There are many beautiful human-made structures around the world. Are these buildings an adequate substitute for the sacredness of nature?
“When one loses the deep intimate relationship with nature, then temples, mosques, and churches become important.” — Jiddu Krishnamurti (1)
A Substitute for Sacred Spaces
Man makes impressive temples, mosques, churches, and other buildings. They often build these structures at specific geographical locations. Many of the places are just as important as the structure.
People make pilgrimages to visit these sites. They are often the focal points of their belief systems. Wars and conflicts exist today because of the belief that the location is sacred.
So why do we need these sacred structures and sacred sites? Why do we need a building for a focal point? Many think the preoccupation with religion disconnects us from the sacredness of nature. And so, we become disconnected from our true nature.
Many people believe the only sacred places on the Earth are those built by the hand of man. Nearly 4 billion people believe that some sites are more sacred than others. They believe this because of religious tradition. They create wars to maintain possession of these sites. That is how important these sites are to some.
In reality, the entire planet is a sacred living entity that provides us with life.
Sacred Sites and Sacred Structures
We become blind to the fact that we are part of nature, part of the Earth. Many enlightened spiritual teachers direct us to find our connection with nature. The ancient texts are replete with stories of sages who ventured into the wilderness to meditate. That’s where Jesus and Buddha went to find enlightenment. They did not find it in a building; they found it in nature. All the landscapes of nature are sacred sites.
We always try to hold our preparatory meetings in or near a wilderness park. It makes it easier to connect with the sacredness of ourselves when we are in the sacredness’s presence of nature. Learning many modes of seated and moving meditation is often easier outdoors. It is necessary for forest bathing and tree grounding techniques.
A connection through nature, not human-made structures, makes more sense. Human-made structures are a substitute for sacred spaces of nature. We are part of nature. Thus, we are also a part of its sacredness. When we feel connected with nature, we become grounded and at peace. When we are at peace, we act from our hearts rather than our Ego.
Everyone has sacred spiritual gifts. These gifts sleep within, waiting for us to access and awaken them. Whether these gifts are part of our DNA or spiritual or other states does not matter. When you are awake, you can see all creation is sacred. Some traditions call this Eureka experience Oneness.
The next time you visit a human-made sacred space, ask yourself, what do I feel? Why is this place important to me? Is it a symbol of my religion? Is it a substitute?
There are other ways to connect with our essence. There are several spiritual technologies we can use to reach our inner world’s sacred spaces.
“Sacred places are made first in the heart. Some monuments and places cry out to our hearts… to recognize their sanctity and holiness. But sacredness does not exist without an observer to bestow reverence. This is why these places cry out. You can feel it…
We can connect to our own divinity through these sacred sites… They reveal the sacredness within our hearts. If only our minds would fathom the holiness of All Creation. We finally see… realize… and believe that we are sacred too. Then these places weep for joy. That is why these places are awe-inspiring…” ― Guru Tua
The catalog of ancient methods for exploring consciousness is what we call spiritual technologies. They are a collection of processes to develop the potential of the mind, body, and spirit. They offer us ways to expand awareness and reach higher states of consciousness.
These tools differ significantly from religion. They do not require faith or belief in any religious doctrine. Anyone can use these processes to develop their full potential. All you need to do is follow the process, and it’s just like following the recipe for baking a cake. If you combine the right ingredients in the right way and you get something delicious.
We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning method. These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science. They are repeatable processes, and several produce measurable effects on our physiology. These changes include increased brainwave coherence, lower heart rate, and increased skin resistance. Changes like this prove these partitions of consciousness differ significantly from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.
We divide these tools into four major categories:
Everyone can use these methods to create their unique spiritual path, and you can start with any of these methods. The more of them you use, the faster your progress.
Ask yourself, what are my sacred spaces? Do I find a connection in nature? Do I feel the need to be in or near these human-made “sacred sites”? Perhaps now is the time to investigate and see if the substitute for sacredness is holding you back?
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(1) Jiddu Krishnamurti, Wikipedia
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia