vessel =

safety & support

Alchemical Vessel = Creative Container

A container holds soul growth. Like a baby bird, we expand within the safety & support of a shell & nest until we are ready to break free, fly & make our own nest with eggs of our own. This is a kit to help you contain yourself & create a larger container for all of us on Soul Space.
Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again. [We are creating sacred space together.]
Joseph Campbell

Containers are an essential 1st step

Container. Latin root: "to hold together, enclose" & "to have something inside [soul]"

We are contained in the world in so many ways, but most are unconscious & inadequate. At Soul Space we are creating a conscious container to cocoon in together for individual & collective transformation. Like a cocoon for a caterpillar, our container is essential to our transformation.

Create a new shell, like a hermit crab

When we transform, we need a container to hold us together & accommodate new growth. If we are not held or contained, we feel vulnerable & exposed, curling up in a fetal position instinctually for rebirth. Now is the time to create a conscious container for us & each other to facilitate our Reformation & Renaissance. This is especially vital for at risk populations who are currently uncontained. 

We know how to hold a container.

Creating a container is instinctual & biological but also psychological. We do it every day, but not in the way that we hold a baby. Containers can free or imprison, keep safe or harm. Now is the time to tend to our containers, to treat each other & ourselves in ways that are tender. We are creating a container for our soul but also an ensouled world where we hold all life in awe & reverence. We are learning soulful containment.

Creating Soul Space

A container is actually what we are! We contain the energy, purpose & essence of our soul or essential self. This deep dive into containment has ideas & hopefully inspiration to help.
We need to create sacred space as a temonos for our time. Without it we fragment and fall apart. Even as we are falling apart at the seams now, we need to create circles of containment for the crises to come. From ecological grief & catastrophe to epidemics in homelessness, suicide, depression, addiction & anxiety, we need additional containment to help our center or soul hold us together, just as we hold each other in community . . . our ultimate vessel.

There are many forms of containers and ways to create them, layers within layers like a nesting doll. We need these layers because we need to grow & transform rapidly to meet the rapid change around us & within us. 

Creating a Container. 

  • New material drops in & notifies you!
  • Group Process with Live Discussion 
  • Guided activities & flexible directions 
  • Videos orient you
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Our mission is to co-create a container for ourselves & world.

for homeless, youth & veterans
life born from death
a path for the future for all life
creativity & imagination 

For ourselves

Containment in our bodies, rituals, days, prayers . . .

For our families

Connecting through boundaries, traditions . . .

For society

Holding each other with volunteering, social support . . .

For & in our world

Honoring the sunrise & sunset, limiting resources 
The soul is the sacred space where my head and heart meet, where God lives. [God, goodness by any name]
Brene Brown

Creating Soul Space. LIVE

Explore & create different kinds of containers.
  • This is about proactive or preventative containment. (If you are in an active boundary dispute, go to the free deep conflict transformation course!)
  • Enjoy flexibility in how, when & why you create containers for yourself, children & others (as gifts).
  • Share your ideas & experiences with others in community, as we co-create a vessel for earth soul.
  • Create containers that work for you. Play with them & then APPLY THEM. Model & create containment.
alchemical vessels are needed to hold the power of soul & help us navigate our times safely

Containering Tools

We learn to create in the image of our soul, but we are imperfect vessels, pieced together or fragmented from the wounds of our past. Yet the gold of soul can heal us and allow us to hold the power of soul without shattering us or misdirecting the soul's energy. It is a matter of safety for us & others that we create containers. 

Learn & play with different ways to vessel your soul

  • Videos for the 6 types + Introduction.Orientation
  • Examples & Activities
  • Boundary Setting 101
  • Applications & protection

Containing Paradox:  

Containers allow us to open & close our heart & lives. They separate & protect us but also unite & connect us. Containers create healing community.

= Gift Economy is a container

Economy comes from oikos ("house") + nemein ("management"), to create a home of shared resources. That is what the earth is & we are doing.
If the goal of therapy is to create a container to hold our fragmented (wounded) parts together & remember or atone them as a whole, nature is our therapist. 
“Nature is our container. We are contained by the cycles & seasons, day & night, within & without. Observe & learn from the earth as our teacher”
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Biomimicry is our best guide & the earth our container

Create a CONTAINER together

We are creating a vessel for soul together, collaborating with each other & nature.
  • Create containers to bridge differences & hold the tension of opposites/diversity
  • Unite masculine & feminine containment for healing power and wholeness
  • Clarify your vision & make an intention to hold your container
  • Create an imaginative container for yourself as you transform
  • Learn how to create circles & containers of wholeness to facilitate transformation
  • Explore new ways of containment for safety, connection. . ? 
This is Containment 101. You have to have need a container. Ask yourself if you need to remove or modify instead of make one? 

