One of the most beneficial places in the Inner World is what I refer to as the Sacred Place, a place which is created for rest, healing, and occasionally meeting with other beings.
Uses for Sacred Place
There are endless uses for your Sacred Place, but it is commonly used as a place for peace, contemplation, and healing. Here are some uses you may find helpful.
1. Healing: This is great space for healing,whether spiritual or physical. I usually use a pool or waterfall in my area to ‘rinse’ off any negativity, blockages, or illness. One way to do this is by envisioning all worries or illnesses as black sludge, or mud, being rinsed off by the waterfall. If there is only a pond, then bathe and allow the water to infuse your body with healing light. You may bless the body of water when you enter, however, it may already contain these healing properties through original intention when it was created.
2. Relaxation: Whenever you are in a stressful situation, close your eyes. If you cannot reach your Sacred Place instantaneously in the beginning, practice visiting through meditation at home — during calm, non-stressful times. Though it takes practice, you will eventually be able to do quick sessions within a few seconds by relaxing and centering yourself, then go back to what you were doing.
3. Divination: You may also practice different types of divination in your Sacred Place. You may use water divination in the pool, read stones, draw in the sand, etc., to divine messages.
4. Spirit Communication: If you wish to invite guides, or other beings, this can be a neutral place to meet. Remember, if the being feels threatening or malevolent, do not invite them — or banish them immediately. You do not want anything that feels negative, or icky, within your Sacred Place.
5. Reflection: I find this a great place, not just for relaxation, but reflection. It is easier to think, and reflect, when you are in a calm and peaceful environment.
Landscape of Sacred Place
There are many different components that may make up your Sacred Place. Here are a few suggestions:
1. Environment: The environment will reflect your vision of peace. It can be a forest, a glacier, a mountain, a beach, a field, or even a cave for some people. Temperature, humidity, weather, time of day, smells, and sounds, also come into play in the environment. While there will be additional details to the space, this is the setting for the mood.
2. Pools and Waterfalls: Once you have the setting established, then add water. I prefer a pool with a waterfall as this allows me to swim, or to wash away illnesses and curses. It is a place of healing, divination, and a source of relaxation. You will want the water to be a temperature you feel comfortable in; whether it is ice cold, lukewarm, or stinging hot. Other liquids than water may be substituted, but remember that elements chosen will be reflecting what you work with. Water is connected to the feminine, the dead, the astral plane, divination and healing.
3. Place of Comfort: You will probably wish to have a spot where you may sit to reflect, or talk with other beings. This may include a rock, a tree, or even a chair to sit or lean on. Any ‘furniture’, or structures, should fit in with the theme of your Sacred Place; I would suggest using natural materials like stone, trees, or elements.
4. Use Your Imagination: Creating an orchard with fruit, fish in a pond with water lilies, and other small details will help you enjoy and feel safe in this environment. This is your place to play with creation.
Components for a Visual Meditation
A full sample of visual meditation is included in the article, Inner World: Gateway to the Astral. Here are the steps for a visual meditation regarding Sacred Place.
1. Sacred Space: You may draw a circle and call on guardians or angels. It is best to cleanse a room or space before using it when doing meditation or magical workings. You may use incense, sage, salt, water, etc. to cleanse the area.
2. Comfort: Make yourself comfortable, or use poses that stimulate other states of consciousness for you.
3. Breathing: Use breaths designed for meditation. I prefer four deep, slow breaths to allow oxygen flow. These breaths stimulate and set the mood for my consciousness.
4. Count Down to the Subconscious: Next, count from one to ten. Remember to start in darkness and end in light, along with moving in a downward direction to access the subconscious. You will also want to slowly add sensations and senses into the meditation.
5. Portal: This is the gateway from your conscious into the subconscious. It may be seen as a door, window, light, energy, mirror, etc.
6. Ground and Visualization: Now that you are in your Inner World, root your senses into the meditation. Go slowly, if you must, and stabilize your visualization of where you are at before proceeding. Use all your senses to make it real, this allows for you to ground and be in the space of where your consciousness currently resides.
7. Exploration and Building: Now is the time to explore, or establish a more working space tailored to your needs. This includes more visualization and use of the senses. You may be as creative as you wish — it’s your place!
8. Returning: Again, you will need to ground yourself, and command your mind to remember the meditation, then step through the portal. Count from ten to one, allowing yourself to come fully back into your body.
9. Record: Journal your experience, and all the details. You will be surprised how many details are lost within minutes, if you are not in the mindset to remember the meditation.
Sample Visual Meditation
After the countdown, here is a basic sample of how you can travel to, or establish, your Sacred Place. You may find your Sacred Place is already established, and that you are ‘rediscovering’ a place that has already existed within yourself.
Step through the portal.
You find yourself at the beginning of a path. Feel your feet, your body, your breath. What are the sensations on your skin? What sounds do you hear? What emotions do you feel? (Pause.)
Begin to walk forward noticing the environment around you. What is the temperature? Is it dry or humid? What is the weather like? Take a moment to observe the time of day. Look at the sky. What does it look like to you? (Pause.)
Keep walking until you come to an open place. Notice how the path melds into the space. What do you see? What type of smells, sounds, vegetation, and animals roam this place? Notice the features of the place — rocks, water, trees, and other details. (Pause, long.)
Establish that this is your Sacred Place. You may change it, or relax for the moment, enjoying the peace you feel here. (Pause, long.)
When you are ready, walk back to the portal, reminding yourself to remember the journey. Step through the portal and count back from ten to one, feeling yourself return to every aspect of your physical body. Open your eyes when you feel fully grounded.
Remember, that despite the basic instructions, you may construct a visual meditation any way you desire. Enjoy creating and working in your Sacred Place.
Photo Credit: Meditation Rock by Cody Chancellor