What does one do in a sacred space besides ritual?

Start walking and don’t use the excuse that you can’t walk to keep you from nature. Find some like minded friends to go with you who are willing to be quiet and feel what’s going on. If you have a mobility disability take a cane, get a walker or a wheelchair and let your friends push you. Yes, there are some places you won’t be able to go but there are many others that you will be able to go to. The point is to go!

Make it part of a Sabbat or Esbat ritual if you don’t want to go alone or if it would be dangerous for you to go alone. Just because a place feels sacred don’t be stupid and think everybody feels that way about it. Take normal precautions. Don’t be more of a bubble head than you need to be.
If you have something like diabetes be ready to monitor your blood sugar in case it drops while you are out and don’t forget your sugar tabs. If you have asthma, bring your inhaler. If you are allergic to bees, take your Epi-pen. There are always ways to get outside if you really want to. If I ever get to the point I need hospice I’m going make them take me out under a tree. A really big tree.

What do you do while you’re walking? Start by looking. What catches your eye? Is there something you need to see? An interestingly shaped tree trunk? A butterfly? A flower hidden away? A turtle under the surface of the water?

Find a place to sit down and close your eyes. Listen… What do you hear? Are there birds? Strange rustling noises of small animals? Insects? The wind?

Feel the wind caress your skin. How does it move across your face? What do you smell? Flowers? Dust? Tree leaves decaying? Water?

Unless you are really good at identifying plants I’d skip tasting any berries or leaves.

After you’ve learned what poison oak looks like, touch plants. Soft ones, prickly ones shiny ones although you might also want to learn what nettles look like. Stay away from the leaves of three and the pretty red ones.

Reach out with your other senses. How does this place feel? Do you feel comfortable? Do you feel welcome? Even feeling unwelcome is some kind of connection to the place so acknowledge this and leave.

Once you feel welcome in a place leave an offering. Not a sacrifice but an offering. I know someone that carries natural tobacco and corn meal to do this. You may feel the need to leave a stone you like or something else you feel moved to do. No blood or hair or other bodily fluids. Ick! Tossing a rose into the ocean though is a good thing.

TOILA has been known to leave guerilla offerings much to the consternation of museum guards at the Getty Villa. Gee! We have no idea how those rose petals were left at Aphrodite’s feet?

If possible, introduce yourself either with your magical name or your real name. Let the place know you feel respect for it. Don’t go around yelling or screaming. Listen. Remember this is not about you, it knows you are there. You are making a new friend. Be respectful as you would any new friend.

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