Thresholds

The human body as a Threshold

"The human body itself is actually a threshold....What keeps you alive is in the invisible air. Yet you belong neither to the earth out of which you have come, nor the heavens toward which you strain." - John O'Donohue, Walking on the Pastures of Wonder.

I was talking to my good friend the other day and he was discussing thresholds. The thresholds that mark exiting one space and entering another. And how we acknowledge these thresholds.

It got me thinking. There are so many thresholds we encounter every day. But the most significant is the threshold we cross from the mundane into the sacred. How do we acknowledge these thresholds? In Catholic Church, we may pause before entering the sanctuary making the sign of the cross or anointing ourselves with holy water. In yoga, we take off our shoes before entering the practice room and observe sacred silence. These are all outward signs to remind us that we are about to enter sacred space, something Holy, something beyond mundane and into Other, into an invisible sacred space of Divine. It is in acknowledging these thresholds that we invite ourselves to experience something Other. It is in that sacred space of Divine, when imagination rules and engages with the unseen, that we engage possibility.

John O'Donohue goes on to say, in Walking on the Pastures of Wonder, "The heart of it all is that there is an indissoluble, radical, subversive connection between mind and reality. The structures of your mind, the way your mind works, the way your consciousness moves, its patterns, actually determine the world you inhabit. You cannot separate the two of them."

So, what does it imply to our experience of life to consider that the human body itself is actually a threshold? A threshold between the mundane and the Divine, between the ordinary and extra-ordinary, between reality and possibility?

I like this idea. It fits so perfectly into the Divine PowerHouse concept. The concept that we, each one of us, are PowerHouses for Divine Energy. And this human body is the threshold between ordinary reality and the sacred potential that can be reached in each of us. How we engage with this threshold, how we acknowledge it, has everything to do with how efficiently we invite the sacred into our everyday experience.

If we believe that the Divine lives in us, that our body is a Temple of sorts, how would we be in our body? How would we think in our body? How would we care for our body? How would we enter the sacred space of imagination in the temple of our minds where we encounter, and in fact engage, that which is Divine, by whatever word we call it?

Would we visit this sacred space every day, knowing that it is the fastest path to experiencing that which we are all seeking so fervently: love, acceptance, wholeness, purpose? How do we enter this sacred space and cross the threshold into Sacred?

If what John O'Donohue and, in fact, many others say is true, if our mind determines the kind of world we inhabit and the body is a threshold, we begin to realize that the way we think about our body may, in fact, be a determining factor in our ability to see the Divine manifest in the world we experience. We are the threshold. We are the ones that invite the Divine into our minds, through imagination, and therefore into our world.

So, cross the threshold of the body with reverence and respect, to meet the Sacred. Imagine the Sacred when you are then in this temple. And the world you experience will follow.

Take off your shoes

Step inside this temple of the Divine

Which is your body

Which is your mind

The imagination

Rich in Power

Is the vehicle for transformation

Cross the threshold of body

From the visible

Into the sacred space of the invisible

Where all is possible

Where potential is born

From the Divine spark within you

Which is Love

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