According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary (online), the non-religious definition of sacred is “highly valued and important : deserving great respect“. Scared is defined as “afraid of something : nervous or frightened“.
In a frightening diagnosis – whether ours or someone close – there is fear of losing our connections to those that we love. We don’t want to think about living – on this side or the other – away from loved ones. We don’t want to end the sacred connections that have nurtured and connected us one to another.
During times of threat due to extreme weather or human-perpetrated acts we may fear loss, but we also fear being hurt, maimed or otherwise physically violated. We hold a sacred view of our bodies and we don’t want to experience harm, suffer incapacitation, or worse.
Perhaps this state of being scared is more than a natural human response to frightening conditions. Could it be a nudge to remember the value and importance of the sacred in our lives?
When we feel fear, our perspective is altered and the true priorities in life become quite clear. We no longer care about the make/model of our car or the grandiosity (or not) of our house.
The state of being scared can remind us to realign our priorities with what is truly meaningful; the sacred.
Scared of a loved one’s cancer diagnosis? Honor that sacred relationship with more time, love and attention.
Scared by the prospect of losing a job? Spend more time in quiet contemplation, recalling the sacred promises that we are provided, always and in all ways.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. [Psalms 1:3]
The next time you feel fear and are scared, stop and ask what sacred aspect in your life is nudging you. Metaphysical law teaches us that what we focus on, expands. When we shift our attention from what scares us to what is sacred around us, we change the moment, the conversation, and our lives.