Spiritual or Sacred?

It’s common for us to refer to things related to God as spiritual—of the spirit—the unseen, underlying creative force of the universe. But when we do this we limit ourselves and confuse our “spiritual” thinking.

It’s commonly accepted that God is omnipresent—God exists everywhere at all times. It’s also commonly accepted that there exist many realms, some of which we can detect with our five senses and others of which we’re unaware. When physicists talk about String Theory they postulate the existence of 11, 12 or more realms.

However many realms there are, God exists equally throughout all of them. God is as much the computer monitor you’re looking at right now as the unseen creative force underlying the universe. God didn’t just create the raw materials to make the monitor, the monitor is of God, as are you and I.

By relegating God to the spiritual only, we deny the divinity of our every day existence. When we say something is spiritual, we imply that other things, the things we can perceive with our five senses—the physical universe—are not spiritual. We forget the miraculousness of this universe, of this amazing planet we live on, of the entire physical world and all the life that inhabits it, of our own lives. We lose our sense of awe and wonder and appreciation.

For most of us living our lives on a day to day basis, the physical world seems fairly commonplace and mundane. This is not because it is not divine, it is because we have become numb to its divinity. Through lack of awareness we have normalized our existence. Yet we always have the option of choosing the alternative—to see the divine in all things through applied and refocused awareness.

Rather than “spiritual,” try using the word “sacred.” The dictionary defines sacred as “Entitled to veneration by association with divinity; holy.” It can encompass everything we chose it to—spiritual and physical. And it reminds us that everything is of God. By applying the concept of the sacred, which applies to all of creation (not just the spiritual), we have constant reminders of the presence of God, wherever we turn, every minute of every day. We no longer relegate God to the realm of the unseen. By applying awareness of the scared, we gradually gain a new appreciation for, and awe of, the mind-boggling miraculousness of our existence in this astounding universe.

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#1 Annie Rose Stathes on 12.21.07 at 10:44 am

Ok. I am going to spend the next day challenging myself to see the divinity in everything. My initial hunch is that it will turn into a sort of moving meditation…I also imagine it will be quite challenging as at least 3 things have already popped into my mind that I don’t want to see as divine. I’ll check back in and post the results this weekend. (:

#2 jrpenberthy on 01.08.08 at 10:49 pm

Just remember, Annie, crap is just as divine as roses! Don’t let your subjective judgments get in the way. The test for divinity is this: does it exist?

#3 Matthew | www.loving-awareness.org on 01.11.08 at 9:14 am

Words do make a difference. For instance, instead of saying “God”, saying “All That Is”. Makes things more precise. And also brings absurdity to statements like “My All That Is is the real All That Is!”.

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#4 Annie Rose Stathes on 01.29.08 at 6:59 pm

I’ve been experimenting for well over a day in experiencing everything as divine. What a journey! The first week I felt incredibly upset about experiencing trash and “rude” people and heartbreak as divine. Then, at some point, some switch was flipped and I could suddenly see that my sorrow (which I found to be at the bottom of every piece of resistance, anger, sadness, hatred, and dirty “thing”) was providing an incredibly rich and vibrant access to God. I’ve heard that challenging times can lead us to God, but for the first time I actually experienced it. All of a sudden most of the things that I refused to see as divine occur as gifts serving to de-clog or unblock certain channels.

#5 John on 01.29.08 at 7:20 pm

Wow, very powerful. One guy who provides profound insight into this whole divine perfection thing is Alan Watts, the brilliant Anglican priest turned Buddhist back in the ’60s. There are a series of four 16 minute free podcasts of his talks entitled The Hindu Mythology Parts 1-4 that will forever change your world. Go to Podcasts in the iTunes store in iTunes and type in Alan Watts. Enjoy!

#6 Annie Rose Stathes on 01.29.08 at 10:43 pm

Mmm…thank you! I will listen…probably with my dad. (:

#7 celestial elf on 03.16.11 at 4:49 pm

Great Post thankyou :D
I like to see the sacred in all things, and
thought you might enjoy this machinima film i made on bees and permaculture
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsVL22dIdKw
bright blessings
elf ~

#8 John Penberthy on 03.17.11 at 8:57 am

Absolutely wonderful video, celestial elf! Very creative and so true. Bees have much to teach us; let us all pay closer attention.

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