I wish I could explain to you the profound and subtle ways in which my life has changed by learning how to create sacred space.  The best I feel to learn something is experientially.  I invite you to try some of the things below and just notice.  Notice if the energy feels different.  Notice if people who come into the space are more open.  Just notice.  And if it feels good, keep doing it.  

One of my favorite quotes is by the founder of the Shaman School I attended called the Four Winds Society.  Dr. Alberto Villoldo often says, 
"Everyone else is waiting for eternity and the shamans are saying, 'How about tonight?'" 
Why wait for those sacred moments to only appear when we can consciously co-create them anytime, anywhere?
There are many ways to sacred space to honor the divine, to bring an intentionality to the space, to step out of the rush and grind of forward movement and into the sensation of the present moment.  Here are a few of mine. 

  • Burn sage to clear and purify the energy around you
  • Pull a goddess or angel card to help set an intention 
  • Create an altar with flowers or sacred objects
  • Sprinkle rose petals along the edges of the room, at your front door step,
    in your bath or around your computer
  • Light candles
  • Say a prayer
  • Call in the directions

The most important thing is the clarity and sincerity of your intention. Experiment with creating sacred space to find a way that resonates in your body, mind and heart.  

For example, here is the prayer that I learned at the Four Winds to Call in the Direction.   
This is an excerpt from the Four Winds Website page "Opening Sacred Space"

South
To the winds of the South
Great Serpent
Wrap your coils of light around us
Teach us to shed the past the way you shed your skin
To walk softly on the Earth
Teach us the Beauty Way

West
To the winds of the West
Mother Jaguar
Protect our medicine space
Teach us the way of peace, to live impeccably
Show us the way beyond death

North
To the winds of the North
Hummingbird, Grandmothers and Grandfathers
Ancient Ones
Come and warm your hands by our fires
Whisper to us in the wind
We honor you who have come before us
And you who will come after us, our children’s children

East
To the winds of the East
Great eagle, condor
Come to us from the place of the rising Sun
Keep us under your wing
Show us the mountains we only dare to dream of
Teach us to fly wing to wing with the Great Spirit

Mother Earth
We’ve gathered for the healing of all of your children
The Stone People, the Plant People
The four-legged, the two-legged, the creepy crawlers
The finned, the furred, and the winged ones
All our relations

Father Sun
Father Sun, Grandmother Moon, to the Star Nations
Great Spirit, you who are known by a thousand names
And you who are the unnamable One
Thank you for bringing us together
And allowing us to sing the Song of Life

–When you have finished your healing work, sacred space must be closed. It is important to close the Sacred Space every night or at the end of the work week. Sacred space can also be opened at home to create an atmosphere of peace and protection. To close the space, follow the same procedure as for the opening, acknowledging the four directions, Mother Earth and Father Sky. Thank the archetypes for being with you—serpent, jaguar, hummingbird, and eagle—and release their energies to return to the four corners of the Earth.

After reciting this prayer above many many times and getting to know these archetypical energies better, the prayer that comes straight through my heart has its own essence of Qoya in it, its own surrender to the mystery of the feeling and when I say it this way it lights me up.  Allow some space for yourself to dance rooted in the form of tradition but called up in the direction of your own light.  

Here is the way I call in Sacred Space:

Click below for the audio version:

To the winds of the South
Great Serpent
Please come wrap your coils of light around us
And teach us how to shed our past the way you shed your skin
Remind us of the pleasures of being embodied
And just like you have your belly on the ground
Let us feel our feet reconnect to the earth
And remind us to do everything we do with conscious beauty
Aho!

To the winds of the West
Mother Sister Jaguar
Please walk around this medicine space and keep us safe
Bring us into our highest integrity 
And teach us how to trust our instincts, our inner knowing
Just like you do
Help to cross the rainbow bridge from this tangible world
To the world of spirit and always know the essence of who we are
Help us to be fearless, courageous, and true
Please be with us
Aho! 

To the winds of the North
Sweet sweet hummingbird, and ancestors
Please be with us
Hummingbird, you who memorizes thousands and thousands of flowers
But only go to the ones that truly nourish you
Please illuminate where our nectar is
And give us the discipline to go there more often
Less tempted by false images
Hummingbird, you who travel from Canada to Brazil every year
This tiny bird on this big epic journey
Let us find strength for our own epic journey
Ancestors, those of you that have been here before
And those who will be here after us
Please help guide our way
Please come warm your hands by our fires, by our rituals
And help to keep our eyes, ears, hearts, minds open to your guidance
To the synchronicity, to the grace, to the ease
Help us to align with our souls path
And let it be sweet
Aho!

To the winds of the East
Great eagle, great condor
Please come down off your high mountain tops to be with us
And help us remember what it feels like to be wing tip to wing tip with Great Spirit
To soar, to fly, to know that if we come to the edge of the cliff and we jump
That our wings will flap and we will soar
To give us courage to dream bigger dreams
And to go beyond what we know
To source from a place of possibility instead of probability
Please help us expand and align with our highest destiny
Aho!

Sweet sweet sweet Mother Earth, Pachamama
Please hear our prayer
Forgive us for the times when we forget
And help us to be so full of gratitude
That we become better caretakers of your creations and causes
Thank you to all of your creations
The landscapes, the mountains, the oceans, the rivers
Thank you to the two-legged, the four-legged, 
The finned, the furred, the creepy crawlers.
Thank you to the Plant People and the Stone People
Thank you to the inner connected web of life that supports and nurtures us
Again, let us be so full of gratitude that we become better caretakers of it.
Please be with us on this journey.
Aho!

Father Sun, Grandmother Moon, Star Brothers, Star Sisters
Please hear our simple prayer to shine
To know our own light and have it reflected in yours
Like the radiance of the sun, The wisdom cycles of the moon, 
The unique luminesce of each star
That light, that thing that goes by thousands and thousands of names
But remains ultimately unnamable
Please hear our prayer to source back to that place
To shine that light in this world as we sing the song of life 
And dance this dance of life
One more day.
Aho!

Be sure to close the directions once you open them and thank the archetypical energies for showing up. Gratitude is a superpower and your gratitude for the support of the sacred space infuses its power.  

To explore more about ritual and gratitude, click here to learn about the Despacho Ceremony