Sacred places

In the rush of modern life, we often fail to observe the landscape. Yet it is landscape which connects us most powerfully to our ancestors. And it is in that landscape that they have left clues to the greater truths which guided their lives, and which, whether we acknowledge it or not, affects us in a deeply profound manner. Take time, some time, stop and look… no, REALLY look, at the landscape in which life has deposited you. Consider how it differs from that into which you were born, how it is the same, and how little our daily concerns really are on the long journey home.

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All my life I have visited sacred sites when I could, and I have been lucky enough to visit many. Whether ancient church, temple, stone circle or legendary landscape, there is something about these sites that touches a place deep within. Perhaps it is a sense of kinship with those who built them, perhaps a sense of shared reverence for that greater Something touched unseen beyond the veil.

It has never mattered to me how that divinity was approached or what form it took, only that it was perceived, recognised by the heart and present in the lives of the builders. They, and I, share perhaps, a common sentiment, expressed in my favourite Hindu prayer, “Thou art without form, but I worship thee in these forms”. In these often strange, yet somehow familiar, edifices and landscapes we can glimpse the very real place that divinity took in the lives of…

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About Running Elk

My given native name, Running Elk, was bestowed in 2008 as I took my first steps as a fully fledged Medicine Man of the Zuni tradition. A most unlikely candidate for the role, my journey as a healer began some four years prior. The detour onto the shamanic way was most unexpected, yet has been one of the most rewarding challenges to date.
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3 Responses to Sacred places

  1. Thanks for so many “likes” and for reading my posts. Eager for one of yours. Hope you are doing well.

    • Running Elk says:

      Doing well, thank you, Ellen. Just had to get away from computers for a while. Doing a bit of catch up, then back on track, hopefully.
      How are you? Looks like spring has arrived in full at your end – still waiting here. 🙂

      • Spring is pretty much in full, yes. A hard time of year for me though I live for the Spring Peepers. Will look forward to your posting again. Sometimes it is good to get away from computers. Thanks for commenting.

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