Appropriate Containers: an acorn becomes an oak

Acorns are containers that hold an oak's potential. The point is that we grow into who we are & are meant to become, given the right conditions. You cannot become a weeping willow if you are a poplar (though you can try). Yet too often we are born in a container (home, family, society, etcetera) that calls us to be something & someone that we are not. If unchecked, this causes distortion, stunted growth & lost potential. (Now is not the time to bonsai your children!) A container is meant to help us grow & protect us, giving us time to grow up & root down into ourselves. Containers are vital.
Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world. [Another form of containment.]
Ramana Maharshi
“Practices help us create boundaries, thresholds & psychological vessels as a temenos or sacred space.”
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All of the facilitation is in circle where soul teaching is emergent in equality by holding a container as a whole or womb for rebirth.

We co-create earth as sacred space

Our planet needs us . . . our children and future generations. Nature needs us. More than anything, the earth is a vessel for soul--our souls & all souls. Through bio-mimicry (learning from & copying nature), we begin by starting to create containers with natural metaphors of an egg & nest, acorn & oak, as a way to connect with our bodies & their organic growth. Just as we are a part of nature, our soul is natural, growing in us and through us. The key is to co-create with soul to recreate ourselves as their vessel. 
Your body is a divine container that will change over your lifetime. Revel in this! Notice it! This is the way of things: the softening of the shell so the soul may emerge.
Sara Wiseman


3 breaths with association:
release past, future, present


Drop into your body & heart to root deep & branch high


Create a circle around you for protection & strength


See or imagine it filled with light & all that you need

We contain our soul & vice versa.

We create containers all the time, but they are unconscious and imperfect, broken and cracked. This is a calling to create individually and collectively in ways that are conscious, creative, collaborative and whole. Like the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold, we remember our dismembered parts into a greater whole that is strongest where we are broken. The alchemical gold we create serves all of us, fitting our many pieces together from the individual to the cosmos as one in this Great Work of Art.

2. Individual

We have to first contain ourselves
Ex. Go in, breath


Reconnect to heal relationships
Ex. Greet, hug


Families are our building blocks
Ex. Gather, meal


Called to contain the vulnerable
Ex. Share, help


Our planet is our only home 
Ex. Honor, sustain


Expand into the space beyond
Ex. Imagine, Gaze

3. Body

Your body is your primary container
Ex. Love, touch


Create a support structure for YOU
Ex. Tend, relax


Your room is your sacred sanctuary
Ex. Create, 


Altars contain & orient you to soul
Ex. Honor, play


Nature models growth & change
Ex. Observe, be


Keep your treasures safe
Ex. Write, free

4. Threshold

Ritual thresholds create a container
Ex. Make meaning


Boundaries make us empathetic
Ex. Make & hold


Find your church (whatever it is)
Ex. Reflect & find


Superconscious soul container
Ex. Create & do


Contain growth with boundaries
Ex. Contain, new


Holds life in natural containers
Ex. Model, make

5. Art

Mandalas & other art containers


Affirmation & Meditation


Write to process, reflect & learn


Treat your body as a soul temple


Envisioning is a form of creation 


Give gratitude daily or ?

6. Sunrise/set

Day opening & closing


Phases of the moon & calendar


Transitions of Solstice & equinox


Days, months, holidays &


Time's passage in critical moments 


Move with the cosmos & signs
"Sacred space" is another way of saying 'with intention'"
S Kelley Harrell

Relationships Contain & Teach Us

Seek those who support you as YOU

Containers are easier to maintain if others support vs destroy them.

Love is our Gold & Glue

Holding us together body & soul (essential containers)

Our broken places are stronger, whether in a sword, life, body or pot.

Time Container

Creating your day, body & life as a vessel for your soul with time-tested practices.

Morning Practices & Prayer

Open your day with an affirmation of your purpose

Circle & Mandala

Hold trauma imaginally through creative practices.

Mid-Day Dedication

Create a ritual affirmation to align to your soul

Visualization & Imagination

Create a safe soul container when you need it most.

Evening Practices & Prayer

Connect to your dreams & soul to gain insight and seed dream incubation overnight

Boundaries & Thresholds

Boundaries create empathy & thresholds facilitate transformation by ritual
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“Containers are microcosmic & macrocosmic, as big as the cosmos & as small as an the smallest particles. They mediate the opposites as we do.”