Sanctuary

If there is light in the soul, there is beauty in the person.

If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house.

If there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation.

If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world. 

-Chinese Proverb

For many of us, it’s as if we have woken up to a living nightmare. The fear, hatred, and bigotry that we always knew existed have risen to the surface in horrifying ways. It feels like generations of progress - evolution toward something better - have collapsed into darkness. But many Light workers tell us that this is a necessary stage in that evolution, no matter how devastating. We must confront the Shadow in order to truly defeat it.

More than ever, it is vital that we tend to our hearts and homes. Remember – we must be the change that we want to see. When the world feels like it is coming down around us, we can make our homes a sanctuary for ourselves and our loved ones. When we do, the energy of love and peace surrounds us, fills our space, and we carry it into our communities. Every bit counts.

Quite simply, fill your home with unwavering love, joy, and gratitude. Practice self-care, whatever that means to you. Be more patient and compassionate with your loved ones and with yourself. Meditate. Take a bubble bath. Turn off the news and listen to your favorite music. Make a plan for how you can contribute to a stronger community. If you feel like the world has turned against you, it is more important than ever to nourish yourself - mind, body, and soul.

Feng shui is about moving energy through your space in a way that invites and supports abundance and success in all aspects of your life. By focusing on fear and anger, we only attract more. So expand the beauty of your home and life. Is there an improvement project you’ve been putting off? Do it. Feel like spring cleaning in winter? Now’s a great time. Finally hang those photographs that remind you of all you have to be thankful for. 

Our spaces need a balance of yin – quiet, dark, introspective energy, and yang – active, light, productive energy. Does your home have a lot of airy, open spaces? Those are supportive of action and movement, which we all need to make positive change in our communities. But this work also requires rest and recuperation. Create a corner or a room in your house that is nurturing and peaceful. Bring in darker tones, soft, welcoming fabrics, and an overstuffed chair. Or, does your home have low ceilings, piles of books, and small, heavily draped windows? That’s great for quiet contemplation, but can lead to stagnation or even depression. Consider replacing the curtains with white, flowing fabrics, or bring in more artificial light and some bright colors.

It’s easy to neglect our homes in the midst of our busy lives, even in normal times. And focusing on things like decorating might seem frivolous when our communities are in such turmoil – but not if we understand the connection between the micro- and macro-levels of our world. Do not overlook the necessity of making your space the sanctuary it should be. This is your base, the only place you can truly control. This is where you create and sustain the energy that you will bring into the world.

Many of us have a slew of holidays coming up, based on ancient celebrations of light in a time of darkness. Make them the best ever. Gather close with your friends and family, and defiantly fill your home with music, laughter, and joy.

Then go out and fight.