Inside Out: When the Sacred Within Meets the Sacred Outside

Sacred Meeting Sacred
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“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, either way you are right.”


In principle, one meets up with the joy (e.g. “Coming Home to Joy “ ), love and peace inherent in every moment that is beheld as sacred. And as in most cases, this is easier said than done. Since it has been said that everything (e.g. beauty, health, money, power, material possessions, etc.) that man (or woman) seeks is driven by the desire for love and happiness, it may be worth our while to explore one of the ways that we can get in touch with the joy, love and peace obtained from beholding the sacred within and from the outside.

Self-Love as a Prerequisite

The greatest commandments, love of God and love of neighbor as one loves oneself, cannot be taken for granted when it comes to seeking true happiness. Much has been written to elucidate the why’s regarding this; e.g. “On the Wings of Love“.

In particular, it has been said that we cannot truly love and respect others unless we begin by first loving and respecting ourselves. In fact, much has been written about maitri and self-love that it seems many among us find it hard to love or value ourselves unless others love or value us first. This becomes an impossible situation with most people mostly seeking self-worth from external circumstances, e.g. a loving partner or boy/girlfriend, material possessions, etc. Since most people seek self-worth from external circumstances (which are naturally limited by virtue of their physical or material nature), they will be unable to extend themselves in a truly loving way to others who in turn are seeking external circumstances before loving or valuing themselves. “Loving” for most people then becomes the conditional, “I love you if you love me.”

Unconditional love can only be obtained from the Divine or God or the Great Spirit, whatever name you may call the divine. And once one has found this One True Love, one finds it quite easy to love one self. With the love of Self, comes love of self which is accompanied by a genuine love for others.

Some of the ways I have found are helpful in developing a closer relationship (e.g. getting insights and inspirations for example topics for articles, guidance on where to go or what to do, etc.) with God are through prayer and meditation (e.g. “Prayer beyond Thoughts: Turning Meditation into a Daily Routine”). There are several benefits that can be obtained from meditation aside from spirituality (e.g. 100 Benefits of Meditation).

Daily Practice

Assuming that we have learned how we may truly love, we can then reach that place, that presence within where we find, aside from love, joy and peace.

When we are still (e.g. “Let Stillness Lead: A Poem “), we get in touch with and feel that place within.

When we are still, the outside resonates back to us with a joy, love and peace (e.g. ”Reviving the Sacred: A Poem ”) that seems to come from the external situation, for example the place where we are at, but the fact is our external circumstance is simply mirroring our inner self or the presence within. This leads to a situation calling for a feeling of gratitude from us, for God’s Universe’s reminder of how fortunate and truly loved we are.

When things get confusing, we can find stillness at the end of a breath’s exhale, a breakthrough, even if only momentary, of joy, peace and love (e.g. “Bringing in The Joy”).

In the end, we realize that the sacred within us resonates with the sacred that is outside---with the sacred that is within a thing, a place, a person, or event. Even better, we come to realize that if we manage to go beyond the usual judgments we make from our limited ego-self, every moment, every event---even those perceived as "negative"---is sacred and brings its own kind of joy, love and peace.

We can then make it a practice to regularly get in touch with that presence within, to have the sacred within meet with the sacred that seems "outside" and make joy, love and peace everyday experiences.

We can develop the habit intentionally over 21 days, perhaps by setting our timer to go off three times a day to remind us to get in touch with the sacred.

The author of the book, “The Secret”, having requested help from the Universe, receives “gentle nudges” (e.g. blowing of horns, an alarm going off, etc.) from the Universe as reminders for use with her developing a certain habit.

Choosing Which to Believe

It’s as if nothing more can be written about the power of beliefs to change one’s life, with the innumerable volumes written about this. James Allen succinctly puts it as his book title,

As a Man Thinketh ”.

Henry Ford also said,

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, either way you are right.”

We are capable of developing the habit of regularly getting in touch with the Sacred and its accompanying experience of joy, love and peace. Or we are incapable.

The choice is ours to make.


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Thus the superior man falls back upon his inner worth

In order to escape difficulties.”

- I Ching, Hexagram 12

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ChitrangadaSharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

-----We cannot get love from others, unless we begin to love ourselves---So true!

Very nice hub with deep thoughts and meaning.

Thanks for sharing!


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Quirinus 3 years ago from Sitting on the Rug Author

Thank you for honoring the hub and the community with your Presence, ChitrangadaSharan! Am sure I will stand to gain deeper insights from visiting your hubs as well.

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