In Part 1 Sacred Spaces were drawing you in, but now let us discuss how you can create your own from scratch for spiritual development and/or ritual.
Like most children growing up I wanted to be an explorer. There were so many places I had never been so I just assumed no one had ever been there. Eventually, school taught me that (pretty much) every place had been discovered already. That was the day I stopped exploring my environment. But you can’t stop exploring places just because people already “found them”. Wait, what exactly did they find?
You see, exploring somewhere is more than moving through it or sticking a pin in its coordinates. The experiences you have in a place will help define what a place is. For example, if one-hundred people visited Mexico but never saw Chichen Itza, did they really experience Mexico? What if some drank cold margaritas by the Gulf while dipping chips into fresh guacamole and others spent their time going to the hottest nightclubs? How about those who jumped in the freshwater of a cenote while their counterparts spent their whole trip in the markets buying cheap souvenirs from peddlers? Who, in these scenarios, experienced the real Mexico? The question is arbitrary. Everyone’s experience is real and every itinerary, every blog that’s written, every picture that’s taken help contribute to a wider picture of Mexico for all.
So exploration is not just about where you go on a map, it’s about what aspects of reality you choose to let in. In this way, exploration will never be done, for if we change our definition of what ‘finding’ means then we will change the reality of what places are. If finding simply means discovering then I can speak for myself when I say I have a whole lot of discovery left to do. I mean, what if we were to create temporary of our own worlds within worlds? You choose its size and shape, what materials to use and what objects go inside, its rules and purpose.
WORLDS WITHIN WORLDS: What if you could create a space so elusive they couldn’t be found nor drawn on any map? What if these spaces could collapse at a moment’s notice? Perhaps we can create new pockets of time that can be singled out and run on their own clock. Wouldn’t you love to build a ‘world’ for your friends to hang out and play in? Something like a fort. Only the instructions for building this fort are very specific and only given to an elite group. Let us say you bundle a whole bunch of items together that have some meaning to you and your friends. A blanket, some ropes and clothes pins, a steel rod, a flashlight, some cheap beer and some nudey magazines. Attached to the bundle of supplies are set of directions written on a piece of paper which explain how to build the space - with precision. To others, it just looks like a bundle of junk; they have no idea how to build it. It’s sacred. Only the initiated possess the correct ‘code’ to unlock this mystical portal, this new dimension, this world within the world.
In the same way as Sacred Spaces, these worlds within worlds may allow us to express ourselves or work through issues in a safe place. In a way, these hand-crafted havens would be made with specific intention, getting us into a desired state-of-mind.
Here is an example world within a world: Burger Bungalow: Pull the wide sheet of wax paper taught between the corners of a wall, stuck on by stickers. Place the red rug inside with the bright desk lamp in the center. Place a few greasy hamburgers inside the crate. Cost of entry is a burger from your favorite fast food joint. When your buddies arrive, pig out and talk with your mouths full until all the burgers have been annihilated.
With this example, we get a sense that this world would be a great portal to open up on a Saturday night with the boys. You would erect this world to allow yourself the pleasure of gluttony, tasteless jokes and male bonding. Now anytime in the future you wish to visit this dimension of the mind you will have to read the directions to construct the world of Burger Bungalow, specifically.
You will need to respect these worlds for what they are and abide by their rules as they are not allowed to be anything less or anything more. You must use them only when you need them. These are tools for conscious development and personal or group expression. In the same way that a ritual helps you pin point and focus on a specific intention, these worlds within worlds similarly allow you to do this but in an immediate and immersive capacity. They could be called reality spaces or reality bubbles or reality tunnels. Use whatever term works for you.
These worlds are protected from outside energies. You can setup your world indoors or outdoors depending on your preference. Use any material needed for the desired effect. Above all else, your world should represent who you are and the type of world you are trying to create. Decorate your world, let your creativity flow so it is a representation of who you are inside and what you need to express. Setup things that evoke emotions inside of you and enjoy.