In a time of the Webb Telescope beaming light and pictures of the first galaxies into our living rooms, we might ask what would the mystics say and do? Eckhart would be thrilled.
He writes that the human spirit
…storms the firmament, and scales the heavens until it reaches the spirit that drives the heavens. As a result of heaven’s revolution, everything in the world flourishes and bursts into leaf. The spirit, however, is never satisfied; it presses on ever further into the vortex (or whirlpool) and primary source in which the spirit has its origin.
By speaking of the ﬂourishing into leaf of everything in the world, Eckhart is praising what we now call photosynthesis, which is indeed a marriage of the sun and plants.
But he is saying more in this amazing passage, so filled with energy and verve. He declares, along with geologist Thomas Berry, that ecology is functional cosmology.
To speak of the heavens is to speak of the life systems on earth. Earth is our hood in the universe, our local neighborhood. Ecological and cosmological awarenesses are in tandem. And the opposite is also true: to ignore the cosmos is to ignore ecology and Earth survival.
Eckhart agrees with Aquinas’ observation that humans are capable of the universe:
If God had made a thousand heavens and a thousand earths the human soul could well grasp them by its power.
Eckhart thinks cosmologically. He frequently addresses the “all” of creation.
With his love God gives all creatures their being and life, and maintains them with his love…
Should anyone ask what God is, this is what I would say now: that God is love, and in fact so loveable that all creatures seek to love His loveableness, whether they know it or not, and whether they wish to or not. So much is God with love, and so loveable, that everything that can love must love Him, whether they will to do so or not.
To be continued.
Adapted from Matthew Fox, Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior for Our Times, p. 17.
See also, Matthew Fox, Meditations with Meister Eckhart.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
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