Posts Tagged ‘Rev. Matthew Fox’


Rev. Matthew Fox’s life has been a prophetic journey for any that have been called or deemed “odd” in structured religious life. Regardless of religious affiliation. His journey is one of standing in prophetic/mystic voice- creativity, imagination, justice, creation and scriptures synthesized with reason and the drive for belonging. Freely admitting and illustrating the Biblical calling within his 37 books the need to shatter the patriarchy and religious binary of command and control.

Yes, take time with those thoughts. The most powerful image in the early days with this dialogue partner for me (during my more structured spiritual formation as a Franciscan), was the one of shattering Jacob’s Ladder, to dance Sarah’s circle. The resounding connection to inclusion, belonging for all, affirmation and alignment with the other sacred text of our spiritual life so easily ignored in the drive for dominion over, not care taking of– creation (nature) that is part of the dialogue with scriptures’ and our lived experience to shape our individual, interdependent life. The second sacred text revealed through mystics/monastics like Aquinas, Francis, Clare, Eckhart, to name but a few (and continually throughout history being re-aligned with). This shift from the holistic and communal journey with the Holy Mystery, has created the world we exist in now. With the binary-dualistic chasms that separate and feed algorithms that continue the separation. The blind loyalty and living the black and white found in doctrines, political planforms, doctrinal stamens. Not in contemplation, living into the silence to hear, but rather constantly reacting, trying to prove holiness and affirming “truth”iness instead of understanding and living out of the values that truly exist under the rhetoric. It is in the inability to realize that life with the Spirit exists in varying degrees of gray as an intimate love relationship is.

This is the state of our world, a creation in sins of the spirit (a term from Aquinas and Fox), those things that take us away from God.

Want to reflect on a moment what those are?

These are snaps hots and my reflections of some of the dialogues in Fox’s works within my walk. Which brings us to his newest work, The Tao of Thomas Aquinas: Fierce Wisdom for Hard Times (2020). A work that can either be a prologue to Fox’s thought process for a new reader, or an epilogue for those that have been on the journey with Fox. The foundation work is his soon to be re-released Sheer Joy: Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality.

It can be read in one or two sittings as a fill up. But for practice I would recommend a daily reading over 31 days (if you wish to use the introductions and afterword’s as separate readings, then closer to 35 and I do encourage not skipping these, as Delio and Maynard have packed quite a bit of reflective-pragmatism into their words).

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Each short chapter provides new insights and reflection from Fox’s works, coupled with exploration of some key scriptures from John, Matthew, Corinthians, Jeremiah, and Isaiah, as well as other ecumenical thought leaders within Creation Spirituality. Regardless, of where you fall on the religious spectrum this can be a beneficial daily read, as one shifts outside the box of ticking the box of institutional existence for being “right and holy” to living and experiencing with the Holy Mystery.

As a sojourner, are we ready to enter into the circle dance?


Unity. Oneness. Interconnected. All things in the Holy Mystery, the Holy Mystery in all. There are many ways to reflect the core truth of existence.  But these few passages sum it up quite good from the Aquarian Gospel 9:15-17:

  1. Before the worlds were formed all things were One; just Spirit, Universal Breath. 16.And Spirit breathed, and that which was not manifest became the Fire and Thought of Heaven, the Father-God, the Mother-God. 17. And when the Fire and Thought of heaven in union breathed, their son, their only son, was born. This son is Love whom men have called the Christ.

(For more on this common thread read Aquarian Gospel 10-12)

Quite simple, the thread that connects all is L-O-V-E- full stop, no additions, or buts. Another term (man what a thesaurus event) is Christ. Firstly many believe The Christ refers to Jesus the Christ or Jesus Christ, because was Christ not Mary & Joseph’s son’s last name? No, technically it was Jesus Bar Josephson (Jesus Son of Joseph) or in Mediterranean, Jesus of Nazareth.

Christ was his state of being, an awakened state. The Fillmore’s write about this in their 12 Powers of Man, where each disciple in the Gospel Journey tie into energetic powers within (ala Chakras if you will) that by unlocking and learning to live out of these powers you awaken the Christ within yourself.

In Franciscan formation, it is the idea St. Francis of Assisi laid out, that you learn to live without thinking (essentially make part of your very being) the Gospel lesson, before moving onto the next one. Forming the Christ within intentionally to know life in Love.

The Christ within, or as Rev. Matthew Fox as the Cosmic Christ, that awakened being—or if you prefer an Eastern flavour —Buddha. Ah those common threads again, connected in the eternal holy breathed existence that is all love.

This is the core, this is what any religious-spiritual path should lead a traveller to…a state of oneness, embrace, acceptance and love.

So…what road are you currently journeying towards Cosmic Oneness with the Holy Mystery?

 


Jung calls it the Shadow. Ancient Judaism referred to it as Lucifer or Satan. Ancient Christianity spoke of Satan. Some Indigenous faiths have the parable of the two wolves fighting within and whichever one you feed is the one that survives. Norse Mythology one can look at the stories of Thor and Loki as an allegory for the human soul.

This is the higher/lower self that is spoken of within the Aquarian Gospel:

  1. The higher self is human spirit clothed with soul, made in the form of God. 7.The lower self, the carnal self, the body of desires, is a reflection of the higher self, distorted by the murky ethers of the flesh. 8. The lower self is an illusion, and will pass away; the higher self is God in man, and will not pass away. 9. The higher self is the embodiment of truth reversed, and so is falsehood manifest. 10. The higher self is justice, mercy, love and right; the lower self is what the higher self is not. 11. The lower self breeds hatred, slander, lewdness, murders, theft, and everything that harms; the higher self is mother of the virtues and the harmonies of life. 12. The lower self is rich in promises, but poor in blessedness and peace; it offers pleasure, joy and satisfying gains; but gives unrest and misery and death.

The Aquarian Gospel 8:6-12

The ancient legend of Job speaks to whom Satan is, a tester within, one that refines our spirit and our connection to the Divinity. It is not about an external force exerting pressure upon us, it is the yin-yang within, the Divine Self-Shadow Self wrestling, what is a true Islamic Jihad of the Holy and Satan within the self, or in Tibetan Buddhism talk of inner demons.

This is what is being revealed here, is it a life being created to live in and seeking blessing through experiences or is it a life that we simply succumb to the darkness and exist there, not allowing growth, not allowing the enlightening/awakening of our energy selves, the Chakras, so that we can truly open our crown into true unity with the Divinity.

Now reading this it can appear that the false dichotomy of Spirit good, flesh bad, is being preached. The old Aurelius arguments. But this is not so. I direct one to read the work of Rev. Matthew Fox Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh for a better understanding. This is language of the time, and in context that a hearer would understand for the giving in is akin to addiction to anything seizing your life, and letting the Shadow-Sludge overcome your Chakra-Light Self so that you are no longer aware to your connection with everything, and through everything because of the Holy Mystery.

This is what this teaching is speaking to, when we are no longer living in blessing and abundance, but have chosen to allow created things to control us and are not aware this is true and taking steps to break the bondage of slavery. Much like the earlier stories of Herod, and the flashes it would give to the Exodus. The idea of throwing off the Oppressor of the Self, the lower self as noted above.

What is the Lower Self controlling you? Holding you back? Or slipping you up?

What is one thing you are going to do today to begin breaking the chain of bondage of the Lower Self?