Jeanne Guyon Mystic and Contemplative
"Here [the contemplative state] everything is God. God is everywhere and in all things." Madam Guyon
"May I hasten to say that the kind of prayer I am speaking of is not a prayer that comes from your mind. It is a prayer that begins in the heart.... Prayer that comes out of the heart is not interrupted by thinking!"Madam Guyon, Experiencing The Depths of Jesus Christ p. 4]
"All that is of your doing, all that comes from your life-even your most exalted prayer-must first be destroyed before union can come about. All the prayers that proceed from your mind are merely preparations for bringing you to a passive state; any and all active contemplation on your part is also just preparation for bringing you to a passive state. They are preparations. They are not the end. They are a way to the end. The end is union with God!" Madame Guyon - Experiencing Union with God Through Inner Prayer "
MINDLESS MYSTICISM OF MADAME GUYON
"Madame Guyon was a Roman Catholic mystic who lived during the 17th and 18th century that was a promoter of 'quietism,' which involved becoming so passive that you become indifferent to everything. This was an extreme form of Roman Catholic mysticism that emphasized the cleansing of one's inner life and included the belief that one could see Christ visibly.
"Misinterpreting Jesus words in Luke 17:21 she began her lifelong journey within. She responded to the Lord, 'Thou wast in my heart, and demanded only a simple turning of my mind inward, to make me perceive Thy presence.... The kingdom of God is within you.' Madame Guyon said that she had reached the point where she was no longer capable of sinning. She said that sin involves self, and she had become free of self. Therefore, she could no longer sin." Let Us Reason, Community Connections
July 22, 1680 •
Madame Guyon Believed She Achieved Union with God
critics say that Jeanne-Marie used self-hypnosis to achieve
her 'spiritual' states and trances and point out that she
used 'automatic writing' which suggests spiritualist practice.
They wonder that she had so little to say about Christ (in
proportion to the total number of words she wrote)."