Creating a Sacred Space

A Place in Your Home for Peace and Introspection

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Your sacred space can be as small as the breath taken in during prayer, as large as a cathedral or as expansive as an ocean view. Perhaps you already have a special peaceful place set up in your home, but if not, consider challenging yourself to create one. If you are fortunate enough to have an extra room you can use this space to retreat to when you need some solitude. Or when a child leaves the nest consider converting a newly evacuated bedroom into a sacred space instead of turning it into a guest room that is only used occasionally.

Don't feel as if you must wait until you have a spare room to create this space. You can open up any corner and build an altar there, or empty a closet of its clutter and toss a couple of pillows on the floor for use in quiet prayer or meditation.

Once you have chosen the space, clear the entire area where your sacred space will exist -- it doesn't matter if it is only a corner is being used or a full room. If you're feeling handy and inspired, a fresh coat of paint on the walls might be a nice touch. Also, incorporate household rules as to who is and is not allowed into this space -- is this to be your space alone, or can other family members use it when you aren't? 

Finally, have some fun selecting pleasing visuals, kinesthetics, sounds, and scents for your sacred space surroundings. 

Ten Ideas for Creating An Indoor Sanctuary

Are you ready to create a sacred space inside your home that you can retreat to and spend time alone in quiet meditation or retrospection?

Review these ideas before you get started.

  1. Location: Choose an area within the interior of your home for your sacred space. Use a spare bedroom, a revamped pantry area, or a tucked away corner space that sits apart from the main traffic areas.
  2. Sweep clean: Clear this space of stagnant energies by performing a ritual smudging (cleanse with smoke from burning sage wand). Open the windows and let some fresh air breeze in to get some good chi flowing. Cleansing should be repeated periodically after you begin using your sacred space. If needed, give the walls in your space a fresh coat of paint.
  1. Meditate: After your space is cleared and free of "stuff" spend some time there in solitude before you begin introducing your new furnishings. Get in touch with each of your senses in choosing the furnishings and decorative items to fill the space. Choose things you cherish!
  2. Comfortable seating: Choose from floor cushions or meditation zafu, a gentle swaying rocker, a recliner, or a plush chaise to stretch out in.
  3. Calming sounds: Introduce some wind chimes, water fountains, CDs, and player, or a hand-carved wooden flute to play.
  4. Taste: Peppermints for mental clarity, calming herbal tea blends, cinnamon red hot candies to awaken the taste buds.
  5. Smells: Light scented candles, burn incense, keep a supply of freshly cut sprigs of lavender.
  6. Visual: Decorate with mirrors, posters, paintings, art sculptures, altars.
  7. Touch: Display several objects offering a variety of textures such as crystals, feathers, sea shells, woven cloths, a huggable teddy bear, etc.
  8. Fresh air: Having a window opening in your sacred place is especially welcome to allow fresh air and sunshine for healing and happiness. If there is no window available, an air purifier is a good substitute.

Sacred Space Rituals

Once your space is in place you will likely want to initiate it by performing some type of ritual, be it Wiccan, Native American, casting a gypsy spell, giving a prayer of gratitude, or blessing it in whatever way best aligns with your belief system.

Honor yourself and your sacred space by making your presence there regularly. You will soon find yourself drawn to this sacred space more and more as you continually seek the solace and restfulness it provides. You may begin to wonder how you ever lived without this sacred space that offers much healing, comfort, and warmth.  

Filling Your Space with Personal Items

Personal items you have been gifted from loving friends and family members are ideal decor, such as that clay hand impression your child made in kindergarten, your grandmother's china doll, or a river clamshell from a close friend. Smaller items (such as seashells, arrowheads, coins for promised prosperity, healing stones) can be placed into a ceramic bowl meant for such treasures.

Favorite Items to Import into Your Sacred Space

Periodically, switch out the items that fill your sacred space.

You may like to keep a treasure chest filled with your favorite things to store items to be used in rotation when you change things up to match your moods. Here is some inspiration for things you might to keep in your space.