Creating a Sacred Container

Ra Paulette, Cave Art, New Mexico

In a recent conversation with Pamela Holmes and Kat Taylor, we discussed the importance of creating a sacred container for the Embodied Imagination work that we are doing. In this work, we are contacting presences from unknown imaginal realms. Before the work begins, we feel that it is important to create an energetic field of safety for the facilitator, the dreamer and for the presences who appear as images and felt experiences.

Establishing with the dreamer that this is a safe space, where everything is welcome, where there is no judgement, and where there is confidentiality is crucial. Agreeing upon a certain period of time in which to do the work without interruption, and with some remaining time for processing is also important.

There is a great intimacy in connecting with the imaginal. The encounter puts us in touch with the transcendent and the deeply real. This is a sacred encounter where we may visit the realm of the gods. In this space, we encourage full authenticity. No thought, or feeling or expression that may arise in association with an image is unwelcome here. In this space we learn to tolerate and accept that which may be seen as dark or unwelcome in our ordinary world, the world of the marketplace.

Aside from describing an environment of sanctuary with words and intentions, clearing space and energetically preparing for a session may also be assisted by a tangible gesture such as lighting a candle or ringing a Tibetan bell.

There is no set formula for creating a safe container, but our intention is to create safety and to hold sacred space so that the dreamer may receive whatever it is that they need in order to move forward in the best and highest way possible.

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Marina Lenney
Location: Santa Barbara, CA Education: M. Arch, UCLA; BA Antioch College
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