Jeanne-Marie Bouvier de la Motte-Guyon (April 18,1648 – June 9, 1717), known as Madam Guyon, was a French mystic and a key advocate of Quietism. Quietism was considered to be heretical by the Roman Catholic Church, and Guyon was imprisoned from 1695 to 1703 after publishing her Quietist book, A Short and Easy Method of Prayer. Quietism was scorned due to, among other things, its focus on emphasizing intellectual stillness over vocal prayer, and interior passivity over pious action, in order to achieve spiritual growth and union with The Godhead.
Madam Guyon described her mystical awakening as follows:
“When my spirit had been enlightened, my soul was placed in an infinite wideness….Past, present, and future are there in the manner of a present and eternal moment, not as prophecy, which regards the future as a thing that is to come, but as everything is seen in the present in the eternal moment, in God himself; without knowing how one sees or knows it.”
Quoted by Louann Stahl in A Most Surprising Song: Exploring The Mystical Experience.
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