We have been celebrating the recent book by Jennifer Hereth, An Artist Responds to Political Injustice.
Previous to considering Hereth’s work, we were meditating with Meister Eckhart on the nobility to be found in all humans and the image of God within each of us from which the nobility derives.
Eckhart talks about this as the “seed of God” that needs tending and nourishment. He also talks about it as the “spark of the soul” that never goes out and is related to the “fire” of the Holy Spirit. All art invokes the Holy Spirit—that is what it means to say that “creativity is where the divine and the human meet” as I do in my book by that name.
In writing her book during the pandemic lockdown of 18 months, Hereth looked back on her life, an exercise it is wise for us all to do from time to time. “What does it all mean? What does it add up to? Where have I been journeying? What lessons are worth sharing?” These are all questions that elders need to pose and in their answers there might be found some wisdom for future generations.
Jennifer’s book includes many of her paintings and performance art pieces and stories of their origins and purpose and impact. It reveals a life of teaching and awakening and linking art to healing in the deepest sense.
Like so many other artists, Hereth is using her gifts and inviting others to use theirs to arouse the nobility in self and others. Bring it alive. Share it. Put it to good work, work for the common good therefore. Work with future generations in mind.
See Matthew Fox, Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human Meet
Banner Image: Detail of promotional poster for Teenage Archetype Card Deck by Jennifer Hereth, featuring her former students with their creations. From her Facebook page, by permission.
For a transcript of today’s video teaching, click HERE.
Queries for Contemplation
How do you see artists responding to political injustice? Are you one of these? What art forms do you enlist to respond to injustice? Think broadly. Does it include parenting and grandparenting?
Creativity: Where the Divine and Human Meet
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.
“Matt Fox is a pilgrim who seeks a path into the church of tomorrow. Countless numbers will be happy to follow his lead.” –Bishop John Shelby Spong, author, Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, Living in Sin
“Wisdom, Grace, Love” – a 3-part online lecture series by Caroline Myss, Andrew Harvey, and Matthew Fox, September 8, 15, and 22, 3:00-4:30 pm Pacific (GMT/UTC-7). Learn more HERE.