We all know the importance of sacred space, right? I think that the act of reading is an act of connecting with the Divine. A time of honor and respect. By creating the right atmosphere, we prepare ourselves to enter liminal place, a place conducive to bridging our conscious and unconscious minds, a place where â€śAs Aboveâ€ť meets â€śSo Below.â€ť Certainly it is worthy of the small effort of lighting a candle…or at least clearing away the clutter. Iâ€™ve discussed the importance of sacred space many times in books. I believe in the importance of it. I have a lovely collection of cloths, candles, crystals, feathers, acorns, etc., etc.
On some websites and community forums, sometimes people post pictures of their readings spaces or altars. They are almost always well thought out, beautifully balanced, and filled with symbolic significance. I am impressed. AndÂ embarrassed. I cannot recall the last time I set up a really nice space for myself. Even though I know all the benefits and have all the necessary items close at hand, I must be excessively lazy because I donâ€™t do it. If I want to do a reading or use the cards in some way, I just grab them and lay them out over whatever mess is in front of me.
My readings done this way are useful. I still get answers. But am I cheating myself by being lazy? Would my communication with the Divine be better if I prepared myself and my space physically instead of just mentally? Would I get more out of the experience if there was a Tigerâ€™s Eye and Rose Quartz nearby rather than potato chip crumbs? I really think so. What do you think?
PS I am posting early (I usually post on Tuesday and Thursday) because I’m leaving for a solitary retreat today. I’ll be out of internet range until Wednesday afternoon. So, if your comments don’t show up right away, don’t worry. They will on Wednesday.