Envisage a place that exists just for you; one that makes you feel safe every time you go there.
Imagine that this place is filled with the heady aroma of your favorite flower, or perhaps a calming essential oil wafts from a diffuser in the corner.
Picture yourself looking around that space, and notice that every item you look at or touch evokes comfort, abundance and strength, and serves as a reminder of how loved you are.
Welcome to the divinely inspired haven that is your very own Sacred Space.
Read on for ideas on how to select, prepare, decorate and dedicate a Sacred Space just for you – a sanctuary at home where you can pray, meditate, journal, read or simply visualize your best life without interruption.
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A sacred space is a defined area entirely dedicated to spiritually focused endeavours, whether it be used for meditation, prayer, journaling, reading, creative visualisation or another form of spiritual practice.
A sacred space can be a whole room or just a corner, a quiet area in a garden, a desk or even a space within a cupboard.
It is not the size of the space or what is in it that deems an area to be sacred, but rather, it is the intention behind the space and how you treat it that makes it so.
If you approach, intend for and treat your sacred space as sacred, it will indeed be so.
A sacred space doesn’t need spiritual icons or objects in it per se, but these items do heighten the spiritual energy of the space if you regard them to be spiritual.
Your sacred space simply needs to make you feel calm, connected to spirit, relaxed and focused, and any element you choose to include within that space should support that goal.
A single room dedicated to spiritual practice is not possible for most of us (hello, does ‘3 bedroom house for mum of 3 kids’ sound familiar?).
If that sounds like you and space is an issue in your home, then think about dedicating an area or corner of a room, or even using part of the garden or patio.
Your Sacred Space should ideally:
– Have access to sunlight
– Be ‘airy’ and not stuffy
– Be private enough for you to be uninterrupted
Even a quiet spot in the garden can work as a sacred space
If even a dedicated corner of a room is not feasible, you could share your sacred space with the dining table, a kitchen bench or dressing table by creating a ‘portable’ or ‘packable’ sacred space.
After you’ve identified the elements you will use in your sacred space, place them in a storage box or basket you can pack away once your spiritual practice is completed.
Don’t worry about the fact this area is multi-functional: simply clean the area before setting up your sacred space, and do some sort of ritual to dedicate the space to spiritual at the beginning of each use. For example, you might light a candle and offer a prayer of thanks “for the opportunity to connect with Spirit today in this manner”.
Once you have identified where your sacred space will be it is time to declutter, clean and purify. Not only do you need to do this for the sacred space itself but for the entire room, patio or yard where the sacred space is situated.
From a metaphysical standpoint, getting rid of our ‘junk’ triggers the Universal Law of Compensation, which means in place of the junk it’s Divine (ideal) replacement is received. Also, any item that does not lift your energy is by definition an energy drain, so get rid of the things that are unattractive, unusable, has no sentimental value or brings bad memories to your mind.
Dirty rooms tend to create a heavy and dull mood (energy), so dust, wash and and wipe down the surfaces thoroughly. If possible, use natural products (such as Method All Purpose Natural Cleaning Spray) and don’t forget about the windows, floors and all soft furnishings such as pillows and blankets.
Purifying a room means cleaning it on an ‘energetic’ level. You could say it means clearing out any negative vibes, which is exactly what you want to do for a Sacred Space.
A popular method of energetic purification is the native American tradition of smudging with sage.
Smudging is a ritual burning of herbs of which the smoke energetically cleanses and purifies the space.
Smudge sticks are easily sourced from natural healing or new age stores, or try these White Sage Smudge Sticks available on Amazon.
You could also walk around the room or area with a lit candle and bless each corner as well as the sacred space itself; this is the method I use whenever I move into a new home or feel the energy remnants of a room need cleaning out.
Even when you aren’t using your Sacred Space it’s a good idea to keep good energy flowing around the area.
Clean air is a must. We all know how unpleasant a stuffy, stagnant room can be so make sure you have clean, fresh air circulating in your sacred space.
