Speaking of the seventh chakra is to speak about light and community and allies. Let me say that I am impressed by the community building up around these daily meditations in the Comments section where much wisdom is being shared. Kudos to all those so engaged. And welcome to all who care to link up also.
I am also impressed by the community of OSE, the Order of the Sacred Earth, as well. We meet the last Tuesday of each month by zoom for an hour, 4-5pm Pacific time. You are welcome to join us. What unites us is the common vow that members take, “to be the best lover of Mother Earth and the best defender of Mother Earth that I can be.”
Today’s crises and today’s dark night of our species surely is inviting us to new forms of communities, new ways of being allies to one another and finding new allies. It is necessary in hard times to keep the spark burning, a spark that Eckhart says “never goes out” but that can become covered up at times.
Eckhart ’s use of “spark of the soul” is a core teaching in his theology. He says:
There is something in the soul in which God is bare and the masters say this is nameless and has no name of its own. It is, and yet has no being of its own, for it is neither this nor that, nor here nor there. …For in this the soul stakes its whole life and being, and from this it sucks its life and being.
The spark of the soul is where the “now” of time encounters the “eternal now” of eternity. Eckhart says: “Take away the now of time, and you are everywhere and you have the whole of time.”
At times, Eckhart identifies the “spark of the soul” with the Holy Spirit. Sometimes he calls it the “maternity bed” where God is born. And sometimes, an “uncreated something” that links what is created in us to what is uncreated, what links God the Creator to the Godhead, which is deeper, more hidden and darker than all of creation. It links being and doing, inaction and action.
This is how the angels perceive who “perceive in a light that is beyond time and is eternal. They therefore perceive in the eternal Now.”
Eckhart recognizes that the highest part of the soul dwells in community and close companions with angels in angelic nature. Angelic nature is not in contact with time, nor is the spirit which is… free from time.
Adapted from Matthew Fox, Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior for Our Times, pp. 189-193.
See also Matthew Fox and Rupert Sheldrake, The Physics of Angels: Exploring the Realm Where Science & Spirit Meet
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: A visual jockey’s conception of an angel, projected during a Cosmic Mass.
Queries for Contemplation
Are you seeking and finding allies or communities at this difficult time to support you? Is the spark of your soul becoming well lit? Might it be that angels too are inviting us to be “close companions” also?
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
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.