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The Four Complexions by Jacob Boehme

The Four Complexions by Jacob Boehme

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Four hundred years before Tim Lahaye, Jacob Boehme developed the four basic personality types, the temptations and weaknesses peculiar to each of them and ways to safeguard against the wiles of the enemy.
Four hundred years before Tim Lahaye, Jacob Boehme developed the four basic personality types, the temptations and weaknesses peculiar to each of them and ways to safeguard against the wiles of the enemy.

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A
T R E A T I S E
OF
THE FOUR COMPLEXIONS
O R,
A CONSOLATORY INSTRUCTION
FOR
A SAD AND ASSAULTED HEART,
INTHE TIME OF TEMPTATION.SHEWINGWhence S
ADNESS
naturally
ariseth, and how the assaulting happeneth.Hereto are annexed some C
ONSOLATORY
S
PEECHES
exceeding profitable for the assaultedHearts and Souls.From volume 4 of 
The Works of Jacob Behmen
, 1781, edited by William LawTranscribed by Wayne Kraus for Jacob Boehme Onlinehttp://jacobboehmeonline.com 
 
 
 
TO THE
 R E A D E R.
THIS useful and instructive Treatise of the blessed
 Behmen
on
The Four Complexions,
is veryproperly annexed to the preceding Description of 
The Way to Christ.
For, as the Foundation of the Christianity there taught, is laid in so deep and earnest an Exercise of Repentance, as shakesthe Soul of the natural Man to the Bottom, and by that Concussion stirs up and brings to hisView the foul Dregs of Corruption, that have hitherto lain there undisturbed: The Horror of thisSight, together with the painful Sense of Guilt and Misery consequent upon it, which the Authorcalls the Judgement of the Soul or Conscience, proves a very severe Tryal to the young Soldierof Christ at his first Enterance upon the Warfare. And in some Instances it is a
long
as well as
sharp
Process: For
it may continue on a Man many Years,
as J. B. saith in
The Book of  Repentance, if he doth not earnestly and speedily put on the Armour of Christ.
This is a verydeplorable Condition indeed, and sometimes occurs among us at this Day: But in no Subjects sopredominantly, as in Souls environed with the
melancholy Complexion.
Especially if they havedefiled themselves with much gross Sin, or taken up erroneous Conceits of their having beenoriginally reprobated by God, or having out-sinned their Day of Grace.This Extremity of Spiritual Distress, of which none can know or conceive the poignantAnguish and Bitterness, who have not in some Degree felt the same, has here a friendly Relief.Every Information is communicated, every Advice given, and every Consolation administered,which the unhappy Case can well require or admit, short of the immediate Operation of theGreat, and only Sufficient Comforter himself. To whose joyful Enterance into the afflicted Soulthe Way is here opened and cleared, by the Removal of all those Doubts and Fears, which arisefrom the Soul's Ignorance of its own true Nature and Essence, and of its necessary Subjectionduring its Abode in the Body, to the Influence of the Astral Powers, and its own naturalComplexion: This beneficial Knowledge is in the following little Tract, fundamentally, thoughbriefly, revealed; and that from so Divine a Ground and Authority, and with so satisfactory aFulness and Conviction, as to leave no Doubt either of its Truth or Worth. This Treatise, being,as is signified at the Head of the last Chapter,
 An Universal Mirror or Looking-Glass, whereinevery Soul may see itself; and written, just as it was represented by the Light of God's Spirit tothe spiritual Understanding of the Author.
 
3O F
THE FOUR COMPLEXIONS.
______________________The First Chapter.
Of the Causes of Fear or Sadness, and what the Astonishment and  Anguish is, about spiritual Things.
All Sadness and Fear, wherewith a Man terrifies and amazeth himself, is in his inward Manfrom the Soul. For the outward Spirit, which hath his Original from the Stars and Elements, isnot in this Sort troubled; because he lieth in his Mother which bore him. But the poor soul is with
 Adam
entered into a foreign Harbour,
viz.
into the Spirit of this World, wherewith the beautifulCreature is veiled and captivated as in a darksome Prison.Now, the Spirit of this World hath four Sorts of Lodgings, wherein the precious Jewel is shutup. Of these four there is but one principally manifest to one Man; as it is with the four Elements,which every Man hath in himself, and is himself the same Being, except his Soul, which is not of that Essence, though it lies as a Prisoner in it; and of these four Lodgings, or Images, one onlyhath the Predominance in his Life. The Names of them are as follow:1.
 
The CHOLERICK.2.
 
The SANGUINE.3.
 
The PHLEGMATICK.4.
 
The MELANCHOLY.I.
Of the
CHOLERICK.1. The Cholerick Complexion is of the Fever's Property. It causes a stout Courage, hastyAnger, swelling Pride, Self-Willedness, and Disregard of others. This Image shines after theoutward World, in a Side-Light, labours after the Power of the Sun, and will always be a Lord.II. Of the SANGUINE.2. The Sanguine Complexion is, after the Nature of Air, subtile, friendly, chearful, yet not of astout Courage. It is mutable, and easily moved from one Thing to another, and receives naturallythe starry Properties and Knowledge into herEssence. It is pure and chaste, and brings great Mystery [of Knowledge] into herUnderstanding.3. Of the PHLEGMATICK.

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