Cosmosophia is a symbolic framework to that could form the basis for a new worldview.
I. The cosmos is our womb. This is the core metaphor of cosmosophia. For the human, the experience of the womb is a fundamental symbol of compassion and connection. Just as the embryo is embedded in the womb, everything in the Universe is, from the very beginning, embedded in the cosmic womb. This means that from the moment of its conception, the cosmos itself, as a whole, has interiority, a wisdom that allows it to operate is a single whole. As participants in this womb, none of us is separate from one another. When we recognize our true, cosmic identity, we are naturally compassionate to all the cosmos. The felt sense of the womb is that of non-differentiation and seamlessness. It is particularly important to note that this metaphor is organic. What is important is that our metaphors convey what we value. Cosmosophia holds that the Universe as an organic whole is fundamentally sacred.
II. The cosmos is a birth-giving process. More than a place, the Universe is a process because it unfolds not in space, but through the space-time continuum. Space and time emerge together. The womb in which we are embedded is not static; it continuously gives birth. While this process is seamless, there is also a repeated occurrence of the special time, the kairos, in which novelty arises. This is where the metaphor of mammalian birth breaks down, we are not born beyond the cosmic womb, but as new interiors within the interior of the previous womb. As a new womb arises, it contains its own wisdom, its own interiority. At the same time, it possesses the wisdom of the whole in its depths.
III. The interiority of each new womb is cosmic, with the capacity to connect compassionately to the whole. Each new womb is a microcosm wherein the wisdom of the whole is present. Each womb gives unique expression to the cosmic whole. The Earth, for example, has a particular wisdom, a way in which its processes bring about order and beauty, it is a microcosm. An ecosystem expresses this wisdom in its unique way, enabling it to find harmonious internal balance. It too has a sort of interiority, a unique wisdom. This does not mean, of course, that either the Earth or the ecosystem is isolated or independent. Each remains part of the cosmic whole, part of an interdependent web of relationships.
IV. Because we are embedded in this birthing process, we are creating our world. Just as we have the capacity of the Universe from our shared ancestry, we also possess the capacity to create our future through the imagination. The human possesses an interiority that is unique to the human, not better, but different from any other. We use the creation of culture through the imagination to create our world. This does not mean we “create our own reality” in a psychological way. Rather, we are participants in the unfolding process of the whole. As the stars create new stars that can give birth to living planets, as life continuously gives birth to new forms of life, the human determines the world in which we live through culture. The stories we tell and the songs we sing express what is most meaningful to us, what we value most. These stories, in today’s world, determine the fate not only of humanity, but myriad living beings. Through our creative spark, through the imagination, the human can express the transcendent. Because we live in a living, ensouled cosmos, the womb, we have within us the creative capacities of our history. This is the presence of the immanent divine. We also have the capacity to give birth, to imagine that which is not yet present. This is the imagination, the human expression of the transcendent divine. Cosmosophia is therefore a panentheistic approach, uniting the mystical co-participation of the immanent with the imaginal co-creation of the transcendent.