Befriending Sacred Space Course Description & Registration
Befriending sacred space is a pragmatic spiritual practice. So, the intent of this 7-module course is to bring more positive, malleable energy to your life, as well as more positive energy and well-being to the Planet…Positive means:
Evolutionary – creatively and responsibly builds upon the old
Uplifting – while enabling our feet to be firmly on the ground
Engaging – joyous expansions of interaction and service
Appropriate – enhancing the highest good
Useful – keeping it real in turbulent times
Thus, each module and follow-up medicine practice are designed to help bring more practical magic and personal insight into your life. You will also receive a weekly email to assist you with getting the most out of each module and its associated medicine practice(s), as well as to encourage your involvement with our Facebook group and share your questions or insights.
In summary, the class content, guided journeys, question and answer sessions, our optional Befriending Sacred Space Facebook group, supportive medicine* practices and supplemental readings are designed to work synergistically to give you great understanding into a shapeshifting experiential connection of practical, earth-based magic and spirituality applicable to daily life.
[*] Medicine – medicine is used in the generic indigenous way meaning benevolent energy.
My latest book, How to Get Even with the Universe by Getting Right with the World: Working within Sacred Space and Time (whew ~ quite a mouthful!) is highly recommended, as some chapters provide a good background for specific modules. Buy the book, fill in the order number on the course registration form, and you will receive a $15 course discount.
Class 1 – Creating Sacred Space
Overview – Preparing to practice through purification and ritual. Setting aside space and time to sit inside space and time to impact space and time.
Meditative journey – Directing Presence
Potential outcomes – Increase focus and amplitude; building relationship between you, your medicine piece(s), and the space you are in.
Follow-up Medicine Practices
- Do the Directing Presence practice at least twice before going on to Class 2.
- Add one or more medicine pieces to your sacred space/altar area.
- Work with any one or more of your medicine pieces to get more familiar with its presence and power.
Class 2 – Reducing Mixed Messages
Overview – Few things drain our energy or cause confusion more than sending mixed messages and giving away our power. If we send mixed messages during a spiritual practice, our practice can become unfocused and mixed messages are what we get in return. To reduce mixed messages, we will refine and add to the energy balancing meditation from the week before.
Meditative Journey – Emanating Essence
Potential outcome – Reduce the mixed messages we send and receive; improve equanimity, clarity and focus. Strengthen authenticity.
1. Refine the Directing Presence and Seven Doors/Emanating Essence exercises. Do both at least once before the next class. They need not be done during the same “session,” but it is recommended the Directing Presence be done first.
2. Read Chapter 11: Mixed Messages and Paradoxes.
Class 3 – Befriending Our Lessons
Overview – There is relationship between letting go, also known as surrender, and nonattachment. It’s a paradox: we no longer give our power away when we surrender. Nonattachment, which is much different than detachment, makes unconditional love possible. Letting go amplifies the power of sacred space, allowing for unexpected outcomes past, present and future.
Meditative journey – Hitting the Cosmic Reset Button: the Meditative Daily Review
Potential outcome – Resetting the past; sweeping away daily debris.
Follow-up Medicine Practices
- Read Chapter 9: Being Nonattached in a Connected Universe.
- Practice the 3-part meditation offered in the audio recording: Hitting the Cosmic Reset Button.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.”
– Victor Frankl
Class 4 – An Existential Question
Overview – Class 4 offers a broad spectrum of information to add extra umph and understanding to your practice and sacred space. It goes into such things as the bringing light to the dark night and enhancing your medicine pieces by creating an altar. The connection of these disparate topics is to address the existential question asked below.
Medicine journey – The Labyrinth Meditation
- Further explore the creative richness of the four directions.
- Amplify sacred space through additional medicine pieces placed upon an altar.
- Recognize and understand the importance and meaning of recurring life events.
Follow-up Medicine Practices
- Refine your labyrinth practice by doing it at least once more before moving on to the next class; select a theme/scene/icon from the practice in which to go more deeply in a meditation in your sacred space.
