Creating an altar is a great way to intentionally create sacred space in your home. Altars are intended to act as a catalyst for shifting thoughts and energy from a lower vibration reality to the higher vibrations of the spiritual realm. There is no specific blueprint for constructing an altar. I have several altars in my home and one on my desk at work to help balance out unseen electromagnetic energy created by computers, cell phones and wireless frequencies that can affect your physiology.
The image of the altar above resides in my bedroom, right next to my bed. I sit up in bed and meditate every morning and the items that I have selected for my altar space help me feel more present to all that is divine. The scarf is a souvenir from a spiritual sabbatical and it reminds me of a special time in my life. The statue of the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi reminds me to be abundant and prosperous in all that I do as her name literally means “goal”. Her lotus seat reminds me that I should enjoy living in this world but not become obsessed with it. Her four hands represent the four ends of human life: dharma (righteousness), karma (genuine desires), artha (wealth), and moksha (emotional freedom). She also reminds me to be beautiful, generous and graceful in thought, word and deed.
You can create your own special altar in your home by following these steps:
1. Select a place for your altar. Select a space that you will see regularly to remind you of all the things that you love and honor.
2. Select items to place on you altar. Select items from nature, sacred images, books, statues, candles, bells, pictures of love ones or anything that resonates with you. Change it up when you feel that you have achieved a goal or when inspiration sparks.
3. Dedicate your altar to a goal or intention and meditate or pray near it whenever you can. This will elevate the energy of items that you have assembled and the entire space in general.
It has been said that when we create an altar we recollect the scattered pieces of ourselves. No matter what you choose to place on your altar, make it your own.
Do you have a Wish Board in your home or office? These are also often referred to as Vision Boards. Oprah calls this a "Life Map." My board contains pictures of people, places and ideas that I love. These images carry the energy of ideas or concepts that I wish to manifest into my life and into the world. I look at them every day when sitting at my desk. I look at them all day long and I let the energy of their presence surround me.
The drawing on the right was given to me by a 5yr. old yoga student. I didn't even tell her it was my birthday, she just knew. That's why I cherish it so much. It was like the universe wished me a happy birthday through that beautiful child. That, and the fact that I look so skinny.. Plus, I love pink and green. The universe always gets it right..
Cut out pictures of things that you love and display them in your space and see what happens. Over time, I have had to update my Wish Board with new images and ideas as old ones come into manifestation.. It's very cool.
How to Create Your Wish Board:
Gather magazines, catalogs, images of icons, spiritual guides or anything that inspires you or makes you happy. This can also include words, phrases and quotes that inspire your life.
Cut out and place all of your words and images on a large board in an way that feels right to you.
Review your Board every day and feel the feelings of having everything in your life that you have visioned on your board. Start to make room in your life for these new creations to appear.