The seventh chakra offers three “allies” that we have named as Allies, Ancestors and Angels. We continue here our meditation from yesterday on the angels and what we have learned about them from our interaction with Denys the Areopagite, Thomas Aquinas, and Hildegard of Bingen.
- Angels have a special relationship to human consciousness.
- We human beings help link the earthly world with cosmic intelligences.
- Angels may have played a special role in the birth of languages.
- They inspire prophets and awaken human imagination and intuition, and thus befriend the artist in a special way.
- Angels are amazed at us, and our actions through the angels can affect the entire cosmos.
- Their primary role is praise.
- They have a variety of functions in their relationship with human beings, including inspiring, message-bearing, protecting, and guiding.
- They are present at holy worship.
- Both good and bad angels act in the arena of our conscience and decision making.
- They do not have material bodies but can temporarily assume the appearance of human or other bodies for the sake of communicating with and helping human beings.
- They accompany people from this life to the next.
Certain questions arise for the future given the reality of an evolutionary universe. At a time like ours it is not enough to call on the traditional teachings of religion and angelology. A new cosmology as well as a new Earth crisis demand more creative work on the part of those who inherit religious traditions. So we conclude our discussion not with a statement of inherited wisdom, but with questions that come to us from the future about humanity’s relation to the angels.
- How can we understand the consciousness of planets, stars, and galaxies?
- In the light of contemporary cosmology, can the traditional understanding of celestial intelligences help us interpret the self-organizing powers of planets, stars, and galaxies?
- Do angels have a role to play in the self-organizing dynamics of the microscopic world?
- In an evolutionary and expanding universe, are new species of angels coming into being as new forms, structures, and fields arise?
- What role do angels play in guiding the evolutionary process?
- Do angels evolve?
- Do the fallen angels bring about evil in other conscious organisms residing in other parts of the universe?
- How can we befriend the good angels?
- Can the experience of and belief in angels, shared by all spiritual traditions, promote deep ecumenism?
- Can angels guide us through the social and ecological evils that surround us and threaten generations yet unborn?
- Can angels help us to revivify our forms of worship so that true praise might inspire prophetic vision and right action?
- Can our awakening to angels increase the capacity for communion?
- How can angels assist in resacralaizing the work of artists?
- How can we, with the angels, resacralize the world?
Adapted from Matthew Fox and Rupert Sheldrake, The Physics of Angels, pp. 186f.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: “Angels” Photo by John K. Thorne; Public Domain on Flickr.
Note: Near the midpoint of Matthew’s recorded teaching today, a technical glitch blacked out the video stream. The audio stream, however, was unaffected. We thank you for your patience and understanding!
Queries for Contemplation
What insights about angels most strikes you in the first half of this mediation? What questions about the future of angelology posed in the second half of this mediation most cause you to pause and wonder?
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.