We continue our meditation on Matthew Fox’s writings of the way of darkness, silence, and solitude, suffering, loss and grief.
In the pathway that is the Via Negativa, we enter the shadow, the hidden or covered-up parts of ourselves and our society. In doing so, we confront the cover-up that often accompanies evil in self or society. ‘It is part of an unjust society to cover up the pain of its victims,’ notes theologian Dorothee Soelle. This commandment requires that we not only let go of cover-up and denial, but that we actually enter into the darkness that pain is all about.
It is not letting go of things that is important
but the letting go of attitudes toward things.
Forgiveness is another word for letting go.
There are times in our lives
when waiting is best
and the most healing thing
we can do
for ourselves or
In contrast to co-dependence,
creation spirituality teaches interdependence.
It attacks the issue of low self-esteem directly
by teaching Original Blessing
in preference to
a psychology of Original Sin.
addresses the compulsion to control directly
by teaching the mystical path of letting go and letting be,
the Via Negativa.
A healthy Via Negativa,
one that truly teaches us to let go,
also assists us in learning
to accept our mistakes and
live in an imperfect world.
See Matthew Fox: Essential Writings on Creation Spirituality, p. 57.
Also see Fox, Original Blessing: A Primer in Creation Spirituality, pp. 160, 163, 164.
Also see Fox, Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth, pp. 83, 84, 87.
While Matthew Fox is on a month’s sabbatical, the Rev. Richard Reich-Kuykendall is stepping in, drawing the Daily Meditations from his book-in-progress, Meditations with Matthew Fox, Mystic-Prophet, a distillation of Matthew’s voluminous body of work. Rick is a graduate of the University of Creation Spirituality, a minister, and the author of 17 books covering a range of religious subjects, including Creation Spirituality, Wicca, Buddhism, dreams, Biblical criticism and more.
Banner Image: “The Fallen Church.” Collage by Daniel Arrhakis on Flickr.
Queries for Contemplation
How are you with living in an imperfect world? What would it need to change to be a more “perfect world?”
Matthew Fox: Essential Writings on Creation Spirituality
Selected with an Introduction by Charles Burack
To encapsulate the life and work of Matthew Fox would be a daunting task for any save his colleague Dr. Charles Burack, who had the full cooperation of his subject. Fox has devoted 50 years to developing and teaching the tradition of Creation Spirituality and in doing so has reinvented forms of education and worship. His more than 40 books, translated into 78 languages, are inclusive of today’s science and world spiritual traditions and have awakened millions to the much neglected earth-based mystical tradition of the West. Essential Writings begins by exploring the influences on Fox’s life and spirituality, then presents selections from all Fox’s major works in 10 sections.
“The critical insights, the creative connections, the centrality of Matthew Fox’s writings and teaching are second to none for the radical renewal of Christianity.” ~~ Richard Rohr, OFM.
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
Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth
Fox’s spirituality weds the healing and liberation found in North American Creation Spirituality and in South American Liberation Theology. Creation Spirituality challenges readers of every religious and political persuasion to unite in a new vision through which we learn to honor the earth and the people who inhabit it as the gift of a good and just Creator.
“A watershed theological work that offers a common ground for religious seekers and activists of all stripes.” — Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice.