I’ve always loved the idea of having a little space in my home somewhere, where I can sit, meditate, and generally give thanks and gratitude. In my new ebook ‘Rituals’ I talk about creating an Altar in your home to honour your pet. Below, I show you my way of creating an Altar.
Altars can be made for any number of reasons; to honour, to give thanks, to meditate, to heal, and for other religious and spiritual purposes. There’s no right or wrong when it comes to creating your own altar.
I make altars to set intentions; to bring love and peace into my home, to help with healing, to create abundance and prosperity, and as a way to remember and send love to my dear Charlie.
I meditate near my altars, but also enjoy having them there as something to look at when I need strength or divine inspiration.
I often change where Charlie’s Altar is; sometimes we have it in the living room, if I’m in my office for a long time I have her with me there, and today being so beautiful I worked outside- so set it up there.
Some believe that altars shouldn’t move, however, your altar-your rules.
Pick a space that you love. A corner of a room, a patio, a mantlepiece or windowsill…anywhere you feel comfortable and enjoy looking at/spending time.
Clear the space. Use a sage stick, your favourite incense sticks or Tibetan bells (or use a mixture, like I do). Make this a ceremony into itself; hold the intention of clearing and energising the space, of bringing peace, love and happiness in, and of letting go of any negative thoughts and energies. Declare that you are holding this sacred space, and committed to the ceremony.
Choose your sacred items. These are extremely personal, and may only be special to you. Mementos from holidays, gifts from loved ones, photos, candles, shells, rocks, crystals, leaves and flowers, letters and love notes, incense, crystals….truly anything can make up your altar.
For Charlies Altar, I have her ashes, her collar, photos, candles, a labrador and a heart shaped rose quartz, two balinese praying figures, two feathers I found the day Charlie died, and our favourite oracle cards (yes, Charlie used to choose her own oracle card everyday).
Intuitively choose where each piece goes. Again, there’s no right or wrong. Allow each piece to choose where it should go. Use your first instinct and don’t question it. You can sit with each piece and ask it where it would like to go, use Feng Shui, arrange according to the 4 Corners – (North/South/ East/West), or even based on the Chakra system.
When you’re happy with the arrangement, and it evokes the feelings of your intention, feel free to sit in front of it, comfortably, and take note of each piece.
Connect with your altar and allow any feelings or thoughts to come to the surface.
I often tell Charlie about what’s on my mind, or in my heart. I sometimes play some music (Kirtan chants, Solfeggio Frequencies, or anything from the Calm Soul album). I reminisce and I am grateful in every moment.
I close my eyes, and send love, and positivity and joy from the centre of my heart.
Often I will journal or work near my altar, as that energy flows through my words.
You can choose to do anything you like with your altar.
It’s truly as easy as that. Make it beautiful and meaningful, and the rest will fall into place.
To find our more about honouring ceremonies, have a look at my latest ebook Rituals.
Losing a child to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or at any age is one of the most difficult situations a family can face. Akin is grieving the loss of a sibling, parent, friend, loved one, or pet.
Rituals is filled with accounts of ancient rituals explained by a number of experts in their field, along with their own personal stories of love and loss. The book features a range of experiences and Rituals for you to actively participate in, including a Shamanic healing process, Reiki, Meditations, using Tarot, Bathing Rituals, a Placenta Burial and more.
Read more HERE
Have you ever made an altar before?
Share below what you have on your altar!