Cleansing and Consecration of Meditation Space – Ritual

When the ritual should be performed

This ritual is best performed in the morning as that is the time of new and fresh beginnings. You should also be fresh and new after a good night’s rest and ready to set up and cleanse your new space.

Items needed

Zafu pillow

Besom for cleansing

Small table or piece of wood if needed to set things on for safety since you will be working on the floor – burning incense on carpet may not be safe, but if you’re on a hard floor, this may not be necessary)

Sage stick for cleansing

Sandalwood incense for grounding

Nuts for cakes because they are a grounding food

Apple juice for ale because it’s derived from a tree which also can be helpful in grounding.

Lighter to light sage & incense

Container of sand for extinguishing sage

Set up

Set the zafu pillow in the meditation space and the table or wood nearby for an altar (if needed).

Set the sage stick, incense, cakes and ale in the center of the altar or in the altar area.

Keep the lighter and sand easily accessible.

Set the besom near the altar on the floor.

Pre-ritual Instructions

Physically cleanse the area before doing this ritual. Pick up anything out of place and vacuum/sweep/mop.

Circle Casting

Sweep around the circle three times with the besom in deosil. As you do this, visualize a white bubble forming around you – around the circle, all the way up, and all the way down. With each sweep, the circle grows and thickens.  This casts the circle three times and begins an initial cleansing of the area for the ritual. When you’re finished, set the besom down nearby yet out of the way.

Corner Calling

Face East, put your hands out, and say this or similar:

Guardians of the East, and Spirits of Air, enter and be welcome. Through your breeze, give me the clarity and diligence to cleanse and use this space wisely.

 

Face South, put your hands out, and say this or similar:

Guardians of the South, and Spirits of Fire, enter and be welcome. Burn the walls I have built and give me the courage to connect and use this space wisely.

 

Face West, put your hands out, and say this or similar:

Guardians of the West, and Spirits of Water, enter and be welcome. Flood me with the compassion and love necessary to consecrate this space and use it wisely.

 

Face North, put your hands out, and say this or similar:

Guardians of the North, and Spirits of Earth, enter and be welcome. Bury that which distracts me and give me the strength and determination to use this space wisely.

Evocation

Face Center and open the portal to the Spirit world as you say this or similar:

Lord and Lady, Ancient Spirits, enter and be welcome. Show me the gift of myself, the connection with the Universe, and allow me to connect and become stronger as I use this space.

Cleansing and Consecration

Light the sage.

Cleanse yourself in the smoke of the sage starting at the head and working downwards to chase the negative energies into the earth. Say this or similar:

May I always be open and free of negativity when utilizing this space.

 

Then cleanse the circle with the sage to cleanse it of any unwanted energies which may be left. Say this or similar:

May this space always be free, clean, and open for unblocked connection to myself and to the Universe.

 

Finally, carefully cleanse the zafu pillow with the sage to prepare it for future use in meditation. Say this or similar:

Cleanse my zafu pillow of all but love and connection for its meditative purpose, and may it always bring such love and connection.

 

Extinguish the sage.

 

Sit on the zafu pillow and light the incense. Set it nearby and let it burn.

 

Close your eyes and clear your head of the mundane. Take in the sandalwood, and feel your roots grow through the zafu pillow deep into the Earth. As you sit grounded in your new space, ask the Lord and Lady if there is anything else you should do to prepare your space.

 

Take as long as you need and enjoy the peaceful, groundedness.

 

Cakes and Ale

Hold up the nuts and say this or similar:

Lord, bless these cakes and let them fill me with your gifts.

 

Hold up the juice and say this or similar:

Lady, bless this ale and let it fill me with your gifts.

 

Consume the cakes and ale as you contemplate the gifts of the Lord and Lady.

 

Energy Requests

Send energy to those in need as you are able.

 

Thanks to the Deity

Put hands out towards the Spirit and say this or similar:

Lord and Lady, Ancient Spirits, thank for your gifts of myself, connection, and strength. Go in peace and blessed be.

 

Releasing the Corners

Face East, put your hands out, and say this or similar:

Guardians of the East, and Spirits of Air, thank you for the gifts of clarity and diligence. Go in peace and blessed be.

 

Face South, put your hands out, and say this or similar:

Guardians of the South, and Spirits of Fire, thank you for burning the walls and the gift of courage. Go in peace and blessed be.

 

Face West, put your hands out, and say this or similar:

Guardians of the West, and Spirits of Water, thank you for the gifts of compassion and love. Go in peace and blessed be.

 

Face North, put your hands out, and say this or similar:

Guardians of the North, and Spirits of Earth, thank you for the gifts of strength and determination. Go in peace and blessed be.

 

Opening the Circle

Turn three times widdershins as you imagine the bubble around you decreasing until it disappears.

The circle is open, yet unbroken.

 

Post Ritual Instructions

Allow the incense to burn.

If you were given further instruction, be sure you follow through.

Keep the area clean so you can use it for meditations in the future.

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