Teaching by Matthew Wright
Available as 7 disc CD set or MP3 download – approx. running time: 7 hrs, 35 min
Recorded live September 24– 27, 2019
at Cowichan Lake Research Station, BC, Canada
As this is a LIVE recording you may notice some audio variability and background noise.
Drawing from ancient to modern writings of the three Abrahamic traditions, Matthew Wright reveals the long-suppressed Divine Feminine. He follows the threads that link Mary, mother of Jesus, to the Black Madonna and to Sophia and finally to the ousia , the essence of the Mother/Father creator. The historic Mary is uncovered as a face of the contemplative path, as a revolutionary spirit, as a discipleship mentor, and as a revered elder. The universal Mary imparts a God-bearing dimension, impregnated with the spirit of Sophia, the origin of Wisdom.
Mary the Mother breaks out of her cameo canonical appearances to become the fiat, the let it be, for creation to birth the incarnation. Sophia, simultaneously in both the transcendent and immanent realms, is understood as the womb of creation and in the womb of Mary is transferred corporeally to the heart of Jesus.
The way of Jesus is the Christos way. It is the Mary way. This is the way of the Divine Feminine, not confined to a gender, but as a set of qualities that the world currently needs. With today’s conditions of climate change, political upheavals, rampant inequalities, and divisiveness, Wright offers signs of an emerging Age of Mary, as expressed by St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort over 300 years ago. Has the Age of Aquarius finally evolved to release the feminine spirit of wisdom and unity for a fully integrated collective humanity aligned with the rest of creation?
NOTES TO LISTENER
- To deepen your experience of this recording, you are invited to follow the links on The Contemplative Society web page to see the handouts distributed at the retreat.
- The retreat included a performance by Seemi Ghazi. Due to proprietary rights, her performance has been deleted from this recording. A written version can be found on the Blog page of our website. Professor Ghazi describes her piece as “simultaneously a feminist birth narrative, an embodied exegesis of the Qur’anic story of Mary’s birthing Jesus, and an immigrant arrival story.”