- Read this narrative at least twice and engage with comments, questions and answers in our Facebook group. There is more posted this class than usual.
- Read Chapter 3: In the beginning…
- For fun, download a Theseus and Minotaur labyrinth game! I found this free sample here. It’s virus free and safe to download.
“Desperate times do not call for desperate measures. They call for magical ones.”
– Pagan Youngshadow
Class 5 – Disciplined Imagination
Overview – Imagination creates and has created the physical laws we live by. Within the context of these laws, just how limited or unlimited are we? Anyone who claims s/he can help you “reach your full potential” likely sees you as being limited and/or doesn’t know what s/he is talking about. The fact is, we can always do and be something more. Sacred space is a potential catalyst.
Medicine journey – The medicine behind the medicine.
Potential outcome – You won’t reach your potential any time soon…
Follow-up Medicine Practice
- Invitation into the Unlimited practice
- Continue to practice self-regulation
- Read Chapters 13 and 14: Disciplined Imagination and The Imagination – Intuition Conundrum
“Everybody has the capacity to dream up and believe anything he wants to. The shrinks, or the psychoanalysts would call it a personal delusional system. And you believe it because you choose to… Once we see the light, we know there will be no satisfaction until we experience a kind of divinity; something as close to divinity as man can experience – and when I start skating it happens to me.”
– SloMo Man
Class 6 – One with the World; at home in the Wild
Overview – For many of us, life is detached from the natural world and the consciousness of our planet.
True Sacred Space requires a connection to the natural forces and beings that sustain us. Experiencing the natural world leads to humility, awe, vivacity and health ~ in a word, happiness. This class is designed to expand our view and deepen our connection with the Living Earth…and provide a sanctuary within our sacred space to what is still wild and free.
Meditative journey – Day and Night
Potential outcome – Expand and strengthen our view and relationship with the natural world, seen and unseen
Follow-up Medicine Practice – Getting to know a tree relative
“The sun, red and enormous, began to sink into the western sky. And simultaneously the moon began to rise on the other side of the river with its own glorious shade of red, coming up out of the trees like a russet firebird. The sun and the moon seem to acknowledge each other and they moved in both opposition and concordance in a breath taking dance of light across the oaks and the palms.”
– Jimmy Buffet – Prince of Tides
Class 7 – Course Recap and Q & A
Overview – A recap of sacred space and its practical interweavings in daily life. The recap may also encourage new questions not yet addressed, so don’t hold back!
Medicine journey – The Cave Meditation
- Open to any questions. Of course, participants can always ask more questions in our Facebook group.
- The Cave Meditation is a particular medicine journey to learn how to offer appropriate ayni for something you have already received.
Follow-up Medicine Practices
- Participants are encouraged to go through any part or the entire course again: the written narratives, readings, videos, FB postings and medicine practices. Many people find each offers deepening levels of ideas and potential directions to explore.
A few testimonials…
“With his combination of wisdom and love for his teaching, Steve [Guettermann] is a natural guide into matters of spirit and sacred living. Myth and storytelling are woven seamlessly into lessons on sacred relationship with all things and how we can learn to enhance our connection to the natural world and each other. I look forward to future offerings from Steve. “
– Pieter Lefferts | Artist and Universal Shaman
“Steve, you are a very understated man with quiet power, and you slip into the collective mind without a sound. Your gentle and humble presentation belies the incredible wisdom and depth of your abilities. But as we entered the worlds you engaged us in, the shaman that you are is revealed. A deep bow to you and a warm thank you!
You did a beautiful job of holding space for us as a class, to enter into our own sacredness within the journey you presented. I really enjoyed all the journeys we went on. Through fields and forests, into hallways with doors and rooms to explore, speaking to our artes (medicine pieces), clearing up conversations to a higher level of communication and understanding. Each lesson was a beautiful exploration of how to bring sacred intention and awareness into our Being and Self. [They] have opened my heart to more love and compassion than I have been able to reach before. I feel more whole and alive as I continue with these practices”
– Miriam Hinkelman | Universal Shaman Initiate
“Steve Guettermann has a gentle and focused teaching style with relevant and enjoyable stories to tell. I took some notes and appreciate I can re-listen to the classes. If you have a busy life – you can get a lot in a relaxed and easy flow. The processes he teaches are compelling. His life’s wisdom shines through his voice – which is calm, fun, and funny. I learned a lot that I will surely pass on to others. The course – Befriending Sacred Space is enhancing my life.”
