We have been celebrating the seventh chakra and its culminating powers of light that we are to send into the world. And how different this is from that shadow side of the seventh chakra that sends envy and chaos, violence and hatred, into the world. Indeed each chakra carries light within it.
I find myself thinking of what I call the “triple A’s” when I think of the seventh chakra. By that I meant the light we send out (and receive) from our Allies, other light beings here on earth that we work with to build communities of all kinds. At work. In family. In our role as citizens and stewards of the earth. Mentors. Students.
All our various communities, remembering that the word community etymologically means to share a common task together. So many tasks to do! So many communities to which we belong.
A second A is that of Ancestors. We have inherited so much from others, all of whom are now gone or passed on. We are in communion with them, in community with them. We often call this community the communion of saints.
The third A is Angels. Spirit beings, intelligent and loving, who are eager to related to us and connect to us and instruct us and who operate exclusively by intuition. “Angels cannot help but love,” says Thomas Aquinas. And they learn exclusively by intuition. Thus, as we develop our mystical side or intuitive side, we are likely to encounter them hitchhiking on the highway of intuition.
Our light energy, the sparks of our soul, travel along all our chakras but the seventh chakra is a kind of culmination of that fire energy.
Meister Eckhart talks about “the spark of the soul” often. He urges us to take responsibility to fan it and develop it into a fire, a fire of love. Thomas Aquinas said that “Compassion is the fire that Jesus came to set on the earth.”
Eckhart is not at all alone in this terminology. The Zohar and Kabbalah, medieval works of Jewish mysticism, also develop a rich teaching about the sparks of creation.
And so does Islam, indeed Eckhart gives explicit credit in at least eleven different sermons to Avicenna, the Muslim philosopher who lived 200 years before him, for naming the “spark of the soul” for him.
We will touch on all these teachings in the next few daily meditations, but we will begin with Eckhart.
See Matthew Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society, pp. 359-369.
And Matthew Fox and Rupert Sheldrake, The Physics of Angels, pp. 75-132.
Also see Matthew Fox, Illuminations of Hildegard of Bingen, plate 25 and pp. 157-162.
And Matthew Fox, Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior for Our Times, pp. 189-197.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: “Allies.” Equality March 2017, Washington, DC. Photo by Ted Eytan on Flickr.
Queries for Contemplation
Do the “triple A’s” help summarize for you the work of the 7th chakra? Do you find allies who support your need for community today? How do you honor your ancestors? Have you had experiences of angels and found others to share your experiences with and for them to share theirs?
The Physics of Angels: Exploring the Realm Where Science & Spirit Meet
By Matthew Fox and Rupert Sheldrake
When was the last time a scientist and a theologian discussed angels together? What are angels? Many people believe in angels, but few can define these enigmatic spirits. Now visionary theologian Matthew Fox and acclaimed biologist Rupert Sheldrake—pioneers in modern religious thinking and scientific theory—launch a groundbreaking exploration into the ancient concept of the angel and restore dignity, meaning, and joy to our time-honored belief in these heavenly beings.
Illuminations of Hildegard of Bingen
An introduction to the life and work of Hildegard of Bingen, Illuminations reveals the life and teachings of one of the greatest female artists and intellectuals of the Western Mystical Tradition. At the age of 42, she began to have visions; these were captured as 36 illuminations–24 of which are recorded in this book along with her commentaries on them.
“If one person deserves credit for the great Hildegard renaissance in our time, it is Matthew Fox.” – Dr Mary Ford-Grabowsky, author of Sacred Voices.
Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior For Our Time
While Matthew Fox recognizes that Meister Eckhart has influenced thinkers throughout history, he also wants to introduce Eckhart to today’s activists addressing contemporary crises. Toward that end, Fox creates dialogues between Eckhart and Carl Jung, Thich Nhat Hanh, Rabbi Heschel, Black Elk, Karl Marx, Rumi, Adrienne Rich, Dorothee Soelle, David Korten, Anita Roddick, Lily Yeh, M.C. Richards, and many others.
“Matthew Fox is perhaps the greatest writer on Meister Eckhart that has ever existed. (He) has successfully bridged a gap between Eckhart as a shamanistic personality and Eckhart as a post-modern mentor to the Inter-faith movement, to reveal just how cosmic Eckhart really is, and how remarkably relevant to today’s religious crisis! ” — Steven Herrmann, Author of Spiritual Democracy: The Wisdom of Early American Visionaries for the Journey Forward