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The Sacred Place - Chris Kelvin


"You might try to find a sacred place that moves or inspires you, a place where you may find it easier to hear your inner voice"

For some years now i too have struggled to find inner peace. The problem lays in the constant awearness that things go very bad in this world. The consumer civilisation, the materialistic thinking, the disapearing of our natural invironment. It's hard to live in a world where there is such a lack of silence. Stress and vanity are a great disease in our modern world. People seem to have lost contact with their inner selfs, with their humanity. There is no culture of the soul anymore. This is a great loss. Money is god now. So what can we do about it?

You can find this sacred place for yourself where you can find inner peace. Well, i have found this sacred place. I live in the flemish countryside, and i love it: i love the silence, nature, the animals,... there i find peace. But then i return to the real world, back to civilisation and all becomes dark again. Back to noise, to traffic, to highways, to supermarkets, advertising,. I mean it's not only the surrounding, but it's also the people. Don't get me wrong: I don't hate people or put myself above them. There is only this awearness that people spend their entire lives behind computers, in factories, in traffic jams,.......... This thought makes me very depressed.

Where is life? and does it still exist?

I'm glad i found this site, because now i know that i'm not alone in this.

Sorry for my not-so-good english, it's not my motherlanguage.

Chris Kelvin.


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Re: The Sacred Place - Larry Looney


Chris --

The fact that you've found that place within yourself is a wonderful thing -- and that you've found a place to physically dwell that gives you peace is also wonderful.

Remember that once you've found that place within yourself, it's always there inside you for you to access -- and this realization might allow you to interrelate with the 'comsumer culture' you mention (and we're all touched and surrounded by it) without it affecting you so much. Your happiness and joy in the world is yours to make and to know -- you can sow the seeds of that happiness and joy in others, but you can't guarantee that they will flourish. It's a gift from you to the world that you feel the way you do, that you see things the way you do -- but it's ultimately the responsibility of each individual to find and make their own path.

I love Tarkovsky's work/thought/message, too...

P.S.

I forgot to include my email address...
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The Spiritual Void - Chris Kelvin


Larry,

It’s wonderful to get some feedback and I thank you for it.

“Sowing the seeds of your happiness and joy in others”. “But you can’t guarantee that they will flourish”.

Well, you’re absolutely right. I have tried to give my joys an thoughts to others. But the truth is some people don’t want to be saved. Most people are stuck in their routine and are happy with that.

“It’s ultimately the responsibility of each individual to find and make their own path”.

I think it’s dangerous to guide people in a direct way. People have a natural defence system that keeps them away from what they truly feel. In orde to find peace they have to confront themselves and for many people that’s very hard and that’s why they have this defence system. People are afraid when they hear another person speak about things like “inner peace” and “spirituality”. Or when you put your hand on someone’s shoulder to comfort him. I think it’s very dangerous to try to awake people unless the “spiritual void“ is already present. All these people who visit this site on a regular basis I believe are “seekers”, they are people who feel the spiritual void from deep within and want to do something about it. They want to fill the void. They seek for meaning, for humanity, for peace. The void is already present. I don’t think people want to be saved unless they feel this need.

In my case, I’m very happy I found this “sacred place”. But I can tell you it has taken me a long time to find it. It’s not always easy living with the awearness of the spiritual void in this world. It’s like a heavy burden that rests on your shoulders. And therefore I understand that people have this defencesystem.

I’m beginning to sound like Stalker in the end of the film were he’s disappointed that he doesn’t find a single person that wants to go to “the zone” with him without selfish reasons. But then his wife speaks...

Chris - Kelvin

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