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Easy steps to create a Sacred Space

Easy steps to create a Sacred Space:
This should really be titled ‘Creating Space for the Sacred’. Because, in reality, we do not need a physical space to be or perform the sacred or to create our art. But we do need to ask ourselves: ‘what does sacred mean to us and how can we access the sacred more easily’?
To me it is several powerful things – It is space for quiet (I have a very lively three year old little girl), it is me time. It is my running routine where I repeat powerful intentions and mantras in my mind. It is my bath as I listen to music and relax. It is my work space where I light candles and write. It is my evening yoga before bed and my reading upon waking. It is my daily green smoothie. It is also my time with my friends to laugh and talk, to cook tasty food from scratch and it is making the time to watch a movie uninterrupted.
One thing it doesn’t have to be is complicated. In a world where we over stimulate ourselves and over-complicate everything – we sometimes need to take the pressure off of ourselves and not make this another thing to add to the ‘to-do-list’.
The second thing we can ask is: What do we want out of our new found sacred space? Is it to help dream up big life plans? Or to move forwards with all the projects we have bursting out of our minds?
For our art and creativity to be born into this world, we absolutely have to find some kind of solace, space and sacred stillness or sacred friction.

 

In today’s world, we are addicted to being busy and hyper connected. We live in hyperactive spaces, which pollute our minds with images and idea’s that are not our own. For there to be both inner and outer sacred space we should aim for progress and not perfection. Each day is a new day and we can begin again on our pilgrimage for sacred space. Some days I can fit in a full hour of sacred space time, and others it’s 15 minutes. If you have children at home, you know life can be unpredictable. So, do the best you can to plan it in and ask others to support you too. When you start taking yourself seriously, others will too.

 
I love visiting chapels and temples as they feel sacred on a vibrational level. This is because they are infused with intentional prayer and thought. I love popping into the church at the end of my road during the day and I’m the only one there. The stillness is pregnant with possibility, ripe with potentiality.
When working through the steps below – the most important thing to be factored in is actually TIME.

 

You should see your growth and creativity as a priority in your life, so make sure you are creating time for your evolution and art. That really means saying no to stuff – commitments and parties too. This was my hardest thing to do. I am a social butterfly and I hated to see the fun go on without me. But it did, and guess what? I got busier with my big life plans and things started to come to fruition much quicker, because I wasn’t always hung over and suffering. My life and work gives me such a buzz now, I have as much fun working as I do partying!

 

 

Small steps to help nurture a sacred space:

1) Cleaning and De-Cluttering – When was the last time you had a good clear out of old unwanted things and other stuff with old or negative energy? Take time each week to clear your space and your mind.

 

2) Intentional Rituals –Turning the TV off and keeping them out of bedrooms. This was one of the best things I’ve ever done. Bedrooms are for all things sacred. Doing something intentional to set up your day, like reading and making it a ritual. Just start with a promise of 5 minutes per day and build up.

 

3) Regular Exercise & Self Care- A spiritual practice is called a practice, because we do need to actually practice. You don’t attend the gym once and expect to be physically fit. Yoga can be both meditative and physically challenging. A lovely walk in nature is always an enchanting thing to do. You also won’t find your sacred space at the bottom of a bottle of beer or wine. Whilst I love champagne and all things wine, I made my life work and family a higher priority. This took me until my thirties to establish and my life is far more balanced now. On the flip side! If you haven’t been out to have fun in ages – get your self out there! Go and dance the night away. Dancing is sacred too! 🙂

 
4) Meditation and Music – These two are incredibly important. Meditation does not have to be done in silence, sitting in a painful position. To quieten what Buddha called our ‘drunken monkey minds’ we can find a few minutes to light a candle, breath into our bellies and intentionally ask for peace and space. For me, I have to work with inspiring music. It moves me and takes me on my journey. It gives me flow and allowing when I’m creating.

 
5) Altars, Gratitude Tables, Creation Desks – My desk has mantra’s, spiritual icons, nature (a plant) and crystals and candles. It still gets messy, as I’m a messy worker but it’s a beautiful space where I like to be. I also have a little shrine to Buddha in my bedroom. My sacred spaces are my anchor and I feel calm when I am in them. Take a few minutes to make a space today, if you haven’t already and practice your attitude of gratitude.

 

It is the small steps of daily preparation can really add up. Then slowly your sacred space becomes just that – totally sacred and a tip top priority for you.

 

 

I hope this has inspired you to create your inner and outer sacred spaces.

