In this increasingly chaotic world, it’s more important than ever to surround yourself with things that nourish your spirit. For me, those things are things that include art, nature, living beings like stones, plants, and animals, and uplifting vibrational fragrances like essential oils and Sage. Our home is our sanctuary, and should reflect our inner landscape. We can create an environment that inspires and uplifts all who enter it, but most importantly, it reminds us of the truth of who we are, magical miraculous beings on a cosmic journey. Every room in my house reflects that, and always has.
I have always been reclusive, living in the woods. I live in the Catskills, a very old group of mountains in upstate NY, just four miles from Woodstock. I feel at home here, these mountains speak to my heart. I live in a very magical house, with the upstairs being a geodesic dome, and the downstairs being subterranean, that is, underground. (Built into the side of a hill, with 35 tons of Calcite boulders creating the ceiling. A true Crystal Cave.) We’ve been here for 11 years. The energy of being underground, inside of Earth Mother is incredible on its own, add in 35 tons of rocks and you have something that is indescribable. ( So, of course being the hopeless rock slut that I am, I had to bring in MORE ROCKS. Because you can never have too many.)
As many of you know, I am a clairvoyant Empath. Empaths are psychics that feel other people’s emotions and feelings. That’s a really powerful gift. At the same time, there is no off switch for it, so it can be draining. Surrounding ourselves with living things that replenish us is essential. Our environment needs to feel psychically safe, never negative or disruptive. Since I work out of my home and see clients here, my office is designed to support the powerful alchemical work I do, while at the same time, clear and remove the fear, grief, or trauma that gets shed into it. Here are a few of the tools I use to do that.
1. Stones. Stones are the oldest living beings on the planet. All indigenous cultures use stones for healing. Different stones do different things. For clearing and protection, I use a number of them. For removing energies I absorb into myself from clients during the day, I use Smokey Quartz. Smokey Quartz is the Empath of the Stone kingdom. It becomes smokey by absorbing radiation into itself from the Earth, over millions of years. It continues to do this in our environment. It pulls into itself emotions being shed into a space. It is a powerful ally for any Empath, a must have, in my opinion. I surround myself with it for this reason. Next is Obsidian. A lot has been written about Obsidian, but I prefer the material given to me by my own guides, and by the stones themselves. Obsidian is formed by volcanic activity. It is a powerful deflector. I have large spheres of Obsidian in the four directions in my office. It seals the space, and protects against uninvited guests. It also can dismantle foreign energy constructs and attachments, and return them to the Void. Natural Citrine ( not heat-treated Amethyst) is a powerful addition to our Sacred Space. It is one of the few stones that balances all 7 Chakras, and never needs to be cleared. From a Feng Shui point of view, it is a manifesting stone. It helps us turn our dreams into reality. Charoite is another powerful alchemist. From Russia, it purges, purifies, and protects. I have several pieces of Charoite in my office, including a 20 lb Sphere of it. For spiritual inspiration and alleviating fear, Amethyst is my go-to stone. My desk has a 30 lb Bolivian Amethyst cluster, as well as spheres and points of Amethyst. It vibrates to the Violet Flame, the Crown Chakra, and wisdom. For healing the heart, Rose Quartz is the supreme nurturer. Clear Quartz is the energy amplifier, increasing our intention work and affirmations. Spheres, Generators and Quartz clusters sparkle and throw light into any room we put them in. Whichever stones speak to your heart are the stones that will best support you. They are all magical beings.
2. Sage, essential oils, and incense. Sage is powerful for energy clearing. It is sacred to native people. It removes energy debris, and uplifts the spirit. I use white broadleaf Sage. Incense is also powerful. I use Temple incense from India, along with Copal from South America. Essential oils are wonderful. They are one of the few things molecularly tiny enough to cross the blood-brain barrier, so can be very effective with uplifting. When dealing with shock from processing trauma, I diffuse Rose essential oil, sometimes with Vetiver or Myrrh.
3. Sound. I always have music playing in the background when I’m working. Usually, it is a group called Coyote Oldman, their Compassion CD or Rainbird. I have every album, they are all soothing and uplifting. The other regular is Migration, by Peter Kater and Carlos Nakai. Stunning and magical. I will also use the Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls, drums, rattles, or tuning forks, depending on what I’m doing.
4. Art. Art is so powerful in creating Sacred Space. It inspires and uplifts, I have bronze statues, carved wooden statues, prints and paintings that transport me into other realms. Dragons, Kwan Yins, Buddhas, goddesses, power animals, the Elements, nature, magic is everywhere I look. A close friend has gifted me with prints from the renowned fantasy artist Kinuko Y. Craft. The print in the photo is by Kinuko. It’s in my room. One of my favorites.
5. Books. I have a vast metaphysical library, bookcases on three levels, that I have carted with me over 45 years. They feed my soul.
Each of us has our own system, our own treasures, things that are precious to us. I have a set of rosary beads from 54 years ago, from my time in the convent. They are draped over a Quartz Crystal cluster, representing the beginning of my journey on my spiritual path, at 12. Creating Sacred Space is deeply personal, and should reflect who you are. It should refresh and restore you. It can be simple, or it can be as complex as your soul is. Most importantly, it should feel like a living expression of you, powerful, awake, and pulsing with magic. After all, it’s a magical universe, and our Sacred Space should remind us of that, and the truth of what we are: Magical, eternal, and infinite. It’s about having a space that is authentic, in a world where many people are not. It’s the one place guaranteed to be safe, where everything that you are is welcomed. It’s about self-acceptance and self-love. No masks. The place where you can be you, whether anybody else gets you. Or not. We all need that place. It’s our birthright. Our spiritual legacy. In a culture full of Muggles, being authentic out in the world takes a lot of courage. It’s relatively easy for me, because, A., I’ve always been a freak, and B., I don’t give a shit what anyone thinks of me. I never have. ” Fuck off” are two of my favorite words in my vocabulary. But until you get there, creating a space that honors who and what you are is a great start. Blessings, Judith
** The stones you see in the photo on my Altar table in my bedroom include: Large Quartz Points, the largest in the back is 26″, a black Morion Smokey Elestial from Brazil, about 25 lbs, a Tibetan Quartz Point with carbon inclusions, a deep red Realgar cluster from Peru, under the Mountain Lion bronze is a 30 lb natural Citrine from Brazil. The Quartz cluster has sparkling red Lepidocrocite. Partially out of range of this photo are more, a 100 lb natural Citrine Point, another big Smokey Elestial, a 20 lb Pyrite cluster from Peru, a 6″ Quartz Sphere, and a 7″ Super 7 Sphere, and a 5″ Citrine Sphere. The bronze is about 3′ long, and 30″ tall. Mountain Lion is one of my power animals. This bronze is from China. The dark burgundy Sphere in front of the Kwan Yin is Star Almandine Garnet from Pune, India. 4″.