Do you have a place that you find especially conductive to ritual, meditation or relaxation? Perhaps a tree in a park or in your garden, a certain rock outcrop or a wood where you often walk. Anywhere that you feel comfortable can be a sacred space, and that can include a place within yourself: sometimes it’s not possible to travel physically to a special place to unwind just when you need to, so why not carry it with you?
There are many examples of sacred sites around the world that have special significance to particular societies: Stonehenge for the Druids; Mount Olympus for the Greeks; the San Francisco Mountains for the native American Zuni tribe; the Black Hills of South Dakota for the plains tribes; and Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock) for the Australian tribes.
These sites are usually powerful places associated with the ancestors, gods or spirits of a given culture. Their power has been augmented by the accumulated energy of many generations who have assembled there for sacred rites or meditation, and over time they have become increasingly important to the collective psyche of the society. Sacred space approaches the concept on a more personal level.
Your Own Sacred Space
The inner sacred space is a place that you can create inside yourself. You can use this special place as a sanctuary, a retreat from the outside world, where you can relax and recoup your spiritual energies.The place you create can resemble anything in the physical world that makes you feel comfortable: a desert island, a but on a mountain, a cave, anything. Maybe it’s a place that you already know; somewhere you have visited before, either in a dream or in this world.The more you visualize your sacred space, the more real it will seem, so try to feel textures, see details, hear sounds and smell scents.
Your sacred space is a safe place and, because it is always there, you can visit it at any time. It can evolve as much as you want it to, because you created it and the control over it lies only with you. The only limitations on it are ones that you, as the maker, impose yourself. So, be aware of what comes into being in your visualization, for that can offer important insights into your subconscious.This private place is a good jumping-off point for beginning journeys.
The natural world is a great place to find peace, tranquillity and inspiration, and to practise visualizing details to put into your own sacred space. Get out and walk in beautiful, wild places as much as possible to experience the benefits that a natural environment can bring. When you are out walking, be receptive and aware of your surroundings: admire the beauty of a tree, a flower or a bird in flight and always be grateful. Remember that life is a precious gift to be appreciated now.
Nature can give us many things to help remind us of our connection. While you are out walking you may find stones, feathers, sticks, intricate patterns and images, but if anything is taken, remember to leave something else in return as an offering, an exchange of energy to signify your appreciation of the gift that has been given to you. Wicca is about relating to the natural world and your place in it.
Take time to stop, relax and meditate on the incredible complexity of the creation around you.To help your meditation, close your eyes and see how much sharper your other senses become. Extend that receptivity to feel the land, and blend with it. Feel what is around you: the vitality of the earth, the immensity of the world and the universe beyond.You are a part of it, be aware and accept the experience for what it is: humbling and precious.