We are meditating on St. Brigid within the context of the “Magnificat” and the original 12th century “Hail Mary.” Instead of dwelling on patriarchy’s labeling us all sinners preoccupied with guilt and death, a better prayer is to remind ourselves of our powers of creativity as co-heirs with Christ and the angels.
Accepting our divine powers of creativity for birthing compassion and justice, we call on the Divine Feminine, the Cosmic Mother of the universe, to be with us “at the hour of our creativity.”
Our creativity represents the image of the Divine in us—God is primarily understood in religions around the world as Creator, after all. As poet Bill Everson observes, “most people experience God in nature or experience God not at all.”
As I point out in my book on Naming the Unnameable, God is variously called “the Ground of Being,” “the Mind of the Universe,” “the Planetary Mind Field,” “Creative Intelligence that Operates by Way of Evolution,” “the Enfolding and Unfolding of Everything That Is,“ ”the Universe,” “the Self of the Universe,” “Co-Creator, and the Power of Creation,” the “Artist of Artists,” “Light,” “Flow,” and so much more.
Evolution is the history of creativity embedded in nature’s laws and habits.
It is in our creativity that “the Divine and the Human Meet” as I lay out in my book, Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human Meet. Our creativity, this tool for problem-solving—whether we are talking about putting meals on the table for our children, or ways to turn back Climate Change—is our God-given gift and grace as a species.
Our Creativity is also responsible for a lot of the trouble we find ourselves in—we have a Climate Crisis partly because of our creativity. Beginning with the industrial era, we have been inventing ways to fulfill our energy needs by pouring CO2 into the atmosphere.
Paradoxically, it is this same creativity that can rescue and redeem us, from this corner into which we have painted ourselves. We need divine help to steer us in a new direction:
“Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us now and at the hour of our creativity. Amen.”
To be continued.
Adapted from Matthew Fox, Naming the Unnameable: 89 Wonderful and Useful Names for God…Including the Unnameable God, pp. xv-xvii, 8, 11-17, 24-26, 39f., 42, 44-46.
And Fox, Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human Meet.
And Fox, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ: The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: Two Indian women painting a “welcome mat” to invite the Divine Mother into their homes. Photo by Pallab2310. Wikimedia Commons.
Queries for Contemplation
What does it mean to you, to call on the Cosmic Mother “at the hour of our creativity”?
Naming the Unnameable: 89 Wonderful and Useful Names for God …Including the Unnameable God
Too often, notions of God have been used as a means to control and to promote a narrow worldview. In Naming the Unnameable, renowned theologian and author Matthew Fox ignites our imaginations by offering a colorful range of Divine Names gathered from scientists and poets and mystics past and present, inviting us to always begin where true spirituality begins: from experience.
“This book is timely, important and admirably brief; it is also open ended—there are always more names to come, and none can exhaust God’s nature.” -Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, author of Science Set Free and The Presence of the Past
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 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.