3 Tips for Creating a Sacred Space

Dear Viriditas Community,

How do you start your day?

I start my day by making myself a cup of Earl Gray tea with coconut cream and then going into my office and sitting in front of my altar. I light a candle and sip my tea as I slowly and gently begin my prayer and meditation practice. How I look forward each day to this dedicated time in my sacred space. I start by connecting with the God of my understanding, seeking knowledge of the Divine’s will for me and the power to carry that out.

This week I want to share 3 Tips for Creating a Sacred Space with you.

Having a special space in your home that is designated as sacred can help you to take a moment to pause during the day and remember the Divine. This space can be used for prayer, meditation, and reflection.

You want it to warm your heart like a wonderful hug from a loved one. This space is for you… your health… your life.

Here are a few tips to get you started.

1.  Find the best location in your home. 

Look for a space that is quiet, separate from activity in the house.A place that feels comfortable and protected to you. Where you can relax and not be surprised by someone opening a door or walking up behind you.

Not sure where, as space is limited in your home? Be creative. Look for a corner not being used. Add a curtain or a screen to make it more protected.

Or maybe there is a bookshelf, windowsill or the top of a dresser you could clear off.

Or how about a small stand or wooden box turned upside down and placed in a quiet place?

2.  Make it comfortable and nurturing.

Take a closer look and see what is around your new space.. Consider how these will support you or maybe distract you.

Having a nearby chair or a special pillow to sit on just for your sacred space will help you to be able to feel comfortable and to relax within the space.

What lighting would you like? A lamp nearby that emits warm light or just the light of a candle? Maybe the natural light that shines in a window nearby?

This is a healing space to nurture you and your body-spirit connection. Be sure it’s a space where you can come to calm and center. Where you can step away from the rest of the world into quiet solitude.

3.  Ensoul the space with meaning and beauty. 

Look around your home for items to add to your sacred space. They don’t have to be elaborate or expensive. Look for things that are meaningful to you. 

Maybe a cloth to bring color to your space?  Then some special items placed on it.

Things from the natural world such as a plant, stones, or a feather may be important pieces for grounding and connection.

What else do you want to include?  Consider:

  • a candle with matches
  •  a diffuser for essential oils
  •  a meaningful poem or verse
  •  a small statue of a god or goddess that is important to you
  •  a photo of inspiration

Arrange all of your special pieces with beauty in your sacred space.

Looking for more ideas of special items?  How about these?

  • a crystal
  • prayer or mala beads
  • inspirational or devotional books
  • a vision board
  • a photo of a spiritual teacher, mentor or beloved ancestor

Once your sacred space is ready, you can begin using it for deep breathing, meditation, and reflection. Connecting to the Divine within will bring you a sense of peace and harmony. You’ll find yourself calmer, happier, and ready to enter back into your daily life with ease.

For those of you who already have a sacred space, give it a little TLC this week. If you don’t have a sacred space yet, I encourage you to make one this week. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Start with a simple candle and a copy of your favorite poem. Your space will grow with you over time.

Finally, I invite you to share a photo of your sacred space with me. Let’s inspire each other!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

The 5 Healing Benefits of Art as a Meditative Practice

UPCOMING EVENTS
The Doctor of the Soul – Healing with Mantra series scheduled to begin on September 1st has been postponed. New dates will be announced soon.

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Dear Viriditas Community,

This week I am going to write about something that is very near and dear to my heart. I am going to share The 5 Healing Benefits of Art as a Meditative Practice with you.

As some of you know I have experienced some profound healings over the years. I healed a congenital heart condition. I overcame debilitating panic attacks. I healed a pelvis that was frozen in pain. Art as a Meditative Practice has been the foundation of all of these healings.

Think back to a moment when you have created something – created anything at all. Something where you were fully immersed in the moment in time, away from all other distractions.

How did you feel?

From where were you inspired?

What seemed to want to express itself through you?

As creator, as artist, a vibrant flow of energy flows through your whole body. You know you are part of something greater.

