We often hear about sacred places – temples, mosques, churches, shrines, but also many other spaces including particular rooms in a house which can be consecrated… what does this actually mean?
Spiritual masters have consecrated places and objects for millennia. Consecration is a mechanism by which an object or space is infused with the master’s energy. If you are sensitive enough, or aware enough, then you will feel it just walking into a space like that. One of the benefits of the spiritual path is that it makes us more aware and we are able to sense things beyond the physical senses of sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing. And when we are far enough along that path, we can begin sensing energies – but even non-spiritual intuitive people can already sense various energies from other people, or places like Sedona’s energy vortices where trees themselves twist to unseen forces.
In eastern traditions, consecration is the conscious transfer of a being’s energy to another. Consecration can be done to people, but because of the existing dynamics within individual, it may not last. In fact, being initiated into a spiritual practice is a form of consecration. The more familiar form is when a master consecrates an object. Anything can be consecrated but in order for this energy infusion to last, the object needs to be as dense as possible. Yogis traditionally solidify mercury for this purpose (called Rasa Vaidya).
Sadhguru states “consecration is a way of creating a very concentrated life process.” In Indian temples traditionally, one went to the temple not to worship but to sit in a consecrated space for a while before starting the day. He goes on to say that consecration is a science, a technology where life is concentrated in such a way that when one is exposed to it, one’s energy system just bursts forth in resonance. This is because consecrated spaces have peak potential to connect with the Divine.
We are familiar with physical forms changing into other forms – for example the transformation of soil into plant material, then in turn that into food, and that into human beings through digestion. Consecration is simply the process transforming a physical form into a non-physical energy form – a pathway to the Divine. Normally Indian temples would be consecrated according to a particular chakra and therefore served a particular purpose. To achieve prosperity meant visiting one temple, while pursuing health meant visiting another. Now in the southern part of India there is a Dhyanalinga which has been consecrated with all seven chakras fully active. This makes it a mecca for spiritual seekers worldwide.
The Dhyanalinga will remain forever energized – that is the intensity by which it was made. Most other consecrated objects or places need a certain level of maintenance to remain potent. So that is why certain rituals are performed at temples, and in homes where a room has been set aside as a consecrated space. To be in such places means a certain alignment and balance within one’s own energy system. We should all endeavor to live in such places or at least regularly visit because of not only the impacts on our wellbeing but also because they are a catalyst to our spiritual growth.
Reference this article for more information on consecration.
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