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God's will is my will.
Jakob Böhme (Apology to Balthazar Tilken)
We are all strings in the concert of God's joy.
Jakob Böhme (Confessions - Chapter 14)
All that the self does outside of God's will occurs in fantasy.
Jakob Böhme (The Way to Christ, 1622)
What now seems hard to you, you will later learn to love the most.
Jakob Böhme (The Way to Christ, 1622)
Not I, the I that I am, know these things; but God knows them in me.
Jakob Böhme (Apology to Balthazar Tilken)
God has not created us for self-dominion, but as instruments of his wonder.
Jakob Böhme (The Way to Christ, 1622)
I, God, press through your branches into the sap and bear fruit on your boughs.
Jakob Böhme (The Way to Christ, 1622)

Jacob Boehme Quote: The soul must remain in resigned humility just as the fountain relies...
The soul must remain in resigned humility just as the fountain relies on its source.
Jakob Böhme (The Way to Christ, 1622)
And so the eternal delight became perceivable, and the perceiving of the Unity is called love.
Jakob Böhme
When God's love completely dwells in a soul, it is in heaven and is itself God's heaven in which He dwells.
Jakob Böhme (The Signature of All Things, 1621)
If you could be silent from all willing and thinking for one hour, you would hear God's inexpressible words.
Jakob Böhme (The Way to Christ, 1622)
Heaven is nothing other than a revelation of the Eternal One, where everything works and wills in silent love..
Jakob Böhme (The Supersensual Life, 1624)
We men have one book in common which points to God. Each has it within himself, which is the priceless Name of God.
Jakob Böhme (Quoted in Libri Apologetici, 1730)
No work outside of God's will can reach God's Kingdom. It is all only a useless carving in the great laboriousness of man.
Jakob Böhme (The Way to Christ, 1622)
When you move silently, then you are that which God was before nature and creature, out of which He created your nature and creature.
Jakob Böhme (The Way to Christ, 1622)
There is no place of rest in the earthly self-hood, but only in the fair solar lustre of his precious pearl; when the sun arises to him in the darkness, and the night departs.
Jakob Böhme (The Signature of All Things - Chapter 15, 1621)
Here, now, is the right place for you to wrestle before the Divine face. If you remain firm, if you do not bend, you will see and perceive great wonders. You will discover how Christ will storm the hell in you and will break your beasts.
Jakob Böhme (The Way to Christ, 1622)
For according to the outward man, we are in this world, and according to the inward man, we are in the inward world.... Since then we are generated out of both worlds, we speak in two languages, and we must be understood also by two languages.
Jakob Böhme (The Threefold Life of Man, 1620)
There is a certain Greatness and Latitude of Heart in Love, which is inexpressible; for it enlarges the Soul as wide as the whole Creation of God. And this shall be truly experienced by thee, beyond all Words, when the Throne of Love shall be set up in thy Heart.
Jakob Böhme (The Supersensual Life, 1624)
The whole host of heaven is set and tuned into one harmony; each angelical kingdom into a peculiar instrument, but all mutually composed into one music, into the only love-voice of God: Every string of this melody exalts and rejoices the other; and it is only a mere ravishing lovely and delightful hearing.
Jakob Böhme (The Signature of All Things, 1621)
We are all strings in the concert of his joy; the spirit from his mouth strikes the note and tune of our strings.
Therefore God became man, that he might repair his glorious instrument of praise, which would not sound according to the desire of his joy and of his love. He would bring again the true love-sound into the strings; he has brought the voice which sounds in his presence again into us; he is become that which I am and has made me that which he is, so I may say that in my humility I am in him his trumpet and the sound of his instrument and his divine voice.
Jakob Böhme (Confessions - Chapter 14)
A Christian is he who lives in Christ, and in whom Christ's power is active. He must feel the divine fire of love burn in his heart. This fire is the Spirit of Christ, who continually crushes the head of the serpent, meaning the desires of the flesh. The flesh is governed by the will of the world; but the spiritual fire in man is kindled by the Spirit. He who wants to become a Christian must not boast and say: 'I am a Christian!' but he should desire to become one, and prepare all the conditions necessary that the Christ may live in him. Such a Christian will perhaps be hated and persecuted by the nominal Christians of his time; but he must bear his cross, and thereby he will become strong.
Jakob Böhme
Cease but from thine own Activity, steadfastly fixing thine eye upon one point, and with a strong purpose relying upon the promised grace of God in Christ, to bring thee out of thy darkness into His marvellous light. For this end gather in all thy thoughts, and by faith press into the Centre, laying hold upon the Word of God, which is infallible, and which hath called thee. Be thou then obedient to this call; and be silent before the Lord, sitting alone with Him in thy inmost and most hidden cell, thy mind being centrally united in itself, and attending His will in the patience of Hope. So shall thy light break forth as the morning; and after the redness thereof is passed, the Sun Himself, which thou waitest for, shall arise unto thee, and under His most healing wings thou shalt greatly rejoice; ascending and descending in His bright and salutiferous beams. Behold this is the true supersensual ground of life.
Jakob Böhme (The Supersensual Life, 1624)
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Jakob Böhme Biography
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Born: 1575
Died: 1624

Jakob Böhme was a German Christian mystic. He is best known for his original thinking during his time and for his powerful expressions of mysticism.


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