How To Build An Altar
An altar is a sacred place of worship. Worshipping the self, the earth, the universe and the masters that have come before us. Creating a space where you can come and experience the silence that exists when you take the time to be the witness of your own thoughts and body.
This is not just a place for meditation. Its a place for contemplation, for integration and for creation. It is where you receive yourself. Where you can be fully surrendered in your being in order to receive the power to live your dreams.
Here are 4 easy steps to designing the perfect space for you.
1. Find a space. Let this be a place that you enjoy being in. A space that is quiet and cozy where you can come to unwind and be still. It helps to have it somewhere in your house that you see frequently in order to remind yourself to take that time to worship. Cleanse this space by burning Sage or Palo Santo. This is a physical action that calls to the universe to allow positive clear energy to be invited in.
2. Choose what inspires you. An altar is about what worship means to you. This is a place to have things that ignite inspiration within you.
Some wonderful things to have are crystals, These powerful stones aid in creating a place that call in different energies like prosperity, love, protection, creativity and intuition.
Some examples are.
Rose Quartz: This is the crystal of unconditional love. It has a soft feminine energy that signifies compassion, healing and an opening of the heart chakra.
Amethyst: This is a protective crystal that promotes, balance, harmony and calm sobering energy.
Selenite: This is a crystal for mental clarity. It promotes a clear head, openness, and activates the Crown and Higher Chakras. It is also a clearing crystal so when placed with other crystals it purifies their energy.
Citrine: This is the crystal of manifesting abundance and prosperity. It is also the stone of sharing because you are bestowed with so much abundance.
You can add pictures of people that inspire you, teachers, sacred drawings and gods and goddesses.
Some of my favorites are.
Ganesha: This elephant god is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom.
Red Tara: She is known as the "mother of liberation", and represents the virtues of success in work and achievements.
Lakshmi: Goddess of abundance, prosperity and fortune.
It is also nice to have flowers, shells and any and all items of nature. These items remind us to be grounded and encourage the notion of death and rebirth. Everything in nature is about change which is the perfect thing to bring into meditation and contemplation. This gives us permission to understand that our thoughts are fleeting and can help us let go of what no longer serves us. To be a witness of nature, which is a direct reflection of ourselves, and worship it and all its magic.
3. Arrange. This is the fun part! I encourage you to create layers and levels in your altar. This will allow each item to be fully seen and appreciated. You can use books, boxes, wood or anything else that creates upward peaks. Then let your gut guide you to place the items and create something that feels beautiful and serene. Take the time to really design this space for you. Allow yourself to move things around freely until it feels just right.
4. Bless your altar. Take the time after you've set everything up to bless the space. Light a incense and allow the smoke to touch all the items, asking spirit for a clear open space. I like to do this each time before I sit down. This is again a physical thrust to the universe to create time and space to really dive deep in to the greatest relationship there is, the one with ourselves.
This is your space, create it with the intention of taking the time to be with yourself. To honor yourself and to be in worship of your magnificent life.
By: Rachel Pringle Co Founder of Wild Woman. Inspirational speaker, wisdom coach and mystic.