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Meister Eckhart was a late-thirteenth- and early-fourteenth-century preacher and mystic, yet, like Rumi and Hafiz, he remains relevant today. His work speaks to so many and touches people’s hearts. In this short excerpt from his new book, Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior for Our Times, bestselling author Matthew Fox shares Eckhart’s insights on letting go.
Last night I saw the new movie Heaven Is for Real, and I was very touched by it. It’s the story of a four-year-old boy named Colton Burpo who went to heaven when his body was being operated on and came back to share his experiences with his family. This may sound sweet and innocent, like a child with a great imagination, but this young boy actually had this experience, and it turned quite a few lives upside down.
His father just happens to be the pastor of a local church, and watching his struggles with Colton’s accounts of heaven reminded me of the consciousness of our planet. The reaction of the parishioners compounded the confusion and anger about this little boy’s experience. It was eye-opening for me because I’ve become so ingrained in the belief that there is life after death and that heaven is the most beautiful safe place that we will ever experience. That was one of Colton’s comments: “No one will hurt me here.”
New World Library author Matthew Fox created the Cosmic Mass in 1996 as a way to “reinvent worship.” The event falls somewhere between an interfaith worship service and a rave, and in fact its purpose is to bring together elements of both, using ritual and dance to reawaken joy, transform grief, spark creativity, and support compassionate action. Sunday, December 1, 2013, marked the first Cosmic Mass in five years, and I volunteered to help, along with New World Library Assistant Editor Jonathan Wichmann and a team from all over the country.
Food blessings connect all humankind in reverence for the Almighty.
Sharing food is the most universal cultural experience. Expressing thanks for food was humankind’s first act of worship, for food is the gift of life from above. In every culture there are sacred beliefs or divine commandments that require honoring the giver of life — God or the divine principle — through acknowledging the sacred gift of food.
Nurturing children is no easy task. How do we guide them without harm and without losing our integrity? Vimala McClure addresses these questions with poetic wisdom in The Tao of Motherhood, which we recently republished in a twentieth anniversary edition.
But poetry can raise as many questions as it answers. When family-management blogger Katina Ferguson interviewed Vimala, we found the discussion fascinating, and we’re reprinting part of it here to share more of Vimala’s unique perspective on mothering. Enjoy!