So I just ask you, as you are reading, to check in with yourself, with your heart, your gut, your own intuitive nature, and feel what rings true for you - what resonates, and what doesn’t. Many of you may already be well aware of all these things and have had many experiences of your own.
Take what feels good to you to chew on and slowly digest, and let the rest go. I am only here as a guide, sharing my own unique truths, stories, and experiences, but when it comes down to it, we are each responsible for our own discernment and our own journey. We are all empowered beings, all ultimately self-referencing, and for that reason we must always listen to our own inner guidance first.
With that being said…
In a way, these places – call them power spots, energy vortices, or sacred sites – are like humans. Each
site carries a unique frequency, a particular energy signature and vibration that is different from all others. This energetic field is often described as the “spirit of place” and indeed, each sacred site has its very own unique spirit of place that is very much conscious and can be interacted with. It is not only a portal or a gateway - it is also a Teacher.
Our ancient ancestors were well aware of this and often used these areas for ceremonies, vision quests, and places of initiation. First Nations, Native Americans, and the indigenous peoples of the world had, and still have, great reverence for these areas, generally making an offering and asking for permission before entering a site.
When we are able to step into a sacred site with reverence, love, and focused intent, magic happens. The land opens up and speaks to us in so many different ways – through subtle changes in temperature, wind direction, birds and animals showing up.
One of the most powerful ways we can engage in this kind of reciprocal exchange is through Sacred Ceremony. In ceremony, we have the opportunity to set all of our every-day routines, priorities, and distractions aside and “step out of time” for a few hours, days, or moments. When we step out of time, we step out of our perceived limitations into a reality where anything is possible.
How do we step out of time? By opening Sacred Space.
For this reason, we always begin by feeling into our deepest love and gratitude and opening our hearts widely. Then we literally “call in” the spirits of each of the 4 cardinal directions as well as Mother Earth and Father Sky. We also call our own guiding spirits, angels, and animals to come and hold space with us. And, we invite the Spirit of Place to join with us, the Mountain Spirits, as well as the Ancestors of the land to come and guide us in our work.
Once we are within Sacred Space, our ceremony can take place. There are many different kinds of ceremonies, but when working with sacred sites, the ones I practice most are blessing ceremonies for our sweet Mother Earth. We feed our highest love and gratitude into each and every ingredient as we co-create a "gift" to be dispatched into the land itself, through the waters, or released through a fire ceremony. In the Andes, this is called a "Despacho" and it is a beautiful way to honour this conscious, living planet we call home.
Ceremony is one of the deepest and most potent ways we can connect with our Divine Mother and Father, with the higher realms and the deepest depths, and anchor the new vibrations. Powerful energies are available to us for the first time in millennia, pouring in through the center of our galaxy and the heart of our Sun! But these energies are nothing to us (in fact, they can seem quite chaotic) unless we consciously take them into our own bodies and ground them deeply into Mother Earth. Some say that one day the whole earth will be one fully-integrated sacred site, but for now we still have a bit of work to do.
When we do ceremony at sacred sites, the love and gratitude we emanate is amplified to colossal proportions and we send those great ripples out to the whole world. We can try to imagine it, but we really have no idea how much of an impact we can have when we join together in this way.
A magical way of picturing it is to see ourselves as hummingbirds and each site as a flower. As we stop to drink the sweet nectar of a sacred place, we are simultaneously pollinating it with our own energy as well as the light patterns of every other sacred site we’ve ever been to.