The well of Spirit

There’s an account in the Bible of Jesus speaking to a woman at a well in Samaria—the well being called Jacob’s well (see John 4). Jesus told this Samaritan woman, who we find out later was leading an immoral life, that those who drank from the water of the well would thirst again. What might Jesus have meant by this? Could he have been referring to the fact that water from this well couldn’t bring real satisfaction? 

Symbolically, we might think of the well as representing material existence, comprised of toil, ephemeral pleasure, sorrow, sickness, and brief human happiness. When we drink from this well, that is, when we seek satisfaction from it, sooner or later we will thirst again, never finding or reaching lasting peace. 

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