The Goal of Yoga Is To Cultivate Bliss (Satchitananda). This Guided Meditation Can Help
“Sacred space is an absolute necessity for anybody today…
This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be.
This is the place of creative incubation.
At first, you may find that nothing happens there.
But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen…
Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.”
– Joseph Campbell, author of “The Hero with 1,000 Faces”
According to world-renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell, creativity and inspiration are the results of constant communion with what he calls your sacred space.
Time spent in this space is time wisely invested because it serves as an incubator for our ideas, projects, visions, goals, and dreams.
According to yogic philosophy, we enter sacred space each time we practice drawing the senses inwards (pratyahara), one-pointed focus (dharana), and deep meditation (dhyana) in order to experience samadhi (transcendence of our limitations).
Cultivating the habit of daily time spent in communion with yourself in sacred space leads to what Campbell calls “following your bliss.”
“I came to this idea of bliss because in Sanskrit, which is the great spiritual language of the world, there are three terms that represent the brink, the jumping-off place to the ocean of transcendence: Sat, Chit, Ananda.
The word “Sat” means being. “Chit” means consciousness. “Ananda” means bliss or rapture.
If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living.
When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” (1)
- Spending daily time in sacred space feeds our creativity and inspiration.
- Sacred space can be accessed via the yogic practices of pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi.
- We can cultivate the consciousness of bliss and joy (Satchidananda) by entering sacred space.
- When we follow our bliss more aligned opportunities come our way, we experience more synchronicity, and life becomes much more fulfilling and meaningful.
A Guided Meditation For Entering Sacred Space:
The following is a short meditation practice to help you enter the sacred space within.
It’ll guide you through each of the necessary layers of the Yogic Path (pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, to eventually and with practice, experience samadhi and satchitananda).
Here’s where the yogic principle of Ishvara Pranidhana can help you stay on track to dedicate yourself to a regular practice.
Ishvara Pranidhana is all about surrendering to what is while dedicating and devoting ourselves to a higher cause.
And isn’t filling your life with more inspiration, fulfillment, meaning, and creativity a cause worthy of your devotion and dedication?