Do you have a sacred space?

“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.”

Joseph Campbell

One of the major roadblocks to discovering your life’s purpose is that many of us don’t have a private “sacred” space of our own.

What is a sacred space?

A sacred place is a place where you can retreat from the world and rediscover who you are!

Your sacred space reflects your uniqueness. It can be anywhere that you can reconnect with your spirit! This may be a quiet part of your garden or an office you have transformed into your own private sanctuary.

In our modern society many of us experience stress and time poverty. We are so busy working, trying to balance time with family, friends and our other interests it is no wonder that many of us feel burnt out and confused on what we should be doing with our lives.

This constant busyness, or “noise”, distracts us from what is really important in our lives. A sacred space is also a space where you are free to create without the distractions of everyday living!

Joseph Campbell inspired me to act!

As you may know, I operate a few businesses, including this website. What I require particularly for writing books or posts is quiet, uninterrupted time.

I have read the book Reflections on the Art of Living; a Joseph Campbell Companion, edited by Diane K Osborn.

Basically it is a series of interviews with Joseph and I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in increasing their own spiritual awareness.

Joseph goes onto say that a Sacred Place “is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so each day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know how your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes you. This is a place that you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is a place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.”

I was blown away by this statement as I realised I had no private sacred space of my own. My home office was an open office where my then wife and four children could visit me whenever they like.

I realised I needed to create a space that was separate from the outside world. I was wondering how I could achieve this when one of my business landlords offered an extra room adjoining one of my open plan offices. This room was perfect and fitted my definition of a sacred place.

I am currently renovating this room. It will have a small lounge area, fish tank and be a place where I can privately retreat from the outside world.

I am now happily writing this post from my new sacred space! (No fish tank yet!)

 

Some of the main requirements of a sacred space are…

The area must be private and separate from your everyday life.

Having a workbench at the end of your kitchen area probably is not going to cut it. You need a room that blocks out the outside world.

It must be quiet.

I once had an office beside the children’s games room and as you can imagine, it was not the best place to have a sacred “quiet space”. I suggest converting a room that is away from the main living areas of your house. Even better, a separate cabin/studio or shed away from the house would be ideal.

The space must reflect you and inspire you to be your best self. Your sacred space does not have to be practical

I’m currently looking at getting a large fish tank for my sacred space. Why? Because I love fish tanks and watching them relaxes me.

Your sacred space should reconnect you with your own sense of wonder!

I remember reading an article about the film director, Peter Weir’s private office. He had a big poster behind him with a man buying a ticket at an old cinema. The Cashier is asking him what movie he would like to see and he says to her “I don’t care, just any movie that can give me back my sense of wonder.”

Peter Weir has this poster to remind him daily why he makes movies. Now that’s a sacred space!

No distractions

If it is possible, I would recommend having no mobile phones or communication devices in your sacred space or anything that can distract you. After all, you are here to connect with your true self, not with others.

 Consistency

No point creating a wonderful space if you only use it once a month. I would recommend at least an hour a day (yes it’s possible – just stop watching television!)

Gateway to the unknown!

Think of your sacred space as a gateway to the great mysteries and creative energies of life.

Your sacred space is a place where you can connect with the creative unknown. Whether it is that new book you have always dreamt of writing, or the new business you would like to start.

It could simply be a space where you can meditate and unwind from the stresses of the world. As I said, it doesn’t have to have any practical application other than reconnecting you to your spirit!

It is important that this space is your space. It should only be shared occasionally (it’s not being selfish having your own sacred space so don’t feel guilty!)

Start creating it today. If you partner, kids or parents don’t understand just tell them to read this post.

Your better self is not far away, you just you need some space to discover it!

 

 

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