The phrase “creating sacred space” usually applies to people’s personal living space, but the key to feeling at home in that sacred space is creating it within yourself. Your body is the only living space that you have with you no matter where you go in the physical realm. Building up sacred space in your consciousness allows you to carry that sanctuary with you through the physical and even into the non-physical realms, like dreaming or the astral planes. What is inner sacred space? How can we create sacred space within ourselves? What sort of obstacles most often stand between us and our inner sacred space? How can we best surmount them?
I love directing philosophical questions to the Tarot. The cards give me new insights into the world, causing me to reconsider some of my own ideas or explore them with more depth. When I turn the questions above toward the Tarot, I get some intriguing answers.
What is inner sacred space?The Empress blesses us with the answer to this question. She is Goddess, and inner sacred space connects us to the Divine Feminine. Inner sacred space is the place within ourselves where we feel safe, nurtured, in touch with our blessings, and confident in our interactions with the world. It is important for your inner sacred space to interact with all your senses: sight, sound, smells, touches, and even tastes. What does your sacred space look like? Is it a pavilion, a meadow, a beach house (or changeable depending on what you need)? What sounds are there? Is there soft music, the call of birds and other wildlife, or just a soft breeze rustling gossamer curtains? Do you smell incense, the fragrance of flowers? Is there food there that is comforting and nourishing? Are there soothing textures, like the sand between your toes or satin cushions to sit on? Establishing this interaction with the senses provides your body with a connection to inner sacred space. Over time, you will be able to perform actions in the physical realm that will take your consciousness to this space. This also allows the Universe to direct your consciousness to this space by chance encounters with sensations in the physical realm that are present in your sacred space. Such physical cues can be a saving grace when you’re having a difficult time entering that sacred space within yourself. Do be careful not to develop a dependence on these physical cues: use them only when you have a hard time getting there on your own.
How can we create sacred space within ourselves? The Queen of Wands in her reversed aspect highlights that it is very necessary to pay attention to our actions and what results they manifest in our lives. She evokes the Buddhist concept of mindfulness. Since the Wands are a fast-moving suit of physical activity, the Queen of Wands reversed indicates that it is important to slow down and allow time for sacred space to develop within ourselves. To pour all sense of our purpose into whatever we are doing at the moment, no matter how minute the action seems, is to infuse that action with our Being, bringing awareness into the action. We must slow down enough to recognize that sacredness. This Queen reversed can also represent an enemy posing as your friend. In this case, I feel she is our inner critic, dismissing the importance of creating this sacred space, or maybe denies the merit of having this space for ourselves, or that we even deserve it. I fall prey to this mode of thought more often than I’d like. “There’s time to do this later,” we might say, or, “If I meditate now, that means I won’t have time for (chore or other task). I’m just too busy!”
Do you find yourself putting off meditation to stay on top of physical tasks? Activities such as doing the dishes, vacuuming, weeding the garden, or walking (NOT driving!), can work the body, but leave the mind free to build an inner sacred space. There may be unrecognized time in your schedule for this kind of meditation.
What sort of obstacles most commonly keep us from entering our inner sacred space? The Queen of Pentacles in her reversed aspect reiterates the need to step back from our busy-ness and make time for creating this inner sacred space. The activities in our schedule work to distract us from our own need to nurture ourselves. She points out our fear of failure, quite likely stemming from a feeling of unworthiness. She also challenges us to look at anything in our lives we find dissatisfying. Having an inner sacred space puts us in touch with our desires and what we need to feel relaxed or secure. Be assured that your space is unique to you, and there is nothing wrong with that! Everybody can use inner sacred space. Going to your inner sacred space is not the same as checking out. It provides a sanctuary to retreat to when you are too stressed to cope with life. If you do establish a meditation routine but then feel bored, don’t be afraid to change it up. Also, your inner sacred space should have consistent themes, but it can change from time to time to be whatever you need it to be.
What is our best tool to overcome these obstacles?
I hope this information and brief reading inspires you to create your own inner sacred space. Have you already established such a space? If so, how has it helped you deal with day-to-day life? Comments are always welcome!