Cynicism and acedia, as we saw yesterday, are dangerous misdirections of our first chakras. What is the medicine for cynicism, sourness, uncaring and acedia?
Another way to pose the question might be this: Do the four paths of creation spirituality name the human soul becoming lit up? (Remembering that Rumi reminds us that it is hard to ignite the human soul.)
Can Webb contribute to soul work therefore and light the sparks of our souls? Does it light the spark of our inner work such as the Via Positiva and Via Negativa?
Inner work is about Gratitude. Can meditating on the original galaxies and stars of the universe awaken gratitude? (hint: we would not be here nor would earth be here without them.)
Inner work is about Awe. Do Webb’s pictures bespeak Awe?
Inner work is about Reverence. Can reverence and respect for our existence follow from Webb’s revelations?
Inner work is about biophilia (love of life and evolution’s journey into life) and setting necrophilia aside (love of death).
Inner work is about Eros (not Thanatos).
Inner work is about Wisdom (which includes Eros and embraces knowledge but is bigger than knowledge alone).
Inner work marries the divine feminine and sacred masculine and recognizes authentic power as transformation and craft and power-with, not power as control or domination or power-over).
Inner work is about Silence including the silence that Awe brings.
Inner work is about Emptying (including emptying our minds about how we used to think about the age, size and journey of the universe and how we got here).
Inner work is about tasting Nothingness.
Inner work undergoes the Dark Night of the Soul and society and our species.
Inner work is about Black Holes, both physical and psychical.
Outer work born of inner work is about Creativity.
Outer work is about Birthing. Birthing ways of survival, participating in the birthing of the universe otherwise known as ‘evolution’ and contributing to it.
Father Sky is busy birthing and Mother Earth is busy birthing and humanity can be also, even birthing the Webb Telescope and so much more.
Birthing a better version of human where co-operation, not competition is the norm.
Outer work means Birthing Compassion and Justice.
Outer work is about why we are here.
and where here is
and that the cosmos birthed us
and that we can praise.
Only good people praise—evil people do not praise (Eckhart).
Outer work includes celebration therefore. (back to via positiva)
Outer work includes passion for justice—eco, racial, economic, social, gender, gender preference, etc.
Outer work means caring about future generations—of humans surely –but of all children of Mother Earth.
Outer work is passing on the goodness of being.
“The first and primary meaning of salvation is this: To preserve things in the good.” (Aquinas)
See Matthew Fox, Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior for Our Times, pp. 196-199.
Also see Fox, The Tao of Thomas Aquinas: Fierce Wisdom for Hard Times, pp. 45-52.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: U.S. President Joe Biden previews the first full-color image from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the highest-resolution image of the infrared universe in history, Monday, July 11, 2022, in the White House. On screen are NASA Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate Thomas Zurbuchen, top, Deputy Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) Nancy Levenson, and NASA James Webb Space Telescope Program Director Greg Robinson, bottom. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)
Queries for Contemplation
Do you think that Webb Telescope can assist us in recognizing our good origins and amazing 13.8 billion year journey and in preserving the good?
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 Tao of Thomas Aquinas: Fierce Wisdom for Hard Times
A stunning spiritual handbook drawn from the substantive teachings of Aquinas’ mystical/prophetic genius, offering a sublime roadmap for spirituality and action.
Foreword by Ilia Delio.
“What a wonderful book! Only Matt Fox could bring to life the wisdom and brilliance of Aquinas with so much creativity. The Tao of Thomas Aquinas is a masterpiece.”
–Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit