Co-laborers with God
The Way of Creativity runs parallel to the Way of Bliss found in the via Positiva. In the Via Positiva, we first encounter images of our faith and heart then learn to trust that our hope is found within them. As we take our first steps down the Via Creativa, we learn to ride those images into reality.
Emerging from the Via Negativa, we now know that reality is not limited to what we can see. Our temporal existence is only a small piece of the great expanse of the cosmos. The greatest gift God bestowed upon all Rational Beings is our ability to have communion with those things unseen. This makes it even more important that we learn to name our experiences wisely.
In the beginning, God created all natural things. And he brought them before humankind "and [humanity] gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him (Gen 2:20)." We co-labor with God in Christ, naming all the can be seen and all the cannot be seen. This is the great work of the Way of Creation.
Wisdom of the Heart
Creativity is the wisdom of the heart, not the mind. It is the creativity of God made manifest through our workmanship. It is the duty of the pastor, the teacher, the apostle, and the Prophet to listen to the voice of God and help the artisans in their community to do all that God has called them to do. As God said to Moses:
It is also the sacred duty of the artisan to discern the will of God in their own life. The creative spirit that has been placed within us by the very hand of God is subject to the will of the artisan as well as the will of God, not to the dictates of the society or of the church. Our creativity must always be in service of God through the charge and through the holy instruments given us but we must always be ready to follow the calling of our heart. In the end, we're accountable to God for all that we have done with all that has been given us.
Our Ministry to the Saints
God has given each and every one of us a calling, a vocation, and motivating spirit to lead us through this life and to help us live a fruitful, productive, and fulfilled life. We are called by Christ to be vitalized people. Through his resurrection, and through the power of the most holy spirit that dwells within us, we come alive again to the deep and abiding mystery of life, of the very cosmos itself. Living with a sense of our own mystery and wonder, life itself takes, a new direction. Loving kindness becomes natural. Our desire to participate in the ongoing and never-ending creation of the cosmos grows and moves us to do the work of God in Christ in the church in the world.
Parable of the Talents
How many churches today have buried their talent out of fear for their Lord? They abhor mysticism. They reject the light that shines through the Scriptures when they are read as poetry, rather than prose. They buried the truth of God, under the literal words, that the prophets and apostles handed down to us. They are awaiting the return of Christ and expecting him to say, "good and faithful servant" but they have rejected the Spirit of prophecy that still moves within the churches today.
Each of us, out of reverence for the holy Godhead must seek out the talents that we have been given. Never forget that all of our gifts are for the benefit of the whole world, not just for our own immortal soul. We inherit a great responsibility with each and every talent that we receive to use it wisely, justly, and for the benefit of the community.
We must never forget the lessons we learned in the Via Negativa. For in silence, the worlds came into being.
Birthing with God
Where can God be found? Where does the spirits so move? Where do we learn wisdom that passes all understanding? Where do we find the roots of peace? "In the Via Creativa. In our generativity we co-create with God; in our imaginative output, we trust our images enough to birth them and ride them into existence. This is Path Three (Matthew Fox, Creation Spirituality, p 18).”
Together as the church, we move ourselves forward, ever seeking a way to share these experiences that are truly beyond words.
The Wisdom of Insight
From the Blog and Podcast
In Proverbs 1:2-7, we are taught the four pillars of wisdom. In the Via Creativa, we build up the pillar of Wise Behavior (Sakal). Sakal means "to be prudent, be circumspect, wisely understand, prosper; to give attention to, consider, ponder, be prudent; to have insight, have comprehension (The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon)."
This sort of Wise Behavior is gained through practice and insight. It is a deep wisdom that arises within us.
In the Ministry
The Via Creativa is the Way of the Evangelist. An Evangelist brings the Good News of the Gospel to those who will listen (Eph 4:11-13)
During his life, Father Abraham built 4 altars. Each one represented a phase of his life. In the Via Creativa, we visit the Altar of the Walk of Faith at the Great Oak of Strength and Increase from Genesis 13:17, 18.
The Eagle represents the Gospel of John, who focused on the Via Creativa through the Divine Logos and the glory of Christ Jesus.
Theosis: Our Divination as Images of God who are also C0-Creators
Divine Imagination: The Word of God in Action.
Art as Meditation
Mythos: Faith as Trust in Images
God as Mother
God as Child