All of the quotations today come from the book that started it all: Original Blessing, lauded as one of the “20 books that changed the world” in New Age Journal‘s Annual Source Book for 1995. Geologian Thomas Berry wrote that it offers “a radical cure for all dark and derogatory views of the natural world…a remedy for the deep personal and cultural pathologies …which have led us to assault the natural world in such a disastrous manner.”
What do these nuggets of wisdom from Original Blessing say to you right now?
and not just books,
is a source of truth and revelation.
The word ‘humility’ comes from
the word humus or earth.
In the creation tradition, then,
to be humble means
to be in touch with the earth,
in touch with one’s own earthiness,
and to celebrate the blessings that
our earthiness, our sensuality, and our passions are.
When you build your basic understanding
of the universe on nature’s cycles
(as the creation-centered tradition does)
rather than on a mythical past state of perfections
(as the fall/redemption tradition does)
you learn to reverence change and process.
The fall/redemption tradition
tends to identify death with sin,
as if death came into the world as a result of sin.
But a reasonable meditation on creation
would not come to this conclusion at all.
In fact, what we learn by examining nature is
that all things have their cycles
of life, death, and transformation.
In nature, in creation,
imperfection is not a sign
of the absence of God.
It is a sign that the ongoing creation
is no easy thing.
We all bear scars from this rugged process.
We can—and must—celebrate scars.
See Matthew Fox, Original Blessing: A Primer in Creation Spirituality, pp. 37-38, 59, 85, 110-111
Banner Image: Resurrection: a dead log becomes an ecosystem in Alberta, Canada. Photo by Phila Hoopes, used with permission.
Queries for Contemplation
Contemplate these quotations and choose the one which resonates most clearly with you.
Original Blessing: A Primer in Creation Spirituality
Matthew Fox lays out a whole new direction for Christianity—a direction that is in fact very ancient and very grounded in Jewish thinking (the fact that Jesus was a Jew is often neglected by Christian theology): the Four Paths of Creation Spirituality, the Vias Positiva, Negativa, Creativa and Transformativa in an extended and deeply developed way.
“Original Blessing makes available to the Christian world and to the human community a radical cure for all dark and derogatory views of the natural world wherever these may have originated.” –Thomas Berry, author, The Dream of the Earth; The Great Work; co-author, The Universe Story