The Sacred Dance of Life

Making all of Life Sacred

By: Susan Deborah Schiller

To Listen to this Story

My favorite place in the world is a long, winding dirt road running alongside the Vermillion River in Northwestern Montana. The wilderness is my sacred space, and home to beavers, otters, muskrats, golden eagles, a whole chorus line of bull frogs, and of course, mountain lions and bears of all shapes and sizes. We built our house on the Vermillion River, a waterway which noisily rushes down into a turquoise bay surrounded by cliffs, because it was peaceful.

Peace is what our family needed most after walking the high tension wire of ten surgical procedures following my husband's severe spinal cord injury. There appeared to be no positive outcome, on the physical side of life. My husband was still suicidal and on very strong narcotics, and the crystal clear Vermillion was the healer that carried away my anxieties and fears and exchanged them for peace and contentment. I think it helped my husband, too.

He used Morphine, Oxycontin, Percosett and a host of other drugs, while I was enduring pain of a different kind, and perhaps even worse, but I had no drugs. Instead, God used the beauty of nature to heal my fractured soul.

There is healing in every aspect of nature. You don't have to live in the wilderness to find this healing. All it takes is a few moments of time, to savor the moment wherever you happen to be.

The Lakota people once taught me to hug a tree, and that in hugging a tree you release the negative energy from whatever stress you've been holding onto and the tree absorbs it, giving back to you positive energy.

Creation is full of cycles, flows and exchanges of energy. For example, humans breathe in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. Plants breathe in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. There is a mutually beneficial exchange, a harmony.

Or take sunflowers… they absorb heavy metals and radioactive materials, cleansing our ecosystem!

It's not about worshiping the creation, but learning to respect how our Creator set these systems in place to relieve our stress and to increase our personal enjoyment of our earth experience. We can work with the earth instead of against it.

Life was meant to be a lot easier than we've made it to be!

My husband and I were only 40-some years old when life as we had known it ground to a sudden halt. Not only had we lost our jobs and moved to the wilderness after years of medical drama, but we had also exited organized religion. In leaving the institutional church, there is usually an "upside down" period of time, where you feel the pain of loss, but you don't yet know what to replace it with.

Half the time you're second-guessing yourself and the other half you're running back to the institution, seeking an upgrade, a possibly better "alternative" church!

What if the Way, the Truth, and Life itself is found in a Person instead of an organized religion? What if that Person said you had to become like a child to understand how to walk in The Way? What if He doesn't give a hoot if you "worship" in a building or if your whole life is a worship center?

Can it be that knowing God is as simple as walking and talking with Him every day? Like a child with her hand in her Daddy's hand, exploring the world together?

What if our simple, everyday life became a spiritual experience? What if every moment became sacred? What if every place became sacred ground?

My new church is the whole wide world outside of me, and the whole dynamic world inside of me. That doesn't mean I won't attend one of the meetings-in-a-building kind of church. It just means I'm learning to live worship as my lifestyle. For me, it means that all of life is sacred. No more "secular" vs "sacred".

In some ways, it's a challenge to live in freedom, just as living in the mountains and walking in the wilderness can be challenging. You keep expecting someone to tell you what to do! You have to exercise your own wisdom and discernment, a spiritual muscle that doesn't need to be used very often inside the church system.

There is sacred space within our own hearts, that place where our Father and Christ reside. It's a place of freedom. The Kingdom of Heaven is within us, is something I'm only beginning to embrace. It's a big enough mystery to keep me engaged the rest of my life!

Freedom is different than religion. It's making every moment, every space, everything sacred. It's walking and talking with God as a lifestyle. It's experiencing daily provision with the labor of your own hands, by the grace of God. It's a wide open space full of lessons to be learned that cannot be found in books, unless you write the book yourself!

You can never predict who or what will show up to teach you your next lesson. It might be a moonflower or a sunflower or your cranky next door neighbor. It's an earth journey that makes every day exciting!

Whatever you stumble upon today holds a life's lesson, a lifetime of lessons, if you stop and take a moment to ponder, to listen, to watch, to walk with God, hand-in-hand. And like children do, we stop, look, and listen to whatever grabs our attention and we ask our Papa questions. And we walk and talk some more. We play. We rest. We share our stories with each other.

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With all my love,

Sue

Susan Schiller knows how it feels to lose everything: marriage and family, church and reputation, finances and businesses, and more. Susan's upcoming, interactive memoir, "On the Way Home," tells the story of how she came to be known as "the most abused woman" her counselors had yet met and how she learned to navigate to freedom and fullness.  
 
Today Susan helps people write their life stories, unearthing the treasures of their past and sowing them into their future, creating new family legacies.
 

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gold account September 21, 2012 at 5:03 pm

“Our hope for the future lies… in our willingness to do without.” Like the church in Corinth, many of us in well-to-do US congregations consume and hoard such a quantity of material goods that our way of life directly conflicts with the biblical mandate to gather only as much as we need, not to mention loving or caring for our neighbor as we care for ourselves. Thus, the time has come for us to ask not only what we can give but also what we may need to give up. For, if growth will not eradicate poverty, the only other option is a fairer sharing of resources between those with abundance and those in need.

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Linda Honea September 6, 2012 at 9:58 pm

I am looking for a tree to hug now.  🙂
The sacred, even saying the word out loud, is like worship.  Jesus in us… we are standing on sacred ground.  Set apart… sacred.  Contentment… sacred.   And yes, joy… sacred.

Thanks!

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Susan Schiller September 6, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Thanks, Linda 🙂

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