My Sacred Manifesto

Posted September 7, 2012 by Jo Crawford in Inspiration, Sacred Connections, Spirituality  |  36 comments

by Jo Crawford on September 7, 2012

My Sacred Manifesto | Crafting the SacredMy place of worship is not a church, temple or ashram.

It is at the shoreline where the earth and oceans meet;

It is under canopies of intertwined trees with grass underfoot;

It is under night skies with the moon and stars as stained glass windows.

Here – beyond walls and doors and dogma – I pray.

 

I do not kneel before one God.

I worship the Divine in all its forms -

Ganesha, Inanna, Mother Mary, Quan Yin;

Pebble, leaf, raindrop, bud;

My loved ones.

In each I find Source.

 

I do not limit myself to grape juice and wafers when taking communion.

I commune when I honor my body as a temple of the divine;

Make love with my beloved;

Sink into a bath with candles and oils;

Savor everything I eat;

Feel alive!

 

My hymns are the love songs I belt out on the freeway;

The music of my homeland that cause my hips to sway;

My morning shower tunes.

 

My spiritual teachers are a rowdy bunch of astrophysicists, mystics and bards;

Each offering a wisdom that transcends space and time;

And speaks to the sacred within me.

 

All this -

All this beauty of life,

I cut and paste into my book of scripture, that reads:

 

Life is bigger than the details of my experience.

Keep opening my heart.

Change is the only constant.

We are all made of stardust and we are all divine.

And above all, remember that we are all connected.

This is my sacred truth.

Photo by Rodney Campbell

{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Sharonda September 7, 2011

Well said JO! This is beautiful and poetic and my sentiments exactly. :-)

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Jo Crawford September 7, 2011

So glad this resonates with you Sharonda.

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Stephanie September 7, 2011

This is beautiful Jo. It has taken a long time for me to find my sacred truth after coming from a fanatical religious upbringing but I wouldn’t trade my spirituality and the way I connect with the Divine for any religion. I feel so free now. You’ve shown me even more ways I can honor the Sacred.
Stephanie

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Jo Crawford September 7, 2011

Thank you Stephanie. Sacred truths underlie all religions but get washed over by doctrine, IMHO.

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Sara September 7, 2011

Ooh I love this! Esp. the part about communion..

Love also that you managed to throw yet another tune into the mix — I cannot see “Losing My Religion” without picturing my niece belting it out when she was barely learning how to speak. ;)

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Jo Crawford September 7, 2011

Losing my Religion holds a special place in my heart. As I came to after my emergency appendectomy in 2006, my first words were “Life is bigger. Bigger than you and me”. Luckily my friend Aurora was there to sing along with me!

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Sara September 7, 2011

Oh my goodness… was it the drugs? LOL
That is such a great song. ;)

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Jo Crawford September 7, 2011

Probably. I was also overcome by my mortality and how life really is bigger than me.

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Petrea September 7, 2011

This was beautifully written Jo! It resonates deeply with how I feel.

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Jo Crawford September 7, 2011

Thank you Petrea.

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Allurynn September 7, 2011

Wow Jo, this speaks to my heart, what I feel deep inside. You’ve put it all so eloquently and beautifully. I love it!

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Jo Crawford September 7, 2011

Thanks Allurynn – glad this speaks to your heart.

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Tina September 7, 2011

Jo I love this! What a beautiful expression of your sacred truth!

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Jo Crawford September 9, 2011

Thank you for your kind words, Tina.

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Dominee September 7, 2011

Very well said! I feel the same way! Your words are beautiful Jo!

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Jo Crawford September 9, 2011

Thanks Dominee – glad to hear we’re on the same sacred page.

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Kaye Bonato September 8, 2011

Just exactly what I needed/wanted to hear Jo. It’s beautiful.

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Jo Crawford September 9, 2011

Glad this resonates for you too, Kaye.

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Katrina September 9, 2011

Love this. So much.

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Jo Crawford September 9, 2011

Thanks my sweet. I knew you’d relate deeply, my soul sister.

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Ellie Di September 9, 2011

Beautiful work, Jo! The title (and the rest of the piece, really) reminds me of a book I read during the beginning of my spiritual nomad journey – “Losing Your Religion, Finding Your Faith”. It’s Christian-centric, but the lessons it teaches are the same as what you’ve put here. Find the Divine in everything, not just locked up in a building or one person.

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Jo Crawford September 9, 2011

Interesting – I have not heard of the book you mentioned. I’ve been walking this spiritual path for several decades – it’s what speaks to my sacred core.

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Kristen September 15, 2011

Wow Jo, this is beautiful – and a bit freaky. I just wrote something about this very thing – losing my religion, and finding what is sacred to me. We are definitely journeying together Jo!

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Jo Crawford September 15, 2011

Ahh, I can’t wait to read your piece and continue journeying with you. Love it!

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Stephanie Anderson Ladd September 17, 2011

So beautifully stated, Jo. I couldn’t agree more! It’s so wonderful that we have each other for teachers.

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Jo Crawford September 17, 2011

Thank you Stephanie. I’m honored that you see me as a teacher. Namaste.

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Suzana September 22, 2011

Beautiful words, Jo. :)

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Jo September 22, 2011

Thank you.

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christine October 2, 2011

This made me laugh, had a vision of both of us driving down the freeway belting out those “hymns” :)

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Jo October 2, 2011

The best way to sing one’s prayers, right? :)

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Stephanie Anderson Ladd January 2, 2012

Amen, Sister. That is a beautiful proclamation that I share with you. We’ve really found our religion, haven’t we?

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Jo Crawford January 2, 2012

Why yes we have :)

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Fran Riley January 31, 2012

Thank you Jo,
Your truth just shines.

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Jo Crawford February 10, 2012

As does yours, sweet Fran.

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Lucy April 2, 2012

Lovely – you speak deeply to where I am on my own path right now
x

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Jo Crawford April 6, 2012

Thank you Lucy – that makes my heart happy to hear.

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