Visit Sacred Sites to Make Sense of the Cosmos

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I have been privileged to visit many sacred sites throughout the world, having been called from early childhood to visit them in person. All the earth is sacred, but these sites were made exceptionally holy by the brilliance and spirituality of their builders, no matter their system of understanding the cosmos.

Most of these sacred sites were built to align with Orion’s belt and the equinoxes and solstices, extending their earthly boundaries to reflect a global phenomenon.

Sacred Sites to  Connect to the Cosmos

By the time I was able to travel to Mexico, England, Egypt, Cambodia and the Yucatan, I had a thriving practice as a spiritual healer and medium and had studied each one of the world’s heart centers in great detail, but it was through actually being there with the groups I led that I could feel the eternal connection between all these sites, spiritually, psychically, and cosmologically.

My understanding of the connection between all beings became grounded and real at a deep level in my physical body.

England

Stonehenge symbolizes for me the watchword of all the sacred sites: expansiveness. While leading an equinox ritual there when I went to England, I felt at a visceral level how expanded these ancients were, and how unlimited their potential.

Stonehenge England sacred sites

Stonehenge, one of the oldest and historical sacred sites in rural England

United States

The Four Corners areas in the United States brought up a past life for everyone who was there with me. As cliff-dwellers, these ancients lived within the earth itself, and my experience of complete oneness with the living earth was profound and life-changing.

Mexico

Teotihuacan is a vast Mexican archaeological complex northeast of Mexico City that runs down the middle of the site, which was once a flourishing pre-Columbian city. It is known as the Avenue of the Dead. It links the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, the Pyramid of the Moon and the Pyramid of the Sun, the latter two with panoramic views from their summits.

In Mexico, at Teotihuacan I felt the energy of its Great Goddess as I led a ceremony ascending the Pyramid of the Sun. To the Aztecs, Teotihuacan was known as the City of the Ancients. My experience of expansion at that site told me that worshippers here were much more in touch with the universe as a whole than most of us are today, as I sensed the presence of alien beings who had helped create this sacred site.

Chichén Itzá is a complex of Mayan ruins on Mexico‘s Yucatán Peninsula. El Caracol at Chichen Itza is a complex observatory to view and track the constellations that ruled their culture.

I was overwhelmed with a sense of pride that my ancestors had built at this level of architectural and astronomical complexity, again catching the feeling of unlimited possibilities throughout time. I did feel sad about human sacrifices, but at the cenote, or pool, I felt a great serenity, as if souls who had given themselves to their gods were at peace with it.

Egypt

Then there’s Egypt. I could write a dissertation about this country. I felt as if I had finally made it home when I arrived in Egypt. I made a deep connection with the goddess Saosis, a seldom-discussed primal goddess whose path leads back to giving birth to the goddesses and gods who followed.

As a seminal, supremely ancient goddess, she brought me to such a deep intimacy with the land and the gods and goddesses that I named my mystery school after her. The country has no shortage of sacred sites to make you feel awakened.

Greece

In Greece, the most affecting moment was my channeling of a female oracle at Delphi. I felt how familiar this was for me, as if I had done it before in many other lifetimes—always meeting new incarnations of this nameless female wisdom.

Peru

This land is full of sacred sites. At Machu Picchu in Peru, I was privileged to lead a sunrise ceremony at the spring equinox. Although none of these sites is like another, the deep sense of connection that is both perfectly cosmological and intensely human brings them all together.

sacred sites Machu Pichu

If the earth did not possess lay lines, we might have to invent them to make sense of this quintessential spiritual experience throughout time and space.

Cambodia

The temple complex at Angkor Wat is the largest sacred site standing in the world, a lasting tribute to the energy the ancients gave to their spiritual lives. For me, the treasure was that all around the base of its foundation, were over 1700 versions of the female asparas, the celestial dancer, who were literally holding the temple up. Photos of the site seldom show this small but vital detail—the hidden, essential feminine.

sacred sites

The most lasting impression was that in Cambodia a great number of people who had been wounded and often maimed by the war were resurrecting themselves, their beauty, their talents, rising above the personal and national tragedy. They were, for me, the embodiment of the never-ending expansion of the human spirit.

Teresa Von Braun
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