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HYPOTHESIZED FACTORS THAT MAY CONTRIBUTE TO THE POWER OF A SACRED PLACES*

 

Especially “Natural” sites

  1. Geophysical characteristics
  2. Celestial influences.

Especially human constructions

  1. Sacred geometry
  2. Building materials
  3. Intent of builders
  4. Sound and music
  5. Aromatic substances used in ceremony and healing
  6. Visual scriptures or sacred texts

Either

  1. Visual beauty
  2. Light and color
  3. Location within a sacred geography
  4. Associated legends
  5. Accumulated spiritual energy from centuries of ceremonial activity
  6. Accumulated spiritual energy from large numbers of pilgrims
  7. Intent and behavior of the pilgrim
  8. Collective cultural beliefs
  9. Power from sacred objects (relics, idols, images, etc.)
  10. Mysterious influences of spirits
  11. Ritual use of psychoactive plants

* Modified after Martin Gray, 1999, Places of Peace and Power: Teachings from a Pilgrim’s Journey (unpublished manuscript), pp. 52-83. These are also discussed in his video: Places of Peace and Power.

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