Grounding on Holy Ground

Dean Cornwell

I attended mass today at a Catholic church for the first time in I can’t even remember how long. I am not Catholic, nor have I ever been. A dear friend was visiting, however, and invited me to join her as today is Pentecost. She was SO excited and sincerely wanted to share the experience with me … not from a place of trying to get me to convert to her religion, because she already knows I know God. She simply wanted to share what holds deep meaning for her and I took that as an honor and a privilege.

It was a lovely experience … but more than that, it was actually revolutionary for me to attend as the person I have grown into being … an open conduit of God’s Love.

There was a time in my life where I would have been resistant … not because of what denomination or even religion the institution was, but rather because I have come to treasure my relationship with God as a very personal thing. Something that cannot be contained by any singular religion. There was a time where the hairs on the back of my neck would stand on end at the very thought of someone else telling me what I could or could not do in how I connect with God.

That time is past though … now I can look around me and see that everyone is doing the best that they know how in piecing together the various puzzle pieces of our past: our families, our traditions, where we were raised, and so much more. We all want to be Loved … and we’re just doing the best that we know how (at this particular time and with the tools we all have at present).

When I arrived and took my seat, I closed my eyes and proceeded to connect with God in the most direct way I know how: Grounding. I sent my energy into the earth to give to it, and receive the blessing that this enormous chunk of Creation has and freely gives to all. We all, along with the Earth and all of Creation, are a part of God … and have that Divine energy to bless with as well as to freely give and receive.

I was somewhat surprised to note that there was resistance to my grounding attempt. At first I was puzzled, but in probing further I became aware of the actual reality that Holy Ground IS. This ground was set aside and blessed as a place of spirituality … but for Catholics.

I was not going to be deterred by this. I am a believer in Jesus and, as such, I sent my energy down into the earth again. This time I broke through whatever that barrier was, but the earth felt dry or parched to me … it wasn’t giving me anything. I felt like Indiana Jones breaking into a temple where I wasn’t wanted.

Slowly, I just began chanting the name of Jesus in my head. I invoked the Spirit of God and called up every memory I have of the miracles God has done for and through me. I allowed this energy to emanate out of me until I felt the very firmament of this spiritual place quake beneath me (not the church itself, but the meditative place I had gone to).

Suddenly I was rewarded with the peaceful Love of God’s Creation … but so much more than that. I really became aware of how MUCH power there is in these places that are set aside for sacred worship. It also made me aware of why the Church is so protective of that.

The time for that, however, is past. The Church is not in need of such isolation as a form of protection. It once did need this protection to survive … but now that protection only serves as a restraint; a dam to hold back the tidal wave of Love on the other side. The Church needs to unleash this Divine power and allow ALL to BASK in the beauty and glory and peace and joy that IS the Love of God.

So I broke into the vault … but was received. I entered the Holy Place as an outsider … but was given that Love that has always been held back for only those who accept the rules and doctrines of that order.

On the outside I respectfully followed their rules: I did not partake in communion as a non-Catholic, even though I know I am welcome by my God to do so. I sang the songs, and blessed the priest as he blessed us. The priest was so benevolently attentive and loving in how he tended his flock … all I could think of was,

“Wouldn’t it be wonderful if EVERYONE could experience such tenderness and care … whether they accepted and followed a set of doctrines or not?”

God’s Love is for all … it can no longer be contained. I will take it upon myself to go through this same ceremony at every place of worship I go to, of every religion, for the rest of my life. If only to infuse that energy into their established foundation … to re-write the etchings on the walls of their foundations that have remained unedited for centuries.

God’s Love will not be contained … or restricted … or proxied out for obeisance … any longer.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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