– Julia King | Shamanic Explorer
“Steve brings integrity, wit and wisdom to his teaching style combined with authenticity and real-person real-life practicality. You know he’s speaking and teaching from experience and his own truth, no smoke and mirrors or hype and self-promotion here, just the real-deal of someone who walks his talk, and has a readiness to share his journey from a genuine desire to support and guide and walk alongside you on yours.
Each week of the course brought new and unexpected aha’s and integrations as Steve provided fresh inspiration and understanding on what on the face of it may have seemed simple or familiar subjects.
The course gave me new tools, new understandings, new perspectives, and quite literally also new vistas through the guided visualizations, as well as helping to stabilize my understanding of the foundations on which it was based. (The picture I get is being supported to find the right stepping stones as I navigate a river-crossing.) Interactions with the other participants provided an extra layer of support which was both valuable and pleasurable. Highly recommended, and I’m looking forward to participating again.”
– Eadie Miller
The Befriending Sacred Space course and bonus package
(Here’s what you get…)
Seven high-impact modules of harmonizing and amplifying Self with Space for increased beneficent presence in the world. Each module includes in-depth written guidance, recorded journeys/meditations, and follow-up medicine practice suggestions and resources – $279
Ongoing support via our private Befriending Sacred Space Facebook group that continues even after you complete the course! This group stays fresh with the ongoing addition of new members, and each person is welcome to participate as much or as little as desired. I will personally answer questions, as well as moderate others’ answers, discussions and shares. All of this contributes to the group’s impact. It is “virtually” a course by itself, assures you get individual attention, and is impossible to put a price on because of its ongoing value…but we will – $299
Supplemental videos and information complimentary to your practice, such as periodic text compilations of Facebook Q & A and Facebook Live sessions – $99
Total – $677….But wait!
Order on or before March 31, 2019 and take advantage of our Spring Equinox Special:
• The Seven Module Befriending Sacred Space Course
• Ongoing Facebook Support
• Supplemental videos and other complimentary materials
• AND a no-risk money back guarantee…all for only $169•. That’s a saving of 75%. Try the first two modules at no risk – you’ll get one module a week, plus all the extras – and if you are dissatisfied for any reason, you will get your money back. Who loves you?
- Please note this is the price per household. You are welcome to purchase additional packages for others, as this information is copyrighted and unauthorized copying or sharing is prohibited. You may purchase additional BSS course packages for only $149. Of course, if you’ve purchased before and would like additional packages at any time, just email us and you’ll get the “additional package price.”
Give the Gift of Magic to yourself or a loved one.
Order on or before March 21, 2019 and receive this additional bonus – Creating Medicine Pieces video. Featuring an interview between Amy Isakov and Steve Guettermann, this video also provides valuable how-to information about creating and working with your own medicine pieces. This is an excellent prelude to Befriending Sacred Space.
Meditation and guided visualizations are generally considered to be safe. At beginning levels, they are mainly an exercise in relaxation and concentration. Advanced levels of meditation can require focused concentration in order to engage in self-study and examination. If you feel you might be uncomfortable engaging in such a meditative practice, either refrain from such study or consult a medical professional before continuing.
If you have a history of receiving treatment from a mental health counselor, please consult with your health care provider before listening to these recordings. You are entirely responsible for how you choose to understand, misunderstand, use or misuse any information on this website, downloaded from it or from the book How to Get Even with the Universe by Getting Right with the World: Working within Sacred Space and Time. No medical advice is expressed or implied. Nor is the content intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You are encouraged to stop using the information and consult a medical professional immediately if you feel uncomfortable with any of it.