Walking the Christ Path in Transformation:
Com/passion and Celebration

Matthew Fox enjoys the singer in the final services of the first Christ Path weekend.

So out of the awe and wonder and cosmic connection, and the grief and loss of the dark night of our soul and our culture, arise the visions and the will to transform our world through creativity, community-building and inspired activism.  There arises the Via Creativa and flowing from that is the Via Transformativa.But it’s important to remember that this path of passion, compassion and social transformation is not just about relieving pain and undoing injustice. It’s also about cele … [Read more...]

Walking the Christ Path in Creativity and Transformation

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So now we’ve looked at two of the paths of Creation Spirituality as we walk them on the Christ Path. We begin with the Via Positiva – the path of awe, wonder, and conscious connection to the cosmos. And then there is the Via Negativa – the path of grief, loss, silence and letting go.And part of the Via Negativa, besides listening, besides grieving, is also an experience of shakeup, chaos, being turned upside-down to shake the nonsense out. That’s part of the dark night of the soul. All kinds … [Read more...]

Walking the Christ Path in Joy and Sorrow

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As we prepare to enter the second Christ Path weekend, I‘d like to begin looking at experience of  walking the four paths of Creation Spirituality as they relate to the Christ path. These four paths are very personal to me and to those who have understood them and taken them on, if you will. I believe these four paths are archetypal; I’ve seen many instances of people gaining deep insights by applying them to their unique spiritual journeys.We begin with the Via Positiva…this part of the Chri … [Read more...]

But What Appeal Does the Christ Path Have for the Spiritual but Not Religious?

We've heard some inquiries from people who are not walking a Christian or Christ-based path - who identify with other faith traditions, or call themselves "spiritual but not religious," and who are skittish about a workshop identified with Christ in any context.So, we felt it would be good to have a planning team member share her experience as an Earth-based spiritual edgewalker who's clenched her teeth, swearing silently "I will not bolt,  I will not bolt" when she's heard ministers edging … [Read more...]

“Serve the Cosmic Christ”
Whether You Are Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Atheist….

In my last post I offered the three things that - whether you are a Buddhist or a Hindu or a Catholic or a Protestant or a Taoist or an atheist–will change your life with the realization of this new evolutionary energy that was birthed by Jesus. First, we all have to realize that it is one minute to midnight. We don’t have time to take a less glorious adventure. Second, any deep meditation on Jesus and the path that he offers will show you that this is not an easy path. This great birth is only g … [Read more...]

Teachings of the Cosmic Christ from Fr. Bede Griffiths

My search for the meaning of life had led me through the world’s great religions, to the teachings of Ramakrishna, the initiation of the mystical Mahayana teacher Thuksey Rinpoche, the community of the great Sufi mystic Eva De Vitray-Meyerovitch, the soft-breasted hills of Galilee, and ultimately the answer of the Dalai Lama: “The meaning of life is to embody the transcendent.” And as I pondered his answer, it led to another, deeper question: what does it mean to embody the transcendent?And … [Read more...]

Just When We Thought We Were Lost,
Young Activists Show Us the Way

Rev. Dr. Gail Ransom

I first began to breathe again when I met the young and dedicated organizer of Transition Town Pittsburgh standing in the hallway of my church. He was a recent college graduate, full of wisdom and purpose, and committed to building a new social and economic system based upon local wisdom, talent, and resources. He was preparing for the impending transition to a more manageable society when our oil based economy can no longer be sustained.The community he was describing was so similar to the … [Read more...]

My Own Journey to the Cosmic Christ

How did I come to experience the Cosmic Christ? Appropriately enough, my path led through the great world religions to a culmination of perception and belief.I was born in India in 1952, and I was born to Protestant parents. But from the beginning of my life, I knew that there could not be one answer, one faith that covered all bases, because I lived in a sacred world in which all avenues to the divine were considered holy. I had Protestant parents; I had a Catholic nanny; I had a Muslim … [Read more...]

Meeting the Cosmic Christ as an Ally in Our Evolutionary Transformation

We are now in a second axial age. We are in the middle of the most dangerous, the most testing, the most precarious evolutionary transformation in our history. And it is essential, I believe, to understand exactly what this evolutionary transformation demands of us, so that we can survive the great global dark night and, through it and because of it, birth a wholly new level of embodied divine consciousness on this earth, and then act—act with passion, act with urgency, act with peace, act with w … [Read more...]

To be a Christian is to be a Mystic

In my last post, I wrote of the passing of imperial Christianity, and the archetype of the Cosmic Christ that lies, largely ignored, at the mystic heart of the Christian tradition. But while the mystic experience of cosmic connection has been viewed with suspicion by the institutional church, it has not vanished!John Dominic Crossan,  in his book In Search of Paul, concludes thus: “Does Paul think, therefore, that only mystics can be Christians, and that all Christians must be mystics? In a w … [Read more...]


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