Every Creature is a Word of G-d
I came home last night from a long day at work and found this quote from Meister Eckhart waiting for me. Of course it reminds me why I choose to be vegan, but in the moment, it was more profound than that for me.
As impossibly far away as G-d and our utopian aspirations can seem in the depths of very real and very material suffering, the theurgical truth of existence is also a very intrinsic godliness to all creation. G-d is within us and among us.
In many Western esoteric traditions, rituals are practiced where names of gods, angels, or other beings are vibrated to invoke protective or cleansing forces. These names are words of power, sometimes rich in cultural heritage or other times steeped in the personal gnosis of Earth's past priests. Whether one is properly initiated into an order or not, the use of those names connects one to an ancient lineage of mystics conversing with G-d.
Last night I came to understand that all creation emanates from G-d in the form of vibrations like these.
In other words, all life is sacred. All life is spoken into existence by G-d--a formula, an incantation, a novel of G-d's will in creation. Every living creature manifests at the urging of G-d. And the power ascribed in ceremonial magic to the archangels and pagan gods called upon to carry our consciousness higher up the tree of life can be found as well in everything from the swaying trunk of an elephant to the speckled dress of a leopard moth.
Can you imagine a world living in recognition of this relationship? How can we seek the Divine while silencing Hir in the animals, the mountains, the oceans, and the rainforests S/he speaks through? If every creature is a word of G-d, dare we stop and listen?
Pat Mosley (NC LMBT #16882) is a licensed massage and bodywork therapist in the Winston-Salem area. His work is rooted in compassionate touch, permaculture, and deep ecology with the resilience of all Earth's children in mind. Connect with him via email to firstname.lastname@example.org