All kinds of human physical contact and touching, like hugging, symbolizes a non-verbal form of communication. Hugging represents the soul of one person trying to confirm a deep connection and sharing with another soul.
However, scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg suggests that the spiritual element behind hugging can be greatly amplified. For instance, one individual can intensify the caressing of another’s soul by sharing valuable spiritual knowledge. This allows the hugging to transition to a deeper level of communication and intimacy from a principle of genuine concern (love).
(We often say, “we have been touched deeply” by a rousing speech—even though the speaker didn’t physically touch us.)
On an even deeper level of hugging, one individual can offer another insights on how to purify the human heart. This deepest level of hugging takes place when one individual cares for the spiritual evolution and salvation of another. Things can get tricky here because sometimes this means telling the person you care for things he or she doesn’t want to hear.
Communicating spiritual and sometimes discomforting knowledge is the aim of all my posts. So if any of my readers feel I do not love them, please consider that my hugs are being given on deeper levels.