Besides from the obvious remedy of ‘let’s open a window to let fresh air in’, you could also do the following:
Some indoor plants especially good at filtering air are aloe vera, spider plants, gerberas, mother-in-law’s tongue, peace lillies (my favorite).
And while you’re at it, display your plants in pots that do justice to your Sacred Space, like this cute set of ceramic Elephant flower pots I found.
Yes, they are from the Himalayas and yes, they are made from salt, but these softly glowing lamps are more than just exotic lights!
Because salt attracts water, Himalayan Salt Lamps will reduce moisture in the air as well as dust, pollen and other impurities. They are great for allergy and asthma sufferers.
What’s more, Himalayan Salt Lamps emit negative ions which not only neutralizes electromagnetic radiation but scientific studies have associated them with lowering depression.
Click an image above if you’d like to get your own Himalayan Salt Lamp.
Keeping a symbolic item on show in your sacred space (whether in use or not) will remind you of the moments you use it. A spiritual item also announces that ‘this space has a spiritual identity’. How subtle you want that announcement to be is entirely up to you.
There are three elements I believe every sacred space should have and these are:
– pleasant lighting
– lovely fragrance
– beautiful sounds
Why? Because they are three sensory attributes of the angelic realm. It is said when those three elements occur together, Angels are nearby!
Whether you believe in Angels or not, a space containing these three elements will lift the vibration around you and the power of your spiritual work. Perhaps, they may also give a sign to the Angels that you are inviting them to work with you.
For lighting a sacred space, candles are always lovely. Double points if your candles are nice to look at and smell divine.
If you are lucky enough to have a window in your sacred space, you can hang a fengshui-friendly suncatcher to catch the rays.
Embrace essential oils
Make sure you go for all natural oils and preferably even organic, like this USDA Certified Organic set from Plant Therapy.
Light some scented candles
I love the sound of this Aroma Naturals Patchouli and Frankincense Essential Oil Candle.
Burn exotic handrolled incense
Check out these handrolled sandalwood incense sticks from India for some inspiration.
Even use fresh flowers for a scent that you find blissful.
One of my favorite items in my sacred space is my Tibetan Singing Bowl. The first time I had it played for me I was surprised to find myself on the verge of tears – the sound seemed to reach right into my soul.
This one is an authentic Tibetan Singing Bowl and available in my store.
Other good options for pleasant sound could be an indoor water feature, or playing soft music such as this 3 hour meditative piece by The Honest Guys (love love love).
You don’t have to suffer through meditation with a sore back or feeling the cold, so why not:
– Sit in a comfortable armchair;
– Use a meditation cushion;
– Have a lightweight blanket ready in case you get cold;
– Grab a pair of good quality wireless headphones if you like listening to Guided Meditations.
Journaling is such a powerful exercise for reflection and manifesting, so it’s worth getting a notebook that you love, and using a glamorous pen reserved only for your writing.
I spotted these lovely journals above which I think would fit the bill!
Color can definitely impact your mood and energy so choose them wisely.
In my own sacred space, I use white furnishings and candles, whilst the color comes from my spiritual tools (many crystals and a red tibetan singing bowl).
But I’ve seen some gorgeous sacred spaces with all the chakra symbols and colors on display, plus multi colored rugs and meditation cushions.
Finally, don’t be afraid to change, add or re-do elements in your sacred space if you start to feel stagnant in your spiritual practice. The purpose of your sacred space is to support your spiritual practice, so if it feels good… it’s good!
Kate Barton is a Sydney based ‘lightworker’ – a person who intentionally works to bring healing, love and light to the world. A lifelong student of metaphysics Kate also publishes Basking In Light, a website and online community sharing uplifting news, inspirational true stories and accessible tools for self empowerment and soothing. For more information on Basking In Light visit www.baskinginlight.com or see Facebook page facebook.com/baskinginlight.