Now more than ever, people are turning rooms into scared spaces in their homes. Religious or not, a sacred space can help you pause, reflect and center yourself during these uncertain times. A sacred space can be a spot where you turn back to focusing on gratitude, peace and self-love
Having a designated space in your home for prayer, meditation, or private reflection can be a gentle reminder of how important it is to hold an intention of love and light in your life and surroundings.
We've put together some for tips on how to create a sacred room or area in any home and on a tight budget. Even if you only get a few minutes to spend there in a day, we hope this helps guide you towards incorporating more mindfulness into your life.
Crystals like amethyst, rose quartz, selenite and celestite can help bring positive and protective the energies into your space.
Often referred to as the “Stone of Spirituality and Contentment,” Amethyst is a powerful crystal that conducts the energy of calm and peacefulness. It helps to provide for strength and inner peace as well as providing protection, and increases stability. It is also a good crystal for cleanses and balancing. Amethyst is a powerful healing ally when kept close.
Rose Quartz, with its gentle pink essence, is the one true stone of the heart and is the crystal of Unconditional Love. It carries a soft feminine energy of compassion and peace, tenderness and healing, nourishment and comfort. It speaks directly to the Heart Chakra, dissolving emotional wounds, fears and resentments, and circulates a Divine loving energy throughout the entire aura.
Selenite, also known as "Liquid Light," promotes past-life recall, spiritual activation, communion with Higher Self, Spirit Guides and Angels. It provides flexibility and strength in decision-making. It also clears blockages, ideal for purification of spaces, people and objects.
Celestite opens and clears the 3rd eye and crown chakras. It aids in balancing and aligning direction and purpose. It provides access, and fluency in communicating with angelic realms.
Of all of the five senses which we humans are blessed with, the sense of smell is perhaps the most spontaneous. It is also the most strongly connected of the senses to the areas of the brain that process memory, meaning that even the smallest whiff of a smell that you had previously connected to a certain place can bring you back to that place in mere moments. The sense of smell is directly wired to your brain, unlike the other senses, meaning that the link between smells and brain response is very rapid and quite ancient and primordial in nature.
The use of various sages by indiginous Americans for ceremonial and medicinal purposes is thousands of years old. When we “smudge” we call the ancestors.
Before ritual, prayer, after illness, arguments, when starting a new career or journey and when entering a new home or property, sage is used. Elders, spiritual leaders and medicine people of various traditions smudge to cleanse and purify the soul, the physical body the physical space and the spiritual space. It is also used to raise awareness, and possibly even consciousness, before these types of ceremonies.
Burning sage is an excellent way to create and clear a scared space. Using sage for ritual is easy and intuitive. There isn’t a wrong way of doing it. It is believed that the deeper we connect with the “spirit” of this healing plant, the more potent our rituals can be. Sage is truly a healer, having many health benefits and widely used in culinary dishes that it is no wonder this plant is also used for such potent spiritual practices. Smudging is the act of burning sage and other plants and filling an area with the smoke. Sage was often used in combination with other plants for specific medicinal and magical purposes. For example, lavender is added to bring love and peace, especially to the home and dream time. A smudge stick can be made by bundling sage and tying it up with a cotton string.
For centuries the indigenous cultures of South America have been burning Palo Santo for their own spiritual purification and energy cleansing. When the wood is burned it’s believed to clear negative energy, restore tranquility and calm and fill the space with positive energy.
When used for smudging or burning, Palo Santo can eliminate negative energy, creating a calmer, more tranquil space. Set an intention about what you want to clear out of your space, then move from corner to corner, removing any bad energy, uplifting your spirit, and filling your home with good fortune.
Incense is a wonderful way to change the atmosphere of a room in seconds without having to go through the trouble of painting or moving furniture around. It is also an incredibly useful tool for meditation practice. Scents such as Japanese cedar, sandalwood and camphor seem to instantly pull the mind into a calm, meditative state in which you will find it easier to bring greater depth to your practice. Incense releases fragrant smoke when burned. Incense is used in therapy, meditation, and ceremony. Incense may also be used as a simple deodorizer.
Singing Bowls, another good addition to a scared space are one of the ancient Tibetan meditation tools. The pure sounds produced when the rim is rubbed by the mallet is said to put the brain into a meditative state. The vibrations of the singing bowls have the same wave length found in the brain waves that produce feelings of relaxation.