Take off your shoes when entering a sacred space. We are in search of the sacred, and it is closer than you think. But we have to take off our worldly shoes. But we don’t even know what the sacred is, do we. We can feel it, but we can’t make it happen. Sacred means whole, undivided, which means a place where I feel undivided, not split into an inner protected self and an objective image self, an I and an IT. This split of our mind into I-IT is the world or the profane. But the problem is that in our consumer materialistic culture, I-IT is the only option. We have no idea of what the sacred is because it isn’t on our atlas map. Science certainty can find it or create it. The rational mind can’t find it. Logic can’t find it.
In fact, if you every fall into a sacred space, you can be sure that your own rational, logical mind will doubt it, and make it disappear into a memory. The sacred is like the. wild Unicorn in the Middle Ages tapestry. Only the pure virgin can attract that sacred Unicorn. He cannot resist the aroma of her innocence. So the sacred and innocence—which means undivided—are the same. The child is innocent, and we all feel that the child is sacred. Who can resist the smile of joy when you look into the eyes of an infant or play with a child.
But we can watch it with our eyes as the Profane World comes in and snatches our innocence away. How can we get our innocence back? But we don’t want to get the innocence of the child back without the wisdom of the adult. Our quest is to restore the innocence of the sacred heart of the child with the wisdom of maturity. This is the transcendental way of Zen, which is my preferred Buddhism, but it has jokes. But here’s the sacred truth: transcendental means even transcending Zen.
What does the sacred feel like? I have had powerful hits of the sacred when you feel a presences. Even going to a Civil War battlefield can give you that feeling of wholeness, of peace. Peace is sacred then. And when you are with a true friend, you can feel the sacred when you feel whole because your friend does not judge you and cut you into sausage links. That is the sacred. Love is the sacred because Love cannot be divided. When we are in love, we are in a sacred space.
Sacred space is subjective, not objective, although you can go to a sacred space on the map and feel the sacred, but the sacred is not in the place but in you. The place awakens the sacred in your. That’s why you know it. You recognize you. We recognize the sacred because we are sacred before we believe we were profane.
But here again, you cannot know yourself as sacred because then you are an IT, and ITS are not sacred. Only the subjective is sacred. When you feel the sacred you are not divided, the world is not divided into ITS.