I’ve been reading Matthew Fox this week and love how he integrates the Easter message of ‘awakening to the divinity within’ with caring for our earth-mother – after all, Earth Day is the day after Easter this year. He references the “Cosmic Christ” and “eco-consciousness” in his interview with Unity Magazine’s Katy Koontz, excerpted here:
KK: I love [your] idea of a portable practice.
MF: The idea is to enter more fully into the Cosmic Christ—the archetype of the divinity present in all beings. Thomas Merton, the late Catholic monk, said that all beings are holy and that’s exactly what the tradition of the Cosmic Christ is about. Praying that, getting it more fully into our hearts and minds, is the purpose of this practice.
Each one of these stations reminds us of our own holiness. After all, it’s not Jesus talking in the Gospels saying, “I am divine.” Jesus never talked like this. It’s the Christ talking, which is to say that each one of us is divine. How are we divine to one another? How are we a light to one another? How are we living bread to one another? How are we good shepherds? Are we living up to our potential?
KK: Those are some pretty, potent questions.
MF: They are indeed. If we’re going to evolve, we have to begin to take on the mantle of our Christhood and of what the Buddhists would call our Buddha nature—that’s the Cosmic Christ in the East. I think there’s a parallel teaching about the Buddha nature being present in all beings. So, too, the Christ nature is present in all beings.
KK: What do you think spirituality on a global scale—and the Christian Church in particular—will look like in 20 years?
MF: The church may well divide, thanks to those intent on building thick walls and moats of orthodoxy, and I sense the younger generation will be increasingly more ecumenical—more interfaith. They’ll have more of a Creation Spirituality consciousness because the eco-consciousness is becoming clearer and clearer to young people.
Look at what’s happened in Flint, Michigan, with water. We can no longer take the basics of life for granted. There’s the whole reality of air pollution, water pollution, rain forests dying, and many species going extinct. I think young people recognize that this is the challenge of our time, and it is a spiritual challenge as well as a technological and a moral challenge.
We need to see the earth as sacred again, to recognize that it’s a unique and precious gift. People imagine that we’re going to get in spaceships and go someplace else. That’s ridiculous. This is our home and either we take care of it or it’s going to swallow us up. Even Pope Francis is very explicit about this. It’s good to have a pope who is on board.
[The full article may be read at http://www.unity.org/publications/unity-magazine/articles/listening-matthew-fox ]
Easter Blessings, my friends! I look forward to spending time with you this Sunday.
In Love & Light,
Toni King, Spiritual Advisor