[b]Written by Temple of Transition Reno Build Crew Members Answering the Question:
What Does The Temple Mean to You?[/b]
Templeâ€”a dwelling place of God.
Throughout history, we have seen and experienced manâ€™s representation of the places where the most holy and divine connection to the greatest source of peace and grace exist.
It is a place where love meets compasssion and we surrender to the reverence of the highest and greatest good.
This divine yet humble place is and can be within our hearts where we face realization, transcend beyond and awaken to a newness of being.
Some how, some way, all of us need to spend some time in Temple, the place where God dwells, touching the tender vulnerable areas that need caressing with unconditional love.
Inside, we are all Oneâ€”we all have a heart that wants to feel and be felt.
As we work tirelessly to build this Temple to be a place where God would like to be, I challenge all of you to do the real work of building your own inner living body to be a place where the Divine Spirit of Creation would like to exist. How much more could we be a legacy of Love than TO BE A TEMPLE? A trusted safe container where all can come and be loved. A Place where God dwells.
The Temple of Transition feels to me like that humble change of the soul a person feels when they integrate new ideas into their view of the world.
Temples can be as castles in the sky come down to earth. Fortresses of ideas people hold onto tightly with clenched fists blooming into beautifully open buildings. Where people who once wore their eyes closed can blink and discover the great diversity and spectacular richness of culture and beauty in the world. A concept descending out of the higher consciousness into the physical world to become a piece of art.
Jason Alan Davis
A Temple is a facilitator, a space either physical (like a grove of trees or an ornate cathedral) or conceptual (like that beautiful zone of mutual understanding that people can share) that allows focus and clarity. This may be applied to worship, meditation, contemplation, introspection, appreciation or spiritual release. The wonderful reverence that can be experienced within a Temple comes not from the Temple but from the soul of the being within it. That being will feel compelled to express his or her reverence in sweet and subtle ways, like removing shoes or bowing before the entrance or leaving an offering. One whose heart is closed to such reverence will not be moved by the majesty or sincerity of a Temple, but will pass through as empty as he or she arrived. Perhaps, however, the magic of a Temple will stir a deep and dormant seed that might one day blossom into an awareness of spirit that can fill, and therefore define, a Temple. Give thanks.
The Temple is everything and nothing. The Temple is fortitude and solitude. I am proud to part of a collective and such a great group of people. Anonymous
The Temple is a place of peace, of turmoil, of sadness, of joyâ€¦ It stirs all emotions for me, and ultimately itâ€™s a place of releaseâ€¦ to release to The Universe all the things that block the flow of life in us. Where we can set ourselves free and begin again, a place of beginnings and endings, of beauty and tragedy all at once. Itâ€™s amazing!
Once built, it vibrates on the playa. When you walk up to it, you can feel every thing that went onto it and that people have thought of it. I am honored to be a part of building the Temple.
I know that to volunteer to help build the 2011 Temple and see it being assembled on the playa will be a great experience, knowing that I helped create the impact.
The Temple means renewal.
There is one beloved Creator and many paths, and if you, I donâ€™t care what church you belong to, you walk the talk, The Creator will bless you. Grandma Agnes Baker Pilgram
The Temple is a place to understand that I am just one small unit of a much greater whole all living the same experience. This year itâ€™s also for my Uncle Mike.
The temple is a place of remembrance and celebration. It is the most peaceful place on earth.
Teamwork. Love. Compassion. Trust.
Iâ€™ve never really had a reason to go to the temple, never lost a close friend or family member until last fall. I was looking forward to visiting the Temple this year anyway but getting to see it being built in my backyard, from ground up will make this yearâ€™s trip to honor my friend especially special. Anonymous
This temple seems like home as well as a place to remember to ask for and give forgiveness.
Contemplate life, the universe to everything. This year, there will be tears of joy and sorrow, shouts of anger to all sorts of emotions flowing from dust-covered pores.
I have walked through the Temple each year feeling like a fraud. All my loved ones are alive and I am unable to pretend that I can relate to the heavy integrity of others. I know eventually I will be there at the Temple and that it is all waiting for me. I am willing to put it off for as long as possible.
In the last 20 years Iâ€™ve only cried twice: once when I didnâ€™t get invited to my daughterâ€™s wedding and the other at the Burning Man Temple. I know why I cried the first time. Have no idea why I cried at the Temple. It has an unexpected impact. Emotionally and physically.
I am not a believer but I attend church and support them because I see what this church does for the community. Last year was my first Temple burn and I cried. No deaths, no remorse, just the silence. I still get chills thinking about it. When I saw that it was going to be built in Reno, I said I have to be part of this. Just the idea that I am helping put together something that affects so many people is awesome.
To me the Temple means so many things. My first year was 2007 when I had my Momâ€™s memorial out there. I had such emotional time that since then every year has represented something different. Whether itâ€™s a loss or a gain in life, the Temple has been a part of all of it and I am grateful for being a part of it all.
I have lost my mother and brother and have honored them at the Temples at Burning Man in years past. Each year I go since they have died, itâ€™s a peaceful place. I also love the hard work and all the collective creativity that is put into the Temple. The teamwork will prevail out on the playa. It is like giving birth to a place (a baby) that then takes in our collective soul. Bliss
The Temple is a place where I can freely cry and cleanse my heart and soul. I have transformed my relationships there. I have honored the men in my heart there. I have mourned a sudden death with my friends and solidified my connection with my people there. I let go of pain and sorrow to welcome in forgiveness for myself and for others. Giving my time and talents to create this yearâ€™s Temple is a small price to pay for this most scared of places.
Each year, for a decade I have entered a sacred space in the desert where I leave a totem to burn, to go up in smoke, to dissipate into the ether in hopes that it will disappear from my life and my world. I inscribe a single word, believing that if I destroy its image, I will destroy its existence â€“ â€œFEAR.â€
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