AN IMPORTANT ENERGY HEALING TOOL.
One of the first “tools” I recommend every client begin utilizing if serious about making progress on your spiritual wellness journey (if you don’t already) is a “personal sacred space”. Most of us are aware of public sacred spaces such as the sanctuary and the altar at any church. There are also geological locations like Stonehenge, Egyptian pyramids, Mayan pyramids, and Incan Monuments that’s also hold the highest energy vortexes known to man (some even call these places the “Earth’s Chakra’s”) because they emanate positive energy. These are just a few of the public sacred spaces that are commonly used to recharge our internal “power grid”. In addition to having community spaces for clearing and recharging our energy, it’s also important that we create personal sacred spaces where we can also clear and recharge our energy on a daily, consistent basis.
I was first introduced to the idea of a “personal sacred space” as a teenager; my mentor at that time (Rev. T) had a personal sacred space that she created in her home which was in this “nook” beneath the stairs, in her (finished) basement. I remember that her sacred space was private, personable, and for specifically purposed. There were blankets that covered the floor, where I assume, she sat or laid as she soaked up all the spiritual energy and guidance she received. There were books and writing utensils and it was just simple yet purposeful. Fast forward to now, over a decade later and I was reintroduced to this concept of a “personal sacred space” that is most commonly known as an “Ancestor Altar”. This really helped me to evolve in my understand of the significance of a “personal sacred space” and how to connect my physical outer space to my non-physical, inner space. This has been an invaluable part of my own spiritual healing journey and I highly recommend that anyone serious about committing to healing from past pain/trauma (or maintaining spiritual wellness moving forward) create a “personal sacred space” within their home to include an altar.
COMMON TYPES OF ALTARS & THEIR SIGNIFICANCE
- Prayer Altar
- Ancestor Altar
- Ritual Altar
One of the most commonly used altars amongst mainstream religions in the western culture would be a Prayer Altar. A Prayer Altar is erected in spaces such as churches, temples and other faith communities to venerate and request support from God, Angels, and other spiritual helpers from higher realms. If you’re drawn to the idea of creating a personal sacred space in your home that includes a Prayer Altar, you will more than likely use this space as a place of spiritual affirmation and “Opening to Spirit” to energetically charge and receive “answers to your prayers”.
Some spiritual systems consider one’s Ancestors and personal Spirit Guides to be a primary source of wisdom, guidance and protection. Connecting to the wisdom and guidance of our Ancestors often involve us dedicating “altar time” towards 1) giving offerings and expressing gratitude, 2) praying/requesting clarity and wisdom, 3) sitting in silence/ relaxed meditation for at least 15-20 minutes, 4) journal writing/recording, among other spiritual practices.
A ritual altar is a sacred space that is created for the purpose of performing sacred, spiritual rituals with a specific intent in mind. A Ritual Altar will contain objects that hold significant meaning and symbolize one of the earth elements of fire, water, air, earth (some also represent ether or spirit on their ritual altar). Each symbol is specifically positioned on your altar, in a specific direction (North, South, East, and West) to increate the effects of the ritual.
Your Healing Altar can be as simple or as grand as you prefer, you can also combine each Altar mentioned above to create one Altar that serves all the purposes mentioned. There are no right or wrong ways to create a personal sacred space, however, there are several guidelines available to you online and elsewhere. Below are a few basic guidelines to support you as you intuitively discern what to include on your “Healing Altar”:
Where to place your altar in your home.
Allow your intuition to guide you to right location in your home for your altar; it can be in a room by itself or in a common area, in a corner. Just be sure that the space is a private space and ask others to respect this space by not touching. If your only option is to utilize a corner in a common space, then consider finding a way to cover your altar from sight using something like a room divider.
Cover your Altar with an Altar Cloth.
It doesn’t matter what you use as your altar, it could be an old table, a sturdy ottoman, a shelf in a cabinet, a desk, anything! (My altar is housed on top of my 2-tier filing cabinet that I rarely access). Whatever you choose as your altar just be sure to cover it with a white cloth (or any color desired) before placing items on top.
