As I was opening sacred space today, I recognized that my concentration tends to be outside of my self with a focus on “the other” and what is going on around me rather than what is going on within me. I realized that I open space outside of myself - a space that I and others can enter into rather than a space within my self that I can live out of. I began to consider what it would look like if I created a space within my self that is considered sacred. What would it include and where would it be? What might it look like in my mind’s eye? So I began to explore this possibility of creating a sacred space within.
I began by considering what energy center might best represent where I hold my divine fire – where my highest self can be found most readily. For me, it is my heart. I hold many things there including compassion and love, understanding and patience – those aspects that are indicative of time spent with the divine. But it is also important for me to have a place that is free from judgment and fear, self-doubt and self-loathing, thoughts of abandonment and a lack of confidence. I need a place where I feel loved and supported. I quickly realized my inner sacred space needs a lot of work. I need to spend time developing this space allowing it to grow over time into the type of space that is truly sacred. So I began to consider how I might do that.
Just like I spend time in sacred space every day, I need to spend time in my heart space every day. It is important for me to come to know unequivocally that my inner sacred space can be filled with all the important aspects of the sacred spaces I have created outside of my self. I need to recognize that I have plenty of room within my self to hold such a space and also that I possess the openness required to allow that space to be filled with the energies that represent cleansing and sustenance, newness and divine quiet stillness in the midst of chaos, the golden white light of the divine, blessings that come to me in the breeze and the beautiful energies of those who are with me and those who have gone before me. I am capable of holding all this within me and living out of this beautiful space. Time spent in prayer and meditation is essential for this development. Allowing my self to be guided by the Spirit is non-negotiable. Offering my self as sacred space that can be shared with others over time - inviting others to experience that space through my words and actions - is the goal. I know I am partway there – I do have love and compassion, patience and understanding within me so that’s a start. Now I need to work on the rest of it – plant a beautiful garden filled with self-love and confidence, trust and hope.