Lucy Seligman is guest posting today on a topic dear to my heart–creating a home altar. And here she is:
A home altar is a sacred space just for you that you have created. Think of it as a sacred space for holding and focusing energy in your home; a place for reflection, say your positive affirmations, and for inspiration. Beyond that, it can be used to raise your positive vibrations, connect with your Higher Self, for manifestation, and even a place to set aside the stresses of your daily life.
The ABCs of creating a home altar
Altars can be a very powerful, transformative, creative and fun activity for you to enhance your life and to remove obstacles in your journey to whatever it is you are manifesting. Your altars may change as you attain whatever it is you wanted, and you set new goals, aspirations etc. An altar is never static—it is a fluid, changeable and a flexible energy tool for you to use.
Your altar, like you, may grow and evolve as your life changes. Enjoy the process!
Types of Home Altars
You decide on what type of altar(s) you want, and you can have more than one! There is another type of altar just for honoring your ancestors and or other beloved close friends, with their photo’s, perhaps a memento of theirs, flowers and so on.
Another example could be for you to create an altar for the New Year, as a way to focus in and set your goals. The list is endless, but you could do an altar for prosperity, for love, for healing—whether physically, emotionally or spiritually.
Why is an altar useful?
Use it daily to build and increase your positive energy, as a focus for your life, work or project, to manifest effortlessly all your desires, to clear out negative blocks/energy, set daily intentions etc.
What to Put in a Home Altar
Your altar can be as ornate or as simple as you want. The main thing is that it resonates with you and is meaningful. And it doesn’t have to be expensive, items can be handmade, found at a thrift store or dollar store, or what you have around your house!
Elements of a Home Altar
All the elements that you choose to place on your altar should be cleansed regularly—with salt, with sage, or with incense to name a few ways you can use to purify the elements of your altar, yourself and the surrounding space. Place a cloth under your altar: it can be an altar cloth, a pretty scarf, or even a piece of fabric that you like.
Examples of the 5 Classic Elements:
Water: Placed in a nice glass or cup
Air: Use incense, a feather or a bell
Earth: Crystals, gemstones or stones
Spirit: A bowl of salt to cleanse and attract energy
You can also place important and meaningful books to you on your altar, favorite affirmations alongside ornaments, photo’s and or artwork that hold a deep meaning to you, as well as flowers if you want.
Offerings: Should be from your heart. It can be food, such as rice, corn, or fruit to name a few. Think of your offering as an energy exchange between the physical and spiritual realm.
Where to place a home altar
Since this is your own sacred space, find an area in your house or garden that you can use in privacy. You can use a small table, a chest, a bookshelf, top of a dresser, a nightstand, or even on a window ledge. You can even have a pocket altar! Make it beautiful and meaningful to you wherever it may be.
Overall, the key to enjoying your home altar is just that – enjoy it! Don’t overthink it or worry about having the “right” components; this is your space!
Lucy Seligman is founder of Zen Coaching with Lucy. She offers coaching packages to help guide you to where you want to go.
She even offers Laser Coaching Sessions where in just 30 minutes you can focus in on one issue/problem and attain clarity, a plan, and usually a resolution.
Learn more about her services at www.lucyseligman.com.