Sacred Space

Building a Shrine
traditional practices

with Joe Mullally - traditional shaman healer & diviner
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From the traditional perspective, deep inside each of us, far beyond the physical level lies our 'true' heart, the centre of our personality, the soul of who we really are. It is here in our practice we come to meet our inner teachers, our guides, the ones who hold the keys to our life purpose, our true nature, the mystery of that which makes each of us unique and special in the world. In fact no matter which spiritual path we follow it eventually leads us here - home to ourselves. It is in knowing our own heart and living it that we experience true happiness.
Tradition shows us that place and land have personalities too - very house, garden, factory, farm, river valley and mountain pass has a soul of it's own. This is why we feel inextricably drawn to particular places. We may set about buying a house, for instance, and reject dozens of them only to find ourselves totally captivated by one. And while to others this chosen spot may seem outwardly unremarkable, for us there will be an unmistakable 'something' that sets it apart absolutely from all the rest. This is what happens when a place touches our heart, when there is a knowing, an empathy, a recognition, between something deep in it and something deep in us.
And when such rapport is very strong we may pawn all we own, sacrifice everything to buy it - or conversely, it's asking price may miraculously drop to match exactly what we can afford. So often people seem to 'find' such places by pure accident. They happen upon them perhaps on the way to somewhere else. It is my own experience that we totally underestimate how much 'place' has it's own say in these things too, for at the deeper more subtle levels, place may often have the final say in choosing the people who live there, and not the other way round.
Example - St Bridget's Flame, Kildare

Some of the regions and counties covered

County Louth, Droheda, Dundalk, Navan, Kells, Trim, Co. Meath, Dublin, Arklow, Bray, Blessington, County Wicklow, Gorey, Enniscorthy, Bunclody, Wexford, Naas, Newgridge, Sallins, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Carlow, Co. Kilkenny, Laoise, Portlaoise, Templemore, Offaly, Athlone, Mullingar, Westmeath and Longford, Waterford, Cork, Tralee, Kilarney, Kerry, Ennis, Kilrush, Killaloe, county Clare, Limerick and Thurles, Cashel, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, Oranmore, Clarinbridge, Athenry, Galway,