Living a Sacred Life
One of the ways in which one moves the consciousness of the sacred from the back burner to the front burner is through the knowledge that you are a soul, that you are not just this body and all that it contains, but that you are an eternal being.
Welcome, beloved ones, to Words of Light. I greet you again with happiness to be sharing this sacred time with you. And once again I ask you to look into your heart and into your consciousness to see what the word ‘sacred’ means. What does it mean in your daily life? What does it mean to live a sacred life? Or, do you feel that you are already living a sacred life?
One of the ways that we are meant to evolve as human beings is to understand what our relationship is to the Earth and to the Cosmos. Over a long period of time, a very long period of time, we came to feel more separate from both the physical Earth as an expression of the Divine and from the spiritual realms as a different expression of the Divine. We didn’t start out that way, but came to feel that way as the importance of the intellect grew and we became more distinct individuals, relating very much to our minds and to the definition of reality that our minds provided us with. That is our history. The ascendance of the mind corresponded to our becoming more physically embodied, and it also corresponded to our having more awareness of our individuality as compared to our unity and our oneness with all. That unity never disappeared, however. Our intellect was never the primary root of truth for us about reality, but a tool with which we learned to navigate on the physical plane. Through it, we learned to understand a great deal about who we were and who other people were.
Does your own internal relationship with the Divine inform everything you do, or does it move to the back burner, so to speak, and the practical considerations of life take over?
However, we are at a point, now, and have been for some time, of seeking to reawaken the part of ourselves that has been moved to the background of our awareness. This is the consciousness of the meaning of a sacred life. Sacred life — how we incorporate into our daily activity our existence as created beings in relationship with the Divine. That’s what makes life sacred. It’s the incorporation of our relationship with the Divine into everything we do. So, I ask you this because it’s always important to look at your days and see whether you feel that you’re leading a sacred life, and if that is what you wish to do. Does your own internal relationship with the Divine inform everything you do, or does it move to the back burner, so to speak, and the practical considerations of life take over? It is important to take stock of this, not with judgment, but with a sense of the reality of where you are in your own consciousness.
One of the ways that you can move your consciousness of the sacred from the back burner to the front burner is through the knowledge that you are a soul, that you are not just this body and all that it contains, but an eternal being, as is everyone else who is in this human form. To live life as sacred is to recognize that within all of the various activities of life, we are dealing with souls all of the time, and that everything, everyone, every relationship, every person, every encounter is simultaneously a soul encounter that has deeper meaning than we normally attribute to it. For example, even the simple act of saying ‘hello’ to someone, or meeting them on the street, or having a phone exchange can be included.
The depth of our experience of life is proportional to our awareness that everything is given as a gift to us, to all beings who inhabit the Earth. When we feel that everything is given, that it’s not just happening, we can walk around in a state of wonder, gratitude, and even of curiosity, because we don’t always understand what’s being given. If we look at everything as given rather than just as a mechanical expression of circumstance we have no control over, we begin to understand that everything about Creation is ordered, is meaningful, is connected with everything else. We can try through asking for guidance, through relating ourselves to the Divine within, to ask the question: “What is it that I am meant to learn from what’s happening to me right now?” We can ask for help to see everything from the soul’s perspective. This doesn’t mean that we have to start out knowing what that perspective is. It means that we ask because we’re trying to reacquaint ourselves with what it means to live as a soul upon the Earth.
Each of us has to see the degree of reality we give to this perspective, the degree of reality with which we hold that everyone has a purpose, every action has a meaning, every encounter has a teaching that’s trying to advance our consciousness.
Each of us has to see the degree of reality we give to this perspective, the degree of reality with which we hold that everyone has a purpose, every action has a meaning, every encounter has a teaching that’s trying to advance our consciousness. What reality do we give to that? Only you know the answer to this question because it’s inside you. It’s inside you to know that you are a sacred being with the consciousness of the Divine incorporated into everything that you do. You are also a sacred being who is part of the sacred Earth. The two go together. The sacred Earth and you are one.
These things did not just happen by accident. We were brought here into the physical realm out of our soul’s desire to take birth within form, to individualize. And the Earth was brought here and gave herself to us as our home, our habitat. The Earth has a soul also.
All this can be wonderful and the most important news that you live with or have ever lived with, or it can be perceived as irrelevant. And if it is the latter, then we engage, simply, in the ‘business’ of life, making sure that we have the physical means to support ourselves and our families, not understanding that everything is given; not understanding that we are here in sacred purpose; not understanding that in every encounter we are absorbing the teachings of each moment.
So, here is the question. Are you absorbing the meaning of each moment in time or endeavoring to do so? Because you don’t have to know in advance what’s going on. The point is not about knowing but about experiencing and about asking. It’s about trusting and opening to the guidance that may come that will take you to the next step of your conscious exploration of what it means to be you.
Sacredness has entirely to do with intimacy, with the awareness that the physical realm and the Divine realm are asking to be joined within us, and that we have a significant part to play in this partnership.
This perspective has nothing to do with religion. You can be any religion or no religion at all. Sacredness has entirely to do with intimacy, with the awareness that the physical realm and the Divine realm are asking to be joined within us, and that we have a significant part to play in this partnership. The partnership could take place within any religious tradition. It’s not limited to one. But the quest, the desire to experience the depth of life, the depth of meaning — that’s what is universal about living as a sacred being, namely, that you feel in your heart the longing to bring that dimension of life into everything and to not leave it behind. Put differently, one could say it’s the hunger for the experience of the Divine being continually present. That’s what creates a sacred life: the longing and hunger for the Divine to be continually present. And the way that works is that we have to turn towards the Divine. Otherwise, we don’t have the open door within ourselves to know that anything is responding to our request or to our desire.
You came here to the Earth to inhabit physical form in order to bring these dimensions of human and Divine together within your own being. There isn’t anybody who hasn’t come here for that purpose. You came here to know who you are as a sacred human. This goal is written into the plan for Creation and into the spiritual DNA of each of us. It exists as a prophesy that each of us would know who we are as unique individuals and who we are as part of a greater Whole. Our purpose has been to know both.
We have traveled far from this kind of knowledge of the sacredness of life and of our own being. And yet the hunger that I speak of is being reawakened in us, today, the hunger for meaning, the hunger for depth, the hunger for purpose. So, I pray that instead of immersing solely in the ‘business of life,’ that we may turn towards that foundation within us that knows and trusts that the sacred is real, and that knows and trusts that the hunger to live that way is real. With that kind of longing strengthening, all obstacles can be removed. The longing to experience oneself as a sacred being will eventually remove all obstacles of its own accord. It may not happen in one month, or one year, or even in one lifetime, but the door opens according to the desire of the human heart to open to that unity awareness, to the joining of the human and the Divine.
I pray for us as human beings and as Divine beings, that we may find within ourselves the place that seeks the truth and that wants to continually dedicate itself to that truth until we are one with it and are able to live it.
May all beings come to live as they are truly meant to live, one with each other and one with the holy Earth that is our blessed habitat that enables our progress forward as embodied beings.