A Hunger for the Sacred. Two recent surveys by Alanna Moore & Jude Janet from sacredpermaculture.net
A Hunger for the Sacred. Two recent surveys by Alanna Moore & Jude Janet from http://sacredpermaculture.net/best-of-surveys/

Is there a need for the community to explore & re-charge our practice of the sacred?

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Alanna Moore Survey - Author: Sensitive Permaculture

What is NOT sacred to you? Why?

Religions worldwide tend to be not sacred, in my mind. But then I am an animist. There's a lot of fake sacred around. But there are often parts of the sacred in mainstream religions, hiding in the woodwork, in the sacred places that were appropriated.

Is Nature (i.e. - the Planet & Mother Earth) sacred to you?

Naturally - yes! But I tend to relate to Her/Them on the smaller scale.

What do you think sacred means to your family and the community?

Not much, not in Australia.

Have you found sacred ideas from Books? Music? Art work? Poetry? Religious texts? Please share.

Yes, but Nature is the most direct source. Many books just perpetuate crusty old ideas ad nauseum. Poetry and music can be a purer source.

What forces are acting against your sacred beliefs & practice?

None really. But skeptics can be a pain. One of them was so on my case that I turned my discomfort into a book, to explain away some ignorance.

Is sacred the same as holy? Is sacred defined by a specific religious group? If so, which one?

I avoid the "h" word, so much baggage. Some groups think they have a monopoly. God? Which god? I thought the Taoists might be close to the sacred reality, but I'm told that people mainly pray for money at Taoist temples and they even have incinerators to burn fake money in, to accompany people after death (perhaps there are poker machines in heaven?) One needs to find their own truth. Perhaps the sacred is really just a personal thing. But it can connect us into the sacred web of life. And that's good for the planet at large.

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Survey by Jude Janet (poetjude)

What is NOT sacred to you? Why?

Life is sacred to me. I don't separate aspects as religions usually do. Sitting here is sacred to me. I dwell in the All One, constant though my consciousness and being always present is still evolving.

Is Nature (i.e. - the Planet & Mother Earth) sacred to you?

The Universe including mother earth is a living, communicating, always expanding sacred surround. I have always found help from nature, especially trees when I want to communicate with Creator. Even naming the sacred is limiting, and yet naming continually has been part of my sacred journey.

What do you think sacred means to your family and the community?

I have an extremely religious Christian family that narrowly defines the sacred and yet they do often touch on aspects of the One, just sometimes with limited vision. The community where I live is basically non-religious Jewish and although logically the sacred is disdained, there is a hunger and deep internal feeling for the Sacred.

Have you found sacred ideas from Books? Music? Art work? Poetry? Religious texts? Please share.

I am a mystic and poet. Some of my poetry touches the sacred. Rumi and Hafiz as well as Rabbia, Meister Eckart and HIdegard of Bingen have deeply touched my soul. I love some portions of the Psalms and Isaiah in the Judeo/Christian scripture. The writings and work of Brianne Swimme, Andrew Harvey and Joanna Macy have led me on. I adore Ghandi and Martin Luther King. My favorite artist is a sculpture who sculpted with explosives, Silvana Cenci, a friend who is sorely missed.

What forces are acting against your sacred beliefs & practice?

I think the forces of everyday Southern Californian American life that demand so much attention for survival are the most insidious thieves of the sacred.

Is sacred the same as holy? Is sacred defined by a specific religious group? If so, which one?

Although many religious groups have given me pieces or hints, I think the sacred abides inside each person and the sacred journey requires inner work. I call holy, wholey, otherwise you are referring to a hole or empty place. Becoming wholey - who we are - is sacred.

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