As you can imagine, I’ve spent time in a lot of Craniosacral treatment rooms.
- Whether it was an Upledger room with a disarticulating skull on the desk.
- Or a Biodynamic room with images of the ocean at sunset.
- Or of a Visionary room where the meditation cushions had equal billing with the treatment table.
Every one of them had its own special vibe.
Over the years I came to believe this is what creating sacred space meant:
Setting up your environment so it brings out your best — and helps your clients feel as sacred as they are.
Then I began studying Shamanic healing practices.
And I discovered there’s a fascinating difference between creating sacred space … and opening sacred space.
The first calls on everything you’re bringing to the therapeutic environment.
While the second calls in the assistance of the unseen world from a higher realm of consciousness — including the ancient lineage of healers who have walked this path before you.
Opening Sacred Space in 4 Elegant Steps
My favorite tool for opening sacred space is an invocation from Alberto Villoldo, PhD, author of Shaman, Healer, Sage.
He says, “Being able to shift to a higher realm of perception can help us find solutions to problems, resolve conflicts, heal disease, and experience oneness with all of creation.”
Who doesn’t want that, right?
Here’s how it goes …
Step 1: Open Your Wiracocha
Stand relaxed in your treatment room. And imagine you have a golden sun radiating above your head.
This is your 8th chakra: the Wiracocha.
To the medicine men and medicine women of the high Andes, this is the chakra of your soul.
It retains the memories of who you’ve been. And the potential for who you can become.
Now as you gaze softly into the space in front of you, move your hands into a prayer pose at your heart.
After a moment slowly move your hands up your centerline past your forehead until they’re stretched palm-to-palm above your head.
Pause for a moment in the warmth of your Wiracocha.
Then sweep your arms out and down by your sides — like a peacock opening its feathers.
Your glorious Wiracocha is now open.
Step 2: Call In the 6 Directions
One by one face each cardinal direction — South, West, North, East.
Then add in 2 more: Mother Earth beneath your feet. And Father Sky above.
As you do this, say each of the next verses out loud.
And if you want to shake a rattle or beat a drum as you go?
All the better.
To the Winds of the South
Wrap your coils of light around us.
Teach us to shed the past that no longer serves us
The way you shed your skin, all at once
So that we may walk softly on the Earth
In light and beauty.
To the Winds of the West
Mother, Sister Jaguar
Come to us, to our medicine space.
Mulch the heavy energies that keep us
From living our dreams.
Teach us the way of peace
To live with integrity as luminous beings
With no need for enemies
In this life or the next.
To the Winds of the North
Show us how to live in the stillness
To fly free with strength and agility
And drink every day from the sweet
Nectar of life.
Grandmothers and Grandfathers
Come warm your hands by our fire.
Guide us on our journey.
Help us see that journey as clearly
As you do.
We honor you who have come before us
And you who will come after us
Our children’s children.
To the Winds of the East
Great Eagle, Condor
Come to us from the place of
The rising sun.
Show us the greater view
Not limited by time or space.
Take us to the mountaintops.
Allow us to fly high and free
So that we journey wing to wing
With Great Spirit.
We are gathered here for the
Healing of all your children.
The stone people, the plant people,
The two-legged, the four-legged,
The finned, the furred, the feathered.
Sweet Mother, from whom
All life springs
We honor the nourishment
And beauty you give to us.
Truly Heaven on Earth.
All our star sisters and brothers
You who are known by a
And you who are the
Thank you for bringing us together
And allowing us to sing
The Song of Life.
Your sacred space is now open.
Step 3: Close Your Wiracocha
Once your work in your treatment room is complete, it’s time to close your Wiracocha.
Stand again and bring your hands together in prayer at your heart. Then place them down by your sides.
Now fan your hands out and up — like you’re gathering up those peacock feathers — until your palms are touching over your head.
Then bring them down your centerline until they’re back where you began …
With your hands in prayer position at your heart.
Step 4: Close the Sacred Space
Once again acknowledge the cardinal directions along with Mother Earth and Father Sky.
And release their archetypal energies with gratitude.