This Week’s Quotation:

Sacredness is impossible to define. But you know it when you experience it; when you see something so exquisitely beautiful that it takes your breath away. It evokes profound respect and radical amazement. You sense the wholeness and the beingness of someone or something. And you see with different eyes the perfection within the imperfection of life.

Becoming a Sun
p. 154

Sacredness Is Impossible to Define

David Karchere
David Karchere
Author, Becoming a Sun

Do you ever feel your own heart and soul crying out for something? Maybe after a difficult interchange with another person? Perhaps after watching human ignorance or even cruelty reported on the news? Or after witnessing someone else in pain?

For me, it can be like a huge ache in my chest. It’s like loneliness. Or some kind of barrenness that makes me want to ask, How did things get this way?

It is in times like this that my heart breaks open and reaches out to something I can’t necessarily see or hear. But it is there. I have my own names for what it is, and you might too. But that matters less than its reality.

Sacredness is impossible to define. But it is there. It is a presence of something unspoiled and unchanged by any ignorance or corruption in the human world. 

I walk past the pines and granite boulders of my Colorado home and there it is. It doesn’t care about my worries and it doesn’t care about my woes. It has a pristine, comforting presence. It is a preciousness and a beauty. It is nothing. And at the same time everything; everything that makes life worthwhile. 

When I answer its presence in profound gratitude, it jumps into my heart and into the depth of this human soul. And I feel the sacredness of myself and all things once again.

What does it mean to become a sun?

Every human being is already a sun on the inside—a being of intense love and light. The difference is that some people have the vision and courage to become a sun on the outside. This difference is our human destiny.

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