Our relationship with the universe fills us with awe and gratitude. Every creature, every tree, every stone, every star and every human being is already imbued with the blessed spark of divine nature. We refer to this understanding as “Original Blessing.”
Honoring all of creation as Original Blessing, Creation Spirituality integrates the wisdom of Eastern and Western spirituality and global indigenous cultures with the emerging scientific understanding of the universe and the passion of creativity. It is both a tradition and a movement, celebrated by mystics and agents of social change from every age and culture.
We listen through deep communion with nature. We listen to mystics from all spiritual traditions: Rumi, Jesus, Buddha, Hildegard, Black Elk, Rabbi Heschel and others who have heard the cosmic whispers of wisdom since human consciousness began.
We listen to our own deep wisdom that bubbles up from personal devotion and spiritual practice. And we listen to the cries of the world that awaken our compassionate hearts and inspire us to take the action required to foster justice and peace.
At FICS, we draw from these deep wells of spiritual wisdom and integrate it with scientific knowledge of the universe. This empowers us to act as co-creators, bringing acts of beauty and justice into the world.
"As a movement, Creation Spirituality becomes an amazing gathering place, a kind of watering hole for persons whose passion has been touched by the issues of our day—deep-ecologists, ecumenists, artists, native peoples, justice activists, feminists, gay and lesbian peoples, animal liberationists, scientists seeking to reconnect science and wisdom—all these groups find in the creation spirituality movements a common language and a common ground on which to stand."
— Matthew Fox, "Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth," pp. 16-17
The Four Paths, which parallel the cycles of the four seasons, are the backbone of the Creation Spirit
awe | unknowing | creativity | transformation
The Four Paths, which parallel the cycles of the four seasons, are the backbone of the Creation Spirituality journey. This tradition invites us to be participants in the circle of life—filled with awe and wonder, feeling our pain and losses, exuding creativity and persisting as justice-makers.
Where will the experience of the Divine be found in our time? Creation Spirituality suggests the answer is found in the movement between the Four Paths:
The Path of Awe (Via Positiva) — in the awe, wonder, beauty, joy, blessing and mystery of nature and all beings, each of whom is as Hildegard of Bingen put it a “word of God,” a “mirror of God that glistens and glitters.”
The Path of Unknowing (Via Negativa) — in the beauty of darkness and nothingness, in mystery, in the silence and emptying, in the letting go and letting be, and in the pain and suffering that constitute an equally real part of our spiritual journey.
The Path of Creativity (Via Creativa) — in our generativity we co-create with God; we trust our images (poems, paintings, inventions, ideas for peace and justice-making, businesses, creative parenting, etc.) as divine inspiration and courageously birth them into existence.
The Path of Transformation (Via Transformativa) — in the individual transformation made possible through practice and grace, in the relief of suffering, in the combating of injustice, and in the celebration that happens when persons struggling for justice and trying to live in mutual respect come together to praise and give thanks for the gift of life.