As religion may have disappointed and
disillusioned you, you may forgot that
a religion’s shadow does not dismiss the
sacred. The sacred demands recognition,
even if it must wait for your reactions to
the contemptible to wane..
The ancients remind us to understand the
sacred as “confirming what truly matters.”
Shed all naiveté! This confirming business
is not written somewhere. You’ll find only
suggestions and you are asked to stay in the
movement of confirming and not arriving.
You are asked to exercise enough courage
to forsake claims of knowing the sacred. You
cannot know the sacred, you can only live the
sacred. You are either living intimately with
the sacred or you’ve allowed vanity and
self-righteousness to separate you.
You can always return. The sacred vigilantly
holds a place for you. Hence, the ancients offer
a second meaning to the sacred, “to sacrifice”.
Your homecoming becomes inevitable as you
live the question: What sacrifice is being
asked of me?
These sacrifices are not mostly about martyrdom.
However, they will feel like challenging forfeitures.
You will only be leaning away from vanity toward
authentic self-love, away from self-righteousness
toward humility, and leaning away from want
toward gratitude and generosity.
You become more willing to confirm again and
again what truly matters because you have
become a steward of the Light. And in your
stewardship, sacrifices are no longer felt to
be a severe hardship. These sacrifices simply
deepen your ability to be a bearer of Light.