Inner Space — Outer Space

Biblical Text: Exodus 40:16-38
Guidelines for Individual Playdates

Value of This Activity:

Encourages us to think spatially, to imagine the scriptures into space both historically and in our contemporary contexts. Also stimulates our imagination about our interior space and inner sacredness and organization.

Items Needed:

Bible. Pen and several sheets of plain paper (or graph paper, if you have it). A ruler, if you wish. Objects which bring pleasure to you.

To Begin . . .

Spend a moment in quiet prayer. If you wish, begin by freewriting for 3-5 minutes. Just let the pen empty out your concerns and thanksgiving for the day. Breathe.

How to Play . . .

  1. Read Exodus 40:16-38.
  2. Draw a picture of the specifications of the Tabernacle. It’s okay if you are terrible at drawing (or if you think you are terrible). See if you can follow the directions recorded for Moses by drawing a sketch, an “architect’s plan,” if you will, of what is envisioned in Exodus 40. If you wish, you may stop here.
  3. Imagine what your own personal “tabernacle” might look like — a sacred space where you meet the Divine and the Divine meets you, a space that nourishes your spirit. Can you create such a space somewhere in or near your home? What personal objects would you want to bring into that space? If you wish, you might imagine your own versions of the items mentioned in Exodus 40 … If you can and time allows, gather some of those objects now. Is there a current space which you could ‘convert’ into a “sacred space” for yourself? Draw a plan or freewrite a description of the “sacred space” you dream of having.
  4. Finally, spend some time free-writing about your “inner space.” How many rooms do you hold inside of you? Are there doors between the rooms, or is one of the rooms completely closed off? Are there windows? How large is your inner space? How is your inner space decorated? Spend some time with yourself imagining (through free-writing) a spacious inner realm that nourishes your spiritual, interpersonal, and psychological life. Dream yourself into that space.

In Closing . . .

Take a moment to breathe and let the playtime settle around you. Carry your curiosity and insights and questions into the day.

Playdate Reference Material:

Guidelines for Individual Playdates
Playdates with Scripture ARCHIVES

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