"I am a string in the concert of God’s joy" Jakob Boehme
My latest obsession…I have spent the last month perusing many of Jakob Boehme’s writings. Who was Jakob Boehme? A simple man born in 1575, a shoemaker who lived in a small town in Germany. He had some interesting experiences and visions in which he says the mysteries of the universe were revealed to him.
As I read his works, certain passages seemed to relate to theories of modern day physics such as string theory. A lot of his stuff is really hard to read and I only grasped the surface of Boehme’s meaning, but my mind was turning and turning with all kinds of thoughts and ideas after just reading a few pages.
Boehme had a major influence on William Law, Willam Blake, John Wesley and many others.
About one of his illuminating visions, Boehme said, “No word can express the great joy and triumph I experienced, as of a life out of death, as of a resurrection from the dead! … While in this state, as I was walking through a field of flowers, in fifteen minutes, I saw through the mystery of creation, the original of this world and of all creatures… . Then for seven days I was in a continual state of ecstasy, surrounded by the light of the Spirit, which immersed me in contemplation and happiness. I learned what God is, and what is his will… . I knew not how this happened to me, but my heart admired and praised the Lord for it!”
To be glad of life, because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars; to be satisfied with your posessions, but not contented with yourself until you have made the best of them; to despise nothing in the world except falsehood and meanness, and to fear nothing except cowardice; to be governed by your admirations rather than by your disgusts; to covet nothing that is your neighbors except his kindness of heart and gentleness of his manners; to think seldom of your enemies, often of your friends — these are the little guideposts on the footpath to peace.