 

Big beautiful love,

Kerrie x

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Creating Conditions for Change

Something I have come across so many times – with my clients and even myself sometimes is – that we are willing for changes to happen and really desire a shift in circumstances or situation but we do not create the momentum needed or create the conditions for change. Creating the right conditions for change can be a simple procedure or a mammoth operation – depending on – yes you guessed it: how you want to look at it. You get to decide – will it be easy or hard?
What an inspiring week I’ve had in London at Amnesty International learning NLP (Neuro Linguistical Programing) – Behavioural Patterning. It sounds a little like gobbledygook but it was so useful and interesting and it really got to heart of the process of change.
Our teacher – himself an NLP master who’s worked with Bandler (NLP co-creator), was hilarious and a bit of a comedian. He reminded me of John Candy’s Coach Character –Irv Blitzer from Cool Runnings – the film where four Jamaicans try their luck at Bobsledding at the Calgary Winter Games. He not only looked like him, but sounded like him too – both fellow Americans.
I loved this film; in fact my whole family loved it. And perhaps this film is also quite a representation of how these four wannabe bobsledders made a change for themselves and the sport. They arrived total underdogs and left applauded losers – however, when they went back four years later – they were accepted as equals.
Change is what humans do and need to do to survive. They need to adapt and adjust, modify and evolve if they want to thrive. Children are the most flexible among us. They are in the flow of life and can acclimatise to most situations – even difficult ones. The most successful businesses are those that adapt in the face of adversity and adjust their sails accordingly.
So how do we make progress and change in our lives? For me it’s always about getting really clear on what I want and figuring out the consequences for all outcomes.
It’s also about letting humour and light hearted fun play a part in the process of change. Taking yourself seriously enough but not too seriously. If we can laugh at our resistance to change, then we can see the situation as absurd, break the spell, then move onwards and hopefully upwards.
I am a lover of change – in fact – I believe that there may be a little bit of Romany Traveller in there, as I get a strong urge to move with the wind. I love packing a bag and setting off on travels and I enjoy the feeling of (some) uncertainty. Many people are the polar opposite of this.
If you have an issue in your life right now that needs change, then:
• Pay it attention – figure out what all the consequences are if you do not act
• Decide what the priorities are – take some action
• If it’s a small issue – try to see the humour in something that is eating up your energy – take some action
• If it’s a biggie – ask for help and support – take some action
• Lastly – Take some action!
I hope that your week is full of any needed change – big or small.
Big beautiful love,
Kerrie x

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Creativity is a Force

 

Creativity is an actual force of nature or life or whatever you want to call it. It can – allowed to flourish – have a life of its own. And creativity can be brought in to all your daily endeavours, large or small. Most importantly – creativity can breathe and bring beautiful life to the smallest of mundane things or tasks.
Many people don’t think of themselves as creative, but in fact – just being human is creative. Each day has creative pulse, rhythms and process – from dressing in the morning to make yourself feel well presented or empowered, cooking lovely food and treats, engaging in conversation with others, laughing and joking, storytelling, making future plans for holidays and exciting trips and playing with our kids on the floor each night and stepping in to their worlds. Even our bodies are at biological creative play – a dance of molecules, atoms, energies and vibrations – light and movement.
Creativity is described as a ‘phenomenon’ or a ‘state’. It is the conjuring up of new ideas, plans, projects and generally being open to inventiveness and innovation. Without creativity, humans would just be ‘functioning’ and not in any way flourishing. I actually don’t believe that humans could exist without creativity. Surely all the mass migrations across continents and the sharing of linguistics came down to more than just an evolutionary need? It was also due to the need for creativity and the need to share ideas, seeds, culture and love – and then therefore to survive and thrive.
Creativity plays an important role within all the primary hierarchy of needs, as it makes up half of the need itself. We could all potentially bring more creativity into the smallest of tasks. I know from spending time in economically poor places and with people who have way less than we do here – that they are hugely inventive and creative with their daily menus and their décor and their fashion… and they are very culturally rich! And most often, they do not feel poor. Their traditions are basically creative heritage passed down through the generations which strings them all together, like a time line of pearls, shining the light of creativity.
All successful business is hinged on creativity, of some kind. And the ‘creative sector’ is rapidly growing – with more creative services being exploited via the web nowadays. There has never been a better time to be in a creative career, which is music to my ears!
How do we ‘be’ or ‘become’ more creative? Perhaps it’s the uncomplicated art of acknowledging and allowing our creative force to flow through us and out of us rather than ignoring and stifling it.
It can be as simple as:
• Showing up in the moment – being fully present and enjoying what the magical NOW is offering you
• Taking up that online hobby course you’ve been fancying for months
• Journaling – when you have a spare few minutes and letting the ideas flow
• Taking ten minutes to day dream
• Learning a new instrument that you’ve always dreamt of
• Visiting that art gallery or seeing a show

We are on this earth to express ourselves fully. Whatever that means to most of us, if we allow it – it will all be unique and enriching. More music to my ears…..
Enjoy your creative week!
Big beautiful love,
Kerrie x

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