Sacredness means knowing yourself as more-than-yourself, and your life as more than a handful of days (and bouquet of experiences) against the universal backdrop. Sacred focus means knowing yourself as mystery first, “yourself” second. This is more than a parlor game of labels or words. When you perceive yourself as a cosmic being alive on a mysterious planet for reasons you cannot conceive, a light goes on in your mind. This light is not “you.” This light is not “God.” This light is not “love,” nor is this light a feeling. This light is sacred awareness of what lies beyond your powers of recognition; a source of being that includes you but is not limited by your mind, expectations, or even your life span. This light — this consciousness — is your essential, eternal nature, unconditioned and unconditional, untouched by desire, beyond choice and passion and sense-making. It is, as the Buddhists put it, “your face before you were born.” It has nothing to do with religion (though religion points to this light as a finger points to the moon), requires no faith, makes no demands, contains no divisions — or violence or credo — and is, simply, the most beautiful, sustaining, formidable strength imaginable to our human hearts and minds. A tiny fraction of humanity can live with constant awareness of the sacred, but all of us know it in glimpses and fragments — this aperture to mystery, wonder, and awe — and draw on it for sustenance when the light threatens to disappear, when suffering becomes too much to bear, when meaning seems to fade and all we have is intuition of something holding us in its invisible hand.
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