A sacred space, like a home altar, is one that gives you a continual reminder to connect to your wild sacred Soulful. Holistic. Embodied. SHE essence.
The practice of home altar has spanned wisdom traditions for more than 6,000 years. It gives you a reminder to pause and greet your inner centre.
It can be used as a place to journal, pray, meditate, chant, pull a guidance card, or just be a place of sheer beauty and connection to Life. An altar helps hold a sacred container for you and is a gentle reminder throughout your everyday of what truly matters and is most important to you.
You may want to recreate it seasonally to honour Nature or dedicate it as a family altar.
Here are some tips on how to do this:
1) Create the Space.
Select a space in your home that you will see regularly to remind you to take time to reconnect to yourself. Clear the space around it. You might also want to burn some incense or a sage stick which is an act of purifying your home.
2) Select items.
What you put on your altar is completely up to you. You may want it to represent a 3D version of a vision board of all of the things you’d like to manifest in your life and/or something that represents what is already in your life that you hold sacred. You may want to have your altar reflect the season and all of its gifts.
The items you select should hold some type of meaning for you, trust your intuition. Adorn with any or all of these: candles, incense, flowers, photos of loved ones, shells, feathers, spiritual icons, etc. Play and be creative!
I like arranging my sacred space by picking up each of the above items (whichever intuitively calls me) and to place it on the altar with intent. I often ensure that each element (see my previous post on Nature Medicine + The Elements). There really is no right or wrong way. Keep the space clean and fresh. Follow your heart.
Ritual is any act that you imbue with meaning and significance. Use your home altar for a daily practice like lighting a candle and reflecting on the light within or placing seasonal fruit or flowers on it to remind you of Nature. Sit near it to meditate regularly, keep a daily journal, read inspirational literature, or dance ecstatically. Whatever reconnects you to the sacred within you.