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

3 "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'

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

5 "The Cosmic Christ is the crucified and suffering one in every creature, just as much as the Cosmic Christ is the radiant one, the divine glistening and glittering in every creature."

6 "Politics will become the art of the people, the art of preserving and celebrating Mother Earth, the art of doing justice and keeping balance and harmony. Economics will become the art of planetary management, the art of living harmoniously within the necessary limits that the goods of the earth set for us, the art of common survival wherein all of creation and its immense wealth – which is its health – is celebrated in balance and harmony."

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

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

9 "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."

10 "Our bodies are the temple that con-temples us with other temples, other bodies of the universe, bodies of stars, of suns, of earth, of winged, finned, four-legged and two-legged brothers and sisters, children all of a living God."

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

12 "Every person has a gift to give the community."

13 "Ours is a time of emerging awareness of the interconnectivity of all things."

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

15 "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

16 "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.'"

17 "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."

18 "Each creature is a witness to God's power and omnipotence; and its beauty is a witness to the divine wisdom….Every creature participates in some ways in the likeness of the Divine Essence."

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

20 "All creatures are interdependent." Meister Eckhart

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

22 "I foresee a renaissance, 'a rebirth based on a spiritual initiative', to use historian M. D. Chenu's definition, as the result of the outpouring of the Spirit. This new birth will cut through all cultures and all religions and indeed will draw forth the wisdom common to all vital mystical traditions in a global religious awakening I call 'deep ecumenism.'"

23 "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

24 "Even small experiences of creation, such as mustard seeds, contain the divine."

25 "We are indeed 'part of everything' and one with the mystery of life." Dorothee Soelle

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite