Via Positiva- The Path of Awe and Bliss

Via Positiva- The Path of Awe and Bliss

The Winged Man represents the Gospel of Matthew, who focused on the Via Positiva through the humanity of Christ Jesus and his teaching of the Way of Light.

In the Via Positiva. In awe, wonder, and mystery of nature and all beings, each of whom is a ‘word of God,’ a ‘mirror of God that glistens and glitters,’ as Hildegard of Bingen put it. This is Path One.

— Matthew Fox, Creation Spirituality, 18

Via Negativa- The Way of Silence and Letting Go

Via Negativa- The Way of Silence and Letting Go

The Winged Bull represents the Gospel of Luke, who focused on the Via Negativa through the sacrifice and Atonement of Jesus Christ.

In the Via Negativa. In darkness and nothingness, 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. This is Path Two.

— Matthew Fox, Creation Spirituality, 18

Via Creativa- The Way of Creativity and Creation

Via Creativa- The Way of Creativity and Creation

The Eagle represents the Gospel of John, who focused on the Via Creativa through the Divine Logos and the glory of Christ Jesus.

“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, 18).”

Via Transformativa- The Way of Transformation and Justice

Via Transformativa- The Way of Transformation and Justice

The Winged Lion represents the Gospel of Mark, who focused on the Via Transformativa through the Divine Kingdom of Zion and Jesus Christ our King.

“In the Via Transformativa.  In the relief of suffering, in the combating of injustice, in the struggle for homeostasis, for balance in society and history, and in the celebration that happens when persons struggling for justice and trying to live in mutuality come together to praise and give thanks for the gift of being and being together.  This is Path Four (Matthew Fox, Creation Spirituality, 18).”