Finding Sacred Space in a troubled world

 

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Sacred Space

There’s no doubt in my mind that our world is changing and how our recent election in the U.S. has really stirred-the-pot, shaken people to their core, and hopefully gotten each person to take a look inside and re-visit core values.

I think of all the classes that I took when attending CSU Sacramento, Mass Media and Society is the one that had the most impact.  What I took away from that class gave me direction on how I wanted to live my life.

Over the years since, I have seen how television and the media has changed and how it has changed people.

I imagined that in the 50’s, the powers-that-be got together and had meetings on how to “market” a new set of standards to the American public.

There was a standard put in place, through the media, that women should stay home, kids should eat sugary cereals, and that smoking was a cool thing to do, and we rarely saw people of color on TV.

Fast forward to the present, where we see the impact of the media being sold to our children.  How many children have cell phones, X Boxes, TV’s in their bed rooms?

Mass media, a form of brainwashing, is welcomed in almost every household as a necessity.  We cannot operate without phones, computers, and TVs.

The people in marketing are studying trends so they can make the most profit when a need is trending.

Think about this for a moment:  The more fast food, processed food that the population eats, the sicker the majority becomes which leads to bigger hospitals, more pharmaceuticals needed, and why not focus on the family pet while they’re at it.  Every day, we are being promoted to by billboards, magazine, radio, television, cell phones, pop up ads to use drugs.

Mass media has done it’s job to create fear and mistrust and blind trust in general.

Enough said….

So, with all of this, where do we go to find Sacred Space, where we can be left alone with our own thoughts, our own ideas, our own feelings, and stay in connection with our Divine presence?

Do we have to wait for a vacation to find a spot in Nature where we can reconnect with our essence?

Do we have to wait for a Sunday to attend religious services?

Have we lost touch with what’s real vs. what’s fed to us through the media?

Has the media pre-empted our need for a spiritual connection? 

Is it luring us away from our innate truth, our authenticity, our understanding, intuition, and our compassion for people as a whole? 

Creating Sacred Space in the home is a critical necessity in this day and time, a Cottage value, if you will, to make a place in your home, in each room even, to establish your family’s values, to anchor the presence of the Divine in your life, to remind you of your core values.

There is a Hawaiian prayer used for healing of everyday life:

Ho’oponopono

It means:

I love you (God or the God in you and me)

I’m sorry ( for at times losing this connection)

Please forgive me (for forgetting that I am Love)

Thankyou ( for blessing me always)

When repeated in the mind’s eye these words can bring profound and miraculous healing.

The words can be internally repeated when we feel fear, when we have issues, to a body part or pain, to our rooms,to our family, friends, and pets, to those who are deceased, to the world, to God.

Each person can take this and embrace it as their responsibility or choose to ignore it, and let the powerful force of the mass media control their thoughts.

The words of the Ho’oponopono prayer are powerful cleansing tools to erase from our consciousness the tapes recorded over our lifetimes that are embedded in our unconscious and affect our lives everyday.

These words can create the sacred space necessary to hold onto the connection with our Creator, to anchor us in the Divine’s embrace.

It is a simple tool, when used with sincerity can cleanse old pains that are keeping us stuck in fear, and show us a way to carry on in the face of difficulties.

It is a tool that can bring such a feeling of love inside that you will feel like you have found Heaven on Earth, as it is life-changing.

It is the safest, most private way to carry your Sacred Space within your heart, where no one can take it away from you, no matter what happens.

I didn’t know where I was going with this post.  At first, I thought I would be talking about mini-altars in the home, but I was led to understand that each person needs to carve a Sacred Space right in their heart by using the healing prayer of Ho’Oponopono.

Like I said, the pot has been stirred, and each person is being called to tunnel into their heart and create your sacred space in the sanctity of your own soul and keep the fire stoked by using the cleaning prayer.

By God’s grace, I love you, I’m sorry, Please forgive me, Thankyou.

 

 

 

 

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Dear Diary…Day 20…27 Day Feng Shui Challenge

Today, I tackled paper clutter!  No one ever told me that coming across old paperwork from past employment, could bring up so many feelings.  Some good, some not so good.

Paper clutter is just as draining as anything else that no longer serves me.  Time to let go of those old memories that I no longer wish to carry around in my psyche and bring in the new!