The Divine flow that moves you needs to come to earth, in physical form. To express itself in form through you, the artist.

Meister Eckhart says it beautifully, “Whatever I want to express in its truest meaning must emerge from within me and pass through an inner form. It cannot come from outside to the inside but must emerge from within.”

Fueled with the breath of inspiration from within, you, the artist, begin to paint, sing a song, move in dance, write words, cook a delicious meal or use other materials for expression in creating.

The outer world of daily tasks and the chatter in your mind both disappear, and your focus comes to the task before you.

You can feel the call from within, and you know it’s time to take action.

So, you begin.

You lose track of what’s outside in the world – schedules, tasks, and time. Your thoughts dissolve. This vibrant creative force infuses your whole being. You feel fully alive. And joyfully engaged.

Your process may be smooth and flow easily at times. It may be bumpy and chaotic at other times. It may move quickly. Or slowly.

But, it’s not time for judgment or critique. Nor for thinking. This is the time for presence in the moment. Surrendering to the process and that which moves you from within.

And when your creative moment is done for that day, you are pleasantly drained, for you feel complete. You are grateful. And now satisfied, you rest peacefully.

The sweet nectar of the Divine has been brought to Earth through you.  

Creating art, when focusing on the process and not product, can help us to access a meditative state, tapping into a deeper and quieter part of ourselves. A place of inner stillness without the busyness of the mind.

Here we can enter a feeling of flow and freedom, free of judgment, separation, and physical boundaries. A space without limits. A space for self-discovery and expression.  An opportunity for healing.

Human beings are naturally creative.  It is part of our nature.

And being creative brings us back to this state – our true nature.

Our true nature that brings us to a place of balance and a place of health.

When was the last time you engaged in art in a way that created a meditative state? Too long?

Maybe you don’t think of yourself as an artist?  The good news is you don’t have to!  You are a creator – one who creates out of the materials that long to be used for creation.

As human beings, we are naturally creative.

You may be pleasantly surprised to discover how much art you have inside of you. Yearning to be discovered and come out in the world.

Which art calls to you today?

  • Music
  • Dance
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Clay/Pottery
  • Weaving
  • Writing
  • Gardening
  • Cooking
  • Using objects – beads, glass, jewelry
  • Something else?

As you engage in art, in creating, energy begins to flow. For energy flows toward creativity.

And where energy flows, a powerful healing force can arise.  For yourself. And for the world.

How can art be a meditative practice in your life? So you can….

1.   Enter into self-discovery and self-expression.
2.   Step out of the busyness of the day and the mind, to a state of presence.
3.   Engage in a creative process with flow and freedom.
4.   Connect with the Divine through inspiration.
5.   Begin the flow of a powerful healing force.

“Creativity is not a solitary movement. This is its power. Whatever is touched by it, whoever hears it, sees it, senses it, knows it, is fed. That is why beholding someone else’s creative word, images, idea, fills us up, and inspires us to our own creative work. A single creative act has the potential to feed a continent. One creative act can cause a torrent to break through stone.” – Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Don’t hesitate… Spend even five minutes today creating something out of the depths of your unique soul. I guarantee you won’t regret it! And neither will the rest of the world!

And then send me a little note telling me about your creation!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

Unstoppable!

Dear Viriditas Community,

Last week, I shared with you that David and I have begun a training at the Visionary Business School for socially conscious entrepreneurs. In addition to that, I also will be embarking upon a study of the highest level of Yogic Mystery School™ and School of Mantra with Russill Paul, a beloved teacher I’ve had in the past. The course is called The Sacred Mystery of Ganesha and we will begin with a powerful mantra from the Upanishads linked to the Atharva Veda.

We’ll be working at the deepest level of obstacles that we can remove at this time in our lives. This will support moving into the highest level of consciousness that we’re able to attain at this time. As a result, our lives and relationships will be deeply enriched. We will experience not only the sounds and words of the mantra, but the forms of energy that are able to transform us, our relationships, and the world. Then we can be the best we can be in our world!

