Imagine a worship celebration that’s truly a celebration!
Imagine dancing (and sweating!) your prayers, rather than sitting on benches and being read to, being preached at, or reading from books, including songbooks.
Imagine experiencing oneness with the Divine, touching your sorrow, connecting with your Divine creativity and your passion to create positive change in the world.
Imagine emerging from a worship celebration feeling that every element of your being – mind, body, emotions, spirit, and soul – has been engaged.
Impossible? No – this is the Cosmic Mass (TCM) .
What Is the Cosmic Mass?
The Cosmic Mass (TCM) is an interactive community dance celebration created by Matthew Fox in the 90′s that re-invents the form of worship.
It integrates elements of techno-rave, temple, art exhibit, dance hall, meditation, and intentional space to touch the deepest parts of your being and cultivate your relationship with your own personal form of spirituality within a community.
Incorporating cosmology, ritual, immersive visual art, music, spoken word and the practice of dance, The Cosmic Mass invites participants of all spiritual traditions to engage body and spirit directly.
The Cosmic Mass reinvigorates Western ritual by deconstructing the forms of worship we have inherited from the modern era and going back to the most primal form of worship: dance. DJs and live musicians provide the musical ambiance and the VJ or video artist provides immersive images that tell the story of the theme celebrated. We dance in the presence of these images, bringing in the spirit of the theme.
Each Cosmic Mass is a community journey traversing the four paths of the human experience:
* the “Via Positiva” – a dance of Joy and Delight, celebrating connection with the Divine embodied in the Cosmos
* the “Via Negativa” or grief experience, where we grieve and lament together the negative aspect of each theme. Grieving is an essential aspect to getting over anger and moving forward
* the “Via Creativa,” our creativity, connecting with Spirit to process and transform our experience into a new vision
* the “Via Transformativa” – a dance or warrior dance which prepares us to go into the world and back to our communities as healers and strong defenders of compassion.
We also celebrate a Communion that unites all beings in the sacred act of eating and drinking divine bread and wine.
All ages are present, as well as diverse cultures and religious backgrounds ranging from Christian to Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and Pagan. The worship is so pre-modern in many respects that many find home there. Beauty is everywhere present. And one might say, magic.
Most of all, we are creating Community…whether through the evolving, monthly Cosmic Mass event in Oakland, CA, or in the occasional Cosmic Masses offered by Creation Spirituality communities around the country.
We invite you to join us in this sacred journey of celebration in community!