Holy Space

Finding a Holy Place – Sacred Sites Open House


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This weekend in New York marks the Sacred Sites Open House Weekend. It is an opportunity for visitors and residents to learn more about the architecture and art embodied in some of the cities religious institutions.

Sacred Sites Open HouseDuring my own travels I was fortunate to have visited many different places of worship – synagogues, churches, monasteries and temples across a broad spectrum of different faiths.

While the religious message may have varied, there was a commonality shared which emphasized the importance of finding a holy space, or structure where you took the time to pray and meditate, getting closer to god or a higher spiritual presence.

Some people believe that the congregation of energy within a structure can be conducive to one’s spiritual practice – the communion of people helping to bridge a gap to the Divine. I’ve felt an energy, almost tangible at certain points in my life, not necessarily limited to my experience inside a place of worship, but also in nature.

While some of the buildings I visited may reside in more exotic countries, it’s not every day that you get a chance to learn more and experience a little bit of culture on your doorstep. 168 sites (and counting) have decided to open their doors this weekend so I anticipate I’ll be snapping quite a few photos.

To see the results, you can find me on Instagram. Alternatively, I’m reachable on Twitter. I’ll also be using the Livestream on my Facebook too, if others would like to connect and keep updated in real-time.

4 Comments

  • What a cool experience. I agree with you that sometimes in certain places you can feel a spiritual connection whether it is to Nature or the Great Divine. I wish we focus more on what brings us together than divides us. Look forward to seeing your photos.

  • I love reading your posts. I love learning about different faiths, exploring spiritual places, thinking about all of this. I was raised by an extremely open-minded spiritual woman who had ventured away from her family’s church only to be excommunicated for her searching. A while back I found a class at a close by Unity Church, called The Joy of Sects! With a name like that, I had to take it and learned so much studying the 8 major religions of the world. And then I read A Month of Sundays: Searching for the Spirit and My Sister by Julie Mars. I’ve finally stopped searching for The Church and believe what I knew all along. I bring it with me.
    Anyway, following you is my current religious joy.

  • I, too, have felt the energy that can accrue in spaces; those devoted to prayer / meditation are quite special. How fortunate for you that you’ve experienced so many.

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