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The Coming of the Cosmic Christ
Matthew Fox

1 "All creatures are interdependent." Meister Eckhart

2 "Divinity and we are co-creators, equally responsible one might say, for the survival of Mother Earth and for the kinds of personalities, relationships, lifestyles, politics, and economics that we birth."

3 "Every creature is a ray of God, a radiance of God, a divine expression of God."

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

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

6 "The Cosmic Christ – the 'pattern that connects' – can connect all persons in the context of the shared sacredness, the shared reverence and awe of our existence."

7 "The heartbeat of the Cosmic Christ fills the universe with overflowing love, binding all things together on earth and in heaven."

8 "May we grant one another the opportunity to live out our dreams, to care for the wounded child in one another, and to pass on to others still unborn an earth as alive and diverse and wondrous as the one we have inherited."

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

10 "The fire at the center of the tepee, pipe, or of sweat lodge represents Wakan-Tanka, the Great Spirit within the world. How close this comes to Meister Eckhart's teaching that a 'spark of the soul' burns within every creature and every human that will never be extinguished and that this spark of the soul is the divine presence within us all. All of creation shares in this holiness."

11 "To experience compassion and to identify with the suffering of others – as well as with their joy – is to experience the Divine One who suffers and rejoices in each person."

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

13 "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."

14 "We have a responsibility to give back the cherished blessing of our lives with grace and gratitude. We must return blessing for blessing. Generativity and creativity have been built into the universe from the start."

15 "Because all creatures contain the Word of God and express it, there is a radical equality of being that needs to be reverenced."

16 "The cosmos we live in is the one we choose to make. The worlds we live in ARE the worlds we choose to give birth to. Our soul is, as Meister Eckhart says, the world."

17 "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."

18 "Inside, outside, o friends, all one." Kabir

19 "God's Word is in all creation, visible and invisible. The Word is living, being, spirit, all verdant greening, all creativity. The Word manifests in every creature." Hildegard of Bingen

20 "Each of us displays a different aspect of the divine face."

21 "What is it we are always being told to behold in Jesus' parables? The divine presence everywhere."

22 "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

23 "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'

24 "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'

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite