“For the sake of it, you journey to sacred shrines and holy rivers; but this priceless jewel is within your own heart.” Sri Guru Granth Sahib
When a person visits a ceremonial monument, is it their intellect, their five senses, their intuition, or the electromagnetic fields around their bodies that perceive the place?….One may individually respond in a limited set of ways to a site, but it is crucial to know that one’s preferred reactions are only part of a network of knowing that is involved in a more complete description of the place. Paul Devereux
Have you ever visited a sacred site? Today, I was reading an inspirational message, The Spirit of a Place, from Daily OM and it got me thinking about sacred sites, which are places and spaces that hold special powerful, spiritual meaning and energy; both historic and personal. There are sacred sites all over the world, and according to Martin Gray, a renowned photographer who has visited and documented many sacred sites world wide, there are about thirty-two categories of sacred places, and I suspect we’ve all been exposed to at least one in our lifetime. With all the talk of December 21, 2012 and other supposed shifts in our cosmos, we have become even more attentive to our space, our life of the spirit, and what we do with it. I’ve added some amazing photos I culled from Wikipedia and there are more you can suggest we look at. What do you think of the selection? Are you aware of these sacred places and spaces?
“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.” Joseph Campbell
The ultimate Consciousness is always present everywhere. It is beyond space and time, with not before or after. It is undeniable and obvious. So what can be said about it?Abhinavagupta
We live in changing times, and as more of us are drawn to the ways of the spirit, we are also drawn to mystical sites that hold powerful, positive energy that can uplift and empower us. We have all heard of many of the classic sacred sites like Stonehenge, The Pyramids of Giza, Machu Picchu and many others that dominate the UNESCO Heritage sites, and then there are other sacred sites around the world worth exploring.
“I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to.” Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Certain areas on earth are more sacred than others, some on account of their situation, others because of
their sparkling waters, and others because of the association or habitation of saintly people. Mahabharata Anushasana
Sacred sites and spaces can be found in every country and community. There is also the sacred space within. When we need to turn within for prayer, reflection, contemplation of any sort, we often turn to our places of worship or a quiet space in our homes. Some of us even have family or personal altars in the space, and we go there to worship, to commune with our version of a sacred space. We go there for refuge and rejuvenation. More below! 😉 *Please bear with me as I catch up on my visits to your blogs to comment… TY!
“The beautiful landscape as we know belongs to those who are like it.” Muso Soseki,
Halliggye Fogou, Cornwall
In all such qualities those places excel, in which there is a divine inspiration, and in which the gods have their appointed lots and are propitious to the dwellers in them. Plato
Even as we consider the many sacred spaces out in our world, we also think about the mystical spaces that make us wonder about our planet and all that sustains us within it. Do we wonder how we came to find and recognize these Top 10 Earth Mysteries? Do we wonder what our sacred spaces will look like in 5 or 10 years? It is all a mystery, but in the interim, we can go inside; to a physical space or the space within our hearts, and contemplate there…
What are your thoughts? Have you visited a sacred site before? What was your experience? What was the purpose of your visit? Do share! Thank you. 😉 This post was inspired by a prompt from WP DailyPost: Where do you find strength?
Positive Motivation Tip: Sacred sites and spaces can be found in every country and community. There is also the sacred space within. Go there for refuge and rejuvenation.
- Seven Sacred Sites In Korea (asiahotels.com)
- 6 Sacred Sites and Objects In Japan (asiahotels.com)
- Native American Rights Fund to Hold Opening Ceremony for Sacred Sites (indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com)
- Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (asiahotels.com)
- Machu Picchu: A Sacred Site in Peru (worldcruisesandtravel.wordpress.com)
- Sacred Sites Protection Acts of Australia (egrejeen.wordpress.com)
- A Sacred Place (wellnessspirit.wordpress.com)
- You: The holy trinity of religions (japantimes.co.jp)
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Saint Catherine Sinai, Shiva in Bangalore, Madan Mohan Temple, Teotihuacan, Glastonbury Tor, Nubian Meroe Pyramids, Serpent Mound, Leshan Buddha Statue, Stonehenge, Fougou in Cornwall, via Wikipedia or via Flickr