The title of the book, The Signature of All Things, is based on a 17th-century theory from a mystic named Jakob Boehme
, who came up with the idea that God had hidden clues in the design of every plant.
His works nonetheless continued to circulate, influencing the Lutheran mystic, Jakob Boehme
. Weigel's writings on prayer, which were known to Johannes Arndt, helped to shape the Pietist emphasis on inner prayer.
Pordage encouraged Leade's visions and her writing, and he evidently introduced her to Jakob Boehme
whose works were to occupy an immensely important place in her thought and composition.
Also in this period, thanks to Pordage she began to absorb the notions of Jakob Boehme
, "Silesian theosopher," and the author investigates his ideas, which embraced "occult philosophy, Gnosticism, the Cabbala, alchemy and magic" (25).
The bishops at Nicaea formulated a firm and clear statement of belief that has served a great many people's need for assurance down the centuries, but there have always been others--Meister Eckhart and Jakob Boehme
, George Fox and the Quakers, Blake and Rilke, to offer but a few examples--who could not lead the spiritual lives to which they had been called within the bounds of this orthodoxy.