Manifesting the sacred
Our May event is now open for registration. It’s called The Priestess Arts: Tools for These Times and in it, we will learn about and explore four incredible tools that were developed at Diana’s Grove. Lately, I’ve been thinking about each of the Arts.
Words matter. I believe this firmly, and I spend a lot of time (perhaps more time than I necessarily should) trying to pick the right words to make my meaning clear, to demonstrate compassion, to ensure that I say the “right” thing.
It’s notable, then, that I’m so quick to drop important words in service to mental shorthand, something I notice when I’m thinking about the Priestess Arts. Specifically, I realized that I had shortened the art related to Earth from “Relentless support of the sacred made manifest” to the much shorter (and, frankly, much easier), “Relentless support.”
Interesting, how quick I am – how quick many of us are – to eliminate the sacred, even from thought. Not to mention words. Not to mention actions.
This is important to me, because I realize that without the full story, I make up a different one. Because ultimately, “relentless support,” by itself, doesn’t say WHAT I’m supporting, does it? It becomes, for me, an inspirational statement – I will support…well, whatever it is, and I will do so relentlessly. Who doesn’t want to receive relentless support of their decisions, their actions, their choices, their beliefs?
But when I look at the whole phrase, look at the fullness of the art, I’m struck by the weight of it. It tells me what I aspire to support, and suddenly it’s not nearly so easy to contemplate. Relentless support of the sacred made manifest, for me, requires that I consider both intention and outcome. It requires that I carefully negotiate my agreements with others – with my family, my partners, my coworkers, my co-conspirators. It requires that I be willing to have conversations that I find really challenging (I mean, seriously, going to someone I respect and admire and say, “I think you can do better,” is not something that I relish at all). And of course, it also requires that I welcome the same thing. It requires that I hold myself, my family, my teammates, and so on to a high standard.
The sacred made manifest means different things to different people, of course, but whatever it means to you, supporting THAT requires a willingness to redefine what we might think of when we talk about support. More than that, it also gives us an opportunity to achieve something pretty amazing. With this as our intention, we get to ask questions that we might not, otherwise.
“What do I, or we, find sacred?”
“What agreements do we need to make, together, to support the sacred?”
“What does relentless support of the sacred made manifest look like in this context? Or in that context?”
And when we come down to it, asking these questions, and answering these questions, and ultimately working in accordance with those answers, are all magical acts that we can perform every day.
This post was written by Jason Frey