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What Makes Something Sacred?

June 19, 2014

For everything that lives is holy, life delights in life—William Blake

Have you ever experienced anything, anyone, or any place as sacred? Did you ever feel respect, regard, or consideration for some person, place, or thing? Reverence, even? If only fleetingly? How do you remember that now? How was that experience different from your ordinary experience?

At Brooks we believe that both the sacred itself , and authentic spirituality, involve wholeness, so we work with a variety of contemplative practices to open and develop various aspects of our human being—sensory awareness, heart and emotional nature, intellect and understanding, and spiritual or transcendent consciousness.

Something becomes “holy” for us human beings—we know it for ourselves as holy—only when our whole nature responds to it in all these ways. Only when we pay that being or that thing a kind of respect, the respect of meeting it with our whole selves.

The more vivid and full our experience of perceiving, feeling about, and opening to understanding of someone or something, the more we move into spiritual consciousness of that person or that thing: the more holy we experience that person or that thing to be, along with the moment involved.

And the more times we have such experiences, the more we begin to sense that , in fact, it may just be true that everything is holy, that the holy is “above all and through all and in all.”

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