WHAT IS THE COSMIC MASS?
by Matthew Fox
The Cosmic Mass (TCM) is a conscious effort to reinvigorate Western ritual
by deconstructing the forms of worship we have inherited from the modern era
(such as sitting in benches and being read to, preached at or reading from
books including song books). We
reconstruct these forms of worship by going back to the pre-modern practice of
Dance gets us into our first chakra again; dance takes us
out of our heads and down again and connecting to the earth again. Joy results. Dance demands breathing, and so it fulfills ancient
teachings that connect breath with spirit. This connection is found not only in the Biblical story of
the Creator breathing the divine breath into the clay to make it a living human
but also in the ancient languages of Africa where the word for “dance” is the
same as the word for “breath” which is also the word for “spirit.” (“Breath” and “Spirit” are the same
word (ruah) in Hebrew as well).
The African spiritual teacher, Malidoma Some, tells us that there is no community without ritual. Thus renewing ritual lies at the heart of bringing community back to our consciousness and experience. The modern era, with its emphasis on ruggedly individual atoms, practically destroyed a sense of community. Renewed ritual can and does bring it back. And today’s science, with its emphasis on interconnectivity, lays a groundwork for the return of community. But it needs ritual to make it happen.
our Cosmic Masses people dance to DJ music as well as live
music; DJs provide the musical
ambience and VJs or Video Jockeys provide images through slides and live video
feed that tell the story of the theme celebrated. The theme might be “Gaia Our Mother” or “The Return of
the Sacred Masculine” or “Kinship with Animals” or any number of themes that
unite us spiritually today. In the
“Return of the Divine Feminine” Mass we collected 500 slides of the Goddess
from all of the world’s traditions (including the Black Madonna and Mary from
the West). And we danced in the
presence of these images, bringing in the spirit of the Divine Feminine.