Russill’s passion is helping others live an abundant spiritual life energized by love and graced with inner peace. He has worked towards this end for the past 30 years, bringing his gifts of healing music and knowledge of spiritual empowerment to the lives of thousands.

He’s been teaching spirituality in the west for 26 years at some of the most respected institutions, centers and conferences in the US and Canada. His formation was that of a Benedictine monk and yogi in India. Apart from teaching his online programs and live events around the US and other parts of the world, he’s been a professional musician for 35 years, a music producer for 25 years, and a published author for 11 years.

I first met Russill Paul twenty years ago when he was my professor at the University of Creation Spirituality. I vividly remember the day I first experienced him chanting. I was profoundly moved by the power of his voice and spirit and knew that I wanted what he had. When I found out that (like Hildegard!) his formation was that of a Benedictine I was even more drawn to the man. To find out more about him and his programs I invite you to go to russillpaul.com.

I will be sharing the highlights of this program with you in the months ahead. For now, I can tell you that in one of the beginning meditations as we chant: “Om Lum Namaste Garnapatayai” we hear Russill’s words saying: “Feel you can accomplish anything. Feel all powerful. The power of the Universe flows through you. The power of the stars resides in you. Unimaginable power courses through your being…. Feel the power growing inside you. All obstacles in your life are being removed now…Feel the living power of Ganesha swelling inside you, expanding inside you….you see your way clearly and you are able to blast through any obstacle that stands in your way. You are unstoppable.”

When I heard this meditation for the first time, I smiled. One of the keys to success in the Visionary Business School is to be unstoppable, knowing that there is a solution to every problem. Yes, synergy! I sense that the Divine is giving me a strong message that major transformation lies ahead for me this year. OK Jeannine, take a deep breath.

I look forward to the year ahead and will keep you all posted!

Sending so much love…

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS I was unstoppable as I reorganized my office last week.
As promised here is the “after photo” of my bookshelf!

Viriditas Weekly News

Dear Viriditas Community,

The Doctor Of The Soul is back in school! It is time for me to listen to the yearnings of my soul. In this newsletter I am going to tell you about one of the two programs I started this past month. Next week, I will tell you about the second one.

David and I recently began training in the Visionary Business School for socially conscious entrepreneurs. The school is rooted in ancient wisdom, as well as modern day best practices that leverage the power of the internet. It covers what you need to grow a successful business that uses your unique talents and aligns with your higher purpose.

The best part for me is that the school attracts people from all over the world. And in November, David and I will be going to San Diego to meet over 300 of the entrepreneurs that are in training with us!

The founder of Visionary Business School, Ryan Eliason is on a mission to empower socially conscious entrepreneurs to transform the world’s most pressing problems with purpose-driven businesses of their own.

Recognized as one of the world’s top coaches for social entrepreneurs, Ryan has worked with over 6,200 satisfied clients from 85 countries and all 50 States through his results-focused and sold-out group training programs. His debut book –The 10 Best Ways to Get Paid for Changing The World – How To Make A Lucrative Career Out of Profound Service – was downloaded 73,000 times within the first 14 days of its launch.

Ryan’s commitment to making a difference in the world took root early. As a teenager, Ryan co-founded Youth for Environmental Sanity which has since supported more than 675,000 young visionary leaders from 65 nations working on social change, human rights and environmental sustainability. Ryan believes that business can be a powerful force for transformation, and his clients, visionary change makers across the globe, carry that flag with the training he provides to support their high impact and sustainable success.

One of the components of the program is exploring our beliefs to see if there are some that are limiting us. Ryan gives us powerful techniques to shift those beliefs. David and I are on phone calls with hundreds of people all supporting each other. The positive energy of this group is off the charts. In the months ahead I will be sharing the high lights from the program with you.

For now I invite you to CLICK HERE and find out more about this amazing man and his inspiring vision!

