Sanctuary for Humanity
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The Spirit of the Sanctuary

  • The Spirit of the Sanctuary
  • Our Mission and Vision
  • About Us

The routines of our daily lives are characterized by roles and tasks that fragment our wholeness as humans. We work at the office, we unwind at home, we care for our bodies at the gym, and we tend to our spirit at church or during meditation. Everything is divided, compartmentalized. It is so easy to lose ourselves in the rush, the stress, and the consumerism. So when do we find our true meaning and the purpose that we bring to this life? The Sanctuary is a place to remind us to find our sacred space, the sacredness of life.

It's a place where you can come back to yourself, to your body, to your feelings. It's a place where you can stop being so busy, a place where you can find the time to reconnect. In this protected environment you can quiet your mind, open your heart, and center yourself—even if for only a few precious minutes a day. But the best part of the Sanctuary for Humanity is that even if you just come here occasionally, you can find the way to treasure, value, and embody these precious moments in the other parts of your life outside.

Join us in the Sanctuary. You will soon discover what it is that you can carry with you to the rest of the world. You will discover that it is not about an ideal or perfection. It's not about changing who you are. It's about embracing your humanity, and accepting with compassion who you really are.

(Inspired by the teachings of Jack Kornfield)

Picture by Deveron LongIn this fast-paced information society, many of us spend ten or more hours a day indoors in confined areas in front of computer screens and other digital devices. Despite the preponderance of information available at our fingertips within this digital world, we find ourselves faced with a growing emergence of meaninglessness in our lives. This is a disconnected emptiness that cannot be filled or satisfied with our addictions or our consumerism.

My overarching mission is to help disconnected, disembodied, and disenchanted human beings find greater meaning in their lives. I propose to educate the public about how mindfulness and unity with nature can transform this emptiness into interconnected wholeness through experiential activities, lectures, trainings, workshops, earth-based rituals, and events.

My professional mission within the framework of the Sanctuary for Humanity website (and later in the land-based site) is to

  • Create a healing space for those who seek emotional, psychological, physical, intellectual, and spiritual balance in their lives.
  • Establish an integrated community of healers with a focus on healing as a dynamic, holistic, life-long process of transformation toward wholeness.
  • Inspire individuals and institutions to embrace stress management therapies as a necessary part of the workplace.
  • Awaken our sense of embodiment.
  • Cultivate a deep connection with the natural world.
  • Nurture the transpersonal qualities of mindfulness, compassion, gratitude, and loving kindness.

When someone remarked that there was no information about me anywhere on my website, my first thought was “This isn’t about me. It’s about us. It’s about humanity.” After hearing suggestions from several colleagues that it was necessary for me to provide my story, I relented. So, here is my story—well, an abridged version of the birth of the Sanctuary.Deveron Long

My name is Deveron Long. I live in Riverbank, California, a small agricultural town nestled in the glorious riparian landscape along the Stanislaus River in the Central Valley. Because I work in an environment of constant deadlines, change, and stress, I have found it absolutely essential to my survival to tend my health and wholeness with great care. For this reason, daily meditation and time spent in nature have been important spiritual practices for me.

Several years ago, as I was meditating in the hot tub (a regular early morning ritual), my mind slipped through a strange portal of consciousness. Somewhere between mindful breaths, I heard a voice speak to me. Create a sacred space. . . were the only words I heard clearly—very clearly—as if someone sitting in the spa had leaned over and whispered them into my ear. The sound startled me out of my altered state. My eyes flew open, but there was no one there but me and the trees and plants in my backyard.

Assuming that I had dozed off and this was a bizarre dream fragment, I ignored the words, as well as the strange tingling/pulling sensation in my temples. Within the hour, the routines of life had taken over, pushing the experience to the back of my mind. But the message from the Universe was not forgotten.

Over the next few weeks and months, sporadic images flooded me:  walking paths meandering through rolling green hills; willowy tree limbs tickling the surface of a large pond; an orchestra of morning birds healing weary humans with their song; the heavy river soothing the landscape with its slow currents. Create a sacred space. . . What did this mean?

It wasn’t until I enrolled in the masters program at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology that the pieces of this vision came together, and I saw the Sanctuary for Humanity as the sacred space I needed to create. It was a beautiful healing space in which to return to our whole, authentic selves, and somehow it was to be my gift to humanity—but how would I be able to do this?

Thanks to my husband, Daniel, a talented graphic designer, the Sanctuary has been born in a virtual space for all humanity. Here in this sacred virtual space, I will grow and learn how to help others cultivate their wholeness and explore the depth and meaning of their existence—as I continue to explore mine.

The one deep truth I hold in my heart is that our purpose here on this earth is not to transcend our experience but to embrace our humanity and accept with compassion who we really are. The earth has much to teach us about living a richly embodied life. My personal lesson has been to trust that I can offer this gift to all of humankind with love and gratitude. The Universe will help me figure out the details so that one day we may heal our wounds as we walk the landscape together toward wholeness—somewhere in the Central Valley. The Sanctuary grows from within me. With your blessings and support, may its spirit interconnect us all.

In Humble Gratitude,
Deveron