What Makes Transforming Empty Space Sacred?
One of my favorite books from the ’80’s defined those things considered women’s work as sacred work. In Sacred Dimensions of Women’s Experience, affairs of the home generally handled by women, such as cooking, cleaning, and care-giving, were interpreted from a deeper spiritual perspective.
The Chapter, “Creating Sacred Space”, transformed my perspective on home decorating. Elizabeth Dodson Gray’s article, Women as Creators of Sacred Order, described the power women have when stepping into an empty room and transforming it into a living environment.
What makes it sacred work? Furniture placement, color choice, decorative touches impact movement, mood, and interaction of everyone living in that space. As Gray says, it shapes their world.*
What Transforms a Furnished Room into Sacred Space?
What transforms a furnished room into a space that stirs your heart, touches your soul, and lifts your spirit? Making choices with a clear intention to create a place of sanctuary influences color, design, placement, and the decorative elements you select. According to Laura Morris – Co-Founder of Mindful Design Feng Shui School, “Mindfully designing your home with intention is the foundation of creating a sanctuary; a place where you can begin manifesting your goals, intentions, and purpose.” (9 Ways to Create Sacred Space, Mindful Design Blog, posted September 21, 2020).**
And finally, the space you create from empty space is sacred space because it is a “mirror” of who you are and what you value. When done with conscious awareness, furniture placement, color choices, and decorative touches reflect what matters to you, what inspires you, what nourishes your soul. The space is the outer expression the inner you, your true sacred self. ***
Preparation for Circle Discussion
In preparation for Circle discussion, select the space in your home where you feel you have created sacred space. The range of options may be surprising. Chris Casson Madden in her book, A Room of Her Own: Women’s Personal Spaces, noted that nearly half of the American women she surveyed identified their bath as their place for personal time and sanctuary.
When you have identified your favorite sacred space, spend a few minutes in this space reflecting on the questions below.****
Questions for Circle Discussion
- What was your intention when designing or creating this sacred space?
- What elements contribute to making this area look and feel like sacred space for you?
- How is this space a mirror of who you are and what you value?
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*Gray, Elizabeth Dodson. “Women as Creators of Sacred Order.” Gray, Ed. Elizabeth Dodson. Sacred Dimensions of Women’s Experience. Wellesley, MA: Round Table Press, 1988. p 98-102.
*** Lampmann, Teresa. The ABC Path toward True Wisdom: A Woman’s Guide to Trusting What She Knows in Her Heart Is True, Balboa Press, 2017. “Quality Quietude”, p. 109-113.
****Madden, Chris Casson. A Room of Her Own: Women’s Personal Spaces, Clarkson Potter Publishers, 1997. p.11-12.
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