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prompt me 1: my sacred spaces and how I prefer to share them


Prompt from bunnika: What are your most sacred spaces? Do you enjoy sharing them, or do you prefer to enjoy them in solitude?

My sacred spaces are anywhere with trees, especially large trees, spreading trees, old growth, on flat ground, with water nearby. Locally, those places are Big Trees Forest Preserve, Heritage Park, the Etowah Mounds, the river next to Thousand Hills coffee, a few places in the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, a few places on Red Top Mountain, and others to a lesser extent (Olde Rope Mill was one before they destroyed it, as was Dupree Park), and some I haven't discovered (but can feel that they're there). Farther away, there's this place in Anstruther Scotland where I bonded with this wildly overgrown bush that was more like a tree, Hannah's mum's garden in Belgium, the Angel Oak in Charleston, and Muir Woods (despite it being overrun with tourists even) and the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park in CA, and these magnolias that were outside of the Botanical Gardens in DC when I was a kid. Those with old trees are automatic but there are others, little pockets of magic, found anywhere, like this one concrete retaining wall in Atlanta next to a parking lot with a few small trees and vines hanging down the wall in places, or the lot where Koronah built an altar and Kylei and I began to really build our connection, or the Marietta square (in which Kylei and I imbued and/or found a lot of magic), and I'm sure there are others that I can't readily bring to mind (not to anyone: if I've mentioned a sacred place to you and didn't write it here please remind me).

I enjoy sharing them, and usually prefer it to being alone there, because I like to be able to turn to someone and say, "do you feel/hear/see this?" and vice versa. But I only like sharing them with people who will be very intake-oriented, who will be there for the place, who will be very present and in-the-moment. And of course people who do not litter, break things, take things without asking, or take things that would damage the forest. I do like to talk, but I like it to be the kind of talking one might do in an art gallery, only occasional, thoughtful, and about what is being observed and felt. I also need them to expect that my attention is going to be 80-90% on the place and I will need to spend at least part of the time silent and will probably need to take pictures (that is a huge part of how I process important things); I had a terrible experience once with someone who expected otherwise so I've learned to communicate this beforehand! Occasionally I feel the need to reconnect with myself and then I might go to a sacred place alone, but it is the exception.

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wildrose ══╣╠══
belenen ══╣beautiful╠══
<3!
bunnika ══╣bunny: frazzled╠══
The not taking things strikes me as interesting, because it's the opposite of how I approach sacred spaces. I like to find bits to carry with me. For example, the centerpiece of my altar has a few agate stones I collected on a beach in NorCal. One day I hope to find an appropriate piece of driftwood to share with Leela, my python (she sits on my altar table). I have bought stones, for energy's sake, but I think found objects have so much more meaning. Suzume and I are both beachcombers, and spend most of our beach time searching for shells or stones to carry with us. In forests I'm apt to find nuts or pine cones or other fallen items to help me recapture the magic after I've left. I always thank Gaia and the local fae for the bounty, and have never received any harsh or resentful energy in return.
belenen ══╣╠══
Now that i think about this im gonna have to edit this entry, because its not quite right. I was thinking aboit one specific instance where someone i brought to the forest didnt interact with it at all except to comb the streams for mica to make into jewelry amd sell. It wouldnt have bothered me if that had been the purpose of me taking them there, but it really bothered me that they were doing that in that situation and without asking or even saying hello, as it were.
belenen ══╣colors of the wind╠══
I sometimes take things like a bit of stick or a small rock if it is a place that is sacred to me. My favorite is a bit of litter, because it doesn't belong, but it has been 'imbued' with the spirit of the place and can connect me just as well.
raidingparty ══╣╠══
Oh wow... I never thought about recycling as a spiritual connection. Will have to find a way to integrate this.
volamonster ══╣mushroom's dragon╠══
I hope that, one day, if it's possible and it feels good to you, maybe you and I could explore a sacred place together. There are so many where I live, so many trees in the mountains.

Thank you for sharing this.
belenen ══╣tree consonance╠══
I would love that so incredibly much <3
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