Implementing Your Sanctuary Vision

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Racher Interior Design, Windhaven Consulting, Bookshelf

I have struggled for days with writing this blog post.  There is so much to say and to read.  I have gotten up early, stayed up late, typed a page and a half of quotes.  Practiced what I read, implementing concepts as I read them.  Realizing that I have not practiced what I have preached in every aspect of my home.  Particularly those juicy paragraphs under the heading “The Home That is Overwhelmed by Self”.  Yes I admit, despite being a perfectionist, that no, I am not perfect.  Perhaps I have a habit of spending too much time arranging and perfecting things, in my home.  You know what they say about your greatest strength being your greatest weakness.  My difficulty in writing this post is that I believe we are our own expert, when it comes to creating our own sanctuary.  The more we delve into who we are, and how we want to grow, the greater our ability to see ourselves expressed in our environment becomes.

In House as a Mirror of Self: exploring the deeper meaning of home, Clare Cooper Marcus states “More and more I found in the stories I heard, that it is the moveable objects in the home, rather than the physical fabric itself, that are the symbols of self.  Even the prisoner, shut away by society because of a crime, is permitted to bring into prison certain effects that are personally meaningful (posters, pinups, family pictures).  Even when stripped of all symbols of self-hood, all possibilities of choice, we do concede that the personalization of place is an inalienable right.  Conversely, when society wishes to mold a group of individuals into a whole (military personnel) or the attention of the group is deliberately focused away from the personal needs (religious orders), the personalization of space is consistently precluded.”

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We are not just influenced by the look or feeling of a particular environment, but also by our perception of it.  How one person sees, feels and perceives an environment can be entirely different form how another sees, feels and perceives, the same environment.  Setting your intension to create a specific environment will help to mould how you perceive it.  Similar to a vision board, where you begin by defining what you want to work on in your life, and attach images and text to those intensions.  The objects you add to your vision board represent feelings, goals, lifestyles, friends and family.  The majority of your images and text have specific meaning to you, although a few are there because you find them beautiful, they speak to you in an indescribable way.  Think of your home as a 3-dimensional vision board, when creating your sanctuary.

In Adam Dreamhealer’s article Unlocking Unlimited Human Potential, in the winter issue of Navigating A New World, he states “Your perception of your environment directly influences the functioning of your immune system.”  Dreamhealer goes on to say “intensions as focused thoughts are the key to unlocking your unlimited human potential.”  You are responsible for how you perceive your environment and how your body reacts to it.  Dreamhealer believes your intensions can improve every aspect of your life not just your health.  What are the intensions you want to set?  How do you want to implement those intensions throughout your environment as a visual reminder to support you?

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In Feng Shui for the Soul, Denise Linn writes “The material items that surround you create a bridge between the realms of form and spirit.  Because of this, objects in your environment have a profound effect on you in three different ways.  First the symbolism of the things in your home shapes and reinforces your identity, in either a positive or a negative way.  Second, because these objects reveal aspects of your inner world, they can help you move towards integration and unity.  And third, the things in your home can be a vehicle for realizing your potential.”  Linn goes on to say “As you discover the significance underlying the organization of your home, you can reframe the metaphors in your home to shape your spirit.  Your home can become a catalyst for change in your life.”

There are many ways we assign meaning to the belongings in our environment.  Our attachment to an object can stem from the memory we associate with it, the person who gave it to us, or the person who made it.  We can be drawn to the societal value placed on the label, the cost, or the perceived quality.  When we buy things for our home while on vacation, we associate where we bought that item with our vacation experience.  We are multisensory beings attracted to colours, textures, smells, and by the sounds objects make.

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In House as a Mirror of Self, Clare Cooper Marcus says “The purpose of the assemblage of found objects in your sacred space is as a mnemonic device to remind you of your connection to the world beyond material possessions, however important and comforting the latter may be.  It is a reminder each day that you are more than this personal or social identity living in this particular house.  You are both more-and less.  You are connected to all living and nonliving matter and, in that sense, you are simultaneously as insignificant as a molecule and as all-encompassing as a galaxy.  And you are also the personal ego-self who chose and furnished this dwelling-place.”

Racher Interior Design, Windhaven Consulting, Plants, Meditation Space

Implementing Your Vision is a vast topic to which we have given a brief overview in this post.  The upcoming posts in our Creating a Sanctuary Blog Series focus in detail on: the effects of colour, healing through colour, and the introduction of nature into your home, with specific suggestions for creating your sanctuary.  If you are interested in a personal consultation with an interior designer to discuss creating your sanctuary contact Racher Interiors.  If you are interested in a personal consultation with a shaman to discuss creating your sanctuary contact Windhaven Consulting.