Six Simple Steps to Creating a Sacred Space for Your Practice
© Dan Farrell
Whether you’ve had a spiritual practice for some time or are just embarking on your own journey, tapping further in the energetic space around you will support you in deepening whatever practice you choose.
Aligning energies with this sense of oneness, tapping into the source energy around you and in you, can be done through creating a sacred space for your practice. Such a space allows your mind, body and spirit to more easily relax and leave your practice more recharged, revitalized and at peace.
Below are some steps you can take to create your space or add inspiration to an already existing space.
1) Choose a space that exudes comfort
Perhaps this is a cozy room, with natural light, quiet. It could be your bedroom, could be your porch, could be a corner of a room. Use the space in or around your home that feels comforting, warm, maybe even expansive.
2) Declutter the space
Having a simple space encourages calmness in your mind and body and puts the spirit at ease. Leave only items that are essential to your practice – sacred objects, a cushion, a chair, a yoga mat.
Perhaps you have very few items but more wide open space if your practice includes more movement or dance.
3) Add your sacred objects
Sacred objects can provide cleansing properties, a sense of oneness, love, comfort, empowerment. Items like jewelry, crystals, an abalone shell, feathers, or a salt lamp are some examples of these kinds of objects. Choose the ones that resonate most with you and bring these to your space.
4) Cleanse the space with sage
This is a long-used practice to cleanse the energy of a space. Open a window, even slightly, to allow for air circulation as well as to invite any negative energy to flow out of the space.
You can light the white sage stick using a candle or other flame. Once it begins to smoke, wave it around your space asking that the energy all around the space be cleansed. You can place the sage in an abalone shell and let it continue to burn until the smoke naturally dies down.
5) Initiate the space
This is where you can set an intention for this space. Whether your practice is movement, meditation, prayer, or one-on-one connection with another individual, decide what you want the purpose of the space to be. Invite that purpose in.
An example might be: “I invite unconditional love and acceptance here” or “I embody my true self fully in this space” or “I am one with all beings as I connect with spirit in this space.”
Create the intention that feels most right to you and be open to changing it as you evolve and change.
6) Commit to the space
Return to your space regularly. Keep an altar kit consisting of all the items needed to readorn your space when the time comes to re-enter your practice. Treat the space like a living container, perhaps like an essential organ. It needs to be fed, nourished, cared for to function optimally. And in return, the space cares for you, tending to, comforting, and nurturing your mind, body and soul throughout your practice.
As you create your sacred space and really make it your own, you will likely find your being almost itching to get back to it. This is how you know you have a sacred space. It’s somewhere you love to be, want to be, can just be.