How To Create Sacred Space For An Intentional Gathering That Serves Everyone
The world is slowly but surely moving towards the place where communities and social gatherings are as important as they were always meant to be. Humans are social by nature. It is only due to the influence of the negative aspects of a culture stuck in a loop of pure survival in a financially-strained 9-to-5 lifestyle that drives us apart. At this time, people need communities and community-builders, those who take a leadership role in gathering people together. Intentional gatherings are a way for like-minded people to come together to celebrate, learn from one another, and just enjoy being human. They are a life-changing concept for some and a great social outlet for others. If you are participating in an intentional gathering—or facilitating one—creating a sacred space is arguably the most important step. It creates the atmosphere that serves the needs of those who feel called to join.
What Is A Sacred Space?
A sacred space is a room, a house, or a location that feels like a sanctuary for anyone who visits. The goal is to make the person instantly feel a positive shift of energy as soon as they step into the space. For some, this feeling comes when they enter an ancient temple or a famous natural wonder, for others it may be a yoga studio or a meditation room. You do not have to go far to find a sacred space, as you can create it virtually anywhere.
A sacred space makes a person feel safe, grounded, welcomed, peaceful, inspired, and loved. It is a combination of physical items and people, but most importantly the intention that every detail of the space brings forth.
Creating A Sacred Space
Remove What Does Not Belong
The very first step to building a sacred space is removing everything that gets in the way of your intentional gathering. This includes clutter, negative reminders, work-related objects, anything that is broken in a dysfunctional way, and anything that has no purpose.
As Marie Kondo writes in “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” you should hold every item close and see how you feel about it. If it does not cause you to feel absolute joy, it is better to let it go and replace with the one that you absolutely love. If finances are an issue, getting rid of a negative item is better than keeping it. If the item is functional, but you just do not love it, see how you can love it again. Maybe it needs a new paint job or you can involve it in a ritual, that way you create a higher meaning for it.
Cleanse The Space
After you have only left the items you want, do a cleansing ritual. Burning sage or palo santo will remove any stagnant, old energy from your new sacred space. This is quick and easy. You may also choose to do a whole cleansing ritual of your choice with a meditation, placing a blessing, and saying mantras. You can also turn up a happy song and dance to re-fill the space with pure joy, freedom, and energy of flow.
Fill The Sacred Space With Meaningful Items
Find and place items that you want to see in your space. Make sure the space is visually pleasing. You may choose to hang lights, a tapestry, local art, inspirational quotes, and photos of your community on the walls. You can place crystals, candles, drums, and any spiritual objects around the room or rooms. Bring in items that make you feel safe and comfortable such as meditation pillows and comfy blankets.
Sacred spaces and intentional communities take everyone’s effort to create. I would not be shy about asking anyone who is going to participate in the gatherings to donate items that will make the sacred space all the more special for everyone.
Participation of Those Who Use The Sacred Space
Every gathering needs at least one facilitator, but the more people get involved, the better experience everyone is going to have. Intentional engagement is important, and it helps to provide an open forum for others to do that. Before gatherings, you can check in with those who are participating to see what kind of gathering they would like to see happen and what kind of environment they are looking for.
Together you can decide on a few guidelines that serve the community the most. Some of the examples of a few that are commonly used for intentional gatherings:
- Agree to not engage in subjects that divide people such as politics or religion. This is not needed for every group, as some may decide to do the opposite and become more activist-minded.
- Communicate clearly and with respect. Have an intention to be aware of the surroundings, to not take over the whole conversation, and see if any members have not gotten a chance to speak in a circle conversation.
- Participate in a way that is comfortable for you but participate nonetheless.
- Speak about your needs and desires and be yourself.
- Speak up if something is wrong and be open to resolving a conflict peacefully.
- Invite other like-minded individuals into the community so that it grows and flourishes.
The guidelines can be different and can change over time. The reason why having them is important is that they create an intentional sacred space mentally and emotionally for everyone to follow so that the community is on the same page acting as one cohesive whole.
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