Monday, February 18, 2008

The Sacred Within


In my search for the sacred, I have come gently to the understanding, that what I have been searching for lies within. There is no recognizing the sacred without until it is first recognized within. It takes a willing surrender and a mind exhausted of fighting itself to slip past the gates of reason and glide into the presence of grace.
It can happen as a torrent of tears winds itself down and there is nothing left but the rhythm of the breath. In that space of emptiness and freshness, a presence can be felt. It is calm and soft and speaks in whispers, if at all. It's vibration is familiar. It feels like home. It is the soul having risen to the surface. And it feels nothing less than sacred.
This presence, this grace, this feather-light fullness is safety and ecstasy all at once. It is perfection and love and unshattering peace. It sustains everything. It is everything. It is ever present.
To feel this peace, this love, this ultimate safety, if only for a moment, is to be changed forever. Because once it is felt, it can be recognized again. Once the sacred is understood to dwell within, it suddenly appears without. In all of God's creations. If it suddenly disappears without, it is because it has been forgotten within. How we feel about ourselves is how we feel about the world and everything in it. If we know we carry the sacred with us, the sacred appears everywhere we go and in everyone we meet.
We are each of us sacred. We are each of us filled with grace and the spark of God. Let's be open to the awareness of that soft presence within. The love and the safety we each struggle to find without is at home within our surrendered minds and ready hearts. It is at home within our sacred selves.
{This glorious photo of honoring the sacred is from the incomparable website:

5 comments:

  1. "Jesus replied, 'The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you.'"

    It's my second favorite quote from Jesus, right behind the first one:

    "Follow me." (John 1:43)

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  2. Beautiful post! The photograph is one of my favourites and made me feel that spiritual connection the first time I saw it.

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  3. thank you for these words...and for the wonderful photograph. I too love the Ashes and Snow website and photography. This was just what I needed to start my day.

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  4. "How we feel about ourselves is how we feel about the world and everything in it."
    It starts from within. The love for self strengthens the ability to love others.

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  5. "To feel this peace, this love, this ultimate safety, if only for a moment, is to be changed forever. Because once it is felt, it can be recognized again." This is absolutely true, I have experienced it, and I find the feeling becoming more and more familiar as time passes and I stay devoted to my soul's journey.

    P.S. I love the title Dance Instructor!

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