Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Cosmic Christ and Hildegard - Matthew Fox Meditation - July 10, 2019

The Cosmic Christ and Hildegard
by Matthew Fox
July 10, 2019

The word of God is everywhere and in everything, for “without the Word of God no creature has being. God’s Word is in all creation, visible and invisible.”  Hildegard of Bingen

Hildegard is teaching about the Cosmic Christ, for the Cosmic Christ–or cosmic wisdom–is the image of God in all things. It’s the light in everything, as science today assures us that there are light waves or photons in every atom in the universe. Hildegard often saw the light in all things. She painted it and set it to music, which is why she speaks of her paintings, visions, and mandalas as “illuminations.” Light beings bear light and reveal by way of light.

Notice that for Hildegard the “Word of God is in all beings whether visible or invisible.” So even the darkness contains the light, the Word of God, the Cosmic Christ, which is cosmic wisdom. It’s everywhere, and it renders all beings holy, all beings luminous and numinus, full of creativity and generativity. To have being is to be a temple for the Word of God.

What’s the nature of this Word? “The Word is living, being, spirit, all verdant greening, all creativity.” At the heart of the Word, at the heart of all beings, is creativity and “all verdant greening.” All things are fertile, all things busy birthing and creating. How contemporary is Hildegard’s view of the world! We can’t escape the ever evolving, ever creating, and ever passing nature of created things.

This is postmodern science, since creativity is one of the patterns inherent in evolution. It’s also Hildegard’s awareness in the 12th century! We are all verdant, all green, all busy creating. “All creation is awakened, called, by the resounding melody, of God’s invocation of the Word…"

For Hildegard, it’s God or Spirit who does the awakening and the calling, for God is invoking the “Word” that “manifests in every creature.” Yet true to Cosmic Christ consciousness, “the Word is indivisible from God.” In other words, everything we have said about creatures–everything we observe about sun and moon, galaxies and stars, whales and cats, rosebushes and redwood trees, mountains and rivers, you and me–all this is a manifestation of the divine Word, the divine Logos, the divine wisdom that’s alive in everything.

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