What is “the Sacred”

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The sacred is what someone might consider to be divine, holy, of religious content, or deserving of veneration. What is sacred is different for everyone. When I personally think of the word I consider what is holy for me. This can be a holy moment of meditative prayer. Or, it can be a meaningful photo of what is connected to the divine that I put up on my wall. Some consider the bible sacred, and for others it might be another book they hold to be holy.

We think of these things as holy and sacred because of the connection or ideas they bring up. Sometimes it’s a feeling or sense of reverence. Our bodies were meant for worship and containment of the divine. We are human and yet considered the temple of God. Sometimes when I close my eyes I think of the Spirit of God reflected from my heart and filled into my body. For me, this is a sacred moment. My heart has a sense of expansion with love and adoration of what is bigger and greater than my human self.

To know we house this greatness is also a sacred knowledge, for no one knows this unless they have been enlightened to that knowledge. Once it is known, one can not go back to unknowing. It becomes a solid and righteous part of our existence. To know what we embody and carry is very empowering. When we truly know, the empowerment is greatly expanded. The greatness remains solid within us as long as we consider it holy and sacred. Once our pride starts to think it comes from our humanness we have stomped on God’s power. It happens this way so we will keep God holy, sacred, and powerful in our lives. To do this is to inhabit the ways and character of God. To forsake it is to weaken ourselves, bowing down to what is human, flesh, and ego. This is pride and pride always comes before a fall.

Whatever is sacred for you, it’s best to remember why it is and to uphold it within that wisdom. Sacred time, for instance, is just that because it brings us presence of divinity we can receive in no similar way. To take a holy breath with God, to fill our hearts with the love of God, to enjoy fellowship within the presence of our Creator, is the greatest holy moment we can practice.

Practice is a key word here. Nothing stays sacred for us without sacred practice. We do this to create a habit. Remember, our lives spring forth from the issues we carry in our hearts. Without sacred and holy practice, we enter into a realm of forgetting who we are and why we are here.

To grab a sense of what is sacred for you, spend some special time practicing that moment and then do it daily. You will find it is habit forming. Within days your perspective will change to one that is a reflection of what is spiritually God. Your heart will be changed by being in the presence of holy love. If you are struggling with issues that drain you, or searching for answers, these moments become even more important.

I’m going to ask that you close your eyes for a few moments and simply ask that which is sacred to help remind you of who and whose you are. Breathe deeply. Take in the elements that nurture your being. They are the same elements of the earth. We have breath/air, water, fire/energy, nutrients similar to those that come from the earth’s soil, and space that we have available to fill our lives with presence.

Consider this today. What is sacred to you and what is sacred practice? Make it a habit in your life. Journal the changes this habit brings or adds to your life. Over time you will see what sacred practice does to enhance every part of your existence.

Loving you from here,

Dr Jenine Marie Howry

 

Be Who You Are With No Apology!

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We live in such a diverse world with so many views, ideas, and ways of understanding things. It’s what has made us so unique, and yet, sometimes seemingly complicated. We have seen huge crops of views coming up in our world just in the political arena alone. Don’t worry, I’m not going there!

I feel often our beliefs and ideas can get complicated to the point where we really need to do some soul searching or excavating to find the real person we are inside, and the truth we hold. Having our own truth is our God given gift, our human right, and universal choice. How could we possibly fit together to create the beautiful portrait of God that we are when we are one with each other if we don’t allow ourselves to be as God intended?

We are a masterpiece and together we create a greater masterpiece! It’s easy to allow the opinions of others sway us from our true purpose, our personal truth, or our private walk with God. So many opinions, so little time! What I want to really impress in this post is to be yourself; your true self, with no apology. When we are all willing to do this we are more of a gift to one another than to conform to others opinions. That only confuses us.

If you feel confused about your purpose, your truth, or where you fit in the divine scheme of things, then maybe you are trying to conform to someone else’s image and not God’s. Taking on the ego of another will not fulfill your purpose in life. Taking on the divine choice God has given you will complete your purpose!

So, where do you start? Love yourself. Love everything God has created you to be. Love God within you and all that has been created around you, even when things seem hard to love. Your reflection in the mirror will change automatically when you remember to love what God gave you without apology and without diverting. We will all see eventually how things were intended to be designed.  When things all work together the right way they will work out!

I think we have a time of celebration coming! What do you think?

Loving you from here,

Dr. Jenine Marie Howry