Spirituality Named Compassion Uniting Mystical Awareness with Social Justice

ISBN-10: 0892818026
ISBN-13: 9780892818020
Edition: N/A
Authors: Matthew Fox
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List price: $19.95
Publisher: Inner Traditions International, Limited
Publication date: 9/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Neil Douglas-Klotz is on the faculty of the Institute for Culture and Creation Spirituality in Oakland, CA, and is founding director of the International Center for the Dances of Universal Peace. He has over a dozen years of experience teaching movement, music, voice, and body awareness all over the world.Matthew Fox holds a doctorate in the history and theology of spirituality from the Institut Catholique de Paris. He was a member of the Dominican order for 34 years. Seeking to establish a new pedagogy for learning spirituality that was grounded in an effort to reawaken the West to its own mystical tradition as well as interacting with contemporary scientists, Fox founded the Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality that operated for 7 years at Mundelein College in Chicago and 12 years at Holy Names College in Oakland. Because of this program, Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) expelled Fox from the Dominican order and the program was aborted. He founded the University of Creation Spirituality in Oakland to continue his work, but it closed in 2007. He is the author of over 30 books including Original Blessing, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, A Spirituality Named Compassion, The Reinvention of Work, The Hidden Spirituality of Men, Christian Mystics, The A.W.E. Project: An Educational Transformation for Post-Modern Times, and Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior for Our Times.

Preface: The Second Edition
Preface: Retrieving Compassion from its Lonely Exile
Towards a Meaning of Compassion: From Exiling Compassion as Sentiment to Living Compassion as a Way of Life
Compassion is not pity but celebration
Compassion is not sentiment but is making justice and doing works of mercy
Compassion is not private, egocentric or narcissistic but public
Compassion is not mere human personalism but is cosmic in its scope and diving in its energies
Compassion is not about ascetic detachments or abstract contemplation but is passionate and caring
Compassion is not anti-intellectual but seeks to know and to understand the interconnections of all things
Compassion is not religion but a way of life, i.e., a spirituality
Compassion is not a moral commandment but a flow and overflow of the fullest human and diving energies
Compassion is not altruism but self-love and other-love at one
Summary
Sexuality and Compassion: From Climbing Jacob's Ladder to Dancing Sarah's Circle
Climbing Jacob's Ladder
Some consequences of Jacob's Ladder
Dancing Sarah's Circle
Climbing Jacob's Ladder contrasted to Dancing Sarah's Circle
Examples of Sarah's Circle dynamics
Mystical Symbol as a legitimization of secular violence
Summary
Psychology and Compassion: From a Psychology of Control (Competition, Compulsion and Dualism) to a Psychology of Celebration (Letting Be, Letting Go, Letting Dialectic Happen)
Competition vs. compassion
Compulsion vs. compassion
Dualism vs. compassion
Toward a psychology of compassion which is a psychology of celebration
Letting be
Letting go
Letting dialectic happen
Forgiveness and the psychology of compassion
Summary
Creativity and Compassion: From a Fetish with the Cross to an Exploration of the Empty Tomb
Creativity as a way of life for all people
Exploring the empty tomb and the riches of creativity
Entering the tomb as entering into the fears of creating
The creative process as the making of connections
Creativity as compassion
Creativity, extrovert meditation and prophecy
Summary
Science, Nature, and Compassion: From a Mechanistic and Piecemeal Universe to an Organic and Interdependent One
Physics and compassion
Biology and compassion
Animals and compassion
Animals as spiritual directors
Earth, earthiness and compassion
Summary
Economics and Compassion: From an Expansionist Economics based on the 'Wealth of Nations' to an Economics of Interdependence based on the Survival of the Global Village
From Newtonian to Einsteinian economics
Psychology and economics
Sexuality and economics
Creativity in today's economics
Toward an economics of compassion
Seven proposals for discussion
Summary
Politics and Compassion: From an Elitist and Ladder-Like Solution to Political Issues to a Just Sharing in a Sarah-Circle Body Politic
The new meaning of politics
The politics of of energy
Politics and health care
Politics and education
Educating for compassion
Summary
Compassion and the Healing of Humpty Dumpty, the Global Village and Us: From the Salvation of the Privatized Soul to the Mending of the Cracked World Soul
Humpty Dumpty: an overview after the fall
Humpty Dumpty as world egg and cosmic egg
Humpty Dumpty and the search for the human egg or soul
Humpty Dumpty as the new world soul
Humpty Dumpty as the divine soul
Humpty Dumpty and the salvation of our souls
Summary
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