September 11, 2023: Divinization and Creativity
We are so near Divinity. Even our breath–inspiration–is from the root “spirit.” According to Aquinas, the Holy Spirit, the same spirit that “hovered over the waters at the beginning of creation,” hovers over us when we create and give birth. Matthew reminds us that “It is a habit of the universe to be birthing all the time, so as we tune in to the cosmos within and among us, we necessarily become more attuned to our own birthing vocation.”
September 12, 2023: Celebrating Our—and the Universe’s—Powers of Creativity
If God is Creator and he made us in his image, then we are also creators. This is one of Dorothy Day’s teachings. Meanwhile, Dag Hammarskjold, the second secretary general of the United Nations, asks this very important question: “Do you create or do you destroy?” Hildegard of Bingen said that “Divinity is aimed at humanity” and then she modeled the creativity of Divinity in countless ways–music, poetry, books, mandalas, etc.
September 13, 2023: Hildegard of Bingen on Our Divinization & the Cosmic Christ
Hildegard of Bingen said that “Every creature becomes illuminated by the brightness of his light.” And that, of course, includes us. Do you see the radiance in others? Other humans? Trees? Stones? Galaxies? Winged ones? Waters and waterfalls? Can we use our light to work together to save our planet and all of creation?
September 14, 2023: Divinization, Radiance & Moving Beyond Anthropology
Hildegard says that just as we call every ray of sun the sun; so every ray of God we call God. Thus we, too, are God (not all of God but a ray of God). Matthew reminds us: The challenge is to act like it as best we can. Love. Joy. Compassion. Justice. Wisdom. All are names for the divine. When we don’t recognize our divinity, we become as Biblical scholar Krister Stendahl says—“more interested in ourselves than in God or in the fate of his creation.” When we remember our kinship with God and all of creation, we rise to the occasion and take better care of the Earth.
September 15, 2023: How Needy We Are for a New Masculinity
Masculinity has become so distorted. The reptilian brain of dysfunctional patriarchy is on display everywhere: wars, invasion, ecocide, mysogny…. The compassion and wisdom of the divine feminine has been sidelined. As Meister Eckhart said, “There is no love where there is no equality.” We need more “power with” as opposed to “power over.” We desperately need a new kind of masculinity.
September 16, 2023: Men and the Missing Nobility Inside
When Matthew teaches about his book The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine, he often gets powerful responses. One notable one was from a beautifully dressed Native American man. He said, “I have been working as a prison chaplain for over 12 years. It is very difficult to get men in prison to look at themselves—they are always projecting onto others. Yours is the first book I have ever used that got them to look and find the nobility inside.” This, then, is our challenge: to learn to look for and find our own inner nobility.
Banner image: Native American men in touch with their inner nobility. Photo cropped. Photographer unknown. Wikimedia Commons.
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
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