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« Topic Start: February 22, 2008, 05:49:32 pm »

 I'm sure this post might belong somewhere else, if it does I'm sorry. I'm still a newbie.
 I was wondering if anyone else has Sacred Space like I do?
 I think I was reading a Ravenwolf book and she talked about Sacred Space in your mind. I've set up my own "garden." I don't have physical Sacred Space because we don't have enought space and my husband is a different faith than I am.
 I go there when I try to meditate and whenever I can't sleep. I have a Grecian temple there (three of my deities are Greek) I also have Celtic and Norse themes there too. (as you can guess I have one God from the Celtic and one from the Norse Pantheons)

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« Reply #1: February 22, 2008, 06:27:55 pm »

 In my garden it is easier for me to converse with three of the five deities I work with.
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« Reply #2: February 22, 2008, 06:58:04 pm »

I was wondering if anyone else has Sacred Space like I do?

Yep.  I have physical sacred space in my yard, but it used to be inaccessible for me a lot of the time because the path between shed and creek was too narrow and uneven for a wheelchair.  I can walk there now and do my thing physically, but I still keep my mental area swept up and usable.

My mental 'space' is an improbable clearing in a primeval forest with landscape features surrounding it that would never be found in such close proximity in the real world, but they have symbolic value for me so I don't worry.  Since it's in my head to begin with I figure I can design it how I like.

It doesn't change much from visit to visit, and sometimes if I'm having a rough go I sleep there.  I rarely wake up there, but it's the actual getting to sleep part that's important and that place is soothing in those circumstances.

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« Reply #3: February 22, 2008, 08:04:25 pm »


My bedroom is my temple, and even though the rest of the house is energetically a mess most of the time (I just do not have the energy to keep it pure and clean and cozy and filled with my specific "flavor" of preferred energy with all of the influences coming in and out) I put a ton of work into making my bedroom my special sacred space. The door is always closed, and it is physically, as well as energetically, "blocked off" from the rest of the house.

When you walk through my door you can literally see, feel and smell a difference (I burn a lot of incense in there). It's tangible in every way.

I also have myriad mental "spaces" that I go to at various times...each one of them seems to suit a different need.
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« Reply #4: February 22, 2008, 08:16:58 pm »

sometimes if I'm having a rough go I sleep there.  I rarely wake up there, but it's the actual getting to sleep part that's important and that place is soothing in those circumstances.

What a great idea!  I think I'll try that as an insomnia treatment.
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« Reply #5: February 22, 2008, 10:00:39 pm »


As for physical space, it is limited to the top of a small bookcase in my largest closet.  I would like to have an entire room but at the moment I'm afraid my altar has to share space with my towels on the shelf above, my clothing hanging from the rod to the right and the door to the bathroom on the left.

I used to do mental sacred space but these days I find it hard to focus.
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« Reply #6: February 22, 2008, 10:33:00 pm »

What a great idea!  I think I'll try that as an insomnia treatment.

That's why I started doing it.  I can't sleep in hospitals, and sleeping pills make we wake up with a headache.  I had a collapsed lung almost twenty years ago now and wound up in the hospital for three weeks (complications).  That long without proper sleep would have driven me insane, so I started doing the first couple steps of my meditations, just the 'getting there' part, and curling up in the grass to sleep.

It worked great, and I can sleep just about anywhere now physically because mentally I have my clearing.

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« Reply #7: February 23, 2008, 01:19:36 am »

I'm sure this post might belong somewhere else, if it does I'm sorry. I'm still a newbie.
 I was wondering if anyone else has Sacred Space like I do?

Me! Technically, three of them, which is really one to many (but that'll be easier soon.)

1) My personal one: it looks rather much like a 1600s manor house on the England/Wales border. Stone. Serious greenery in the back. I'm still exploring it, very slowly: it's like a large box of presents. (There are many interior doors I've never opened: I mostly spend time in 'my room' there, or in the main garden area, or two other areas.

