What Makes a Place Sacred?
by Robert Scheer
Our ancestors and their ancestors before them
understood the importance of sacred places. For thousands of years, people
have gone on pilgrimages or vision quests to seek answers to questions, to
gain inspiration, receive prophecies or other messages about what
direction their lives should follow. Today, with the very future of life
on earth in serious jeopardy, it's never been more important to hear the
message we can receive at places of power.
The power of most sacred places was first recognized
long ago by shamans or other sensitive people, who realized that a
particular site was blessed by an unusually high concentration of natural
energy. Such energy can be caused by underground mineral deposits,
underground water, reflected energy from surrounding areas, a combination
these factors, and other little-understood factors. Through usage by
humans or animals, places further absorb different kinds of energy.
In his book Places of Peace & Power,
Martin Gray lists 32 categories of sacred places. A few of these are...
- Ancient ceremonial sites, such as Machu Picchu in
- Ancient astronomical observatories, such as
Stonehenge in England,
- Sacred mountains, such as Kailash in the
- Human-built mountains, such as the Great Pyramid
- Sacred bodies of water, such as Lake Titicaca, on
the border of Peru and Bolivia,
- Oracle sites, such as Delphi in Greece,
- Labyrinth sites, such as Glastonbury Tor in
- Sacred islands, such as Iona in Scotland.
Some people believe that Earth herself is a living
being who speaks to us at sacred places. Martin Gray is an explorer,
anthropologist and photographer who visited over 1000 sacred sites in more
than 80 countries over a 20 year period. During these pilgrimages he
gained the ability to receive direct communications with a spirit of the
Earth. "In ancient times," he said, "many cultures knew it
was possible to communicate with living, non-human entities, of which the
Earth is the oldest and wisest."
As editor and publisher of Power
Trips magazine for more than two years, I was amazed to discover how many prophecies,
visions, inspirations and other important messages pilgrims have received
at sacred places. I invite you to explore this NewAgeTravel.com website at
your leisure to discover more about the sacred places of Mother Earth.