Creating a sacred space is a physical affirmation of your desire for spiritual sustenance. Whether it’s at home, at work or even in a hotel room, a sacred space can be used for spiritual exercises, such as meditation or used to improve the quality of your yoga or simply to create an environment in which you feel more connected to the important things in life. A sacred space is somewhere you can rest and emerge from, refreshed, ready to tackle whatever life throws at you.
The place you work or live can be enhanced to sustain you on a higher level, even as you go about your daily routine. However, just what it is that will make the space special will be as unique to you as your fingerprint. Yet, unlike fingerprints, these things can evolve and change. Whatever form your sacred space takes is not fixed in stone - as you change, it will change with you.
Why do you need a Sacred Space?
Before you create your space, it’s worth considering what you need it for. Surrounding yourself with aesthetically-pleasing items might make you feel good for a while, but if you can structure its purpose, you can also tend to aspects of your psyche as the need arises.
● Are you creating a space for meditation and prayer or simply for some ‘quiet time,’ away from the world?
● Do you want to be able to visualise that space when you’re away from it, as a conduit to a state of serenity?
● Are there any ceremonies or rituals to be conducted in the space?
● Is the space for you alone or will it be used by others?
Space for your Space
It doesn’t matter how large or small your workspace or living accommodation is. You can create a sacred space virtually anywhere - as long as you can see the space, you can use it. You might want to consider cordoning it off with a curtain or a screen, simply to help ‘remove’ it from your general environment so that as you step into it your subconscious self registers a ‘change’ from your usual habitat. You also don’t need to worry about cramming that space full of arcane artefacts. A single item can be just as effective as a series of objects, as long as that item has some significance for you.
In choosing what you are going to put in to your space, you need to listen to your intuitive self. In many ways, it is a good idea to appeal to each of your five, physical senses in some way. Our eyes are easy to appease, but you might like to include things that make certain sounds, such as wind-chimes or select a number of mood-inducing CDs that you only play in this environment. The sense of smell is often forgotten – you could use bunches of dried herbs, bowls of pot pourri or burn incense cones and joss-sticks, as long as the aromas are somehow meaningful to you then you can be as inventive as you like. Our sense of touch is also often overlooked, but having items made from particular materials can be extremely conducive to restfulness. The smooth wood of a carved figure, the soft satin of a cushion or even a box of sand in which to put your hands or feet are all part of the tactile experience. As long as it makes you feel the way you want to, then you should go with what your intuition tells you.
Filling the Space
As for the items themselves, let your intuition be your guide in this department, too. You may find you want to surround yourself with mementos from your past; reminders of special places or times, such as shells from a beach or trinkets that you may have bought whilst in holiday. If your friends and family are part of your spiritual journey, you might consider using items that are personal to those people such as books, artwork or even favourite pieces of jewellery.
However, you may want to focus on things beyond the people in your life, in which case you might like to use symbols, talismans or statues to focus your mind on the vast theatre of life and the role that you play in it. In many ways, it’s all in the details; an item may appear to have little relevance to anything, but if you intuitively feel that it will help or it makes you feel a particular way, then follow your gut instincts and incorporate it where you can.
You can also seek your inspiration from the world around you. If you see something in a magazine, a film or on television that inspires you, then you are tapping into the creative side of your intuition. You may not even understand why that particular item or backdrop appeals but, if it does, then surrender to your feelings.
Affirming its Purpose
Once you have created your space, you should affirm what it is for. This is best done by using it to meditate in – even if you’re never going to do that again. Begin by just sitting and soaking up the atmosphere and ambience of your psychic arena and allowing yourself to relax. Once you achieve the state in which you feel completely calm and that you could just ‘drift off,’ close your eyes and begin to meditate. As you do so, visualise the space around you in all its detail and place yourself in the room, just as you are. Imagine yourself to be tranquil, serene and completely at peace.
By doing this, you are instructing your subconscious to recognise this space as the environment where it can communicate with you most freely and help you to recharge your psychic batteries. You may find that you want to incorporate rituals into your meditation. Perhaps before you start you might like to light some candles or put on some appropriate music. Whatever you choose, anything that you feel will help should be incorporated into your meditative visualisation, so that your higher self associates them with feelings of peace and harmony.