A Sacred and Safe Space for Workshops

The word “sacred” means different things for different people. It is usually something that is regarded with great respect and reverence by a particular religion, or a group of people, or an individual person. In different traditions, there are different places, objects or rituals which are considered “sacred”.

According to the encyclopaedia, “A sacred place is first of all a defined place, a space distinguished from other spaces”. To me it is a space created and upheld through intention and awareness to form an uplifting, safe, peaceful and spiritual area. Our intention to be respectful is key in creating and using a sacred space.

We might want to use certain rituals to honour the sacred space and to shift into a clear intention of what we want to feel and experience in the sacred space. This sacred space can be an area in your house which you set up with intention, perhaps as a meditative corner, possibly with an altar or other meaningful objects. Nature itself can be your sacred space and you might create a ritual around this. One of my best friends finds her daily meditation by going for a walk. This is her sacred and soul-nurturing ritual, her sacred time.

Part of focussing on the sacred is to set aside certain times and spaces as sacred, which means as something basically different than the everyday world we live in. When I offer a workshop, my intention is to provide a sacred and safe space for all the participants. With the upcoming Dream Workshop, I am more than ever focussing on the sacred as I have the immense pleasure to facilitate this class together with my friend Susan Webber, who is a spiritual artist and teacher.

Prior to this workshop, we have visited the space where we will be teaching and have performed a small ritual outside, asking permission from the ancestors to use the space. As a response, four—not just one but four—swarms of geese, which symbolize fertility, unity and intuition, flew over our heads. What a perfect symbol and encouragement for our workshop.

Did you know that geese never leave one of their own behind? Should a goose become injured during the flight to the south, another goose will leave the migrating flock to stay with the injured one. That sense of community is certainly what we would like to create with our workshops. We can have the experience that we are all one and can hold the space for each other during challenges times and experiences, or when we do our healing.

Geese are known as gifted navigators and instinctively know the way to warmer climates. They forge ahead, confident and brave, and thus are a symbol for courage and for trust in their team. Geese have intricate methods of communication. They smoothly take turns to fly at the front of the flock and communicate with each other about when and where to land. They keep each other safe. Taking this workshop is all about tuning into our intuition and listening to our more instinctive parts, like our inner child. It is also about safety in the group, and growing together as a spiritual family, in which healing and growth is possible.

During the workshop, we will use rituals to create a safe and sacred space. Susan will guide us through a smudging ceremony and a story ritual around the camp fire, and I will lead you through meditations. We will make sure that everybody feels safe to speak, explore and share.

Any personal healing work requires a safe space. This applies even more so when doing our dream work. Sharing our dreams with others requires vulnerability and trust. We need a space in which others listen respectfully and lovingly and do not intrude with their interpretations. Everybody allows everybody else to be the expert on their own dreams and the meaning of those dreams.

When you decide to join us for a workshop, you make the decision to set aside sacred time to do soul-nurturing work. You are part of this team of dream explorers, which holds the safe and sacred space for everybody else. Together we can be like the flock of geese, forging ahead to discover new lands.

Sacred space is where you connect with who you are at a soul level, where you find yourself again, and sometimes again and again. Workshop participants often return for further workshops to learn something new, but also to experience and connect in this sacred and heart-opening space once again.


Join us—for the first time or again—on Dec. 9/10, 2017 for the Dream Workshop in Lowville (Burlington). For more details click here or contact me




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Body Pendulum

Muscle testing is a way to access the subconscious mind and also the superconscious mind or the wisdom of our higher self. Over the years, I have come across a variety of different methods of tuning into our intuition and receiving guidance from a deeper place of wisdom.

In our workshops, we teach the participants how to muscle test others and also introduce them to different self-muscle testing methods. The main thing to remember when you are starting out is to be gentle with yourself. Don’t expect to be an expert from the get-go. Give yourself some time to play around with different methods. Trust that the answers are all inside you and all it takes is enough detachment to receive the answer you are seeking.

One method I would like to share with you today is how to use your body as a pendulum to tap into your intuition and to receive yes/no answers.

  1. Stand in a relaxed lose stance.
  2. Keep your chin level to the ground, your eyes open but looking down.
  3. Say “My name is _______” filling your first name in. You will feel your body swaying a little in a particular direction, take note of where your body is going. Most people sway forward but there is no right or wrong. We are all different. For some people the response is so strong that it feels like they are falling over, for others it is more like a slight internal movement.body pendulum Tia 2
  4. Come back to centre.
  5. Now say “My name is_______”, going across gender to a stranger’s name. If you are female use a male name, if you are male use a female name. You are lying, so your subconscious will respond and give you a “no”.body pendulum Tia 1
  6. Now ask your body, “show me a yes”. And notice in what direction you are swaying.
  7. Come back to centre.
  8. “Show me a no”. Observe in which direction you are swaying.
  9. Now, you can use this method to ask questions. Be specific. Sometimes there is no clear yes or no answer to your question. A good wording to get clear guidance is to ask “It is in the highest wisdom and benefit for me to…”body pendulum C & T 3
  10. If you are looking down to ensure that you are connected to your emotions and subconscious mind, you can also use this to test what your subconscious agrees with and doesn’t agree with. Here are a few examples of beneficial beliefs you could test and change if your subconscious presently does not agree with them:
  • I trust my intuition.
  • This world is a safe place for me.
  • I am gentle and non-judgmental with myself.
  • I deeply and completely love myself.
  • I joyfully release the past and expect the best now and in the future.


To change limiting subconscious beliefs into supportive ones, come for an individual session or sign up for our next Shadow Energetics workshop.

Angelika, 905-286-9466, greendoorrelaxation@yahoo.ca

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Muscles Testing to Access Higher Wisdom

The K in PSYCH-K® stands for Kinesiology. PSYCH-K® uses muscle testing to access the subconscious mind as well as the superconscious mind. How does this work?

We cannot say something that our subconscious does not believe to be true without getting a comparably weaker muscle response. When we say something that our subconscious believes to be true, the isolated muscle in the arm remains strong, or as we say “locks in”.

Everybody has a different muscle response. Muscle testing is not about absolute strength but about the difference between somebody’s muscle response when you compare a true and a false statement. When the person lies, there is a stress response in the body. When we state something that our subconscious does not agree with, we experience a diminished electrical signal to the muscle. We cannot hold up the arm in the same way as we can when we speak the truth. This allows us to determine what the subconscious mind holds to be true at any given point.

We create our experiences based on our subconscious beliefs. We all have beliefs that are supportive in reaching our goals, and beliefs that are limiting or holding us back from manifesting into our lives what we really want. Once it has been determined that the person is not supported by their subconscious in a belief that would be beneficial to them, the work begins.

Every subconscious belief can be changed. A very important element of PSYCH-K® however, is to follow a permission protocol. The superconscious mind needs to give permission to change a specific belief at any given time. This, again, is determined through muscle testing.

Beyond asking permission from that higher wisdom to do a belief change, we can also follow the guidance of the Higher Self. The PSYCH-K® belief change processes are easy to learn. The art of PSYCH-K® is to step back and allow the Higher Self—which is free of any human attachments—to communicate and guide us to the right statements.

For individual PSYCH-K® sessions or PSYCH-K® training classes with Darryl Gurney in Ontario contact




The next PSYCH-K® Basic class with Darryl Gurney will be in spring 2014, the next PSYCH-K® Advanced class in early summer 2014.