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July 25, 2014
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Creating inspiring spaces in our homes

This bedroom altar honors masculine and feminine energies.
Photo by Ton Naron


Native American spiritual leader Jimi Castillo asks us to think broadly, and, while we may have one area that we use for prayer or contemplation, declare our entire home to be a sacred, healing space. “We can turn our house, which is just a structure, into a home by making it always welcoming, nurturing and respectful. One of my favorite expressions is, ‘If you see a person without a smile, give him one.’ I want my home to feel like a hug whenever someone walks in the door.”

Following Native American ritual practices, Jimi suggests that four times a year, perhaps solstices and equinoxes, we engage in a small ceremony to “clean our homes of negativity that may have entered and invite in loving energy for a fresh start.” Smudging doors, windows and drains with sage or sprinkling water are traditional rituals for cleansing, but, since “sacred” and “special” are personal concepts after all, designing a ceremony that resonates in our hearts for this purpose is appropriate, too.

It’s a fact we may not often consider, but the most important work we ever do happens within us. Creating a sacred area—and attitude—at home can be the foundation for a beautiful and peaceful life.