Yesterday we meditated on our divinization expressing itself in creativity and birthing. Other people striving to be more human have waxed eloquent about the same realities.
Dorothy Day put it this way:
God is our Creator. God made us in His image and likeness. Therefore we are creators….The joy of creativeness should be ours.
Is the joy of creativeness ours? Are we teaching this in school? In churches, synagogues, mosques, and media?
Dag Hammarskjold, the second secretary general of the United Nations and a mystic in his own right and who was very attuned to and knowledgeable of Meister Eckhart, asks this question: “Do you create or do you destroy?” Embedded in the question is the truth that our creativity can be put to good use or malicious use. How are we doing?
Albert Einstein proposed that “the greatest formal talent is worthless if it does not serve a creativity which is capable of shaping a cosmos.” Are we helping shape a cosmos? Is that what good parenting is about? Good teaching? Healthy politics and healthy media? Healthy theater and art and movies? Healthy citizenship?
Hildegard of Bingen celebrated how “Divinity is aimed at humanity” and then she went about demonstrating it through amazing creative works including music and visions put into poetry and paintings, mandalas and books and even cooking recipes.
Hans Denck, a 16th century reformer in Germany who worked with peasants and farmers and not so much the literate classes, says:
The Word was in people for this purpose that it might divinize them….The Word had to become man in Jesus for this reason, that people both in spirit and in the flesh, from within and without, behind and before, and all places might have testimony (of this goal of divinization.).
Adapted from Matthew Fox, Original Blessing, pp. 178f.
See also Fox, Creativity: Where the Divine and Human Meet.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: “Hubble Sees the Force Awakening in a Newborn Star — In the center of the image, partially obscured by a dark, Jedi-like cloak of dust, a newborn star shoots twin jets of superheated gas out from its rotation axis into space at more than 100,000 miles per hour as a sort of birth announcement to the universe. ” Image credit: NASA/ESA/STScI
Queries for Contemplation
Which statements here speak most deeply to your own experience? Why do you think that is so?
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
Creativity: Where the Divine and Human Meet
Because creativity is the key to both our genius and beauty as a species but also to our capacity for evil, we need to teach creativity and to teach ways of steering this God-like power in directions that promote love of life (biophilia) and not love of death (necrophilia). Pushing well beyond the bounds of conventional Christian doctrine, Fox’s focus on creativity attempts nothing less than to shape a new ethic.
“Matt Fox is a pilgrim who seeks a path into the church of tomorrow. Countless numbers will be happy to follow his lead.” –Bishop John Shelby Spong, author, Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, Living in Sin