Do you experience moments that transcend the normal every day and could be considered holy in their own kind of way? Where? How?
The ancient tabernacle as described in the Bible had an outer courtyard, then a structure that had within it the smaller Holy of Holies.
The Israelites gathered in the courtyard, the priests could enter the structure and only the High Priest could enter the holy of holies on Yom Kippur. The more intimate the space, the holier the space. And the holiest of holies was the priest alone with God.
I’ve been wondering if the Biblical tabernacle could be a metaphor for our body and the holy of holies the intimacy of our own heart. Our outer surfaces, like the outer courtyard, interact with our environment and the people we meet and greet each day. They are our first step of interaction. Within us we have the torso that houses all of the important organs. Could this be like the structure inside the courtyard? Then within the structure, there is an ark, within that ark God’s word. Could our heart be that core within the ribcage within the torso?
There are many people I enjoy seeing and who see my outer surfaces. A smaller number of people who hear more of my inner thoughts and feelings, then a unique few with whom I open the intimacy of my heart. When there is someone with me listening, present and caring as I open the depths of my heart, it can feel quite divine. I transcend the everyday, when I connect with another person one heart to another.
As a coach, I have the honor of being present with people as they move through the layers of their own being towards discovery and shifts that open the world for them, empowering them and enabling them to see new possibilities. Inevitably, it moves me as well closer to my own Holy of Holies.
It is a holy moment to be in the space with someone when they have such huge revelations about things that are so intimate to them.
Can you imagine an intimate space that feels sacred to you?
“Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple and it is also that difficult.”
– Warren Bennis
“I am successful to the degree that who I am and what I live are in alignment. In getting to this place of alignment, one thing is clear: The quality of our lives is largely determined by the quality of the questions we ask – and the quality of our answers.”
– Susan Scott