The Gentle Art of Sacred Space.
The Four Agreements.
“1. Be Impeccable With Your Word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
2. Don't Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering.
3. Don't Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
4. Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.”
― Don Miguel Ruiz
A brave new world.
So, I have made those steps into the brave new world and facilitate Tarot groups and various shenanigans online. I have to say that doing so has been like a master class in tutor development as I have had to take note of all those areas where I have got a bit careless or complacent. Online classes have a way of showing glaring holes even in the most masterly of tuitions. I am thankful for it. Taking note of what the content and the groups need has been a most worthwhile effort.
One of the areas that required immediate attention was the group's loss of contact and immersion in the weekly group soul energy that physical class space provides. Camaraderie and kinship are essential to any healthy spiritual group and I found there was a real sense of loss. It became clear that online classes had to be handled in a completely different way, after all, for many of us it was all so new and nobody quite knew what to expect.
The plus side of online teaching is that there has been a wider reach for participation and so those people that wouldn’t normally be able to attend in person, because they lived outside of London, now have the opportunity to join the merry band of Tarotnauts.
The most important thing to do seemed to be to create a feeling of togetherness.
The community was still alive and well but was operating in a different form. It was important not to take it for granted that everyone was just going to get on with it. So at the beginning of each workshop we create the sacred space ritual. This is where we each bring something to the table that will add to the energetic matrix provided by the group. We all agreed to share the journey in some way, somehow, and in some place, so making the ethernet a sacred space seemed an obvious step forward.
The thing about sacred space is that everyone has an element of responsibility to the upkeep of the space. The onus of responsibility does not fall on any particular person as it is a shared task. This requires mindfulness, patience and awareness of your own actions. What this does is preserve independence of the individual in a group setting.
We begin by each speaking out what they perceive as a safe and sacred space.
Everyone else honours it and imagines it and by so doing another layer of the matrix comes into being. The individual then becomes the collective.
Creating the etheric structure of the space is vital whether it is imagined as temple, yurt or grove. Fundamentally it is there as an energetic ‘house’ with a roof and sides and a foundation.
This can provide the lesson that when we work with spirit we don’t need four walls or candles and crystals. We just need faith and trust and imagination. The imagination allows us to participate in an inner spiritual event.
Sacred space allows the participant to let go of the outside, mundane world and ‘be’ in their own magical, inner landscape and to connect wholeheartedly to their spirit. This is something we don't always get to do as we are often so busy. Letting go of anything can be daunting - all that uncertainty. We must remember that the outcome of all this architecture may not be perfect but if the intention is there it will be as perfect as it can be.
Sacred space is a place where we nurture ourselves and others.
We learn from each other about how to do this. Group soul is a marvellous thing! We are then reminded of our place in the natural world and the collective is interdependent on each other. In establishment there is strength.
Being able to speak freely and honestly is a large component. The individual’s inner teacher aligns with the overall essence of the moment. The maverick and the traditionalist alike have their part to play. We all learn from each other and that is the nature of safe space. We embrace the awakening in another and by so doing we recognise it in ourselves.