My Study, about which I have written fairly recently, is my sanctuary; it is the place I go to when I am wounded and afraid, and also when I am happy and creative. In its hallowed space, I have created elements of a Temple. I guard this place with the senses and with helpers from the Inner Realms.
Sense of smell is vital for this process of ensuring my own safety (in psychological terms) – and I make great use of candles, and scented tea lights, in order to purify, remove noxious vibrations, ready myself for meditation, do rituals and as aromatherapy to soothe, relax and ease my, at times, troubled and oppressed spirit.
I have a whole drawer full of assorted candles. They are all the colours of the rainbow, and the combined scent arising from the candle area is always a delight. It calms me down no matter how fraught I may be.
My favourite two for relaxation are lilac and rose candles. When their little lights are burning, I can unclench my muscles, go into a dream state and shut out the demands and hurts of my life for a while. Very therapeutic – and absolutely essential for peace of mind and inner healing.
My Study always carries the sweet scent of the latest candle – and many people, noticing this, have said that the room has a very calm atmosphere which is quite distinct from the rest of the house.
I have set it up this way deliberately – for protection and privacy and safety and peace, and for it to be a welcoming and loving space not just for me, but for those I love.