There are many beautiful man-made sacred structures around the world. How does architecture become a substitute for the sacredness of nature?
“When one loses the deep intimate relationship with nature, then temples, mosques and churches become important.” — Jiddu Krishnamurti
What is Sacred Architecture?
Man has made temples, mosks, churches and other structures which are sacred places for many. People make pilgrimages just to visit these sites, which hold significance in their belief systems.
Sad but true. Seems like many people believe the only sacred places are those built by the hand of man. Or, only those places consecrated by an official religious organization. In reality, the whole planet is a sacred living entity that provides us with life.
What is sacred architecture? It is a focal point. It is an attempt to capture beauty and symmetry as a way of creating a sacred space.
A Substitute for Sacredness
Many enlightened spiritual teachers direct us to find our connection with nature. After all, you can read stories in many ancient texts about how these teachers ventured into the wilderness to meditate. That’s where they found enlightenment. We are part of nature. So, A connection through nature, not man-made structures makes more sense. Man-made structures are a substitute for sacredness of nature and our Being.
This is one reason 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. The ability to “ground” and “forest bathe” facilitates the ability to learn all modes of seated and moving meditation.
Everyone has within their Being, amazing 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, then you can see the sacredness of all creation. Some traditions call this Eureka experience Oneness.
The next time you visit a man-made sacred space, ask yourself what is sacred architecture and how do I use it as a substitute?
Spiritual technologies are tools for exploring consciousness. They result from generations of research by cultures around the world. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable and measurable. They do not require belief in religious doctrine. So, everyone who can follow a process can use them. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration.
These tools are not a substitute for sacredness, they connect you with your genuine, authentic divine nature.
You can list these tools in several ways. Some fall into more than one group. We like this simple method.
- Tools to enhance critical thinking. This study of basic logical reasoning along with spotting logical fallacies and logical axioms. Then we also use a comparative analysis. This is a step-by-step way of comparing beliefs between different worldviews. Above all, these tools will help sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction.
- The Enneagram Personality Profile. This is mostly an analytical tool. It provides insight into the mechanisms of ego, personality, and instinct.
- Seated meditation is often the heart of your spiritual practice. This includes a range from Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation through Japa Meditation and more advanced Siddhis of Patanjali.
- Moving meditation helps us strengthen the mind-body connection. It is also an important key to our health and wellness. This progression includes several methods of energy collection, such as Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.
- Pathways for expanding and exploring awareness. This progression includes a range of processes from lucid dreaming, the Shamanic Journey and Guided Meditation to third-eye awakening and soul memory awareness. Practical tools to guide your path, a spiritual journal, and automatic writing.
- Healing practices are the final group. This branch includes Pe Jet, Reiki, and Shiatsu. Self-care is also a part of this group and is vital to our overall health and wellness.
What is sacred architecture to you? Is it nature or a man-made structure? Perhaps now is the time to investigate and see if the substitute for sacredness is holding you back?
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s Book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
Jiddu Krishnamurti, Wikipedia