We all need space.
One little corner can do wonders for your well-being, to get in touch with your inner self and give expression to your faith.
A space that allows you to reflect on your life, on your day, on what tomorrow may bring. A small place where you can shed a tear, breathe a sigh of relief, quieten a troubled mind or savor a few victories.
It is a place to reflect and to contemplate on what is important to you; to allow you to connect with your inner self without interference and in solitude. It could be as simple as a table top, a corner of the bedroom, a spot on the dresser, a place just for you to enjoy a few precious moments alone. It does not require a whole room, or many hours.
Joseph Campbell said this about sacred time/sacred space: "You must have a room or a certain hour of the day or so where you do not know what is in the morning paper. A place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are or might be".
At first you might think nothing is happening, but if you have a sacred space and take advantage of it and use it everyday, something will happen. The word "sacred," evokes a feeling of something holy, serene, worthy of reverence. Any space can be a sacred space. Here are a few ideas of where to begin.
Creating your sacred space-
First be sure to clear the debris and clutter of your chosen area, thus removing negative energies that come with clutter and dirt. Thorough planning to incorporate all the materials needed is important and worth the effort. A small table top covered with an elegant lace, votive candles, a goblet or crystal bowl filled with water and the bottom lined with stones or crystals, fresh flowers, a potted plant, a gentle breeze from a window or electric fan, a statue. Picture frames depicting what is precious to you, the smell of burning incense, a water fountain (if there is enough room). You might consider incorporating a small altar as well. This is your sacred space, you can add or remove objects as you see fit.
Try to consider the seasons and celebrations that come your way. Fresh flowers of the season are inviting, a bowl of fresh fruit represents nourishment. These gestures mean paying homage to the beauty and bounty of Mother Earth.
Do you follow the cycles of the Moon? Offerings can vary as the moon waxes and wanes, an added touch as you try to connect with the Universe.
Do you travel often? If there is room for cosmetics, there is certainly room for items to set up a "sacred" space. A votive candle, your favorite crystal, a picture of loved ones, prayer beads, your favorite incense or a bottle of aromatic oil. How much room would this take? Would you not want to carry something to evoke that feeling of connectedness?
There are so many ways to enhance your sacred space, no matter how limited the space is. The surface need not be elaborate, it is the intention that counts.
Dedicate your sacred space-
After setting up the altar, make the dedication of this sacred space. Start using this space at a set time, to start the day and make daily affirmations. Spending time in this space raises the vibration of the area, and strengthens the energy around it and helps clear any negative blocks in the air.
An excerpt from Twylah Nitach:
Make your space very special, a place where you are reminded of your Divinity, your connection to Spirit. Whenever you see it, you will know it is your temple, your sanctuary, where you can relax and take care of yourself. Each of us carries our sacred space within us and our challenge is to live from it throughout our life's journey.