"Dancing my dreams upside down,

I discover the magic of space”  



 

Designing Spaces

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For many years, we have been renovating and transforming buildings, rooms and outdoor areas on our premises, and it has been an amazing discovery to me. I was given the opportunity to direct and connect my creative energy to something ungraspable, Space. And I have come to love it.

Standing in or walking through an area that is allowed to transform, and seeing and feeling its potential, brings about an energy of sacred excitement. Many practical considerations have to be made, but the most important ones are to know the function of the space, as well as the feeling it needs to communicate, and also how the energy of the space will connect with its surrounding areas.

Transforming spaces opened up a new way of communicating and working with energy, which is both practical and magical. It reminds me a lot of what can be observed in nature, even if it is just in our urban garden. The way the weavers build their nest and how they position the entrance in relation to earth and sun is a simple example of how functionality and beauty can go hand in hand.

The process of building and manifesting taught me to stay open and to be less fixated on my initial design. It is rather the intention related to the quality of the energy of the space, which I need to guard carefully. There are always moments when practical issues need to be solved, and when some of the design needs to give in, or perhaps change and become even better. It is a process of fluidity and adaptation, and of patience. A phrase that my meditation teacher generously offered me has repeated itself in my head over and over – “Set your intention, but let go of the outcome”.

Designing spaces has deepened my insight about the influence a surrounding space has on the people staying or living in that space. The energy of life is in and around us, and available to us all the time, according to the ancient wisdom of Qigong. If we can connect and tap into that energy, we can collect, circulate, transform and store it – we can use it for our benefit and that of others.

In a similar way we can apply this to designing a space. The energy in the old area will start to circulate and transform, carried by the energy that is collected and stored in the intention for its new shape and purpose. The new space can then support and benefit all who will live in it, make use of it or connect to it.

 

Sacred Areas

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People often mention that they have difficulty finding a place in their home where they can do their own practice. A home might perhaps not provide enough space for a yoga practice, but most of the time it is possible to create a place that is spacious enough for one to simply sit or stand.


Consciously choosing to create such a place in your living environment can be deeply nourishing. In a way you are giving yourself permission to care for yourself, by literally allowing yourself space, and hopefully also time to spend in that special area.


How does your sacred area look? Or rather, how does it feel? How would you like your personal place of refuge to make you feel, especially after a really busy day when you had no time to take a break? What do you need from such a place in order to become settled, start breathing deeply, feel your body and remember to smile?


Your place can have a chair or a cushion, a carpet or a blanket, perhaps a candle and some flowers. You might like to add stones or other pieces that are meaningful to you. You might find yourself inspired by pictures, quotes, or a particular fragrance. Creating the look and feel of your sacred space, starting to take care of yourself… these are special and sacred journeys.

If you like to consult Angelic on transforming a space or creating a sacred area in your home, you can contact her here.

 

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