Table of contents for Converse in the spirit : William Blake, Jacob Boehme, and the creative spirit / Kevin Fischer.


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Contents
Introduction 11
Abbreviations 13
Part I
Ê1.	Background 19
Ê2.	Boehme, Blake and Tradition 31
Ê3.	Communion, the Prophetic and the Living Bible 44
	Progressive Independence 44
	Prophetic Vision and Activity 46
	Husks, Histories and the Inner Bible 52
Ê4.	Obscurity, Difficulty, and Awakening 58
	Necessary Obscurity 58
	Rousing the Faculties to Act 64
Ê5.	Expression, Creation, and Manifestation 69
	Symbolic Vision and the Stubborn Structure 69
	Creation and the Individual 75
Part II
Ê6.	Theogony: From Nothing to Something 83
	Introduction 83
	The Ungrund 85
	Separation, Contrariety and Fire 88
	The Seven Properties 93
Ê7.	The First Four Propertiesx 101
	The First and Second Properties 101
	The Third Property 105
	The Fourth Property 110
Ê8.	The Fifth and Sixth Properties 120
	The Fifth Property 120
	The Sixth Property 129
	Mercury 134
Ê9.	The Seventh Property and the Cycles of the Seven 139
	The Seventh Property 139
	The Cycles of the Seven 149
10.	The First and Second Principles 159
	The First Principle 159
	The Second Principle, Separation and Interdependence 164
	The Fall of Lucifer 171
11.	The Third Principle 179
	Hard Matter, Creation and Adam 179
	The Fall of Man 188
12.	Incarnation and Judgment 199
	Mercy 199
	Incarnation 204
	The Last Judgment 211
Conclusion 219
Notes 221
Bibliography 235
Index 249
Introduction
There are many notable similarities between William Blake and 
Jacob Boehme, affinities that in many ways mark them out as 
peculiarly kindred spirits. Converse in the Spirit explores the 
relationships and correspondences between their writings. While 
suggesting in detail the extent of Boehme's influence on the poet, this 
book intends to breathe life into the dynamic spir-
itual interplay between their writings, and through this realize the 
value of studying such individuals in the light of one another. In so 
doing, it gives a glimpse of the vital importance of a living tradition, 
of a community of vision and aspiration that provides support, 
guidance, and inspiration. Accordingly, I also suggest the close and 
necessary relationship between spiritual and artistic activity, as is 
conveyed, for instance, in the many cor-
respondences drawn between Boehme's vision and the content of 
Blake's poetry and prose. This in turn works toward a fuller 
appreciation of both the spiritual and creative possibilities offered to 
the reader through an active engagement with Blake and Boehme, an 
ongoing "converse in the spirit."
It is hard to place Boehme. He was a mystic, a visionary, and a 
philosopher. At the same time, his thought and vision are 
imaginative, symbolic and mythopaeic. His work may be seen, as 
Waterfield proposes, as esoteric psychology or "psychology of the 
depths."1 Warren Stevenson has suggested that there is an "avant-
garde" aspect to him:2 it can be argued that in his writings Boehme 
created his own individual art form. Boehme's and Blake's views of 
the spiritual are unconventional. Boehme's God, for instance, occupies 
no place or space, does not exist in time, cannot be thought of and is 
Nothing. Their mysticism is one that is opposed to a literal belief in 
an overseeing God in the heavens. For them, such a view reified the 
divine. As William Law stated, "there is nothing that is supernatural, 
however mysterious."3 To regard this another way, for Blake and 
Boehme everything was supernatural or spiritualized. It is quite 
possible to have entirely rejected belief in the God of orthodox 
religion and nonetheless perceive the divine and sacred as Blake and 
Boehme apprehended it. In fact, this can be as good a point as any 
from which to start, to understand the living, if elusive spirit that 
animates their writings.
 

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Blake, William,, 1757-1827 Philosophy, Bčohme, Jakob, 1575-1624 Influence, English poetry German influences, Creation (Literary, artistic, etc, )Philosophy in literature, Mysticism in literature, Visions in literature, Philosophy, German