OK…I am off to work on my office space. One of our homework assignments is to create a supportive work environment. Today is the day I go through my office and make it a space it is a joy to be in. Here is a “before photo” of my book shelf. I will send you the “after photo” next week!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

Viriditas Weekly News

Dear Viriditas Community,

In Greek mythology, there’s a story of a cunning king of Corinth who was cursed by the gods to push a boulder up a hill to only have it reach the summit and then  roll back down to the bottom. He’d start the task once again, pushing the boulder up the hill, repeating this exercise for eternity.

Do you feel sometimes that there are obstacles in your life that just keep getting in the way of you living your best life? You’ve tried a few different routes to dissolve them, to push them up that hill. But, you don’t seem to be making the progress you’d like. The boulder seems to be stuck in a pattern and rolls back down the hill once again, dragging you with it.

Is this a battle that’s wearing you out? And you feel defeated and dis-empowered? Are you almost at your wit’s end? Frustrated? Not sure what will help?

You know you could live your best life and share your gifts with the world, but instead you’re stuck. Not sure how to move forward.

I understand!  I’ve felt like that before. Not being able to find my own voice, my own power, my path forward in life, while feeling great pain within. Indeed I used to suffer from severe panic attacks whenever I tried to sing in public. It was at that time that I discovered a spiritual practice that still is a potent healing force in my life today.

This practice will bring you a renewed sense of vitality and hope, supporting you in dissolving negative patterns that are holding you back. Then, you’ll be on your way to reaching your magnificence, living your best life!

If you have a connection to music and are curious about using mantras in your regular spiritual practice, then this practice is just right for you!

There are 7 healing mantras that are related to the chakras that are potent healing forces. They’ve been a foundational piece of my spiritual practice for over 10 years, and I’ve had such profound experiences with them that I’ve even introduced them to others in classes that I’ve offered over the last few years. And, now, I want to share them with you.

I’ve made it easy for you to learn the mantras in the comfort of your own home in my step-by-step guidebook How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras. It includes:

  • an overview of each chakra
  • a guide to figure out which chakras need balancing
  • an introduction to the mantra and Hindu deity or spiritual concept related to that chakra
  • the meaning and pronunciation of each mantra
  • guidance on how to create a sacred space and time for your mantra practice
  • an easy-to-follow instruction page for those who are beginners

Additionally, you’ll receive 7 audio recordings created by my husband, David Sharp and me, one for each mantra. These recordings will give you a chance to hear the Sanskrit words as you are learning them. And, then also use them in your regular practice. You simply sing along with me!


And for the first time, I am sharing

  • my own personal stories of the healing power of working with these sacred mantras, to inspire you as you begin
  • stories of the Hindu deities that bring them to life, to deepen your experience with each one

The participants in my classes have loved the feeling of community and sharing of oneness. They have enjoyed listening to my voice and how I lovingly describe strength and compassion. They have also voiced how much they appreciate the detail and slow manner I go through the sounds to make the mantras as well as the artistic and movement activities I outline to help them go deeper with the experience of chanting the mantras.

Just 10 minutes a day at a time you choose in the comfort of your own home, and just like the participants in my classes, you’ll be on your way to a more vibrant life and a renewed sense of vitality. No longer pushing that same boulder up the hill each day!
Embodying your magnificence, you’ll be able to share the gifts you are meant to bring to the world!

The world is waiting and needing them!

Click here to watch my video for a closer look at How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras.

Click here to order your copy How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras guidebook and 7 audio recordings!

I’m here to support you while you’re learning. If you need help while beginning the practice, just contact me at info@viriditasllc.com and I can support you.

Not sure if this is for you? Want to try it out first? Go to my website doctorofthesoul.com and fill in the pop-up box. You can then try out the practice for the root chakra for FREE, with no obligation, and then decide.

I know that these mantras are healing. I would be honored to be your guide on your journey to wholeness and greater spiritual power.

In Viriditas,
Jeannine Goode-Allen, DMin