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I basically have an old fashioned shredder that I place over the trash can, and shred away.

The thought occurred to me that this could be a pretty boring post, so I thought I would share how I did a make-over on my letter holder from India.

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I love these old carved pieces with inlay design.  The patterns are so intricate, and they are done by hand.  I just wanted to bring the beautiful floral pattern out to show it off more.

I had seen something similar in an import store nearby.

I brought it home, loaded a chip brush with some off-white chalk paint.  I was careful to scrape most of the paint off the brush, so that it was almost like a “dry brush” technique.

Then I just ran the brush across the surface, only touching the top of the design, so that you could see the contrast of the wood with the paint.  Once it was dry, it was ready to use.

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I love the lacey pattern that it made. Who knew that it would pick up some of the pattern in the armoire that it sits next to?  You can see how I painted the armoire here, Room Re-set challenge part 4.  I know, my desk is pretty scratched up.  But it’s a utility desk, and that doesn’t bother me.  Also, once I oiled down my desktop with dark wax by Annie Sloan, it pretty much disappeared.

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I let some natural light in to get a better shot, but it has been pretty gloomy lately, with the rain and all.

Today’s affirmation:  I am an irresistible magnet for checks, bills and currency – for everything that belongs to me by Diving Right.  Florence Scovill Shinn

Do what you can, with what you have, with where you are. Theodore Roosevelt

Cottage Necessities

 

How I use My Zone of Tranquility

via Photo Challenge: Solitude          Continued from “Creating a Zone of Tranquility”

I wanted to sit right down and start writing some thoughts to improve the article, about creating a Zone of Tranquility, when I realized that I needed to take some of my own advice, the advice that this article is all about……. finding a place for Solitude, Creating a Zone of Tranquility, as it’s called in Vastu, which is another term for Indian Feng Shui.

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But here’s my question;  How often do I use it?  Not often enough, I can tell you that!

And how long does it take to find the clarity I’m talking about?

 

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This muddy water has been sitting still for over a week

 

It’s taken this mud over a week to begin to finally settle, and it has been sitting still 24/7, and it still isn’t clear.

So, how long does it take our minds, when they are being constantly bombarded with new information, and what can we do to take the process of clearing our minds one-step-further?

You may have stopped watching television, or at least, edited what you do allow to enter your mind by being more selective about what you give your attention to.

You may have already carved out a sacred space in your home to use as your place of Solitude, your Zone of Tranquility.

You may even have limited the amount of time you spend on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Etsy, Ebay , Shopify, and email to a reasonable time period.

But how do you spend those 15 minutes per day of ” clearing obscurations-of-the-mind”?

And what if I can’t get into a sitting pretzel position on the floor to meditate?

And what can I use to help me, once I do figure out the correct posture to begin?

 

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This is my Zone

 

My Dear Cottage Mavens!  I can only share with you my experience, and hope that you will be able to create your “zone” that is unique to you.

I like to sit in a comfortable chair, preferably a wingback because it has good back support.  But any chair will do as long as you can plant your feet firmly on the floor.  I also like a pillow at my back to support my lumbar, and a soft blanket to wrap up in.

This is called the” Westerner’s siitting meditation posture “coined  by Paramahansa Yogananda.  Here are some guidelines:

  1. Sit up straight in a chair
  2. Eyes closed and focused between the eyebrow
  3. Head erect
  4. Feet flat on the floor
  5. Palms resting on the thighs at the juncture of the abdomen

The reason to keep the eyes focused between the eyebrows is because if they are lowered, your thoughts will begin to stray.

Keeping the back straight and head erect, align the spine to receive Divine Light from Source, and to help you stay awake.

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I like to hold two palm stones in my hands.  My favorite stones or crystals to hold are Rose Quartz, clear quartz, and amethyst. It’s a personal choice.  You can even go look in your garden fr a couple of smooth rocks that fit comfortably in your palms.

They all have a living vibration, and I’ve noticed a feeling of groundedness, and I go deeper into the silence.

Today, I sat with two rose quartz crystals.

Sitting quietly, calming the mental chatter, I began feeling a wash of chills flowing through my body.

For me, this confirms the presence of my Angels and guides.

This is when I take a moment to let the blessings flow over me, as though my whole body is being cleansed, healed, and burdens are being lifted and transformed.

