“What does it take to bring the healthy mother back to balance with the healthy father in us all?” Just read on to find out what Matthew has to say on the question!
What does it take to bring the healthy mother back to balance with the healthy father in us all? I believe the answer lies in a deep mystical awakening the likes of which the planet has never witnessed before—a mystical awakening that is truly planetary, that draws out the wisdom and the mystic, the player and the justice maker from the wisdom traditions of all religions and cultures.
If we can awaken to authentic mysticism,
then a resurrection of Mother Earth is possible.
The Good News we yearn to hear
and that Mother Earth herself yearns to feel
is that salvation is about solidarity:
and all of God’s creatures.
The idea of a private salvation
is utterly obsolete.
Compassion and justice making
in the creation tradition
can in no way be restricted
to relations among the two-legged ones.
I do not know any dimension
to contemporary spirituality
that concerns me more,
nor do I know any more fundamental test
of authentic mysticism or prophecy
than that of humor and play.
The prophet or social-justice type
who lacks a sense of humor
is dangerous to be around…
The mystic who cannot laugh
is a bogus mystic intent on
using mysticism as a contemplative crutch,
just as a prophet who cannot laugh
is a bogus prophet using ‘peace and justice’
as a new moralism and orthodoxy test.
See Matthew Fox, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ: The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance, pp. 34, 38, 151
See also Matthew Fox, Wrestling with the Prophets: Essays on Creation Spirituality and Everyday Life, pp. 97, 211, 211-12
Banner Image: Kayaktivists from the sHellNo! Action Council greeted Shell’s Arctic Destroyer in the Port Angeles. Photo by Backbone Campaign on Flickr.
Queries for Contemplation
This DM tells us that mysticism and humor are not mutually exclusive. How do you feel a healthy sense of humor helps you on your spiritual journey?
The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine
To awaken what Fox calls “the sacred masculine,” he unearths ten metaphors, or archetypes, ranging from the Green Man, an ancient pagan symbol of our fundamental relationship with nature, to the Spiritual Warrior….These timeless archetypes can inspire men to pursue their higher calling to connect to their deepest selves and to reinvent the world.
“Every man on this planet should read this book — not to mention every woman who wants to understand the struggles, often unconscious, that shape the men they know.” — Rabbi Michael Lerner, author of The Left Hand of God
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.
Wrestling with the Prophets: Essays on Creation Spirituality and Everyday Life
In one of his foundational works, Fox engages with some of history’s greatest mystics, philosophers, and prophets in profound and hard-hitting essays on such varied topics as Eco-Spirituality, AIDS, homosexuality, spiritual feminism, environmental revolution, Native American spirituality, Christian mysticism, Art and Spirituality, Art as Meditation, Interfaith or Deep Ecumenism and more.