Conversations For Transformation: Essays Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

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Essays By Laurence Platt

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Present To Sacredness

Sonoma Valley, California, USA

May 31, 2006



This essay, Present To Sacredness, is the second in a group of fourteen reflections of God: It was written at the same time as

There's a place where I can go, a place I can stand and be, where light fills me then spills into and fills the world, where I'm totally and only present to life and being alive, where there's only  being and seeing, where my mind can be and do whatever it is and does, where I'm witness to all of life including thoughts and emotions as one seamless process, where in fact witness  is ... all ... there ... is ...

I know  that place. Man! I really know  that place. I love that place. It's more than love - I don't know what it is but it's more than love. I get it comes when I allow into being a profound love of simply what's real - extraordinarily ordinary. That's all it is. When I'm present to what's real, it's a very sacred space. When I'm present to what's really real I'm present to sacredness.

From the Cambridge International Dictionary:

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Definition
sacredness


noun
from the adjective sacred
considered to be holy and deserving respect, especially because of a connection with a god
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It's the  beautiful place. When I'm there I really get what John the Baptist was on about. Sometimes I relate to it more as distinguishing how the Buddha must have been. Sometimes I like the latter distinction better. Sometimes I like the former distinction better. When I'm present to sacredness I'm the source of both.

We add so much to life. Then we complain it doesn't meet our expectations. We buy the shirt in the store. Then we paint on it all the colors we want which it doesn't have. When the colors we paint on it run, we complain to the store.

For the purpose of this conversation I'm looking at the life  to which we add so much. I'm looking at the basic state, the basic space  we are in which we live to which we add. I find I'm pressed to come up with everyday, ordinary terms with which to express it. That's because in everyday, ordinary life we don't typically language it. It is said that eskimos have twenty nine different words for "snow". Arguably they have none for "avocado". That's because it doesn't show up in their everyday, ordinary life so it doesn't occur in their language.

That's a pertinent commentary on us human beings right there: we don't have language for the basic life space  we are in which we live every second of our lives on this planet. It's there, all the time, in every moment, under all circumstances. Yet we neither notice it nor do we distinguish it. For all intents and purposes, it's not even there. If you tell the truth about it, living that undistinguished way makes automatons of all of us.

Werner calls the space we are in which we live the beingsphere. When I'm present to it, when I'm present to what it really is, when I'm present to the miracle of it, I'm totally blown away, I'm moved to tears, I'm present to sacredness.



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