Not having what you want won’t make you saintly. If you’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t, you might as well go ahead.
People believe they have to have something to believe in. So how is it we have made so many things to believe in but there is so much overlap? Is any faith on the planet so unique that it has nothing in common with any other? Carl Jung commented on this. He noticed, as do anthropologists, that images and practices seem to repeat themselves between cultures, even if at the time of their origin the two cultures had absolutely no contact. Things come to be sacred often without our intention, do they not?
Religions created without intention? Well, they actually did have intention behind them, just not human intention, and this intention runs through even deliberately created works. Nothing can be created without some bit of this spirit in it. It’s like the world itself wants things.
This spirit is the sacred? Yes. It isn’t a single entity, but a shared flow between all entities that creates a whole greater than the sum of its parts, and we can tell when it has invested heavily in an act of creation. The work itself will come to be almost universally recognized as inspired. How can this recognition occur in such a generalized way? Aren’t cultures and time periods too different from each other to see the same things in any given work? Yet this recognition still happens.
As far as light relics go, what we need in order to strengthen ourselves and the world is to recognize this inspiration, foster it when it occurs in people around us, and choose to expose ourselves to these works even if we don’t feel we can be a part of the creative process. We can uncover the culture of the spirit that we have buried with our culture, and regain a strength that has been lost for some time. Even deliberately engaging the overall spiritual growth process so that we might make a quantum leap in spiritual understanding, but first we must leap from the ground we stand on. Those relics and ideas and sacred places and artifacts that remind us of seekers past, when we see the substance of the memetic artifacts we live with and that shape our minds whether we have faith in them or not, we can move toward revealing more clearly what seeks to be seen.
The monks who create the sacred sand drawings. Are they paying respect to this spirit, and then releasing it back into the world? They are.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.