When something scary or fearful comes up in your life, what do you do? Do you go on feeling scared or do you starting digging through your toolbox for tools to create some sacred space around you? Notice that the two words have all the same letters, just in a different order? Before you start worrying that you can’t possibly do anything “sacred” in the middle of your office or in public, let’s take a minute to examine the word sacred.
The word sacred originally comes from the very sacren, which means “to consecrate.” Consecrate, aside from the religious overtones, also means “To dedicate solemnly to a service or goal.” So if you find yourself “scared” and you’d rather be in the “sacred,” all you have to do is rededicate yourself to your own aims and goals. Simple, right?
Rededicating yourself to your aims is really simple. First, though, you have to have an aim to rededicate yourself to. If you’ve already got one, that’s great. If you don’t, take some time to decide what aim and goal is most important to you at this time in your life. It can be a physical goal, such as completing a college degree or achieving some level in your career. It can also be a state of being, such as joy or peace of mind. Whatever your goal, just make sure you have one. If you’re not sure how to choose an aim, use tools like the Runes, Medicine Cards, Sacred Path Cards, or Angel Cards to help you choose an aim for each day (choose one rune or card as the theme for your day).
Once you’ve got your aim, here are some simple ways to rededicate yourself when you find yourself off track and need to return to the sacred:
>>> Look in the Mirror: Go to the restroom, look at yourself in the mirror and say in a forceful voice, “Come to present time!” Anytime we are fearful, worried, or stressed, we are either in the past or the future. Coming back to present time will remind you of your aim.
>>> Physical Sensation: Wear your ring on an unfamiliar finger, put a rubberband around your wrist, or carry a heavy coin or small rock in your pocket — anything that will bring an unfamiliar physical awareness to you. Each time you feel the ring, rubberband, coin or rock, remember your aim. Physical sensations keep us in present time.
>>> Return to Nature: If possible, go outside and make physical contact with a tree. Close your eyes, breathe, and ask the tree to help you reconnect with your aim. Trees have deep roots and long memories, and are able to help us remember in the present moment what is most important.
>>> Connect with Animals: Animals spend almost all their time in the present than we do. To get back in touch with yourself and your aim, pet the cat, cuddle the dog, watch your fish, or listen to your bird sing. Animals will bring you back into the now. Also get more detailed instructions on working with animals in Leta Worthington’s Animal Communication ebook.
>>> Get Moving: If you’re mind is stuck in “scared,” move your body to move your mind! By the law of “as above, so below,” when you move body, spirit and mind will also move. Taking a brisk 5 minute walk will often move your mind out of park and reconnect you with your aim.