Good morning and welcome back to Inspiration Corner! I hope you’ve had an inspired week. Yesterday, Sam and I renewed our vows, and I’ll be writing a blog post for Monday about it, along with some pictures. But today, I want to talk about making your home a sanctuary. Today will be part one, and next Sunday, part two.
The world can seem awfully rough at times, and there’s so much going on in our lives that sometimes it feels like we don’t have time to breathe. Also, if we have any health problems, or other problems in our lives that seem to loom over us, it makes everything seem that much more precarious. So what I want to talk about today is ways in which to make your home feel more like a sanctuary.
The definition of sanctuary is simply: A place of a refuge, a safe place. It can also refer to a sacred or holy place. When you think about it, when your home feels safe and secure, it takes on its own kind of sacred feeling.
For our first step, I want you to really look around your home. Think about how it makes you feel. Don’t focus on what you want in terms of—gee, I wish I had a new sofa, or I wish I had a mansion. For this first step, really look at your home the way it is.
How do you feel when you walk in the door? When you get home after a long day at work? Close your eyes, and take a few moments to imagine walking through your front door. What are the first feelings that you notice? What comes to mind? Are you glad to be home? Does it feel like when you shut the door, you have shut out the world? Or do you feel rattled, or like you’ve just stumbled into another pile of troubles?
Once you have identified how you feel when you walk into your home, now it’s time to see what changes you can make. If your home feels gracious, welcoming, cozy, and protective, then it seems like you’ve already major home a sanctuary and you probably don’t need to read the rest of this post. But if your home feels off, or jarring, then it’s time to make some changes.
One of the first things that I taught my magickal students, when I still taught classes in magick and witchcraft, was that a cluttered space leads to a cluttered mind.
Now there will always be day-to-day clutter that you can’t get away from. In fact, it makes a home feel lived in when you’ve got a jacket hanging over the chair and a book on the coffee table with a bookmark in it.
But…too much stuff jammed together, too many things sitting around on the floor, all this clutter traps energy and keeps it stagnant. So one of the first things you can do to shift the energy is to clean up. Put things away, and if they don’t have a place, make one for them. If you have too many things in a small space, ask yourself if there’s anything you really don’t use, don’t love, and don’t need, and donate it or if you find enough things, hold a garage sale. If you have children, enlist their help. It’s their home too, and they need to learn to respect it.
Cobwebs and dust also trap energy and lead to a feeling of stagnation. So get out the duster, and clear away the dust. After you have de-cluttered and dusted, it’s time to cleanse the energy.
Smudging with sage helps clear negative energy out of the house. Just make sure to disconnect the smoke detectors first, and reconnect them afterward. Another method to clear energy that I have used for many years is this: Mix one cup water to one cup salt in a bowl. Make up a bowl for every room in the house. Let it sit in the room overnight and then, the next morning do one of two things: If you are on a sewer system, pour the water down the drain and run cold water for a minute. If you are on a septic system, take the salt water out well away from your house and pour either on a patch of dirt, or into running water. If you have children or pets, cover the bowls or set up high enough so that they can’t get into it. Be certain to thoroughly was the bowls afterward. This is an excellent way to remove negative energy from a room.
I also suggest checking out a book on Feng shui from the library, because the arrangement of furniture and placement of certain items makes a huge difference in the energy flow of your home. My favorite book on the subject is called Feng Shui Your Life by Jayme Barrett, but there are a lot of good books out there. Feng shui is all about the flow of energy in your home to help provide peace, prosperity, and a sense of security in your life. There are also a lot of magical touches that you can add to your house, but I will save that for a post on kitchen witchery.
Part 2 Next Sunday