Enshrined

Enshrined, such a static verb.  When something is enshrined it’s being put away, in a sacred space, to be there forever.  Tucked away, but not forgotten.  When something is enshrined it can change the space that it’s in.  It’s like the shrine becomes a fountain of sacredness that radiates out into the room, or the temple, or the universe.

Maybe that’s the reason it’s so nice sometimes to just sit surrounded by the sacred, by shrines.  It doesn’t take much.  Most hospital chapels are pretty barren, but they provide a space of peace and reflection.  Great cathedrals are filled with shrines and side altars and sacred objects.  There are spots in many of them where it seems like all the shrines are vie-ing  for attention.  Where it’s a “noisy” rather than “peaceful” sacred, but in a “fill you up” kind of way.  Nature makes shrines, special places tucked away where the sacred seems to pool.  Shinto shrines acknowledge this and foster it.

My women’s group got together this week.  For our monthly ritual we made shrines.  We each chose a word and created a shrine around it.  We ended up in a circle of shrines to beautiful things we would like in our lives.  When we finished construction we walked together around the circle of shrines and then sat in the center and just soaked up the sacred.  It was really nice.  Sitting among all those shrines, fountains of sacredness gushing out attributes of tranquility, and joy, and wisdom, present/patience, receptivity and prosperity.

The active form of enshrined (as per LisaSpiral): being in a space surrounded by shrines.  Stepping into the sacred and allowing yourself to be present with it.  Opening one’s awareness to the sacred and soaking it in.

So I thought I’d share.  Please spend some time today surrounded by blessing given in love.

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Joy

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Wisdom

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Present/Patience

Tranquility

Tranquility

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Receptivity

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Prosperity

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About lisaspiral

I've been writing and speaking about spirituality to small groups for years and am looking to expand my horizons. Hopefully this blog will inspire you to expand yours as well.

Posted on June 17, 2013, in Bio, magic, meditation, Pagan, spiritual and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I love the idea of creating shrines. I’ve done them in the past purposefully and still do it at my desk/work table–arranging stones, shell, nests, favorite photos.

    I’m trying to get back to blogging, as well. It hasn’t been easy to keep up during our move to Ecuador, but hopefully we’re now beginning to get settled.

    Hugs and blessings,
    Kathy

  2. The shrines are beautiful, Lisa. I felt more tranquil and peaceful just looking at them. A good way to start out another week. Blessings to you and to the shrines of the world that point us to the divine.

  3. It was very lovely to feel ourselves surrounded by the sweetness we’d created. Until the mosquitos drove us inside : )

  4. What a great idea, Lisa. It’s so inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

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