So just how do we make things sacred? What does sacrifice really mean to us?
Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity has said that the reason divine love is so slow in manifesting in our world is that we divide things up between the secular and the holy.
Have you thought about how “holy you really are? Or do you believe that there are parts of you that aren’t the least bit holy? And how could you make all things sacred — everything within you? Is this even possible?
Well, I believe it is, because in truth there is only one – not two. It’s all God. Maybe appearances are deceiving, as Jesus has said.
Dr. Jean Houston laughingly said we have to have a lot of holes in us to be holy.
These holes are the beliefs that are not investigated to see where they come from and where they are headed. They are like pockets within us where there is no light — just unexamined thought systems. But they still produce after their kind, whether we are aware of them or not. We just wonder why things continue to be so hurtful.
When beliefs are closed up tight in these pockets there is no space for God to work.
For instance, do you think you can manage many things quite well on your own, and the rest you’ll give to God — things you know you can’t manage, such as your death?
It is in these kinds of areas where we divide our mind into that which is ours, and that which is God’s. And then we worry about everything that we don’t give to God.
We have tried to do the impossible, divide up the oneness of God.
As Dr. Phil says, “How’s that been working for you?”
It takes deep humility to recognize how sacred everything really is. It’s all God, for there is only One Presence and One Power that is evolving our world.
This is truly a sacred energy field.
It is so subtle that all thoughts, when nurtured, ripen, just as seeds do.
Our life is filled with these seed thoughts that have ripened.
We are like the farmer that Jesus spoke of who planted seeds that grew according to the fertility of the soil — how it was aerated and weeded. Were the stones and rocks removed? How much effort was taken to prepare the soil?
This is how we make sacred, for our mind is like that field.
I have found it very helpful to use a practice called an equanimity practice. I do my best to be present to all that is happening within me — all that is ripening. As I do this in a non judgmental way, I am planting new seeds which in due season will produce a more harmonious life. New insights arise.
It takes my willingness to be truly present to all the diverse thoughts and emotions that want to take over my mind. This requires awareness which can be effortful.
One of the phrases I have learned in the practice of equanimity is:
“This is how it is for me, right now.”
This causes me to honestly become aware of the fears, impatience and desire to have things change that run through my mind.
My mind is my sacred field and I need to take care of my thoughts and emotions. I need to watch what I am planting, for it will grow.
I take time to simply be aware. I practice watching my mind. I never perfect this, I just practice. I rely on God’s grace to perfect all that is.
I do my best to pay attention, for attention is the energy of love.
Charles Fillmore tells us in Keep A True Lent, that love, as it is poured out from us, dissolves anything unlike itself. I have faith in this process.
It is my experience that as I recognize how sacred the energy of love is, I feel more harmony and beauty in my life.
This is what I call making sacred.
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Please enjoy your life. It is a valuable gift. It is truly sacred, for you are God’s Holy child.
Be kind to yourself, and to others.