Along with gratitude practice, one of the most powerful practices we can engage in an ongoing, daily way, is to offer blessings to all we encounter. This includes blessing the spaces we enter or inhabit, the people, animals, other earth-kin we encounter along the way, the gadgets we use, the furniture that supports us, the cars we drive—the list is endless, as well as the subtle beings who collaborate and participate with us all the time. View More
Spirits of the Urban Sacred
On this website, you'll find various kinds of practices to explore and experiment with using that are intended to enrich your experience of the Spirits of the urban sacred.
Through guided meditations, rituals, and other ways to develop an ongoing, living sense that, in every moment, in every interaction with everything you encounter, you are in relationship with the Sacred in form. Remember, the Sacred is One and what we think of as our world of form represents the Sacred dressed up in an infinite array of costumes.
Everything and anything you can imagine in your physical world is an expression of the Sacred in form. Any thought, feeling, spiritual state or awareness of any kind is also the Sacred in form, within the vast array--probably infinite--of frequencies and possibilities that exist.
One of the most basic practices in living with Spirits of the urban sacred is to support an awareness that everything you encounter in the course of a regular day is an embodiment of the same sacred source as you. Non-indigenous humans have had a tendency to experience reality as a pyramid, with human beings at the top of the pile, in terms of thinking of ourselves as more evolved and, perhaps, more important than other species. This is quite different from the indigenous view, where all life is seen as part of one, indivisible circle, with no life form more important than any other.
The practices you will find on this website seek to support a perspective that there is nothing that is outside the sacred expression of Spirit in form and that no life, whether in the visible or invisible realms, is more important than any other. For those of us raised with a Western point of view, this can be a challenging shift, and it is my hope that the practices offered here will help create and support a perspective of oneness, a lived experience of our place within the whole that is Spirit in form.
One of the important practices of Spirits of the Urban Sacred is to honor the life that enfolds and embodies all the spaces we enter on a daily basis. For example, each building has its own Spirit, its own qualities and tone. In addition, each room has its own ensouling or embodying Spirit, its own qualities and tone. Add to that the fact that we touch each space with our own qualities and tone whenever we spend time there, so we are in constant interaction with the Spirit of wherever we may find ourselves. View More
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Welcome to our photo gallery. Here, we hope to offer images that capture the beauty of the urban sacred…
Nancy J. Napier is a psychotherapist and interfaith minister. She specializes in treating trauma and is a long-term hypnotherapist. She also offers clients and colleagues a context within which they may explore their spirituality more deeply. Her first spiritual teacher was her grandmother, who was a clairvoyant and a healer. Nancy grew up in a world filled with the healing, collaborative presence of invisible beings described to her by her grandmother.
One of her passions is to bring the magic of the invisible realms and the presence of the sacred into everyday life. Her focus here is for those who live in urban settings, but isn’t intended to exclude people who have the benefit of living closer to nature. Her focus here on urban living is because it is often more challenging to resonate with nature and the sacred when separated from the enfolding presence of the natural world.
From Nancy: “When we spend time in beautiful natural settings, it is easier to sense and imagine nature spirits and other ensouling invisible beings. In urban settings, bringing the sacred to life often requires a more deliberate focus, even as it invites us to engage a journey that adds powerfully to our sense of well-being. It is my pleasure to offer practices, guided meditations, and other approaches to support the awakening and deepening of a sense of the sacred in everyday life. I am also committed to helping people connect with an underlying sense of oneness as a living reality and to bring this to life in an everyday context.”
Here, you’ll find various resources, including links to websites that have information on collaborating with the invisible realms, developing relationships and partnerships with Spirits of the urban sacred and nature spirits, books, videos, and more.
One of the great gifts of the Internet is that there are countless resources available to nurture your relationship with the invisible realms and with all the support available there. As those of us who collaborate with our gadgets know already, your computer, phone, iPad, and other technological friends will help guide you to the resources you need at this particular moment. The opportunity is to relax, ask for guidance as you log on, and see where you find yourself.
For information and practices related to living multidimensionally, please visit our sister website: Devadana Sanctuary.
A favorite resource for helpful information about interacting with invisible realms is David Spangler, in his work with Inspirational Spirituality and the Lorian Association:
His books include:
“Apprenticed to Spirit: The Education of a Soul”
“Subtle Worlds: An Explorer’s Field Notes”
He also has a subscription journal: “Views From the Borderland”, in which he shares his experiences with the subtle realms, his guides, and teachers.
Here are some links to interviews and talks with David:
Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview:
Brief talk at a Findhorn gathering on The New Story and collaborating with the subtle realms:
And, even though the sound is a bit challenging, here’s another talk by David at a church meeting:
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Another favorite resource for exploring spirits of the urban sacred is Claude Poncelet. Here are some resources about him:
On Youtube, Claude’s two-part interview with Tami Simon on her podcast, Insights at the Edge:
Claude’s talk on The Reconsecration of Our Modern Technological World, given at a class given by Brian Swimme:
Claude’s book, The Shaman Within
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The Findhorn Community, in Scotland, has many resources. One of the best for learning about devas, nature spirits, and our collaboration with them, is Dorothy Maclean, one of the founders of Findhorn:
“To Hear the Angels Sing”
“To Honor the Earth”
These books, and others by Dorothy and other authors, maybe found at
An early book about Findhorn is “The Findhorn Garden”, available on Amazon.com. Also available is “The Magic of Findhorn”, by Paul Hawken.
