And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom … Matthew 27:51
There is more to communication than the spoken word. In the world of today, many forms of communication are open to us all from the constant contact we maintain through the cell phone in our pocket, to the written communications –sending, receiving, reading–we are incessantly exposed to though our computers, laptops and iPads. We are bombarded by the sway of advertising images and story lines, good, bad, and indifferent, from the televisions in our home, our bank, or our doughnut shop. Even in the checkout line of the grocery store we must close our eyes to escape communication from magazine and newspaper headlines—if we aren’t already ignoring them by texting while we wait…
Likewise, our physical bodies are affected, in ways science is only just beginning to understand, by the electromagnetic pollution all this communicating generates. We as a people are so deluged with the agendas, noise, nano-particles, and thoughts of other humans that we no longer notice it. We only notice the absence of it.
It is then we remember the sounds that birds make, find soothing the rhythm of the ocean, hear the loving whispers of the wind rustling the trees, and remember the joys of childhood or parenthood as familial laughter rings across water.
There is a common saying amongst those who know and love Trinity Center:
“The veil is very thin here…”
Trinity Center is unique among its kind in that we fight tooth and nail to keep from bombarding our guests with the pollution of the modern world. We want you to hear the hum of Mother Nature. We want you to notice the “still small voice” of your soul. We want you to connect and fellowship with the Creator in whatever fashion resonates with you. We want you to connect in fellowship with each other without the medium of modernity between you.
Whether you are embracing something new, releasing something old, facing a new set of
challenges, just looking for a moment to rest in the arms of the Almighty, or seeking the joy of fellowship with family and friends, Trinity is the place to fully experience these while cocooned in love and service. For the employees of Trinity, hospitality is a mission of ministering to temporal needs while leaving guests free to focus on their own spiritual paths.
The Spirit of peace imbues everything at Trinity. People from all walks are welcomed here with open arms.
For those who communicate with the universe through rituals like Yoga or Tai Chi, our beach is the perfect place to match your breathing to the rhythmic breathing of the earth through the sounds of the waves, and to ground yourself by feeling the sand between your toes.
For those who practice formal prayer, there is the coziness of the Julian Chapel where an effigy of the Anchoress of Light’s beloved cat smiles benignly upon those who pray. There is the tangible hush of the outdoor chapel at Sanders Point where the earth holds her breath the better to hear heartfelt petitions. There are the Prayer Garden and Stations of the Cross Walking Trail where soothing green envelops the precant and the wind wings supplications on high to the throne.
For less formal meditation there are benches and rocking chairs literally everywhere on property tucked away in random spots as an invitation to sit and contemplate. There are benches on Isle of Wright overlooking the fountain. There are benches strewn along the pond path and lining the dock jutting into the sound at the end of the Salt Marsh Trail. There are benches overlooking the ocean on Seale Pavilion. There are rocking chairs on all of the decks and picnic tables tucked beneath the trees.
Wherever one wanders on Trinity’s sixty plus acre property, one is surrounded by the loving embrace of mother earth and the opportunity to tryst with the Divine. As the rending of the tabernacle veil signified for all of humankind in long ago Jerusalem, there are places to reach the mercy seat and find succor from the universal Father, one on one. Trinity is one of those places.
And while the world is only five minutes down the road, the veil is truly thin here on this little slice of sand on the coast of North Carolina. Everyone needs time away from the noise. Come visit us. Let us take care of you while you discover this for yourself.