A Universal Mysticism……a Mystical Universe
“We weave through our paths like a spiral danced, not a ladder climbed.” Matthew Fox
The Four Paths of Creation Spirituality is a spiritual practice for communities and individuals which invites us to consciously take part in the cycle of life—being filled with awe and wonder, feeling our pain and losses, exuding creativity, and persisting as justice makers. We experience these four paths as an inner spiritual journey, but the same paths of divine movement can be experienced in our emotions, in the transitional moments of our lives, in the way cultures recreate themselves, in the flow of the seasons, and in the evolution from mountain to plain, from caterpillar to butterfly, from exploding super nova to the birth of new stars.
We invite you to take this mystical path and celebrate your place in the wonder of divine creation.
- The Path of Awe ( the 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 Release (the 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 (the 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 (the 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.