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One of the things that we all share is that we engage gadgets and objects all day long, everyday. Whether we begin by touching sheets on a bed or clothing of some kind, or some other object in our immediate world and experience, we constantly encounter a wide variety of embodiments of the Sacred as move into and through our daily lives. View More
This practice is simple, straightforward, and to the point. Its goal is to offer you support in developing the habit of remembering that everything you encounter, including the air you breathe, is the Sacred in form, is Spirit dressing up as all that is. View More
SOME ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT SPIRITS OF THE URBAN SACRED
Introduction by Nancy Napier
Many of us raised in Western cultures have lost an important part of our collective “nature wisdom”. Because of the scientific revolution and an emphasis on materialism, we’ve been taught that it is fantastic at best, and laughable at worst, to imagine that nature is conscious and intelligent. Even more unfathomable to the rational mind is the belief that there are invisible realms within which dwell beings who can be our partners in creating a quality of life that serves all life forms. Indigenous cultures have tended to continue to cultivate an awareness of a larger, more active multidimensional world within which humans are members of a large community of beings. They have also kept alive a sense of the sacred as part of everyday life, a sense that the natural world is as sacred and precious as any other living being.
Spirits of the Urban Sacred seeks to support a return to a more multidimensional and expansive collaboration between humans, other life forms on the planet, and the invisible realms that are inhabited by countless beings who want to collaborate and cooperate with those of us living in this three-dimensional world of matter.
There are many sources of information about these invisible realms and the ways in which they interact with us in every moment of our daily lives. At Findhorn, in Scotland, there were early experiments and experiences involving conscious collaboration with nature spirits and what are called, in Sanskrit, devas. When I was young, my grandmother taught me about these beings, saying that nature spirits are what she called “elementals”—the “workers” in nature, whereas devas, she said, are the “architects” of nature—the beings who create the blueprints for material form. David Spangler, a spiritual teacher who has been actively engaged in collaborations with the invisible realms since he was a young man, has a number of publications on the subject of differentiating various kinds of invisible beings and how to interact with them. His website is www.lorian.org.
When I say that devas are the architects of “material form”, I mean physical, emotional, and mental “forms”, as in material objects, including our bodies, expressions of emotion, and thought forms. For example, I often think of beings such as the Spirit of Gratitude, the Spirit of Compassion, the Spirit of Kindness, the Spirit of Healing, and the Spirit of Focus. Any essence or quality you can imagine has a living Spirit that represents it and it encompasses a particular frequency. For me, these are beings who embody the qualities and essences of all the various states of being we experience, positive and negative. When I bring them to mind, I have an opportunity to resonate with their qualities, which allows me to enhance or strengthen ways of being I want to express in my life. For example, I often call on the Spirit of Kindness to fill and guide me as I go through my daily life. Whether I actually receive this help, I do not know at conscious levels of awareness. What I do know is that, when I orient to the Spirit of Kindness, I’m more likely to draw on that quality in my interactions as I move through a day.
There are many other embodying Spirits all around us. These are Spirits that encompass all the lives unfolding within the scope of their presence and essence. For example, there are devic beings who embody whole landscapes, as with the Spirit of Central Park; buildings, as with the Spirit that embodies an apartment building, homes, an office where you may find yourself on a regular basis, and sacred sites all around the planet, just to name a few. Next time you are in a building, or even in your home, take a moment to notice that each space you enter has its own “signature” quality, its particular tone. Allow yourself to be curious about how it would feel to acknowledge and thank these Spirits for their presence and support, and maybe to ask them for inspiration.
What is unfamiliar to most people living in Western societies is that we can have conscious and interactive relationships with these beings of the invisible realms, and that these relationships can benefit everyone involved. Even if you are someone who doesn’t perceive these beings, you can interact with them effectively simply by acknowledging their presence, offering gratitude, and engaging in an intention to collaborate with them. It doesn’t matter if you have a conscious awareness of them. Your intention is like a rudder and it will orient your actions and internal experience toward the collaboration you desire.
The practices and resources on this website are intended to help you develop a more living and dynamic sense of the support available in the invisible realms, and of the intelligence that moves through and in nature. It also seeks to strengthen your sense of the sacred as part of your everyday life, as part of your relationship with people, all living beings, all the objects and gadgets of your life—to live a life expressing a sense of relatedness to, and respect for, all that you encounter.
We are all on this journey together. May we travel in ways that protect our precious planet and support all our relations.
Read more about Nancy here.
On this website, we seek to offer a context within which you may explore your relationship with the presence of the Sacred in all life. We do this through practices, guided meditations, and workshops. For those of us who live in urban settings, it can sometimes be more challenging to access a sense of the presence of the sacred than it is in natural environments.
Here, we share spiritual practices, guided meditations, and teachings that encompass ways to deepen your relationship with the embodied presence of the sacred in all aspects of life, in every context of your daily life: the embodied sacred life in nature, the sacred as it expresses through both visible and invisible realms, and the sacred as it is embodied in everything and everyone you encounter in your everyday activities.
All that we engage in our physical lives–our bodies, trees, rocks, water, all life forms, all physical forms of every kind–are comprised of the same particles that make up buildings, computers, and teacups. Everything you would call an “object” in your daily life is made of the same sacred and physical stuff as you are. Learning to honor the sacred in everything around you deepens a sense of interbeing, interdependence, connection, and oneness as natural aspects of everyday life.
Drawing on processes derived from a number of spiritual approaches, we offer information and support for a dynamic relationship with the sacred that is within and all around you. Through guided meditations, on-line forums, and future workshops, we will explore practical and grounded ways for you to enrich and deepen your experience of the many life forms–both physical and spiritual–with whom you share our planet.