Zoe Means Life

Stay attuned. The story of an inner quest.

Madame Jeanne Guyon (1648-1717) was married at age 15 and widowed at 28. She was a 'mystic' who wrote of and taught about her experiences. This led to her being jailed for her beliefs, which were essentially a simple method of prayer, often considered to be Quietism. Quietism was rejected by the catholic church, her main persecutors.

The simple method she advocated was one of turning inward to the deeper recesses of one's spirit. This is the journey of a spiritual nomad, an inward journey. She based her beliefs on this story:

Yeshua, a Jewish Rabbi, stood up and cried out loudly, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture says, ‘out of his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” Now he said this about the Spirit...

"Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never be thirsty. The water that I give him will become a fountain of water within him, springing up to eternal life!” (J.7:38,4:14) Life is the word zoe. Zoe means Life. You can see an allusion to this in an ancient Proverb (10:11) from the Greek Septuagint. “The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.”

Are you on a ‘spiritual growth journey?’ Where is that taking you? Are you looking within? What have you discovered there? Are you living life to the fullest?