There are many beautiful man-made 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
Sacred Structures and Architecture
Man makes temples, mosques, churches, and other buildings as sacred places. People make pilgrimages just to visit these sites. They are often the focal points of 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 entire planet is a sacred living entity that provides us with life.
So, why do we need sacred structures? They are a much-needed focal point. We have become so disconnected with our nature that we need help to make a connection. These places become special connecting points. This is where we can focus our attention and connect with our sacredness.
A Substitute for Sacred Spaces
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.
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.
A connection through nature, not man-made structures makes more sense. Man-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 are connected with nature, we are grounded and at peace. This helps us to act from our hearts rather than our Ego.
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 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. We can reach the sacred spaces of our inner world using several spiritual technologies. These open the sacred structures of the mind.
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…
Then, in the moment we are connected to the presence of divinity through these places… sacredness is created within our hearts. Our minds are then able to fathom the holiness of All Creation. We finally see… realize… and believe that we are sacred too. Then these places weep for joy. You can feel this too… ― Guru Tua
Ask yourself, what are my sacred spaces? Do I find a connection in nature? Or, do I use sacred structures? 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