Image by SpacePirate82 via FlickrWhat does it mean to live a sacred life? Although it may take an infinite number of forms, at it heart is a single principle. To live the sacred life is to engage the world from the divine core within us. Psalm 99 is a declaration of the primacy of God within human beings. We were created in God’s image and likeness, and as such our thought life (peoples) and physical life (earth) were created for the purpose of serving God. Spirit protects that divine spark within each an every one of us (he sits enthroned upon the cherubim). We only have to ask to be shown its magnitude, but that spark is always lit, no matter how dim the light appears to us.
The heart center (Zion) is the place from which Spirit does its work in us as us. We sink deeply into our heart center through meditation or prayer. Our attention must be focused on God (let them praise your name) in order for our lives to be made sacred. We have no capacity to make our lives and ourselves sacred; it is a gift from God, the Holy one.
Spirit has established Divine law to guide us into right relationship with God (understanding oneness). The knowledge of the formalities of the law is useful in the initial stages of spiritual development, but we eventually reach a point at which further progress requires a deeper understanding. The formalities are important but they are less than true spiritual understanding, which comes from the heart.
Our quest for full awareness is only answered in the pure contact with Spirit (cloud), which is not formal, structured, rational or intellectual. Our quest for knowledge of God must eventually come to terms with the understanding that we are seeking to know the Unknowable. The mature seeker knows that God can never be defined by any human being’s limited knowledge. We are gifted with glimpses and moments of clarity but we never have the complete picture.
Intellectual understanding of spiritual things is useful and an important part of the process of awakening, but it should not be confused with true spiritual understanding. This occurs when all things physical, emotional and intellectual are transcended. Our gift from God is when we are able to translate these moments of insight and revelation into our daily lives. While we never fully understand the why or implications of divine instruction, we have the responsibility to do the best we know how in the moment with the insight God has given us. When we live from the intention of doing the revealed work and will of the Divine, then we are living the sacred life.
And so it is! Amen!