Invoking the Four Directions - Creating Sacred Shamanic Space
Before performing ritual or healing connection with Spirit or the Divine, a Shaman will invoke the Four Directions to hold and create a safe and protective loving container for the work. In this sacred space, everyone is safe and all is guided and supported by Spirit and your truest Intent.
You can invoke your own guides, Divine Master or lineage however you choose, in whatever words or manner serves you and your path.
Here is a classic sacred Invocation to the Four Directions. As always, your heartfelt sincerity and intent is more important than "getting it right." However as you practice, your invocations will evolve in accuracy and clarity of detail.
Invoking the Four Directions ~
To the winds of the South
Great serpent, Wrap your coils of light around us,
Teach us to shed the past the way you shed your skin,
To walk softly on the Earth. Teach us the Beauty Way.
To the winds of the West
Protect our medicine space.
Teach us the way of peace, to live impeccably
Show us the way beyond death.
To the winds of the North.
Hummingbird, Grandmothers and Grandfathers, Ancient Ones
Come and warm your hands by our fires
Whisper to us in the wind
We honor you who have come before us,
And you who will come after us, our children’s children.
To the winds of the East.
Great eagle, condor
Come to us from the place of the rising Sun.
Keep us under your wing.
Show us the mountains we only dare to dream of.
Teach us to fly wing to wing with the Great Spirit.
We’ve gathered for the healing of all your children.
The Stone People, the Plant People.
The four–legged, the two–legged, the creepy crawlers.
The finned, the furred, and the winged ones.
All our relations.
Father Sun, Grandmother Moon, to the Star nations.
Great Spirit, you who are known by a thousand names
And you who are the unnamable One.
Thank you for bringing us together.
"The opening of this sacred space is essentially an invocation, calling the spirits of the four cardinal directions—South, West, North, and East—and Mother Earth and Father Sky. Begin by facing the South direction and then each direction in turn, repeating the following procedure: Smudge – fan smoldering sage or incense—or blow scented water. Then hold your arm up, the palm of your hand facing outward and recite the appropriate verse of the invocation, calling upon the archetype representative of that direction. The archetypes are more than symbols; they are primordial energies or spirits, having qualities and powers of their own. We summon serpent in the South, jaguar in the West, hummingbird in the North and eagle in the East. When summoning Mother Earth, actually touch the ground where you stand; when summoning Father Sky, reach to the heavens.
When you have finished your healing work, sacred space must be closed. Follow the same procedure as for the opening, acknowledging the Four directions, Mother Earth and Father Sky. Thank the archetypes for being with you—serpent, jaguar, hummingbird, and eagle—and release their energies to return to the four corners of the Earth."
(quote excerpted from dyingconsciously.org.creating-sacred-space.html)