Seeing the Sacred

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

Seeing the Sacred

David Karchere
David Karchere
Author, Becoming a Sun

I don’t know about you, but I have plenty of seeming imperfection going on in my life. There is all that has transpired in the public sphere—a pandemic, a reeling American economy, and a bizarre election season in the United States. These events have had a significant impact on many people—including me! 

And then—in what I hope will be the final kick in the pants for 2020—the Cameron Peak Fire is threatening my home, Sunrise Ranch, in Loveland, Colorado. We who live there are currently under a mandatory evacuation, and we have been witness to flames on the ridge behind where we live.


And still, I have great faith in life and confidence that the fire will subside with the aid of firefighters on the scene.

I know of no other path in life than acceptance. What happens in life happens. It is part of a creative process we don’t fully understand. 

In the midst of it all, we have the opportunity to tune into what is sacred. Through victory and calamity, something about it is so exquisitely beautiful that no word does it justice.

So I call it sacred. With a subtle adjustment of vision, born out of a tranquility of mind amid a swirling world, there it is. Within all people and all living things. It is the perfection of this moment that makes it all not only worthwhile but precious.

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.

8 Responses

  1. David, My thoughts and prayers are with you first thing in the morning, last thing at night and throughout the day.

    Sometimes calamity and victory go hand and hand. In either case, Father/Mother God knows best. Clearly, immense changes are working out on this wondrous planet we call home. We have a vital role to play in that vast outworking i.e. faith, trust, and acceptance of the creative process.

    All things work together to perfection in that process.

  2. Have been praying for you and the beautiful sanctuary Ranch, it’s all unfolding as it should be. Blessed be💜💜💜

  3. Yes, even in the midst of the pandemic, the bizarre election and the fire, the sacredness and inevitable victory of life will prevail. As one of the evacuees I am so thankful for a place to go in Loveland where I am safe and very well taken care of. I greatly miss my home at Sunrise Ranch but am focused on how I can bless and uplift my present circumstance here.

  4. I have had occasions to visit with people I have known to have no interests in anything like sacredness. One is a distant relative, one was for many years a good neighbor. Seemingly by chance, I was yesterday brought together with one of them in a more personal setting, and today the other one. Our conversations turned in both cases into something that truly left me with the feeling of sacred moments. I am so touched, and clearly reminded of the fact that we have the opportunity to tune into what is sacred.

  5. I’m glad you mentioned acceptance David as I too can’t believe what has happened to me and am just wondering what comes next. I almost have a reverse version of your year which started with bushfires which missed my home by about 200metres, then we had the pandemic which Australia has managed so well to limit as much as possible. Enough one might think but then when being scrupulously clean somehow I managed to get pneumonia, discovered when I got a kick on the shoulder from my young horse (OK you got the pants) which will probably need surgery. What a year for everyone. Tomorrow morning I get to share by live streaming the NZ funeral of a much loved aunt and marvel at the creativity that humanity that triumphs through all the obstacles – separation and border closures due to the pandemic, our wonderful leaders who have worked together to suppress it, our health care system and then the unifying acceptance of my aunt who gently and lovingly took under her wings her many nephews and nieces as we lost her siblings So good to be alive and having the opportunity to come through all these incredibly! bizarre goings on we are all experiencing this year.

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