I have always loved music. I have sung since I was a kid, in Choirs, Choruses, Musical Theater, and with a Gospel Road Company in the mid 80s. One of the songs I most enjoyed and heard while on the road was called ,"On Holy Ground". While I cannot remember the person that recorded the original version, I was quite surprised to hear it sung by Barbra Streisand in her album of the same name..."Holy Ground". I recently had the pleasure of hearing another version in a local church, which brought to mind some thoughts on the subject...Holy Ground.
The phrase is taken from Exodus 3:3 (KJV) where God says to Moses, "Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground". The phrase is further repeated in Acts 7:33.
From the words of the song as well as traditional theological thinking, it is assumed that God meant for Moses to remove his sandals because the ground was holy. I suppose that might have made sense at the time. After all Moses was up on Mount Sinai, and that traditionally is considered a pretty holy place.
I like to think outside the box. OK, I shredded the box, burned the remnants, and stomped the ashes into oblivion...forgive me.
I have also learned not to believe that there is only one meaning to anything. After all, everything we see and believe in this world is a matter of perception.
In A Course in Miracles, Workbook lesson 35 has this as its main emphasis. My mind is part of God's. I am very holy. It is clear from the rest of the lesson is that the focus is on seeing, believing, accepting and internalizing my own holiness...and yours. This holiness is not earned, purchased or decreed, but simply IS, because of our creation. It is an attribute of God, and therefore of his son(s). By establishing your Source it establishes your Identity. ACIM W-35.3.3
Workbook lesson 36 goes on to add, My holiness envelops everything I see. Which in its usage implies that it includes the other senses as well...what I hear, what I feel, what I touch, etc. If I understand human anatomy, feet touch, right?
If the above thoughts be true (and they are), perhaps it was not the ground that was holy in itself, and thus would sanctify the feet of Moses, but Moses' holiness that sanctified the ground when his unshod feet stood upon it.
The next time you walk around barefoot, think of what YOU night be doing...Making Holy Ground!