Moving from within to without, the awakened and aware spirit is one that will become a trailblazer in this realm and others. To fulfill that role, the seeker accepts and activates the role of the divine (Thou Art God/dess), lives in balance (as within, so without), and now takes the step toward remembering and rebuilding his or her connection with the ancestors, the tribe, the world, and, by extension, the cosmos. Our ancestors give us the gift of tradition and the tribe reminds us of our humanness—our needs, wants, goals, things of which the communal necessity of companionship and a supportive group of intertwined individuals cannot be denied. Finally, the earth becomes our teacher, our provider, and a reflection of the universe and God, and it has a few surprises in store for us along the way.
True spiritual awareness means being present and paying attention. It means finding the power of your personal space, so that other spaces (teaching spaces, praying spaces, ritual spaces, be-ing spaces) make themselves known to you. Even a concrete slab can house sacred energies. Walls can talk but people don’t always listen. If you’re already living in the moment, and listening to your inner/outer God/dess, you’ll probably find special sanctuaries quite naturally. As an adult, however, it helps to have some guidelines as to what type of sensations to look for when you stumble upon a sacred place. These cues include:
*A tingling sensation (like static)
*The feeling that you’ve stepped into another time or dimension (due to a shift in energies)
*A sudden hush or calm around and within
*Intense emotional, physical, creative, or spiritual responses to a place or space evoked without warning
*Unusually lush plant or animal life
*The presence of light (or brighter light) as compared to adjacent areas
Unlike spontaneous sacredness, many spiritual centers have long-term, regionally specific holiness that’s often recognized by a wide variety of people, some of whom may not be spiritually oriented. Many people believe that these centers take their resonance from a historical event, from ley lines, from a unique composition of plant matter or stones, etc. In any case, whatever exists in that spot makes people feel differently—more awake and aware. And once such a place is discovered, the next obvious question is what do we do with this awareness, this powerful place? What is our ethical responsibility?
The most common responses to that question are “protect them, of course” and “bring other people here to experience this.” If we see the earth as sacred, this place isn’t really more sacred, it just affects us differently. Does that one spot deserve our extra protection, versus those efforts we extend on a planetary level? If we’re thinking globally and acting locally, perhaps the best thing is to devote our energy to safeguarding that spot, knowing that by extension it ties into the greater all. But shouldn’t we ask the spirits of the land first? What do they want?
It is not our place to trample into nature, add magickal energy willy-nilly, and walk away feeling puffed up and pleased with ourselves. To honor the earth, it would be nice to make an effort toward a polite introduction, reconnection, and relationship-building process with nature. It respects the power of place. The change in attitude turns a personal expression into a sacred excursion.
And how does bringing other people to sacred spaces figure into relationship building and respect? It depends on how you look at it. Many people would rejoice in revealing such energies to another being and watching the wonder in their exploration. However, would we be doing this for their good or because of personal desire? It’s similar to a child saying, “Look what I found!” It’s natural to want to share, but we must always consider the other seeker’s best interest. Would it be better for them to discover the power of place in their own time? Or would experiencing it communally be even a greater expression of the indwelling wonder and divinity of all things?
Do or don’t do. Those are really the options. Either decision, however, should be guided by the God/dess, tempered by balance, and nurtured by positive intention.
—-A Witch’s 10 Commandments: Magickal Guidelines for Everyday Life