One thing I know for sure is that we all have things we hold dear and valuable to us. Not just objects, these things can also be a person or a place that holds significant memories for us. Some are so powerful we may feel that we couldn’t live without them or that we wouldn’t be the person we are today, had they not been a part of our life experience.
You may wonder what actually makes an object sacred and what does sacred really mean? Here are some definitions for the word sacred I found most interesting:
• obsolete verb sacren; “to make holy” (c.1200), Old French sacrer, consecrate, anoint, dedicate
• Latin sacrare; to make sacred, consecrate; hold sacred; immortalize; set apart, dedicate
• dedicated to or set apart for a high purpose
• imparting a divine influence on the mind and soul
• of or belonging to heaven or god
There were others that had religious connotations, yet the ones I found most intriguing, were those which illustrated that in order for something to be considered sacred, it is the act of holding or choosing to declare it so, not the external information of what or who it is.
In other words, a key aspect of what we choose to see or make sacred is dependent on the intention or the inner power we infuse into the things we decide are of the highest value or importance to us. It is the declaration of our own truth that sets it apart from the ordinary things we encounter each day.
It is about us individually or collectively imparting divine influence to a particular person, place or thing, for something to be seen or treated with reverence, awe, respect, to be of a heavenly nature or to be set aside for a higher purpose. So it is no surprise that upon the completion of ceremonies or rituals the words “May It Be So” or “So It Is” are used to impart the blessing of or declare the intention that was spoken or written to be true.
“We are drowning in information while starving for wisdom” E.O. Wilson
In the current copy of Museum magazine (aam.us.org), an article titled “What Do We Value?” by David J. Skorton, secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, looks at ways in which we think about one another, our communities and our nation in relationship to our values. He states, “we will not attain wisdom if we do not know what we value…” for ones potential power must be grounded within these ideals, in order to evolve or create sustainable change.
By declaring things around us sacred, whether or not they are small objects or people dear to us, a plant embodying medicine that heals us or something as majestic as a mountain, they become worthy of our respect and have the potential to impart divine influence on our mind and soul. They can empower us to be the guiding light for others who need support in trying times and remind us that we all belong to and have come from the heavenly bodies that surround our world and our universe.
Author of A Whole New Mind, Daniel Pink observed, “…the future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind–creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers and meaning makers. These people–artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, caregivers, consolers, big-picture thinkers–will now reap society’s richest rewards and share its greatest joys.”
By adopting new and creative ways of thinking and holding things sacred, we consciously set these things apart for a higher purpose. A purpose filled with wisdom and is in service of others, is essential to our wholeness and well being, if we are to thrive in the future. I invite you to take a moment to go within and sense the sacred wisdom of your heart and how it may be guiding you at this time.
Many Blessings, Aho!