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Mystical Experiences of Jacob Boehme
(1575 - 1624)

The most famous Protestant mystic, Jacob Boehme (1575-1624) had two distinct mystical experiences. The first, in 1600 when he was 25 years old:
"Sitting one day in his room his eyes fell upon a burnished pewter dish, which reflected the sunshine with such marvellous splendor that he fell into an inward ecstasy, and it seemed to him as if he could now look into the principles and deepest foundations of things. He believed that it was only a fancy, and in order to banish it from his mind he went out upon the green. But here he remarked that he gazed into the very heart of things, the very herbs and grass, and that actual nature harmonized with what he had inwardly seen. He said nothing of this to anyone, but praised and thanked God in silence."

He has his second experience ten years later when he is 35 years old. Boehme writes:

"The gate was opened to me that in one quarter of an hour I saw and knew more than if I had been many years together at a university...For I saw and knew the being of all beings...I saw in myself all the three worlds, namely the divine...the dark...and the external and visible world..And I saw and knew the whole working essence, in the evil and the good and the original and the existence of each of them..."

(Quoted from R.M. Bucke's Cosmic Consciousness, pp.180 - 182.

 

 

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