How to create a meditation altar at home
An altar for meditation is a sacred place of power that you can set up in your home. It will always be at hand and will help you at the right moment to energize yourself and your loved ones, to inspire or to heal.
The altar is your power, it is alive and should be treated as a living thing. It is constantly changing, rebuilding, filled and supplemented with different items that feed you energetically!
Today in this material we will acquaint you with how to create an altar for meditation at home, we will share a little secrets and laws of its design.
What meditation altars are
An altar is a space for spiritual practices. It comes in permanent and collapsible forms. A permanent altar is a specific place in your apartment, for example, a table or shelf with images of your gods and goddesses, various saints, candlesticks, incense burners, herbs and stones.
A collapsible altar for meditation is suitable for those people who do not have their own home or a separate room for practice. This type of altar involves laying out one’s tools on any suitable surface, but usually on an “altar blanket.”
Rules for creating an altar for meditation at home
Previously, an altar was a must-have in every home. Most had altars as a collection of candles, pictures of saints, and herbs. Over time, the tradition was lost, as were many other things that nourish us and give us strength. But gradually we are beginning to return to the tradition of creating and maintaining an altar in our home.
There is no universal and single correct technique for building an altar for meditation. There are some basic rules which can be followed to build your own unique place of power.
So, you can build a meditation altar according to the principle of trimiry, where the world of Ruli (the World of Gods), the world of Yav (your manifested world) and the world of Navi (the world of your Ancestors of the Kin) will rule. Each world symbolizes its elements and objects of power are chosen according to the elements!
What can be put on the altar for meditation?
Here you can put amulets, averters and other items with power. For example, it can be stones which bring good luck or are able to develop in you the necessary quality, jewelry of shamans, artifacts which you brought from places of power, feathers, corals or simply things which mean something for you.
Also, place flowers on the altar and don’t forget the salt. It’s fine if you use various scented sticks, herbs for fuming, wooden incense or palo santo on the altar.
So, on the altar should be present things that belong to each of the four elements:
- The element of air: flowers, feathers, aromatic incense;
- The element of fire: a burning candle, an oil lamp, a piece of chrysolite or obsidian.
- Water element: A bowl of water;
- Earth: a pot of pottery, a handful of pebbles, a bag of salt.
What can stand on the altar and what are the meanings of these items?
Creating a place of power in one’s home promotes spiritual development and stabilization. Enlightened beings are always open to communication, it is enough to address them and this can be done with the help of a home altar for meditation.
What is one piece of advice from experts about placing on one’s altar for meditation at home?
- An image of a spiritual teacher or enlightened beings. It can be a great help on your spiritual path.
- Fire. Light candles, oil lamps. Leave white candles burning on the altar at all times for good spirits and peace in the home.
- Amulets, amulets, and objects that have power: stones, shells, resins, and symbols. Choose items that mean something to you because they hold the energy of the place where you found them or the energy of the situation.
- To decorate an altar or give offerings to the gods, place flowers.
- Salt (in a box, bag or bottle) cleanses the home altar and your home, absorbing negative energy. You can get the same effect from burning white sage or Palo Santo.
Some people also place chakra color divisions on their altar. They paint the altar itself with different colors, place vases of different colors on it, or simply use stones that correspond to the color palette of the seven chakras. Such visualization helps to tune in quickly to the process of activation or harmonization of the chakras’ work.
Wherever you are and however your meditation altar is decorated, the main thing is to keep it clean and take care of it. This will help you to concentrate your consciousness and strengthen your spiritual connections.