A sacred space is essentially a place of comfort, safety, trust, clarity, love, joy and pleasure that we enter, within, without and with. Just like spring comes and everything blossoms, so we too need to care for the soil of our soul and love. It is a space where we can purify and rejuvenate. It is a space of trust. It is a space that is working for us and with us. It is a space that we can always go to when something off happens in our life, so that we can settle into peace and love, remembering the core of who we are. It is the place, which will support us during our hardships and the place, which will inspire our creativity.
We create sacred spaces in various ways:
1) physically such as an altar or room in our house,
2) internally in the way we treat the temple of our body and tending to our emotional and spiritual needs, and
3) we also create sacred spaces with our partner, where we create a devoted sacred love life.
It is important to keep our physical external spaces clean and beautifully decorated as much as we must keep our inner spaces peaceful and harmonized. We are not separate from the objects and people that we surround ourselves with and our energies overlap. How can we enter our own space? What needs to be cleansed? How can we make it more sacred today? What does sacredness mean to us? Where do we spend most of our time and how does this place look like? How is it reflecting our inner state of being?
The way we treat the objects in our house is also a reflection of our relationships, to self and others. The reality is that the places where we spend most of our time are extensions of our emotional, mental and spiritual worlds. By seeing what we prioritize, we also realize the parts of us that are prioritized; and by seeing what we neglect we also realize what parts of us we are neglecting. Rearranging and cleaning our homes is very beneficial and needed, especially when we desire to invite new energy to birth and new insights to emerge.
Our sacred space is also part of our sacred purpose, just like sacred relationships and sacred work are. In Shamanism, the sacred space is connected to the fire element as we use the transformational energy of fire for our wellness. This can be done both symbolically and literally. To keep the spaces clean and clear, get rid of what no longer serves you, with gratitude, always. Whatever was there in our life had its right place for its time being, whether it was in the form of belief system, thought pattern, clothes, shoes, scars and wounds, feelings and emotions, an omen or a vase for flowers – all were there for protection and nurturing for their purpose and time. Trust in the knowing that what you need you will have in your path and don’t be afraid to de-clutter. Clean out the house and the mind, shed the stories that no longer serve you, so that you can make space for new energy to arrive. Walk the beauty way.
The Physical Sacred Space
Most people like to dedicate an altar in their house, usually their bedrooms, for their sacred space. This is where they will place objects of emotional and spiritual resonance and importance for them, where they will pray and go to at least once a day; this is the place, which will ground them and remind them of their connection to spirit and higher self. You may decorate it any way you like and that gives you pleasure and peace of mind – it’s best to keep it clean, fresh and beautiful to keep its sacredness and holiness such as you can have fresh flowers, candles, aromas, icons and statues. Remember that the purpose of this space is to connect you deeper to your self and that this is the place you’ll go to in times of need, inspiration and love. Many people keep something really meaningful to them, such as an old photo or a charm from childhood, which remind them to the core of who they are and bring a loving memory to them, as this is usually the best way for grounding work also.
The Inner Sacred Space
Our body is out temple, so become a body of love rituals. How do you care for your body? How do you nurture and nourish your skin? How do you enter your body? How do you show respect, honour and kindness to your self and tend to your needs? Like we already discussed, our physical space is an extension to our inner space, so you can see which parts of you need more caring or what is your inner state of being by looking around your house and the way you care for it.
What does nakedness mean to you? What does your body mean to you? It’s essentially a place and a space that we enter. Is it a place of tenderness? Is it a place of authority, surrender, pleasure, peace, discomfort or shame? How do you enter this space?
How we relate to your physical body actually reflects the relationship ourselves. No matter how beautiful our external space or body are, if we don’t feel peace and comfort within, it wouldn’t matter. The sacredness essentially means our own acceptance of the divine and holy within us. Can you trust yourself? What are your values? Do you respect yourself? Do you accept and love your parts in times when things are not going the way you wanted them to? How do you honour yourself? Who do you allow in your sacred spaces? Our tenderness is a virtue not meant to be shared with anyone. It is sacred; and to bless something means to protect it.
Creating a devoted sacred inner space is the basis of then inviting a beloved into our life and creating a devoted sacred love life together.
Sacred Space with a Partner: Creating a Devoted Sacred Love Life
This is the space we’ll enter with our partner where we will begin to create our love. It is sacred because it is based on trust, acceptance, respect, loyalty and devotion. It is a safe space where we can surrender ourselves and be fully present for one another.
Presence is the ability to provide a safe space for our beloved to grow and thrive in their true essence, expression and being. Presence is about paying attention to our partner. It is about holding them and kissing them not in the way we always did, but in the way they need to right now. It is about re-discovering and re-exploring them no matter how many years we’ve been together. It is about providing a safe sense of containment where we will care for their wellbeing and nourishment because they are a part of us.
In our sacred space that we’ll build together, is where we will come back to one another even in our times of hardship; where we will have our little rituals of re-connection, where we will be sharing openly, listening and holding intentional dialogues, so that we can move through life together, settling our relationship into peace.
Creating a safe sacred space allows us to be vulnerable, which is the first step to intimacy and deep long-lasting love. The more we accept ourselves with all of our flaws and insecurities, and the lonely, dark, abandoned corners within us, the more accepting we’ll be of others, which is why we needed to create our inner sacred space first.
Only then we’ll be able to hold space for someone else in our life; only then we’ll have the capacity to hold space for someone’s feelings and wounds, and be able to love our partner for who they truly are rather than what we want them to be.
We need to provide the nurturing environment for an experience to happen. Imagine a rose. She doesn’t just fall from the sky. We need soil, seeds, sun, and water for life — all of which look and feel nothing like a rose. And yet, they are all needed to cultivate and nurture the environment in which the rose may bloom.
In the same way, we need to create the nurturing environment for intimacy and vulnerability. We need to be compassionate, empathetic, kind, nonjudgmental, noncritical, and trustworthy. All we are doing is just providing a safe space for an experience; allowing someone the freedom to open up to us and to be themselves truly. Whether they do or not — it is their choice. Love is just holding that space for someone and allowing them into it.
In our sacred space with our partner we’ll be able to fall into deep surrender, trust and love. We must hold ourselves responsible for our beloved’s heart and not break their trust. In an age of social media, apps, dehumanization and degradation of values, it is perhaps more important now than ever to keep our intimate bonds private and trustworthy. True love, just like devotion, are not based on expectations; we devote to another, we love another, not because of what they will give us but because this is who we are and this is how we feel. True love and devotion aren’t some high-minded idealistic notions far in the sky, they are found in our most ordinary day, in our most ordinary moments; and when they find us, it is a non-negotiable and absolute extension of hand, that we do our best and we must be willing to take their hand, hold it, and treasure it. So love consciously. Take care of one another, protect one another, love wholly and truly.
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