The ancient hieroglyph for adoration is a gesture of opening that signified both the receipt of divine grace and the offering of the self. When a man or woman stands before God with arms opened wide, the heart is vulnerable to penetration. We allow God to slay us, to kill that which is "other" in us, then to enter and inhabit our form in order for God to know the Divine through us, to resurrect and reconstruct us as changed creatures, as bodies more fully filled with the Light of God.
When humans participate in ceremony, they enter a sacred space. Everything outside of that space shrivels in importance.Time takes on a different dimension.Emotions flow more freely.The bodies of participants become filled with the energy of life, and this energy reaches out and blesses the creation around them.