The more deeply we journey together into the Via Creativa, the more I see the Via Transformativa. There lies such a deep interaction between the two paths one might say they are “kissing cousins” or that the Via Creativa is baked within the Via Transformativa.
How can we possibly approach social change and the paths to justice (and dismantling of injustice) without creativity as our tool? Not only Moral Imagination is necessary but political imagination, economic imagination, imagination about work and relationships and forgiveness and celebration and grieving (rituals anybody?) and so much else.
At this stage of our Daily Meditations I want to call your attention to some previous meditations we did on “The practice of Art as Meditation as the ‘Way of the Prophets.’” This was so central to our purpose for launching these meditations that the subject came up early and before we launched into the Four Paths that we find ourselves in at this time.
Also, a number of you participants have come on board after we first dealt with “Art as Meditation, the Way of the Prophets,” you especially I refer to these early essays. But for others who were with us way back in June these meditations are worth revisiting in the present context of our journey, namely the Via Creativa.
Creativity become a springboard for the Via Transformativa that is always with us (with every day the news throws us into reflection on the Via Transformativa—the painful realization that injustice and human malfeasance continues on so many fronts.)
In today’s and tomorrow’s DM I would like to offer a bit of “enticement” to check out those previous meditations with just a few citations from them (in italics) worthy of consideration anew.
Psychologists Naranjo and Ornstein call art as meditation “the way of the prophets.” Isn’t this something very important?
Art as meditation is about birthing and doing and reaching deep within ourselves where the true self lives. Art as meditation trains and disciplines us in seeing what is and in what M. C. Richards calls the “moral imagination.” She says when love seems distant “we may behave imaginatively: envisioning and eventually creating what is not yet present.” We can imagine beyond the status quo and beyond injustice.
See Dailymeditationswithmatthewfox.org, June 14, 15, 17, 18. Also September 20, 23, 24.
Also see Matthew Fox, Original Blessing, pp. 188-201, 250-256.
Banner Image: A Bread and Puppet Theater protest, September 14, 2012. Photo by Bill Benzon on Flickr,
Queries for Contemplation
Are you sensing, as we go through the Via Creativa in its broadest sense, deeper and deeper reasons why the VC is the “linchpin” among the Four Paths and why it is a springboard to the effective action of Justice, Compassion, Celebration and Healing that mark the Via Transformativa? What are the implications of this for our personal and social growing up?
Do you agree that the VC and VT are “kissing cousins” and the Via Creativa is baked into the Via Transformativa?
Because creativity is the key to both our genius and beauty as a species but also to our capacity for evil, we need to teach creativity and to teach ways of steering this God-like power in directions that promote love of life (biophilia) and not love of death (necrophilia). Pushing well beyond the bounds of conventional Christian doctrine, Fox’s focus on creativity attempts nothing less than to shape a new ethic.
Original Blessing: A Primer in Creation Spirituality
In this book Matthew Fox lays out a whole new direction for Christianity—a direction that is in fact very ancient and very grounded in Jewish thinking (the fact that Jesus was a Jew is often neglected by Christian theology). Here Fox lays out the Four Paths of Creation Spirituality, the Vias Positiva, Negativa, Creativa and Transformativa in an extended and deeply developed way.