Two days ago, we meditated on racism, focusing on racism against Asians that has become more pronounced the past few years in America but which has a long history. And how arrogance lies behind it and all racism, all tribalism.
And therefore how the medicine, as I shared in that day’s video, is opening up our first chakras which, after all, takes in the whole of sounds from all the vibrations of all the atoms of the universe. And also the wonders of the universe where matter is made of light.
The first chakra unites us also to our common earth, no matter what our race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual preference, nation or tribe.
Another dimension to opening our souls ever more to the cosmos and to the whole with all its wonders and all its marvelous accomplishments (and the root meaning of the word “miracle” is marvelous, that which makes us marvel), is the divine feminine.
Wisdom, which is feminine in Biblical languages and around the world, is an incarnation of the feminine side of divinity. Whether we call her Mary or Tara or Sophia or Hokmah or Sapientia, she is feminine and she cares about the whole, the cosmos.
The cosmos after all is not something “out there.” It is the very air we breathe. It is both inside us and all around us; we are in it and it is in us.
The Hebrew Bible in its Wisdom books offers many poems about the cosmos and the Divine Feminine. Consider this: “She (Wisdom) deploys her strength from one end of the earth to the other ordering all things for good.” (Wis 8:1.)
Adapted from Matthew Fox, One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from Global Faiths, pp. 144-156.
To read the transcript of Matthew’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: “Stardust: They say that the universe has sound… so we are part of its vibration.” Image by Glas-8 on Flickr.
Queries for Contemplation
If wisdom is cosmic and the divine feminine is cosmic, has the narrowness and arrogance of our species been buttressed and nurtured by a patriarchy and modernity that ignores the whole in favor of the part? What a liberation it would be to escape the pharaohs of patriarchy and knowledge alone for a land and a cosmos rich with both knowledge and wisdom, the masculine and the feminine!
One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from Global Faiths
Matthew Fox calls on all the world traditions for their wisdom and their inspiration in a work that is far more than a list of theological position papers but a new way to pray—to meditate in a global spiritual context on the wisdom all our traditions share. Fox chooses 18 themes that are foundational to any spirituality and demonstrates how all the world spiritual traditions offer wisdom about each.“Reading One River, Many Wells is like entering the rich silence of a masterfully directed retreat. As you read this text, you reflect, you pray, you embrace Divinity. Truly no words can fully express my respect and awe for this magnificent contribution to contemporary spirituality.” –Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit