Hazelnuts of Wisdom forum: Sacred Ground

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ImageWoodwife
Jul 25, 2010 2:04 AM CST
Name: Wendy
N. of Houston, Texas - 8b
An Old Wive's Tale
Senseless to you, but sacred to me

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/49977826-80/places-sa...
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Imagecerridwenn
Jul 25, 2010 8:01 AM CST
Name: cerridwenn
Four Corners Area, NM
can't get the page to come up, but i'm very curious!
Imagetomatofreak
Jul 25, 2010 9:00 AM CST
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
I can't get it to load, either.
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
ImageWoodwife
Jul 25, 2010 12:10 PM CST
Name: Wendy
N. of Houston, Texas - 8b
An Old Wive's Tale
Hmm, it works for me. Maybe they were doing maintenance.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/49977826-80/places-sa...

Quoting:
By Robert Kirby

The Salt Lake Tribune

Updated Jul 23, 2010 05:30PM

The world is covered in religious sites, holy places and spiritual spots. Mormons have the Sacred Grove, Jews the Wailing Wall, pagans have Stonehenge and Muslims have Mecca.

For the more secular minded, other places conjure feelings of deep meaning and reverence: Appomattox Courthouse, Plymouth Rock, Woodstock, etc. There’s Taco Time for Larry Erdmann.

When it comes to any sort of pilgrimage, human beings have a deep-seated need for geographical orientation. We all have hallowed ground we turn our hearts toward.

I’ve been to many of the major ones: St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome; the Hill Cumorah in New York state; the temple ruins of Malta; and even Machu Picchu in Peru. All were inspiring to one degree or another.

But when it comes to spiritual places, the spots that hold the greatest meaning for me are mine alone. They are common places to everyone else, but sacred ground to me.

Last week, Killer and I got off the freeway in Boise. We drove through the old neighborhood and then past one of the holiest spots in my entire life.

There’s a crack in the sidewalk in front of Garfield Elementary. I didn’t put it there. It just happens to mark the exact spot where a skinny girl named Cynthia shyly told me I didn’t smell bad.

I learned the truth about girls and cooties that day. It changed my life. Forty-seven years and I could still feel the energy in that spot.

There’s also my Sacred Manhole Cover of Second Chances on Wasatch Boulevard. In 1970, I landed on it after hitting a car on a motorcycle. I blew out both knees but didn’t die. Whenever I drive over it now, I remember to feel grateful.

When it comes to places of sorrow, there’s the used-car lot I was standing in a year later when I heard my military draft number announced over the radio. It’s part of Grand America now, and may explain why I feel a little nervous when I walk a particular hall.

That’s what historical or spiritual places are: geography where a singular event transformed your life and has the power to keep doing it to you.

When it comes to that, I’ll stack my parents’ front yard against anything a church or a bunch of historians ever marked out. Although it’s sacred ground now, there was a time when I cursed it. Typically, whenever I had to mow it. But that changed.

There’s no historical marker there, and probably never will be. But I can point out the exact spot where my entire world stood still 35 years ago.

On July 6, 1975, that patch of grass became the scene of a major turning point in the long and bitter battle for my soul. Right there, in that very place, I persuaded a gorgeous woman to marry a fool.

You probably have places like that. Visit them often. You can’t tell where you need to go if you don’t honor the places where you’ve been.



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Imagetomatofreak
Jul 25, 2010 2:24 PM CST
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
I got it to open and I loved the piece. So, so true. I have been gone from the sacred places of my childhood for many decades now. I doubt they exist anywhere outside of my mind these days. I need to spend more time in nature to find some I can visit from time to time now.
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
Imagecerridwenn
Jul 28, 2010 6:37 PM CST
Name: cerridwenn
Four Corners Area, NM
i like it! sense of place is so important, and usually completely incomprehensible to those of us immersed in western culture. it's absolutely true that your memories are what make something holy, and that everyday events can be just as significant and worthy of honor as the big ones we "want" to be sacred.
ImageBluespiral
Dec 13, 2011 10:06 AM CST
Hello All,

I haven't posted in this cubit before; I guess the chords that you folks ring in me are too painful to write about publicly. But it's my hope that, as people who revere the sacred on earth as they personally experience it, that it will be okay if I post a link to this video, about our "Beautiful Earth & Defending It" (paraphrased) here -

http://survivalacres.com/wordpress/?p=2286

Karen
My religion is simple. My religion is kindness. Dalai Lama
Imagetomatofreak
Dec 13, 2011 10:37 AM CST
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
Thank you for posting that. It is very powerful and reminds me that each person on the front line needs an army of active supporters.
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
ImageLaVonne
Dec 13, 2011 4:40 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

I cry when I see what man has done to our mother. I pray in my own way for her. I invoke the gods to intercede for her, help her, show us how to save her. If only all humans felt the same way.

There are those who believe they own the earth and they can do what they want to her....They are so wrong. They must be made to see their wrong and change.

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Tahlmorra lujhala mei wiccan
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ImageBluespiral
Dec 13, 2011 11:44 PM CST
Well said, thank you
My religion is simple. My religion is kindness. Dalai Lama
CarolineScott
Dec 14, 2011 7:19 AM CST
Thank you for both links.
My cathedrals are out in nature too.

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