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The Coming of the Cosmic Christ
Matthew Fox

1 "Creativity is the fundamental law of the human psyche which constitutes a microcosm of the universe."

2 "The whole universe is the great world, the macrocosm; its parts are small universes in themselves, microcosms. Such a microcosm is man, who is in himself an image of the universe and a perfect being." Otto Rank, 'Art and Artist'

3 "Divinity is not outside us. We are in God and God is in us."

4 "The whole is present in each part, in each level of existence. The living reality, which is total and unbroken and undivided, is in everything." David Bohm

5 "We need to worship in circles again, preferably on the soil of Mother Earth wherever possible. Circles invite all creatures to be part of the grateful event and they allow the humans present to look each other in the eye while rounding and connecting themselves in step with the universe."

6 "The divine mystery and miracle of existence is laid bare in the unique existence of each atom, each galaxy, each tree, bird, fish, dog, flower, star, rock, and human."

7 "The inward person is not at all in time or place but is purely and simply in eternity. It is there that God arises…[and] is heard, there God is; there God, and God alone, speaks." Meister Eckhart

8 "The Cosmic Christ IS the 'pattern that connects' and connecting is what all wisdom is about, as the philosopher Gabriel Marcel points out: 'The true function of the sage is surely the function of linking together, of bringing into harmony….the sage is truly linked with the universe.'"

9 "We are truly God's sons and daughters, images of the childhood of divinity."

10 "The ancient and long obsolete idea of man as a microcosm contains a supreme psychological truth that has yet to be discovered." Jacobe and Hull, 'Jung'

11 "A river passes through many countries and each claims it for its own. But there is only one river." Sheikh Ragip Frager, 'Love is the Wine: Talks of a Sufi Master'

12 "The Cosmic Christ is a 'pattern that connects' proton and galaxy, human and neutron, human and supernovas. The Cosmic Christ assures us that nothing is trivial for nothing is unconnected to the whole. All is a source of awe, wonder, wisdom, and the presence of the divine."

13 "The creation of the world is not only a process which moves from God to humanity. God demands newness from humanity; God awaits the works of human freedom." Nicolas Berdyaev

14 "This is, after all, what Jesus came to teach persons, is it not? We are all divine sons and daughters with divine dignity and responsibilities."

15 "It is Love that moves the universe."

16 "Hildegard of Bingen teaches that prayer is essentially the inhaling and exhaling of the one breath of the universe."

17 "Creatures can be called God's words, because they manifest God's mind just like effects manifest their causes." Thomas Aquinas

18 "It is the heart that sees the primordial eternity of every creature." Hildegard of Bingen

19 "Humanity has the power and responsibility to increase the glory that is the divine presence in the cosmos."

20 "Since 'every creature is a word of God' as Meister Eckhart put it, it follows that Mother Earth is a special word of God: a unique expression of divine wisdom, of divine maternity and caring, of divine creativity and fruitfulness."

21 "God created the soul in His own image and likeness." St. Teresa of Avila

22 "Justice is not a human invention. It has been integral to creation from the very first second of the fireball when order (not chaos) emerged and when harmony and balance emerged from the struggle and the destruction of the evolving creation. This quest for justice has been integral to creation's unfolding ever since. It is evident even in our bodies and in our psyche's search for balance."

23 "God is the dazzling light that constitutes the creative center of all life and movement. In that Point every 'where' and every 'when' are centered." Dante, 'The Divine Comedy', translated by Matthew Fox

24 "The Divine One is the 'One who is with us', Emmanuel, 'God with us.'"

25 "Healing is still possible. This is the hope that the Cosmic Christ, wounded but resurrected, holds out to our times."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite