"I was thinking about my own home, and whether I could look at it through metaphysical eyes. How could I use the material aspects of my home to enhance my spiritual journey?
I live in what is called a studio flat. I have 3 rooms - a bathroom, a kitchen and a combination of lounge and bedroom, which I call a bed-sitting room. So if I go through each of these rooms, what do they remind me about my connection with the Divine?
Entrance hallway - brings to mind the book by Unity minister Ellen Debenport called Hell in the Hallway - Light at the Door. Its theme, as I understand it, is about the time in-between decisions, when we are uncertain about what will come next. So I see my hallway as the entrance to the interior of my home, and until I make the decision as to which door to go through, I am in a moment of uncertainty. But I am still home, and we are still home with God during those moments of indecision.
Bathroom toilet - if I open the door on my left I am in my bathroom/toilet, the place of cleanliness and release. Here I am reminded of the importance of releasing anything that is standing in the way of my good, anything that no longer serves me. Holding on to negative thoughts about ourselves keeps us down and when we do let go, we feel lighter, both physically and spiritually.
This is also the place of cleanliness. I use water to take a shower or cleanse my face or wash my hands. Water is a symbol of life, we talk about living water, and it reminds me of being in the flow, of life, of the consciousness of God, of being home with God.
Kitchen - standing outside my bathroom, turning to the left, I open the door to the kitchen. The kitchen is where we keep and prepare our food, the nourishment for our body. We decide what we are going to have and create a meal for ourselves. It reminds me to keep and use food that will nourish me physically and emotionally. If I get the balance off, there is the challenge of indigestion!
There is also food for the soul, which feeds our connection with God. I am reminded that there can be spiritual indigestion as well, if I take in too much, and not give myself time for absorption, and quiet times of reflection.
Bed-sitting room : standing outside my kitchen, the door to the left leads to my bed-sitting room. It's where I am engaged with reading, with music and with entertainment. It contains my television, books, records, computer. They are my windows to the world, particularly so during the pandemic and restrictions. I find inspiration and support here.
I also have my bed, which for me is where I can be rested, refreshed and renewed. That is where the balance is - to be inspired and motivated, to take that to a quiet place, and let it unfold for the highest and best. To take it home with God.
So that's how I use my physical home to symbolically connect with my spiritual home - my home with God.
I guess most people may live in houses or larger spaces that I have, with other rooms that might be reminders of spiritual aspects of our lives.
Dining room - a place to gain nourishment and share meals - to take what comes to us in inspiration and share it willingly with the world
Basement - this could be a place of storage, for things we don't use very often, for ideas that are not part of our everyday living but perhaps we are reluctant to totally release
Attic - another place of storage, but perhaps of treasured things. As a basement thought takes us below, so an attic thought takes us above.
Conservatory - a place mostly filled with light because of the windows - a place of resting and feeling the lightness of things, feeling our own lightness of being.
Garage - a place where motor vehicles can be kept; we use that for travelling, more storage of things needed from time to time, that help with renewal and repair
Looking at a home in a metaphysical way, that works on the principle of using our human experiences to take us to spiritual expression."
Nancy Sandoval - Unity Teacher
Unity in the UK