To further explore the notion of Sacred Relating, I'd like to introduce one more idea that may either challenge or support what you already think about relationships. This is the third and final Sacred Relationship that we develop; relationships with other people.
Once you are able to recognize the divine in yourself, you begin to understand that, just as you are connected to something greater, so to is everyone else, whether they realize it or not. Thus, the final Sacred Relationship you develop is with others. This can mean a relationship with an intimate lover or with a complete stranger. In fact, it really means bringing sacredness to both of these relationships and anything in between.
This is an authentic connection with another person that is facilitated though communication from the heart. Because, when you respect and honour your own body, showing love for yourself, and also appreciate your place in the world, revering consciousness, then you are truly able to connect with other people in a healthy and sacred way. This can be thought of in terms of the cliched adage, “You can't love someone else until you love your self.”
We often find that when we try to cultivate this third Sacred Relationship without acknowledging the other two, our connection and communication with others is dysfunctional or inadequate. However, this does not necessarily mean that the three Sacred Relationships are in chronological order. More realistically, when we cultivate Sacredness in one relationship, we are usually positively affecting the other two Relationships as well. In that way, we can think of these three Relationships as a trinity, an equilateral triangle with each of the three points representing one Sacred Relationship and each Relationship influencing the other two.