What is a sacrament?
The concept is ancient.
The Middle English word sacrement comes from from the Old French sacrement which comes from the Latin sacramentum a consecrating and from sacrare ‘to consecrate’ or ‘make sacred’ or give one’s ‘solemn oath.’ It is also used in Christian Latin as a translation of the Greek mustērion ‘mystery.’
The Anglican Book of Common Prayer defines a sacrament as “an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace given unto us…”
For our purposes here, think of it as the solemn oath to make the mysterious sacred.
1. There is Nothing Wrong with You
The wound is the place where the Light enters you. ~ Rumi
The first this you need to do is embrace, even amplify, your wounds. Quit hiding from them, using them and resisting them. Your wounds are the place where the light enters you. So much of the transformational work out there relies on the premise that there is something wrong with you. I am here to tell you the opposite.
2. Meaning Matters
Don’t be satisfied with the stories of others. Unfold your own myth. ~ Rumi
There is a lot of life-coaching and spiritual practice out there that relies on the idea of releasing meaning, the idea that meaning bogs us down and keeps us from living our highest potential. There are lots of methods out there for controlling your thinking and keeping yourself in a spiritual state. The problem with this approach is that it breeds resistance especially in the rebellious amongst us – raise your hand if your just a tad rebellious!
3. Your Body Holds the Secret
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. ~ Mary Oliver
This is perhaps the most mysterious of the 3 Sister Sacraments. The body is the place where the invisible becomes visible. It is the threshold of your conscious mind and the immense and powerful realm of the unconscious.