A Sacred Space is a defined place, a space distinguished from other spaces. A Sacred Space focuses attention on the forms, objects, and actions in it and reveals them as carriers of special meaning. A Sacred Space is time and space we set aside to experience a depth, richness, and sense of importance that usually escapes us in fast-paced everyday life. It’s vital for us to have places in this world that make us feel something, that manifest feelings and thoughts within us which help us connect to our minds and bodies. For me, the word sacred has a sense of being here engaged in some ritual or activity connected with everyday life.
Every place we encounter has an energy signature and personality all its own. Land and structures hold information inside them about what they are, their history. It’s possible to feel this life force pulsing if you learn to quiet your mind. Being attracted to a space is a call from the wild. This ‘call’ is beyond the intellect. It is a knowable unknowable. You know it when you come across it. This space is beautiful to you simply because and you feel something good inside. Butterflies may tingle in your gut and flutter up to your heart. Something excites you about this space but you just can’t put your finger on it. This is a promising start, and the beginning stages of find your Sacred Space.
Most of us have stopped exploring our environment. Once you get to be a certain age you’ve seen it all; been there, done that. It’s mostly only the very young children who maintain a sense of awe or wonder when experiencing a place for the first time. Spaces remain alive in some way. The very young get busy looking for what makes the space interesting. “What can I get into?” “What can I leap from?” “What goes fast?” “What can I create?”
Children understand little of the context about a given place like adults do. For adults, everything is defined. The factory is for building machine parts, the courthouse is for carrying out law, the doctor’s office is for examining illness. Children operate under a different kind of context - one of impressions. For them, the identity of a place is likely broken down into simple bits of data. Children feel things. They can experience the essence of the spaces they encounter. They know whether they are in the presence of a sad or confusing place, a joyful and loving place or a fun and creative place. That’s all they need to know. Finding your Sacred Space has a lot to do with the world of feelings. Let us begin here.
Sacred Spaces are personal, often unique nooks and crannies in our landscape. Your space might be behind your shed on top of the woodpile or in between the clothing racks at a department store, underneath your kitchen table or in your bathtub, under a tarp at work or in the middle of a field of flowers just off the side of the road. In the end, Sacred Spaces draw you to them and allow you to feel what you need to work through in that moment. Sacred Spaces oftentimes appear spontaneously in our life. It’s important, while in the space, to reflect on your state of being. In theory, you will be able to return to this space whenever you are feeling ‘said’ emotional state and achieve the same level of resonance as you did previously.
However, you must know this: there will come a day when your Sacred Space will collapse – not structurally – but emotionally. It will be as though you lack the proper code to unlock its nature or as though it never was. Nostalgic at best. Like an old teddy bear you have outgrown. This usually occurs once you have transitioned past the emotional phase you were in when you first discovered the space. Though the house of it may remain, its glow has faded. Your spirit will never be able to return to the same spot twice.