The most sacred space is that which lives within your heart- it is not a place, not a location, but a state of being. Being safe, being joyful, being fulfilled, being grateful, being trusting, being accepting, being love. When I say that I am building sacred space I mean that I am making place within for love to become manifest as action and service. Acts of goodwill become the measure of my success. Failure results from not trying. We fail when we stop trying to become better persons; better at loving and at accepting.
One cannot find security outside of oneself. It is found in the knowing that we are loved, loveable, eternally. Finances or dependence cannot assure ourselves that we are safe from uncertainty because change is part of existence as body, mind, and heart.
One finds joy, not in the benefits or consequences of action but in the knowing that we are achieving our life’s purpose of being love, of being generous with our time and teaching, of being accepting where other people are at knowing that we all evolve differently.
One finds fulfillment not in achievement or status but in the knowing that we have done our best at whatever we undertake to perform as service and gift to others. We don’t have to surround ourselves with career or employment for the sake of earning money as exchange for labour to feel fulfilled.
One finds gratitude by seeing everything in the manifest world as miracle. One is graced by being open and receptive to the Divine in all creation. One finds beauty in all that is created because it is all Divine. ‘Ugly’ is a mental perception which fails to perceive the beauty in a created object. This failure is a result of allowing ‘ego’ to judge discriminately and unfairly the essence or state of a being without a basis of truth.
One finds trust in having faith in the eternal love and beauty which surrounds us in creation and which lives in our ‘sacred space’. Our heart knows when something is true and we need to trust that intuition. One cannot find absolute security from fear, pain, or death. The physical senses are tools by which we interpret our environment and our mind is the computer which organizes and analyzes those sense realities and perceptions. Because we cannot escape from fear, pain or death when it manifests we need to do the opposite and embrace it with love and trust that it too will pass.
One finds acceptance in activating our love reality for all creation. When we accept all that is created as being an act of love we are able to accept differences and unexpected outcomes which arise. This helps us to accept other individuals perceptions and beliefs being different than ours and we can accept outcomes which disappoint us because we expected a different outcome. Our desire to control outcomes arises from our fear and lack of trust that the universe knows what we need and will provide it. Everything else arises from cravings and yearnings which are culturally conditioned.
One finds love when one gives love. The act of giving love, affection, understanding, acceptance, tolerance, patience, any act of charity, brings us to joy and bliss. And to love in return. Love has to be given unconditionally for it to be received as gift.
Vices manifest within our minds and hearts when we forget that we are sacred and that we are living sacred beings. Acts of aggression and violence against others for self-interest and gain are considered evil and sinful. Societies globally and religions particularly shun and punish individuals who choose vicious behaviour over virtuous choices. Vicious individuals abuse and take advantage of others by greed, fear, or dependency and enslave them without right.
Virtues manifest when we remember that we are sacred and that all living beings are also.
Accurate perception and correct expression arise from this basic precept.
Constancy or aim and effort and non-laziness target our energies and efforts towards success.
Generosity and non-stealing guides us in our actions towards love.
Honesty and non-lying reminds us that we are sacred, and that our integrity matters.
Moderation and non-excessiveness is the ‘middle path’ which Buddha spoke of in his Teachings.