Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Rochester’s City Sanctuary, First Unitarian Church

Rochester’s City Sanctuary,

First Unitarian Church; Rochester, NY

One of the many places of Prayer in Upstate NY.

First Unitarian Church at 220 Winton Road South in Rochester, New York offers a wonderful refuge and a great chance for a soulful connection with Mother Earth. Its gardens sit on a very sweet spot that has been enhanced by the good intentions and prayers of its members.
A Great Vibe
What distinguishes the grounds of the First Unitarian Church is its great vibe. Each thought and action we have creates an impression in our mind, or what Hindu’s call a samskara. Samskaras are a permanent record of all that we have done and are the root of our karma. Samskaras attach to us, as well as to a location (
geographic samskaras). It is the prayers and the loving actions of its members that have created a positive geographic samskara that permeates the grounds and the sanctuary.
There are also several
fields of consciousness and other aspects of Mother Earth’s soul that add to the spiritual air and feeling of well being.
Transformation, Social Justice, Acceptance
The spirit of the First Unitarian church is in keeping with the
Universalist Unitarian Association. The church’s vision is to transform the world by transforming lives. It has a strong bent towards social justice and is also accepting of others. The church has a long history of advocating for greater and good and its members have included Susan B. Anthony and others passionate about social justice.
When I was surveying the grounds the words of Matthew 25:35-36 came to my mind:
“[F]or I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”
I think that it is that spirit of acceptance of others that blesses the space.
Experiencing First Unitarian
Meditating in a field of consciousness can help raise your consciousness as your
subtle body interacts with it. It is a great way to clear yourself of any negativity you may have picked up. It will get your body chemistry flowing with all sorts of positive reactions giving you a wonderful feeling of well being.
There are numerous fields of consciousness located throughout the property. Immediately on entering the grounds on the left hand side of the driveway there is a stacked field (2).
Head to the garden area south of the sanctuary at the top of the hill to begin your contemplative walk. On the north side of the garden going towards the sanctuary is a stacked field of consciousness (3); where three fields sit upon each other significantly increasing its potency. I would suggest bringing a meditation cushion and planting yourself somewhere along the path that meanders down(see picture on the left). Pick a spot that you like and mediate there.
You may choose to hang out or meditate on the bench in the upper garden area. While the bench does not sit on a field it is in close proximity so that you will still feel its affects.
Walking a little farther you will see a wall/monument on your right hand side. Beginning about 30 feet in front of the open space before the monument, there is a piece of Mother Earth’s soul that is associated with
higher planes of existence. You will most likely not feel anything. It is not always found with every field, but indicates that there is more to this place. About 30-50 feet below (east) of the monument is another area associated with higher planes.
Follow the path down and you will find additional fields of consciousness and eventually, as you continue on and turn left, you will come upon a labyrinth.
Developing Your Sentience
Find a place that you like and spend some time there. We have been so programmed by the material world and disconnected from Mother Earth that we have not developed our sentience of her. Stacked fields are stronger and will better help you develop your sentience, which is why I recommend them. Go where you want or take a contemplative walk on the grounds or around the labyrinth. The most important thing is that you try and spend as much time as possible at the fields of consciousness located at First Unitarian or at another place listed on
Mother Earth Prayers.
Fields of consciousness will help develop your sentience of Mother Earth. They will develop your ability to absorb
prana, Shuman Waves and all the other beneficial things Mother Earth nurtures us with. As you develop your sentience you will also begin to sense other things. For example, when I began writing about places of prayer in Upstate New York and meditating in fields of consciousness several years ago, I could not sense elements of higher planes of existence.
If you go
The gardens are visually beautiful. The church’s architecture has received notoriety in the Rochester area for being designed by
Louis. I. Kahn.
The Church’s website is
First Unitarian and is located at 220 Winton Road South in Rochester, NY.
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