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Protecting Your Inner Home
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Author: Taylor Ellwood
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I moved two months ago from the Midwest to Seattle, Washington, from what was familiar, to a place that is totally new and never visited by me. I came out to Seattle on a risk, following my mate, Lupa, here, because she felt drawn to be here, and I felt drawn to be with her. But over the last two months we have lived with relatives and had some setbacks in terms of finding jobs and a place to live. Indeed, at times, it seemed to me like we’d been cursed with a hurricane of bad luck.
In those two months my daily practice of shielding and protection rituals fell off, a victim to job hunting and also a sense of displacement and depression that I couldn’t easily shake. I know at least some of the setbacks I experienced were brought on by the negativity I felt toward my new circumstances and homelessness. I didn’t feel grounded in this new environment. In a way I really resented being in Seattle. I felt as if I was being rejected by the environment itself, with no job and no home, in contrast to my mate, who found the job she wanted rather quickly and certainly seemed much more welcomed by the area than I was.
Of course, that could’ve been because she had a much different attitude than I did. She had anticipated moving out to Seattle and was emotionally, mentally, and magically ready for it. And not doing those exercises, that protection, certainly contributed to my feeling of displacement and bad luck. Those exercises grounded and protected me, established a sacred space and a rootedness with my environment that I didn’t feel in this new land.
It all came to a head recently, on the day we moved into our new home. The flooring for our place was supposed to be renovated that day, but due to situations outside of our control it wasn’t done and I felt like giving up at that point. I felt like there was nothing I could do that would keep me in this new environment any longer than I had to be there. And then I got a phone call, got a job I wanted and suddenly found that everything had changed. I’d suddenly found I had a home…a sense of connection to this new environment. I no longer felt as if I was displaced.
Still it took giving up all the feelings I had, positive or negative, about Seattle, about everything else in my life, to get me to that result. I’d so powerfully let my own feelings affect me, color my perception of everything, that I sabotaged myself.
Fast forward to the present, a week after I got the job I wanted. I’m doing my daily rituals again, meditating each day, putting up my shields, and making sure everything is right within the inner world of Taylor so that what manifests outwardly is also right. You know what I realized today? I really missed doing those rituals every day. I missed the connection, the rootedness they gave me to myself and to the land.
We do protection and shielding not just to protect ourselves from the world around us, but sometimes to protect ourselves from ourselves. As within so without and as above, so below. In other words, protection and shielding isn’t just protection from whatever is out there, but also is a balancer and protector from what’s within.
I do my rituals to establish a sense of peace within myself, a reordering of the mental balance so that everything in my subconscious runs smoothly, instead of sabotaging me. I do my rituals to put my inner home in order and manifest that home outwardly into the environment I live in.
I briefly want to explain what I mean by home. When I think of a home, I think of a safe, sacred place that provides me comfort, warmth, sustenance, and is a sacred temple to who I am. Home is my shelter, but it's also my center of my reality. Home is where I come back to from a day’s work. Home is love, life, reassurance, family, and healing, for it provides you all of these aspects in some form or manner, even if it’s just a picture of the people you value in your life. But home isn’t limited to the structure you live in.
Home is your body, your sacred temple. Home is also your consciousness and sub consciousness. And like any home, what matters is how well you take care of the environment you live in. A messy house has energy that is displaced and disconnected. A clean, well-ordered house has energy that flows smoothly because it’s well taken care of. The same is true of the inner home, the inner temple of yourself.
When I exercise my body or eat healthy food, I am taking care of my physical home that my soul resides in. I am appreciating it, nurturing it, and cleaning out the toxins. And when I do my daily meditations and rituals I am cleaning my mental and spiritual home of anything that’s not needed. I am taking care of my inner environment and connecting it to the external environment I live in. I am balancing myself and finding in that balance a way to control and work with my emotions, thoughts, concepts, energy, etc., instead of letting them run wild and leaving me feeling disconnected with what’s around and within me.
The threshold of a home is sacred, for it keeps within what you want, and keeps without that which isn't needed. And the rituals of protection and shielding do much the same for a person. I’m not just protecting myself from other people or entities. I’m cleaning my spiritual house, finding my spiritual balance, and coming to my awareness that home is what you make of it, not what it makes of you.
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