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Exercise: Walking Lightly Through Life By Creating Your Sacred Space

Summary: Learning to Accept Yourself Just as You Are Right Now

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Background on This Exercise
Goal of This Exercise
Preparation for This Exercise
How to Do This Exercise
Example of Exercise Results

Background: It is easy to walk lightly through life when you stay on the well worn paths beaten by society. For those that follow the mainstream, the ride through life is much like being on the Pope-mobile. They are protected on all sides, the ride is smooth, and only small effort is required to keep going.

For those who need to follow their own path, the ride through life is like walking in the deep end of the ocean. The pressure of being different is felt on all sides constantly, the ride is rough, and great effort is required for just a single step.

Goal: This exercise will help you walk lightly through life even though - by choice or circumstance - you are following your own path. If you are energized by going your own way, congratulations you are in the 1% of population. For the other 99%, this will help you feel more uncomfortable internally. For when you are completely comfortable on the inside the pressure on the outside is easier to bear.


Careful preparation is the key to the success of this exercise.

1> Do this exercise at night after you have taken a bath but before you have gone to bed. It is best you do it when you will be able to sleep the next day.

2> When this exercise is complete, drink a full glass of water. Immediately cleanse yourself. Good cleansing will vary depending on if you are an:

"Air" person, sweating in a sauna or steam room is good cleansing. [MORE]
"Earth" person, taking a mud bath is good cleansing. [MORE]
"Fire" person, sitting surrounded by lit candles is good cleansing. [MORE]
"Water" person, taking a long shower is good cleansing. [MORE]
......For how to determine if you are Air/Earth/Fire/Water, click here.
......For a list of recommended cleansing products,
click here.

3> Be patient with yourself for a week or so. "Creating your own sacred space" can be quite disorienting until the changes are fully integrated. It is VERY powerful and it takes time for the work that you have done on the inner bodies to be reflected in your outer body ("as above, so below"). If you are doing this process to effect a change, then you should be fully prepared to expect a change. You know the old saying: "Be careful what you wish for, you might get it!"

4> Being comfortable is the key. You can lie down (recommended) or sit up. If you opt to sit up, you must be supported and feel fully relaxed and comfortable.
......For more on "Relaxation Processes & Techniques",
click here.

5> Do this exercise in a place where you will be completely quiet and undisturbed for the entire session. This should last NO longer than 30 minutes. Set an alarm or timer to snap you out of it should the session run longer.

How to Do This Exercise:

1> Take some deep, refreshing breaths until you are totally comfortable and relaxed and in whatever position you have chosen (it should take you no more than 3 minutes to get comfortable).

2> Close your eyes and envision a large mirror in the screen of your mind. Imagine yourself walking toward the special "Mirror of All Knowingness". You are completely alone: all you see is yourself and the magic mirror.

3> Look into the mirror and ask to be shown a visual representation of the burden you are carrying. This burden is the weight of your being different.

  • It is the weight created by others who have burdened you with their expectations of what you should or should not be.
  • It is the weight created by society and religion which are telling you to be something that you "should be" but "somehow" are not.
  • It is the weight created by your own perceived failure "to measure up" to what everyone else wants you to be of thinks you should be.

Ask that this image be as rich in sights and sounds as is needed to help you fully understand the burden that you are carrying.

4> If you do not understand the significance of what you are seeing, then ask your Higher Self, your guides, and any other servants of the universe to show you more. Keep asking for more detail on the images you are being shown to you until you do understand exactly what it is that you are seeing.

5> The image you see will be something very personal to you, something symbolic of the burden that you are carrying.

For purposes of this exercise, we will assume that you are seeing an image of yourself dragging large iron balls behind you. These balls are connected to each one of your hands and feet by a chain (this is the proverbial "ball and chain").

6> Envision yourself turning around to face your burden. Know that the true burden you carry is your lack of acceptance of that aspect of yourself that others, religion, or society do not approve of.

To be truly joyful, you must accept every aspect of yourself - the "good" and the "bad". Know that good and bad are only value judgments that have been placed on this "unapproved" aspect of yourself that you have chosen to explore.

7> Look at the "burden" and say whatever words you wish to convey the idea of laying down and healing your burden in a positive, healing way. Here is an example:

"I love you, my burden. For you have taught me much about myself that I needed to know. You have helped to make me the person that I am today. For all the lessons, I am truly grateful. Now it is time for me to take you up, my burden, so that I can lay you down. For you and I need to be at peace and to be as one. This enables you to stop being dragged around and for me to stop feeling your heaviness. When we come together, we will feel better and start walking lightly and joyfully through life".

8> Envision yourself picking up one of the iron balls that is chained to your arms. Raise the ball and fold it into your heart. Your heart is just waiting to receive it and to fill it with love. Say whatever words you wish to convey the idea of coming to total self acceptance in a positive, healing way. Here is an example:

"I accept this aspect of myself that others do not have the wisdom, the courage, or the love to accept. I take it into my heart and I receive it with love. I welcome this aspect of myself and embrace it wholeheartedly with unconditional love."

9> Repeat this process until all parts of the burden have been folded back into your heart. When you are complete, you should be seeing yourself only with no traces of the burden. You have now acknowledged your own powerful uniqueness and have accepted all aspects of yourself.

10> The final step is to create a loving, safe, and sacred space all around you. This is done by calling on your guides, your angels, your Higher Self, and whatever other servants of the universe guide and protect you to gather around you and say:

"Surround me with my own sacred space. Fill it with Divine love, wisdom, and acceptance. Make it strong to endure the pressures of the outside world. Let it reflect God's love back to me so I may feel safe and secure inside my own sacred space."

Example: All of my life I was an outsider. Others sensed that I was somehow different and even I had to admit that they were right.

After all, how many other 15 year old girls would rather watch the Greek tragedy of "Medea" on PBS than go to a party? Or how many unmarried 26 year old women would cancel dates when they interfered with watching Mortimer Adler's "Six Great Ideas" a show about philosophy? (In case you are wondering: the six great ideas are "Truth, Goodness, Beauty, Liberty, Equality, and Justice").

Often I did not understand or accept myself at times. Even after doing past life work and understanding who I had been - which explained almost everything - I still found self acceptance to be difficult at times.

When this exercise came up in a session, my guides asked me to do it myself. The burden I was still carrying was a scroll of paper which read in Latin "Decree of Excommunication". In more than one past life, I had been excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church (an unjust sentence each time I might add).

As I put the scroll of excommunication inside my own heart, I saw - for the first time - that the dominant theme (after a particular excommunication) of all my past lives as well as this one was my being an outsider. Now that I understand this, I can be at peace with it. I accept it. I am free to choose continuing it or not.

Credits: adapted from an exercise developed by Ellen Mogensen and a courageous client.



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