Beyond Arrogance to the Cosmos and Divine Feminine

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. 

“Stand Up/Stand N Rock:” more than 300 indigenous nations and many non-indigenous people gathered peacefully to support the Standing Rock Sioux against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Uploaded by Taboo.

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. 

“Sophia.” Painting by Mary Plaster

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!

Recommended Reading

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

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9 thoughts on “Beyond Arrogance to the Cosmos and Divine Feminine”

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    I appreciate these daily messages so much in these dark days of leaders trying to take down democracy. I especially appreciated the tribute to Bishop Spong who will be missed.

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    The arrogance of patriarchal leadership has so infiltrated our society and culture, resulting unfortunately in some women, whom are in leadership positions to becoming and being utterly disconnected from the creativity and wisdom of their true feminine nature. Over the past 8 years I have personally experienced this sad reality within the leadership and management in the long-term care nursing retirement home that I have been employed in. This arrogant patriarchal leadership and management void of the creativity and wisdom of the Divine Feminine has resulted in women in positions of leadership perpetuating the injustices of the misuse and abuse of the authority and power given them… which has led to further oppression, suppression and the continuation of deep soul womb wounding of the feminine within the collective of the majority of women whom work within these institutions.

    So as of two days ago I have resigned my position. The first day I allowed myself the sacred space of weeping what seemed like an ocean of tears. The second day I took your advice Mathew and I drummed the Persian Daf hand drum, as women have done for centuries… releasing, letting go and connecting with the creativity and wisdom ways of the Divine Feminine. Today I will journal, listening for Her inspirations and ideas that She is intuiting to me… for She is my true source of support, whom deeply loves, protects, comforts, consoles and wisely counsels me… helping me to release my fears, doubts and limited beliefs so that I can move on from where I have been… into discovering something new that is in alignment with my true purpose in this lifetime.

    Trusting in the essence of Her presence is my main work for now. Amen.

    1. Richard Reich-Kuykendall
      Richard Reich-Kuykendall

      Jeanette, thank you sooo much for your comment and for the strength and courage you have exhibited in your resignation. More than this, I am glad that Matthew’s advice has served to help you in your grief. While I was in Matthew’s doctoral program I took “art-as-meditation” classes in drumming with one of Matthew’s instructors named, Bruce Silverman and I also took a classes with drumming from Native American teacher, Jose Hobday, and African teacher, Subomfu Some. Keep on drumming, and letting out all that is negative, and let in all that the Divine Feminine has to offer you!

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    Thank you Mathew for this sharing. “Wisdom is feminine, at the heart of the creative act, always present, with open heart Wisdom comes to meet us.” “Love Loves to Love Love”.

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