The entire world is experiencing an unprecedented and unexpected slowdown. It’s as if the world has been put on pause, or snooze. And yet, to many this is a surprisingly alert and “awake” time. Many feel a kind of comfort, a sense of peace and stillness in this escape from the busyness of “ordinary life”. Alert and yet still, these days can offer the sacred experience of being fully alive. How to connect with this aliveness and how to invite it to stay with us as the world transitions into a “new normal”?
Now more than ever it is important to create a sacred space, a place to withdraw to and retreat. It can help us reconnect with the energy of calm and peace, in turn keeping our frequencies high.
Do not grasp or cling. Simply trust that having been blessed with a taste of this aliveness, the essence of it cannot leave you.
How to set up a Sacred Space
Most likely our thoughts are noisier than ever before while living through a collective change. It is important to remember to focus on our healing to support ourselves through times of the unknown.
Whilst not everybody will have enough space to dedicate an entire room for inner work, a good start will be to carve out any tiny space somewhere in the home.
Here are some practical ideas creating your sacred space:
Perhaps in your home you already have a feeling for what is the best spot. Is there a place that you tend to want to spend time in during times of upset? It might be that you have already put a particular favourite object somewhere, and this could be the best location for your sacred space.
If not clear where it should be, do sit down, anywhere in your home, close your eyes and feel into what would be the perfect spot. It’s important that it will be a quiet spot. Is it a table next to a beautiful view, or your favorite chair? Either of those could be an excellent starting point.
Once you know the place to become your sacred space, mark the area, the foundation. One way is by using a tray; another is to place a piece of fabric. Always, with the sacred space, choose items that resonate with you, that mean something to you, whenever possible.
Next, take your time to gradually populate the space with a few select items. Be careful not to fill it too much as you want to have spaciousness and emptiness too. Nice essential oil candles or a burner, a favorite statue or two, crystals and any photos in frames, whatever you feel calm and positive about taking in sight will work.
Try to pace yourself, do not rush into constructing the sacred space in one go. Let it take as long as it will. Just like you, your sacred space is a work in progress. It will grow in sacredness as you focus on it and infuse it with positive vibes, vibes that will in turn support your inner growth and allow you to prosper.
The best way to imbibe your space with sacredness is to establish regular rituals. It could be a short invocation to clear the space. It will be easier to connect after waking up and / or going to sleep in the evening that you sit by the altar that you have created. Burn some incense and close your eyes. Perhaps take a few deep breaths. Be still inside and listen to whatever comes. Feel what you feel. Give yourself the gift of spending three minutes of your life turning your attention to the miracles around you, contemplating everything you see. Become aware of what you are grateful for, meditate or simply sit in stillness. These are only ideas, whatever works for you is fine.
Enjoy creating Your Own Sacred Space at Home
May the many Sacred Home Spaces around the Globe help us Grow!
As my Shamanic teacher Lazo Freeman shares, if you are able to do this work in deep prayer, it will be much more powerful. According to him, the altar is something of a vortex, a vehicle for connecting to your lineage, your ancestors.
Further Shamanic Advice
As with anything and everything we do, the aim is to take a larger view, to be able to rise above the psychological drama that we so often create for ourselves.
Lazo also suggests that as part of your ritual by your altar or in your sacred space, you may want to do some breath-work.
We take tens of thousands of breaths per day –
how many of them are you aware of?
You might want to centre your sacred space daily ritual around conscious breathing. Spend at least a few minutes sitting and breathing with awareness. Taking this ritual with you into your everyday, try to gradually increase the number of conscious breaths that you take – in and out – on each given day throughout your waking hours.
We breathe all the time, but do we notice?
Lazo always starts his own ritual with giving thanks to Panchamama (Mother Earth) and then the sky and the stars. I like his likening of our consciousness to a time machine – it can take us wherever we want to go. Praying with our heart and soul, we can ask our ancestors, according to Lazo for seven generations back, for any advice we feel we need.
Is important to keep in mind that none of this has anything to do with worshipping of any deity outside of us. We pray to our own divinity, our Higher Self. Repeatedly bowing to our own Consciousness, in appreciation of simply being and breathing, we create a compound effect. Every prayer or breathing practice will add to making our sacred space, and eventually the whole room will feel amazing energetic.
Regarding objects, Shaman Lazo mentions that a snake is a good figure for an altar. It represents the underworld, or the subconscious, and can support healing. A bowl of water that gets changed can also be a good thing to put there, as water is a symbol of emotions and our emotions need a lot of support and healing in these trying times.
Enjoy retreating to your sacred space – so within so without.
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More about Claudia Roth
I believe in the connection of body-mind-spirit. This makes up the foundation for healing, as I have myself experienced. Post a corporate high-profile career in luxury hospitality my mission is to help those who want to live a more connected and soulful life.
Convinced that embracing the fullest and truest version of myself is the only healthy way to live, I practice Quantum Energy Coaching. In addition, I write, facilitate events and consult company on wellbeing initiatives. My book “A 28 Days Guided Journey to Self Love”, a guided journal is available on Amazon and other major book retailers.