Not until a person dissolves can he or she know what union is. There is a descent into emptiness. A lie will not change to truth with just talking about it. - Rumi
Some people will tell you that there are places on this earth that are more sacred than others. These words may lead us to believe that there are also some people who are more special or sacred than others. These beliefs often lead to valuations based in personal preferences, experiences, and which can lead to feelings of low self-worth. “This place is not special.” “I am not special.” “I need to be more like the special people.”
The truth is, if the universe is indeed a sacred body, then every aspect and expression contained within it is also sacred. The spirit of creation does not play favorites and equally supports the whale as it does the minnow.
It’s true that some places on the earth are more highly valued by people, likely for their natural beauty, unusual features, or historical uses, but these values are all placed upon lands by people. While there’s nothing wrong with making a pilgrimage to a place that one believes holds some key to spiritual enlightenment, it’s also true that enlightenment can come at anytime, and in any place, on earth. What can be achieved in one place, can be achieved in all places.
Don’t let yourself fall into the trap of believing that you need to travel from home in order to fulfill your spiritual destiny. Each of us can make tremendous progress where we are right now. Your entire life is contained with in the present moment. There is no other time. Anything that you can do, you can do now.
Where does one place end and another begin? Naming a place does not separate it from the continuum that is the earth. You are not contained within your city, state or country.
You are not bound by the borders of man.
You do not exist on the earth.
You are the earth.
Everything in the universe is the universe.
You are also the universe – and the power of the universe runs through you.
Look back throughout the history of mankind and you will clearly see that anyone, from any place, and of any economic or social status, is capable of great wisdom, spiritual grounding, grace, and love. Don’t, for a second, believe that you have a deficit when it comes to achieving a deeply fulfilling life.
Some may tell you that you need to travel to an exotic location or that you must wear certain types of clothing, sing or chant certain songs, make specific utterances, and position your body in specific ways, all so that you may ascend the spiritual ladder.
Participating in ritual often helps us feel more grounded, like we belong to something greater than ourselves. We search endlessly for answers, keys, and hidden secrets to enlightenment. When will we realize that everything we need, every bit of information, is available to us in this moment-in this place. It is when we stop the fervent search for something outside of ourselves that we come to a place of true contentment.
You may be an elderly person or a child. You may be rich or poor. You may feel strong or weak. No matter what labels you or others placed upon you, no matter what circumstances surround you, and no matter what you believe about the world, know that where you are you are right now is as sacred a place as atop the highest mountain. Know that the keys to your spiritual life are held in no one’s hands but your own. Contentment is not granted to us by others. It is your birthright.
Let a child be your teacher. Experience the joys of life by observing nature. Trust and follow your intuition. Most people are too distracted with their own suffering to be your guide. If someone tries to convince you that this life is some form of torture, wish them well, then prove them otherwise.