How do you create and hold sacred space for yourself and others?
This is something we can all play with and find unique ways that work for each of us. Here are some starting tips based on my experience.
Existing Sacred Space
Whether you are seeking a personal space or planning to hold sacred space for others, using a space that is already sacredly held can give you a good jump start.
Rather than starting out with a challenging space that you have to work at to get a sense of stillness, seek out a church, home, temple or sacredly held yoga studio that feels peaceful.
When you step into a place that is already sacredly held you feel a sense of calm and peace. Energy tends to build so a space that has been held sacredly for a year will feel different than a space that has been held sacredly for hundreds of years.
Tools for Holding Sacred Space
One common tool for holding sacred space is to create an altar. This creates a focus for you and/or a group and helps hold intention and energy.
A simple altar can be created with a candle, the elements, items from nature such as a rock that catches your attention and anything that reminds you of your intention.
A fun altar to create is a portable mini-altar. Create it with small travel-size treasures that you can take with you everywhere. A travel altar may grow over time with special reminders from where you have been. You can set up a mini-altar wherever you go and gain a sense of sacredness even in a hotel room.
Altars can be really big too! You can create a wall-sized altar for a special group gathering or ceremony. Experiment for yourself and see what helps you create and hold sacred space.
Where to Create Sacred Space?
Everywhere! You can create sacred space in your bathroom, bedroom, living room, kitchen, outside in a garden, on the porch, around your computer, at the beach, in the forest, at work…pretty much anywhere.
Creating sacred space for ourselves in our own home is important. This can be a space on a shelf with a candle and a few objects that have meaning to you. Or, sacred space can be a whole room devoted to holding sacred energy and practice.
Sacred space helps us experience and be reminded of our spiritual connectedness on a daily basis.
Personal Practices while Holding Sacred Space
When you create and hold sacred space for others continue your personal work and practices. This helps you stay centered as you receive new teachers and teachings on holding sacred space.
View everyone who shows up in your sacred space as an important teacher! Maintaining your personal practice will help you remain non-judgmental and compassionate as well as understand the needs of people and the sacred space in an ongoing way.
Children will Expand a Sacred Space
Working with kids is an excellent way to learn about holding sacred space. Kids will teach us most everything about holding space and what is needed to keep the energy flowing in a safe and grounded way!
What does a child need to meditate or do yoga for 5 minutes? for 30 minutes?
Open All Senses Within a Sacred Space
Listen! Listen with more than your ears! Listen with all of your senses.
You may feel a slight breeze indicating it is time to shift gears. Or, you may sense the energy of a group getting restless. You may hear a voice in your head saying it is time to pause. Listen!
Learn how to listen with all of your senses, learn what your special cues are and what they mean.
Involving Others in a Sacred Space
Ask someone to assist you in holding and creating sacred space. It’s sometimes nice to include others in the creation of sacred space so that they play an active role. It can also be nice to have another set of eyes, ears and senses helping to hold the sacred space.
Be sure that if you are asking a person to be your assistant they do not have conflicting motives and are comfortable dropping their own ego to hold the sacred space sacredly.
Additionally, you can ask your spirit helpers for ideas on how to create and hold sacred space.
Flow with the Energy of the Sacred Space
And, don’t force it! When you are holding sacred space things change. Don’t be afraid to go with the changes. If something doesn’t feel right try something new.
For example, if you are teaching children to drum and they drum for two minutes and then put their drums down and start dancing around…well, you have a choice to let them dance it out or ask them to pick up their drums and keep drumming.
I’d suggest you let them dance it out! When it feels right (like they start to get tired) then you may shift gears, get drinks of water and ask them to pick up their drum again.
Simple Sacred Space
Nature is one of my favorite sacred spaces. Being near water or in a quiet forest is magical. To connect into what is already present and using natural flows is part of the art of holding a sacred space.
You can certainly spend hours, days and weeks on creating and holding sacred space. In modern life this is a reality. It can be a lifetime practice. However, I find that keeping it simple often helps keep it sacred!
Protecting Sacred Space
Sometimes it’s our role not to create a new sacred space but rather to become a protector of a space already made sacred in the flows of life.
For example, there are places in nature we feel called to protect. Humans are a part of nature and modern society often disconnects us from nature. By being reconnected to nature, we are reminded of its sacredness and feel that role of protector come into play.