Everyone needs a connection to the world around them that of the seen and the unseen, it matters not if we consider ourselves religious or spiritual. One of the problems with the modern world is isolation. It seems like a funny thing to say when we can instantaneously view things from anywhere in the world and talk to our friends even if they are thousands of miles away. The modern convenience of life have definitely given us a worldly feel, but they have also created a voyeuristic culture that views instead of engages. As much as I love facebook, emails, and mobile phones they are not the same as sitting across from my friend over a cup of coffee. As so…. watching the travel channel is not the same as visiting a place.
We need to be connected to the world around us. We need to engage in human conversation that is right in front of us, not through a hand held device. When we are present or mindful of our actions there is an energetic exchange that happens, we experience! I am a lover of live music. It is by far so much more enjoyable then listening to the radio. When you see musicians play there is an energetic transfer that happens between the musicians and the audience. As a dancer, I believe that my love, the energy I put into moving my body to the music, directly effects how well the musicians play. They are feeding the audience and the audience is feeding them. Live music is just one example of engaging. Many people go through their lives on auto-pilot, doing the same thing, the same way…all of the time. They drive to work the same route every day, go to the same grocery store on the same day, eat the same food for lunch, etc. When we do this often enough, long enough we stop truly engaging in our life. That is not to say that we have to drive to work every day a different route. It’s simply saying we need to engage in what we are doing, pay attention…tune into our own lives. They are a lot more interesting if we are actually living them. Take time to explore the world around you. This does not require a lot of money, there is a back yard, park, library, bookstore, cafe or riverbed in your own world. Step out into the world as an explorer and you will feel a lot more alive. The key is you need to be awake. Not just the awake as in I am not sleeping, but awake as in….I am aware, engaged and open.
Druids believe that all things are alive, have a spirit or energy about them. When we are “Awake” we are open to embracing the sacred in every moment. It means to savor the moment-smell the air, listen to the sounds, view with our eyes, feel with our hands & our heart. That connection is available to everyone, not just the few who are deeply on a spiritual path or studying a particular religion. I am a highly spiritual person. I believe that every moment of my life is an opportunity to learn, connect and be. I try to be conscious or awake/aware in all of my actions, whether I am cooking, doing yoga, talking to the dead or doing my laundry. I still have moments when I want to veg out, disconnect and sink into my couch…but that too is a conscious decision, its not the norm of how I live my life. Along with being present in my everyday actions, I also am a conscious manifester. I believe that my thoughts play a direct part in the way my life unfolds. In this belief I keep my thoughts in check. I don’t let my mind stay tuned into the station of my brain that would tell me I am not good enough. I choose what I say to myself and what I create.
One of the ways I keep focused on what I am creating is through sacred space. I have many sacred spaces in my home, yard and mind. I use alters as a reminder of the work I am currently engaged in. An alter does not have to be a religious thing, although many people think of religion when they hear the word. But really it is a place of work. An alter is a space (usually a small table or shelf) that is dedicated to recognizing the things you hold sacred & the personal work you are engaged in. You can put pictures of loved one on it, items that remind you of projects you are working on, as well as religious items and items of power if you so choose. It is not a place to drop your clutter. It is for conscious thoughts of thanks, manifestation and love. Just like everyone can be an explorer in their own world, everyone can engage in the sacred…it matters not our religious or spiritual beliefs. Engaging in the sacred simply means to connect with mind, body & soul to all that you do. I believe that in many ways engaging in the sacred is a cure for the modern day malady of lonesomeness. For when we engage in the sacred we connect to the world around us and the loneliness of the heart dissolves.