the divine. Once again, the Sufis, including the inestimable al 'Arabi, saw it much the same way — and Meister Eckhart supported this view as well.
I would encourage readers to consider that our organic nature itself is just such a receptacle; and a direct experience of our nature in this regard is not so far away, if we come into a fundamental, rooted relationship with the divine inner energy that creates and supports our Being itself.