By Richard Reich-Kuykendall
Today we will look at a different kind of God—The Cosmic Christ, Laughter, and Mysticism. And it is my hope that your day will be just a little more rich for having meditated on these gems of truth. (The following are all by Matthew Fox.)
A DIFFERENT KIND OF DEITY
I look for a different kind of deity from that of the modern era in the coming century: a God of justice, of beauty, of celebration, of creativity, of truth, of wonder, of mystery, of nature, of humor, of earth and earthiness. A God of flesh. A God of Jesus, of Buddha, of Buffalo Woman, of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., of Malcolm X and of Mother Jones, of Howard Thurman and of Chief Seattle, of Albert Einstein and of Otto Rank, a God of the many artists who wake us up, of the anawim (those without a voice), of the forgotten ones, of earth, of animals, of supernovas and galaxies, of imagination and of music, of time and of space, of light and of darkness, a God who is author of both passion and compassion—in short, a God of Life. (Matthew Fox)
The Cosmic Christ
is the divine pattern
that connects in the person of Jesus Christ
(but by no means is limited to that person).
I believe the appropriate symbol of the Cosmic Christ
who became incarnate in Jesus
is that of Jesus as Mother Earth
crucified, yet rising daily.
It is God loving God through us loving another.
“Christ” is a generic name.
In that sense
we are all “other Christs.”
Every time we laugh we are expressing the dialectical or paradoxical truth of our existence. In fact, so basic is laughter and the dialectical and paradoxical truth it expresses that surely there is no test of sanity that is more accurate than a sense of humor.
The creation tradition understands mysticism primarily
as our entering the fullness of the mystery of existence,
the gift and blessing of creation itself.
Everyone is born a mystic
and a lover who experiences
the unity of things,
and all are called to keep alive
this mystic or lover of life.
Banner image: “Celestial Creation of Cosmic Completion.” Image by Rainbowlarium on Flickr
Queries for Contemplation
Choose one of the following to reflect on: God, The Cosmic Christ, Laughter, or Mysticism.
Confessions: The Making of a Post-Denominational Priest (Revised/Updated Edition)
Matthew Fox’s stirring autobiography, Confessions, reveals his personal, intellectual, and spiritual journey from altar boy, to Dominican priest, to his eventual break with the Vatican. Five new chapters in this revised and updated edition bring added perspective in light of the author’s continued journey, and his reflections on the current changes taking place in church, society and the environment.
“The unfolding story of this irrepressible spiritual revolutionary enlivens the mind and emboldens the heart — must reading for anyone interested in courage, creativity, and the future of religion.”
—Joanna Macy, author of World as Lover, World as Self
The Coming of the Cosmic Christ: The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance
In what may be considered the most comprehensive outline of the Christian paradigm shift of our Age, Matthew Fox eloquently foreshadows the manner in which the spirit of Christ resurrects in terms of the return to an earth-based mysticism, the expression of creativity, mystical sexuality, the respect due the young, the rebirth of effective forms of worship—all of these mirroring the ongoing blessings of Mother Earth and the recovery of Eros, the feminine aspect of the Divine.
“The eighth wonder of the world…convincing proof that our Western religious tradition does indeed have the depth of imagination to reinvent its faith.” — Brian Swimme, author of The Universe Story and Journey of the Universe.
A New Reformation: Creation Spirituality & The Transformation of Christianity
A modern-day theologian’s call for the radical transformation of Christianity that will allow us to move once again from the hollow trappings of organized religion to genuine spirituality. A New Reformation echoes the Reformation initiated by Martin Luther in 1517 and offers a new vision of Christianity that values the Earth, honors the feminine, and respects science and deep ecumenism.
“This is a deep and forceful book….With prophetic insight, Matthew Fox reveals what has corrupted religion in the West and the therapy for its healing.” ~Bruce Chilton, author of Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography