Take a Journey to 7 Sacred Sites of the World
By The Golden Space Indonesia
Have you ever wondered how the Hawaiian people maintain their relaxed life, or why the Incan people built Machu Picchu in Peru, or why Ayers Rock or Uluru is considered sacred by the indigenous Australian people? Let’s take a glimpse to the 7 sacred sites of the world:
• Hawai'i Islands, USA
The Hawaiian culture is fused with the idea of interconnectedness with the land, with ourselves, and with each other. They have the concept of Ohana, which translates to family. ‘Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten’. Here family is not necessarily connected by blood, they could be good friends, neighbors etc. Basically an extended family bound together by genuine compassion, culture, support, loyalty, love and care for each other.
Hawaiians have a deep reverence and strong sense of responsibility for nature. They believe that they are a part of nature, not separate, but one with nature. If you care for the land, it will care for you. There is also this symbol called Hawaiian Shaka - meaning “hang loose” or “right on”. A constant reminder that in Hawaii, it is not the norm to worry or rush. Something that all of us can adopt in our daily lives. Take a pause to breathe and enjoy life.
• Machu Picchu, PERU
In the Quechua Indian language, “Machu Picchu” means “Old Peak” or “Old Mountain.” Machu Picchu is made up of more than 150 buildings ranging from baths and houses to temples and sanctuaries. The compound contains more than 100 separate flights of stairs. Most of the individual staircases were carved from one slab of stone. Although many of the stones that were used to build the city were more than 50 pounds, it is believed that no wheels were used to transport these rocks up the mountain. Rather, it is thought that hundreds of men pushed the heavy rocks up the steep mountain side.
Many different theories exist about Machu Picchu’s purpose—a royal estate and a secret ceremonial center among them. The Incas were known as some of the best masons in the world. The structures were so well built with a technique called ashlar (stones that are cut to fit together without mortar) that not even a knife blade can fit in between stones.
• Uluru, AUSTRALIA
Return to the purity of your sacred power at Ayers Rock, and manifest the highest purpose into reality. Long before the dinosaurs, Uluru formed more than 530 million years ago. It sits remotely in the red heart of Australia. Standing taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Chrysler Building in New York, most of Uluru still lies hidden beneath the Australian desert. It is abundant with water holes, rock caves and native wildlife and flora. This ancient sacred site has been the heart and home of the Anangu People for more than 30,000 years and still is. Remote and majestic, Uluru holds an ancient presence that is felt by visitors from all around the world.
• Mount Fuji, JAPAN
Mt. Fuji is a symbol of Japan. This mountain is the highest mountain in Japan with the height of 3776m and has a perfect cone shape. Mt. Fuji has long been considered as one of the most sacred sites in the country and is one of Japan’s three holy mountains. A Shinto shrine can be found at the peak and many at the base and ascent. Until 1868 (the Meiji Restoration) women were not allowed to climb the mountain. In early times, people climbed the mountain in the white clothing of a pilgrim.
Japanese people believe there are many Gods in nature and have also regarded Mt. Fuji as a God itself, which makes them respect all mountains, rivers, seas and all nature. All they do is to pay gratitude and respect. Mt. Fuji is an active volcano which sits on a triple junction of tectonic plates. It last erupted in 1707 and ever since it has not erupted for the last 300 years.
• The Pyramids of Giza, EGYPT
To date about 130 pyramids have been discovered. Most ancient Egyptian pyramids were built as tombs for pharaohs. The afterlife was important to the Egyptians. They believe that by preserving a dead person’s body – which they did through the process of mummification – their soul would live on in the after-live forever. The Pyramid of Khufu at Giza is the largest Egyptian pyramid. This incredible structure weighs as much as 16 Empire State buildings.
Both Egyptian men and women wore make-up. The eye-paint was usually green (made from copper) or black (made from lead). As well as offering protection from the sun, the Egyptians believed make-up had magical healing powers too. Ancient Egyptians believed in more than 2000 deities. They have god for everything from dangers to chores. Each had different responsibilities and needed to be worshipped so that life could be kept in balance.
• Stonehenge, UK
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in Wiltshire, England. Its discovery has made the site famous since the 18th century and now over 1 million people a year come to walk among the stones. Recent archeological digs have discovered visitors from all over Europe used to converge here from 7500 BC to 4500 BC.
According to legends, Stonehenge was magically created by Merlin who transported the massive stones from Ireland where the Giants assembled them. As a power center for Europe, Stonehenge is sitting on 14 converging leylines. Stonehenge’s connection to the rituals of ancient Druids is very prominent. The druids gathered at Stonehenge and other stone circles to harness and amplify their rituals of alchemy and magic.
• Mount Kailash, TIBET
Mt Kailash is 22,000 feet above sea level. This mountain has been regarded so holy that no one is permitted to climb to it’s summit. Mt Kailash, In the form of four-sided pyramid with snow cap and edges oriented almost exactly to the cardinal, is sacred to followers of four religions. Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bon followers believe it is the heart of the world and the axis of the Earth. The Hindus believe it is the residence of Shiva and the center of the world; Tibetan Buddhists think it represents endless happiness; The Jains take it as the place where their ancestor was enlightened; and The Bons also believe it’s the center of the universe.
Did you know that you can tap into the limitless energy and wisdom stored in these powerful spots with our special guides from The Golden Space. Join us in JOURNEY TO THE WORLD: 7 Sacred Sites on Sunday, 13 December 2020 at 1:30-5 PM (JKT, GMT+7) online via Zoom. See you around the world!