I find peace in things that I find sacred…
And I’ve also found new meaning in the word “sacred”. I was raised in the Roman Catholic tradition. There are lots of sacred trinkets and amulets in that tradition (although I thought amulets were a no-no, but that’s a discussion for another post). But what I have discovered now that I am a lot older are that sacred things are not necessarily religious things. I was formerly brought to believe that from my upbringing — it had to be consecrated by a priest or said to be sacred by a religious leader in order for it to be sacred.
As I grew and evolved spiritually, I left that religious tradition. The belief system there did not feed my soul. It threatened and chastised me constantly, leaving me fearing at every moment that I would see the “hell fire.” I’m sorry, but that ain’t how God(dess) wants us to live. S/He doesn’t want us to live in fear, never has, never will. Why would s/he give us such beautiful things and the knowledge for things like television and radio if we weren’t supposed to enjoy those things?
But this post isn’t about my spiritual beliefs so let me turn the corner right here before I get off on a tangent… This post is about some of the sacred things I love. This morning, after taking my son to school, I returned home and entered the Art Journal Love Studio to open and hold space for today’s creativity. After creating sacred space for creativity, I set up another altar in the Studio — this makes 3. It’s just a small altar on my desk that can easily be changed as new things become sacred to me or as I decide on new things to add or replace other things on the altar:
This little altar brings me so much joy! It has a tiny statue of Buddha, a tea light candle in the middle, and the rest are simply healing crystals that called to me to be part of this altar today. Some of the crystals I have here include:
- An inner circle of moonstone closes to the tea light.
- An outer circle of crystals that include Dioptase, Malachite, Shungite, Rose Quartz, and Clear Quartz.
- The Clear Quartz is meant to super charge all of the items on the altar.
This altar called to be created. My intention was to come down and do art. That will also happen. But this altar wanted to be created before any art got made. I am sure that my participation in Effy Wild’s Moonshine class has helped me to recognize what I was yearning to create this morning. It wasn’t a page in an art journal — not just yet. It was the call to create this sacred space with these things that are sacred to me.