My strong impression has been that it's the residence of my primary deities, or at least an analog of it.

2) My tradition's primary temple: this is used for group astral work, and as a touchstone for members of the tradition. It feels Greek/South Mediterranean to me, mostly (especially the quality of the light.)

3) The new shiny one: the new shared astral temple space for my brand new coven. Brand new to us as of a week ago, so we're still figuring out what it's like. This one feels more like Tuscany. It appears to have sheep somewhere in residence (both I and the other person involved are spinners, so we're not entirely surprised by this.)
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« Reply #8: February 23, 2008, 03:26:16 am »

I have a little free corner in my room, that I use for meditation and incense burning. But it's too tiny for a lot of other things I do and I would prefer a nature setting outside if I had a garden or even a balcony for my own.

So I often use several imagined nature settings like a forest, a cave, a river or a place in the mountains. It's not always easy to imagine them vividly, but I find they grow with practice.

I also have used a mental house once, but haven't explored that one much yet. I like it as a more secure and defined space than the natural settings are, though.

I've found a lot of these places just through day dreaming as a kid and teen, it helps a lot to just close your eyes and ask yourself: 'Where would I like to go at this moment.' Then if your fantazy comes up with any setting, you just explore ist. Well, as a warning, I need to say that several actions can alter your mind, if you for example jump into a tree hole or dive very deep into water. I'm not an expert here, though, just think you have to be carefully and know what you are doing.
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« Reply #9: February 23, 2008, 04:06:49 am »

I was wondering if anyone else has Sacred Space like I do?
The terms I usually use are "Safe Place" or "personal Astral Space", though I've heard a number of other terms too.  I have several, that I use in ways much like you, Absent, and Jenett have described - one in particular is a "talking to deities" place, though others can serve that function too.

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« Reply #10: February 23, 2008, 06:15:55 am »


I don't really do mental sacred space, unless of course you can call the simple fact I am meditating the creation of sacred space, I am simply not good enough at visualization. My physical space is (of all childish things) under my bed. The actual platform of my bed is lifted about 4 feet off the ground, one half of the space underneath is storage and one half contains a bean bag and my altar, it's my little sacred space. If need by I can close it off from the rest of my room and my roommate by making a curtain out of blankets (the refuge of my inner 3 year old).
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« Reply #11: February 23, 2008, 07:44:37 am »

The actual platform of my bed is lifted about 4 feet off the ground, one half of the space underneath is storage and one half contains a bean bag and my altar, it's my little sacred space. If need by I can close it off from the rest of my room and my roommate by making a curtain out of blankets (the refuge of my inner 3 year old).
Wow, that's a beautiful sacred space! I always wanted a high bed, but never had the money for it.
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« Reply #13: February 23, 2008, 09:11:29 am »

I was wondering if anyone else has Sacred Space like I do?
 I think I was reading a Ravenwolf book and she talked about Sacred Space in your mind. I've set up my own "garden."

My physical sacred space here in the city is my roof garden. Unfortunately, NYC's climate makes it unusable for about 5 months of the year. I think this idea of mental sacred space is great, and I'm going to try it, mentally replicating my roof garden as a retreat for those dreary winter months...like now.

My other sacred space is in the Catskills region of NY state: a huge waterfall near a friend's property. The two sacred spaces are linked, in that when I created the roof garden I tried to replicate the waterfall in small scale, with a little naturalistic fountain surrounded by stones borrowed from the Catskills waterfall.
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« Reply #14: February 23, 2008, 10:21:15 am »

Well, as a warning, I need to say that several actions can alter your mind, if you for example jump into a tree hole or dive very deep into water. I'm not an expert here, though, just think you have to be carefully and know what you are doing.

I seriously doubt that if you're just fantasizing and you do something like this you'll "alter your mind". Otherwise, we'd all be so cracked by now none of us would be able to function.

Now, if you do it on a spirit journey, with some sort of *intent* then yes, it can happen. But daydreaming? No.
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