We are following Eckhart as he attempts to name the ineffable depths and actions of our souls.
Indeed, he warns us that no one can name what the soul is, just as we cannot name what God is. God is without name—he has no name—is ineffable, and the soul in its ground is likewise ineffable: just as ineffable as God is.
We are warned that “he who wants to name the soul such as it is in itself in its simplicity, in its clarity, and in its nakedness, will find no name to fit.”
Words do not tell us what either God or the soul means. “When we speak of divine things, we have to stammer, because we have to express them in words.”
In the spark of the soul lies the inness of our being in God Here we are most God-like and God is most imaged in us: “In this spark, as the higher part of the spirit, is located the image of God that the mind is.” In the soul, Eckhart maintains there is “something like a spark of divine nature, a divine light, a ray, an imprinted picture of the divine nature.” This spark of divine nature is something that we all carry within us.
We might understand it as our intuition and the root of our creativity, our creative fire.
Eckhart also calls this power the “ground of freedom” which “apprehends God naked as he is.” Here is where humans are, at our root, divine.
Here we become Christ-like and words of God as Christ was. But to make contact with this divine spark we must empty ourselves and learn to let go.
Then you will be the same in the eternal Word as human nature is in him. For your human nature and that of the divine word are no different—it’s one and the same….So if you want to be this same Christ and God, empty yourself….
God is a fire and we have within us, in our core, sparks of that fire. This spark is so closely related to God that it is a unique indivisible unity, and bears within itself the images of all creatures, image without image, and image above image. “God is in the ground of the soul with all his divinity.” Indeed, “here, God’s ground is my ground, and my ground is God’s ground.”
Adapted from Matthew Fox, Meister Eckhart: A Spiritual Warrior for Our Times, pp. 192f.
And Matthew Fox, Passion for Creation: The Earth-Honoring Spirituality of Meister Eckhart, pp. 108-110.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
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Queries for Contemplation
Have you experienced God’s ground and your ground as one ground? And the spark of divine nature manifesting in you and your work when your work derives from your ground?
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