Christmas is many things. That is its power and its invitation. It opens up avenues for archetypes galore to seize us and transform ourselves and society itself.
For example, we have been meditating during Advent on the damaged and toxic and unholy masculine that has permeated culture and history for centuries. This has proven to be a very important and useful practice. Advent is meant to be sort of a mini-Lent where we give up things, let go of things, in order to purify our souls and their intentions after all.
Wouldn’t it be a wonderful grace if each of us and all of humanity were to fast from patriarchal mind sets during advent and beyond in preparation for some Good News about another way to live in the world?
Meister Eckhart, himself a very balanced man who entertained both the divine feminine and the sacred masculine in his consciousness, is a special guide to understanding deeper layers of meaning to Christmas.
Consider, for example, what he tells us of Christ’s birth. Referring to John’s Gospel, he comments that John’s statement that the Word of God was ‘in the beginning’ tells us that “it is always ‘in the beginning,’” and
…if it is always ‘in the beginning’ it is always in the process of being born, of being begotten….And so it comes about that the Son in the Godhead, the word ‘in the beginning,’ is always being born, is always already born.
Indeed, “In God the Son is constantly born and will constantly be born.” When we undergo our many births and rebirths and breakthroughs, the birth “does not take place once a year or once a month or once a day but all the time….” And as often as this birth takes place [in us], so does “the Son of God become born.”
Adapted from Matthew Fox, Passion for Creation: The Earth-Honoring Spirituality of Meister Eckhart, pp. 330f.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: We give birth. Photo by Isaac Quesada on Unsplash.
Queries for Contemplation
Do you experience the Christ being born in you “all the time” as Eckhart proposes? Is this a different way of living and working in the world than following paths of distorted masculinity? How so? What follows from that?
Passion for Creation: The Earth-Honoring Spirituality of Meister Eckhart
Matthew Fox’s comprehensive translation of Meister Eckhart’s sermons is a meeting of true prophets across centuries, resulting in a spirituality for the new millennium. The holiness of creation, the divine life in each person and the divine power of our creativity, our call to do justice and practice compassion–these are among Eckhart’s themes, brilliantly interpreted and explained for today’s reader.
“The most important book on mysticism in 500 years.” — Madonna Kolbenschlag, author of Kissing Sleeping Beauty Goodbye.