Sacred is in the Heart of the Beholder

     The first and most foundational of the Six Senses for the Conceptual Age is Design. It is vital for us, as individuals, to design and create living spaces for ourselves which provide a haven, and serve the growth of our Soul during this Human Experience. When we design we declare an intention about purpose – for the space and for ourselves.
     According to Albert Einstein: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
     Designing reminders to keep our awareness connected to everyday miracles is no small task. Human nature leads us into getting used to the miraculous; taking for granted that which is consistently in front of us.
     The most basic miracle of life is the breath which cycles in and out of our bodies. It is vital for rebuilding and replenishing every cell without conscious effort. Being mindful about our breath for only a few moments a day can reconnect our focus to the sacred energy which is Life.
     Designing our homes to be sanctuaries where we connect to feelings of serenity and relaxation is another way to notice the miracles. Some part of our home should be the soft place where worldly expectations do not encroach.      
     In sacred space at home we can be appreciated and loved and celebrated as the beautiful spiritual beings that we are, currently living a human experience.
     There are many ways to adjust the physical decorations and furnishings to remind us of this truth, and yet much more important is the adjustment in our thinking.
     Certainly we can choose to install a wall-hanging or poster that inspires us; we might choose to place religious symbols in appropriate places; some people create an altar to be a focus when they meditate or pray.
     For those who didn’t grow up with an in-home altar, having one might seem rather alien or exotic. It is not a complicated project and is profoundly personal and simple. It reflects only that which you choose, and it can be changed easily.
     There is no need to commit any amount of space: the significance of an altar comes from its sacred intent and not from size or shape or colour.  Purchases are not necessary, nor are commitments to complications of any sort. All that is necessary is willingness to connect with the sacred.
     As a small structure to hold or display meaningful objects, an altar will focus your attention and remind you to contemplate on the energies that matter most – and to remember the miracles that compose your life.
     You might make the choice to sit beside your altar quietly with your thoughts for a few minutes each day. This might be a time to reflect on the gifts of the day, shifting your vibration into gratitude before you sleep.
     You might elect to recite prayers from books or traditions which have meaning for you. You may want to light a candle or burn incense. You may feel a connexion to the web of all life when you float a fresh flower on a saucer of water.
     There may already be places in your living space which contain reminders that resonate with your heart. There is no need to move or change them. When you recognize their importance, you can add intention and intuition, and your altar is created.
     There are no limits to how you bring yourself into awareness. When you allow yourself to listen to your heart, you will know how to design your access to these and many other ancient tools of personal transformation.
     Jo Leath has been supporting clients through change and growth since the 1980s.
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