Collect sacred items symbolizing each direction (North, South, East, West) and each element.
FIRE symbolizes our creativity, sexuality, and any inspired actions (inspiration) is often represented by a candle and is located on your altar towards the SOUTH.
WATER symbolizes our emotions, intuition, as well as the healing energy that we associate with feminine Yin energy. This element is often represented by a cup or seashells or literally a bowl of water and is located towards the WEST.
EARTH symbolizes our connection with nature, feeling grounded, having a sense of security and material well-being, as well. This element is often represented by flowers, a plant, crystals/stones or an image of a land animal and is located toward the NORTH.
AIR symbolizes knowledge and powers of the mind. This element is often represented by incense, sage, feathers, or even writings such as affirmations, poems, etc.; some also include a bell as a symbol of the air element. This element is located on your altar towards the EAST.
*In addition to the sacred items you place on your altar, also identify other sentimental and meaningful items for your altar; this could include “treasures” or Trinkets you have around your home that you associate with healing and wellness. (I have a second-hand owl salt/pepper shaker on my altar because I resonate with the owl as my spirit animal and because I’ve always felt drawn to owls.)
Other items to include in your sacred space.
In addition to your Healing Altar, there are several other items that you might want to add to your sacred space, whether you have an entire room or just a corner to devote to this space. Here are some items that you might want to also add:
- Sacred quilt, shawl or throw blanket
- Comfy seating such as a stool, bench, bean bag chair or floor mat/rug
- Salt lamp
- Oil diffuser (for essential oils)
- Christmas lights to create dim, colorful lighting for mood
- Additional plants or flowers (help to raise the vibration of the space, naturally)
- Other divination tools of your choosing (i.e. tarot cards, pendulum)
- Books that deal with spirituality, healing or ritual related topics
- Different color candles (research the significance of each candle)
- Cinnamon Scented Broom
- Writing Utensils
- Yoga mat for stretching
Purify and bless your space to declare it a “sacred space”.
Using your thoughts and your words, pray a prayer over the space that clarifies how you intend to use this space for healing and maintaining a spiritual wellness routine. Set clear and specific intentions for this sacred space.
Only permit certain people into your sacred space and more importantly, only positive energies. If you suspect that there has been a not so positive energy in your space
USING YOUR PERSONAL SACRED SPACE.
Don’t feel as if you need to have your sacred space complete before you use it, begin to get into the habit of visiting your altar at least once per day (even if you are just wanting to say a prayer).
Spend time discerning how you wish to use your sacred space, ask yourself:
- How often will I visit my Healing Altar or sit in my sacred space?
- At what times during the day will I visit my Healing Altar or sit in my sacred space?
- What spiritual practices or rituals will I facilitate at my Healing Altar or in my sacred space?
- Will I pray or speak affirmations at my Healing Altar?
- Will I stretch, exercise, dance in my sacred space?
- Will I listen to healing, high vibrational music in my sacred space?
- Will I take off my shoes before entering my sacred space?
- Will I read tarot in my sacred space?
- Will I meditate or practice visualizations in my sacred space?
- What will I NOT allow or do in my sacred space?
Feel free to brainstorm more and create healthy boundaries to ensure that your sacred space remains free from negative energy or stagnant activities. Utilize your sacred space to express and release thoughts and emotions that you need to be explored. Utilize your sacred space to connect with your Higher Self, your Guides, Your Ancestors and the Creator. Utilize your sacred space as a place to UNPLUG from “the noise”.
NEED SUPPORT ON YOUR HEALING JOURNEY?
Setting up sacred space is just one of the first steps of your healing journey. Schedule an intuitive tarot reading, today, to gain insight and clarity on what emotional or mental blockages you might be holding within your aura (your emotional, mental, energetic and physical body) that is preventing love and abundance from flowing to you.