This is the feeling of pure and total bliss that is waiting for you.

I also take this time to express gratitude and give thanks for the healing vibration that I’ve experienced for body, mind, and soul.

Today I asked my rose quartz if they had a special message to impart.

” They help in reaching a state of calmness and help in connecting us to the heart center”  Rose Quartz

I can affirm this to be true.

When I wear rose quartz as jewelry, I’ve noticed that my connection with others is more intimate, and heart centered.

Learning to meditate

is not easy at first, and it takes years of practice.  Every time you sit, you will have a different experience.

Once learned and established as a way of life, it will change you in miraculous ways.

Running, gardening, knitting, painting are meditative practices, and will raise your vibration, but cannot be compared to having the lasting and profound effects of a sitting meditation practice.

Rumi ~~~~ Out beyond ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing, there is a field.  I’ll meet you there.

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Part One: I answered the Miss Mustard Seed Reset your room challenge, and here’s what I did…..

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Here are the before pictures of the room.  It is a very small area, and very dark, only getting the morning and afternoon light.  Since I am in a condo,  Privacy in the window is of utmost importance.  I need to let as much light in as possible, while still maintaining my privacy. Originally, the lace curtains that you see in the photo, hung to the floor.  I did a mock up of a roman shade to see if I would like it.  The bookcase under the window would have to go.  The large bookcases, will remain in the dark walnut color original to the maker’s design.

What is the Miss Mustard Seed Reset your Room Challenge, you may be asking your self?   Well, for the longest time, I have been an admirer, stalker?, and follower of her wonderful blog, that is full of beautiful photography, and writing from the heart.  In fact, she is the one that I give credit to, though she doesn’t have a clue, for the reason, inspiration for me starting my own blog.  I think and breathe design, even though my budget is limited, I would spend my last dime on a table or chair, that I can repurpose, paint, or refinish.  So….

I took on the challenge to pick a room, it took about a minute to decide, my dining room was in need of a lighten, brighten, and quieten, to see what it needed.  The room was crowded, lacked any style, was way too dark, and was the one room that was the dumping place for anything that didn’t have a place, and it wasn’t being used for it’s intended purpose, an eating area.

The other part, was that I needed to do it without any additional money spent, or at least minimal.  So, I had to use what I already had in my stash.

The room above shows it after I have removed everything but the big pieces of furniture, which MMS calls a “room reset”  and Myquillin, the Nester, calls ” quieting the room”  Either one works for me, and I think it is a great way to start.  It is also, a great Feng Shui principle to empty the room, and get the “chi” moving .  Clutter causes the energy to stagnate, and when things get moved, the energy is set free and allowed to circulate.  It also feels great to see a room without all the stuff in it, so that you can get a better perspective from looking at it with fresh eyes.

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My first priority was the window.  I found this remnant in my fabric stash, and loved the colors with the rest of the furnishings in my living room, as you can see in the second photo, where I have it next to a chair fabric.  The colors are teal, brown, and soft burnished red on a cream background.  This was just enough material to do the cafe curtain…..

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First try, and they didn’t look right, so I folded one under to see if a shorter version would look better.  Also, the rod was sagging, so I inserted a couple of shish kebob skewers in the rod.  Cafe curtain rods come in a maximum 48″ long, which is just enough to cover my window. Any more, and the rod would have pulled apart. Also, since I was limited on the amount of fabric, I was not able to get an exact pattern match with the repeat being 29″.

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The next thing I did, was take a sheer rod pocket panel that I already had, and sewed a new rod pocket along the long side of it.  I used four ribbons, cut about 36″ long to hoist it up into the balloon shade valance that you see in the second picture.  I also felt like the cafe panels were too darkening, so I cut the original lace panels down, and put them on a tension rod behind the cafe panels for a layered look.  There is basically nothing that I can do with the verticle blinds that are a permanent fixture in the condo, and give me the most privacy at night.  I love the way it turned out.  I already had the fabric for the panels, the sheer curtain panel, and the lace panels that I cut down.  When I was digging around, I found two packages of cafe curtain rings ( 30 total) and had the tension rod.  The only purchase so far, was the cafe rod, and I used a coupon for 50% off, so it cost me roughly $4.00.

Tune in next time to see what surprises showed up for me when I was right in the middle of painting the chairs!