Shamans always begin healing ceremonies by opening sacred space. Sacred space allows us to enter our quiet inner world where healing takes place. It creates an environment where our defenses can be lowered, where we can explore our soft, tender underbelly. After we finish our healing work, sacred space must be closed by again acknowledging the four directions, Heaven, and Earth. When the shaman does this, she releases the archetypal energies she summoned, and they reintegrate into nature.
This entry is an excerpt from my book Earthguide to wellbeing with Brendan Davison of good water farms. In the photograph above, we see elements from his personal mesa: palo santo, Andean cross, condor feather, kintu leaves, Shipibo Amazon seed necklace and turquoise Pi stone.
Below is a prayer for creating sacred space:
To the winds of the South
Wrap your coils of light around us,
Teach us to shed the past the way you shed your skin,
To walk softly on the Earth.
Teach us the Beauty Way.
To the winds of the West
Protect our medicine space.
Teach us the way of peace, to live impeccably
Show us the way beyond death.
To the winds of the North.
Hummingbird, Grandmothers and Grandfathers, Ancient Ones
Come and warm your hands by our fires
Whisper to us in the wind
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.
Keep us under your wing.
Show us the mountains we only dare to dream of.
Teach us to fly wing to wing with the Great Spirit.
We’ve gathered for the healing of all your children.
The Stone People, the Plant People.
The four–legged, the two–legged, the creepy crawlers.
The finned, the furred, and the winged ones.
All our relations.
Father Sun, Grandmother Moon, to the Star Nations.
Great Spirit, you who are known by a thousand names
And you who are the unnamable One.
Thank you for bringing us together
And allowing us to sing the Song of Life.
* Words by The Four Winds Society