It Dwells Within Itself

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to dwell within the church of self
massive structure of gravitas
settled into the ground
no lofty aspirations
no aching spires
striving for the heavens
sufficient, in this moment
a sanctuary of stolid being
to kneel in contemplation
of the inertial mysteries
walls stone thick
withstand any assault
peace impenetrable
silent as a tomb
enveloping as a womb
rooted to the very earth
ceilings just high enough
to encompass the soul

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Nature has long been my inspiration, my temple, my church, my chapel, my cathedral, and I have worshipped and met my maker in the most minute chambers and in the grandest of vistas.

But still, one is moved by sacred structures made of human hands and ingenuity. They offer a unique and important portal to the divine, for in their construction they interpose in a holy space between The Creation and The Creator, the creation of man.

Man, creating from the very elements of The Creation, with the inspiration of the Creator, for the purpose of reaching unto, or reaching into, The Creator. Each of these portals, an embodiment of one vision of the divine. To capture this thought, indulge me in the coining of a phrase: Creationship ~ to engage in the building of, or the use of, sacred architecture that follows an inspired design, to access the divine.

And thus we have: Creation~Creationship~Creator.

Years ago, in a German Kultur course, I studied German church architecture. When studying the “FruhRomanik”, the Pre-Romanesque period, there was a phrase which describes the “feel” of that massive but grounded architectural style that I will always remember, “es wohnt in sich” ~ “it dwells within itself”.

I periodically encounter churches that call to mind this sense of divine worship.

There are many ways to “just be”.

This is one of them.

Explore the Great Mystery ~
Cnawan