Sacred space is a very simple, space that been set apart for a special, usually spiritual, use.
It can be set apart permanently, such as a church, temple or ring of standing stones. Or can be set apart temporarily, through ‘opening’ sacred space with a brief ritual.
Sacred space is a very important concept. It allows us to give power to ceremony, through making them clearer in intent and energy. It gives us a spiritually, symbolically and energetically clear space to do deeper spiritual work. It allows us to recharge in a calm, supportive energetic environment. And it can, in it’s own right, be a powerful protective method.
To open sacred space, all that is really needed is the strong intent to set-apart the space with a spiritual boundary. But most people find that they need a simple ritual to help keep their intent strong, and that by using their ritual over and over, it becomes more and more effective.
Examples of rituals to open sacred space include:
- Lighting a candle
- Calling on the four compass points
- Calling on the elements
- Saying a prayer
- Calling on the ancestors
- Drawing a boundary for the space with salt or stones
But really, anything that works for you is perfect. Something from your own heritage, if you can find an example, would be ideal, but that’s not necessary.
Sacred space is a concept inherent to all people of all heritages. It’s a fundamental principle of our spiritual experience, and we all understand it intuitively when given the chance. The most important thing is to keep your sacred space clear, both physically (so no mess) and mental (so no doing the accounts in it, unless that’s why you opened it!).
And also, remember to close it when you’re done. If you don’t, you’ll lose the effectiveness of whatever method you used, and might find it harder to open a sacred space in the future.