with award-winning author, teacher and mythologist
Explore a spiritual practice that enhances daily living and reduces turbulence
Befriend and use sacred space and good medicine* at home and in the world.
Steve has over thirty years of personal experience and tutelage with several prominent spiritual teachers, including Wallace Black Elk, Jack Schwarz, Lakota elder Jim Miller, and don Oscar Miro-Quesada. Each stressed practical application of the spiritual into daily life or, as don Oscar says, to grow “corn and potatoes.”
Steve carries this approach into his writing and teaching. Known for his wit and humor, as well as for original explanations and insights into spiritual and energetic concepts, Steve developed this course to integrate our boundless human potential with the immensity and promise of sacred space.
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.
So…what is sacred space?
Sacred Space is a portal, a vessel and a repository of energy, knowledge, wisdom and spiritual wealth. It is a shield, a tool, a healing space, an ally, a font of creativity, and an alchemical cauldron. It is a smithy of “creativity creating creation,” as Peruvian shaman don Oscar Miro-Quesada says. It is an animated ally we nurture and nourish to become more intimate with what gives us life to live our highest purpose and greatest joys, and create balance with reciprocity. We live within it; it lives within us.
“[Sacred space] is an absolute necessity for anybody today… It’s 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.”
– Joseph Campbell
It’s really quite something.
With that said, this course is designed to help the person new to a spiritual path make sense of the energetic basics of creating and using sacred space and medicine pieces. It may also help the more advanced student or teacher guide others into creating sacred relationship, as its practices and explanations work well with yoga, meditation and other spiritual disciplines. Ultimately sacred space and your medicine pieces become teachers and companions.
Here’s what you get
Online Course Outline and Bonuses – Befriending Sacred Space
But first, Steve would like to say…
“Buying 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.
“Yet I want to stress Befriending Sacred Space is not a rehash of the book. The course is designed to impact the amount of positive energy you bring into the world in practical ways that produce conscious growth and enjoyment. It is also intended to provide the framework to help build your relationship with your own super intelligence, hidden wisdom and blossoming creativity.
“This course won’t give you those moments; but may provide the environment in which you can experience them. The class content, guided journeys, question and answer sessions, our 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.
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.
Question & Answer
1. Do the Directing Presence exercise at least once.
2. Add one or more medicine pieces to your sacred space/altar area.
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.
Question & Answer
1. Refine the Directing Presence and Emanating Essence exercises.
2. Read: 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.
Question & Answer
1. Read: Being Nonattached in a Connected Universe.
2. Practice the meditative Daily Preview and Daily Review.
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.
- 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. Guidance is always available from our course Facebook page.
- Read Chapter 3 in How to Get Even by Getting Right with the Universe: Working within Sacred Space and Time.
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
- Read Disciplined Imagination and The Imagination – Intuition Conundrum
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
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.
Each week’s class will be a minimum of 60 minutes long; usually longer depending on questions. When you enroll in Befriending Sacred Space, you will receive several bonuses. They complement the program with more content and ways to enrich your experience with sacred space and time.
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
“Steve Guettermann carries and invokes authentic shamanic healing energy. His training is vast and his approach is filled with well-schooled technique and genuine caring. His ceremonies and altars are the most powerful I have ever experienced, and I have done shamanic work myself. I have personally experienced his powerful approach on two occasions and have greatly benefitted. During the most recent ceremony he did for me, I could actually feel the Ancestors gathering around us and shifting my inner world and physical body. It was quite profound, and I felt its effects for many days afterwards. It continues to be a strong support. Steve’s heart and mind are so deeply connected to the spirit world and he has such great respect and rapport with the magic of the animal world that he is truly a rare find. If I were to study shamanism with anyone, I would completely trust Steve’s approach and training. He has studied with the best, himself, and real shamans are hard to find these days. Steve is humble, incredibly adept, and a vehicle of light in a darkened world. He is the real deal!”
– Robyn Bridges | Author and retired transpersonal psychology therapist
“Steve has a keen ability to create sacred space for healing. He is able to combine his talents of playfulness, wisdom, and deep respect for the spiritual world into powerful movements of energy. His gentle way of combining sacred elements with ceremony, helped clear the negative energy from my world. With grace and dignity, he has a unique way of being able to usher in the unseen, to magically restore the balance. I highly recommend working with Steve.”
-Anne Rockhold | World traveler and wilderness adept
“Not only is Steve Guettermann’s gift of storytelling on a par with the soul illuminating tales spoken by tribal wisdom keepers of time immemorial, his honestly transparent style invites us to gain deeper insight into our personal struggles and existential challenges as vital preparation for walking more gently and lovingly as sacred passerby upon our Earth Mother, Gaia-Pachamama. [His book] How to Get Even with the Universe by Getting Right with the World: Working within Sacred Space and Time, is a rare gift of inspirational word, illuminating vision and hands on cross-cultural shamanic ritual practice…a beacon of hope for all people called to embody a beauty walk of eco-spiritual healing presence on earth–highly recommended!”
-don Oscar Miro-Quesada | kamasqa curandero
Here is the total course and bonus package
Seven class online Befriending Sacred Space training; includes recordings – $199
Weekly follow-up medicine practices and resources – $99
Six weeks of support via our private Befriending Sacred Space Facebook group – $99
Bonus week Question and Answer and surprise course-ending gift – $49
Four downloadable guided meditations with breathing exercises – $99
Downloadable 12-month inspirational pdf 2018 calendar – $9
Total – $554
However, from now through February 1, 2018, if you also buy the book How to Get Even with the Universe by Getting Right with the World: Working within Sacred Space and Time, available exclusively at Amazon.com, your investment is only $49. That’s it! After February 1st, the cost goes up to $64….
Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed!
If after the first two classes you feel Befriending Sacred Space does not meet your needs, contact our friendly support team at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before February 9, 2018. We will happily issue you a refund for the course.