Matthew Fox describes compassion as a creative force and also states it is critical to our and our planet’s survival. He cites physicist Fritjof Capra's observations that all energy flows through and connects all things and one another. Our planet and we are one in this giant web of energy. Fox states that successful life is therefore a cooperative, interdependent venture not a competitive struggle and calls compassion the true creative life force. He states, …there is no compassion without creativity.
Thomas Moore says it another way as I relate in my memoir as follows: The idea of caring for myself was so foreign but I sensed it was imperative. I read Thomas Moore’s “Care of the Soul.” His assertion that everything has soul—people, trees, buildings, cars, etc., and each is a part of the larger world soul—let me look at everything in an exciting new dimension and feel a part of something bigger than myself. And I experienced the sense of the world soul later on a walk to the beach. I wrote: Coolness was all over that early morning—overcast inland and a gray thick blanket of fog at the now warmer lake. The water smelled heavy in the curtained air, too heavy to move. Tall gray herons waded near the shore and seemed only a darker color of fog in the shape of stately birds. It was easy to sense the seamless world soul in the all-encompassing softness. …That day I learned, as part of the world’s soul, I create an atmosphere wherever I go.
Fox cautions against too much introverted meditation and advocates for extrovert meditation saying it is centering by way of creating. In extrovert meditation we learn to trust our deepest insights about images new and old and thus we learn from these images. They become our teachers. He cites the potter with clay, the musician with notes, the dancer with movement, the baker with dough, etc. So this morning I made blueberry muffins contemplatively with my kitchen radio and TV left off. Afterwards I washed the dishes by hand being present to the water and the task. And the muffins I created, I shared.
What if we each tuned in to some creative extrovert meditation everyday? Could we eventually create a just and peaceful world through our compassionate creativity? Could we come to function cooperatively as a whole?