What is a Spiritual Practice & How Do I Get Me One of Those?

SACRED ART2One of my bff’s recently asked me what I do for my spiritual practice.  It sent me on a bunny trail of thoughts about what that really means.  For me a spiritual practice is about self-connection.  When I am connected to the deepest part of me, I am connected to the Divine.

It is a moment, activity or ritual that unites me with the deepest part of myself, the place of the God & the Goddess within me, the place the universe resides on my insides.  It feels calm and centered while being simultaneously alive and energetic.  I feel a tingling and an inspiration, a presence of sorts.  I feel part of the collective, as though the stars, the trees, and the moon were all extensions of myself, mirrors of my divinity and sacredness.   It is a process of enjoying the magic of right now, in this moment just as it is.  Even doing dishes can be a spiritual practice if we approach it with intention, presence and prayer.

So for me, how I practice my spirituality is really how I get self-connected.  I have a hankering for Sacred Art – creative expressions reflecting my internal processes or creative tools to connect me with the divine.  I have a deep inner need to share my inner emotions and experiences with magic or the Sacred.  I believe as women especially this is a natural, instinctual need.  We must gather and encourage each other to go inside and connect.  We must share our experiences with each other and voice what is raw, natural and authentic within.  Our tribal souls are calling for release and expression.

Ritual for me is essential as well, it grounds me in the here and now and allows for spiritual contemplation in my everyday life.  I’ve been working hard in uniting the Sacred in everyday life.  You may want to check my article on How to be a Bad-Ass Goddess While You Mop Your Floors to explore more of what I mean.

My spiritual practice is this, creativity, creativity, creativity, and silence, stillness, writing, reflection and ritual.  I write rituals for the new and full moon and bring them into my family life.  I involve my children and my husband rather than segregating spirituality separate from my everyday life, I want it in my life.  Creativity has always been my portal there, it moves me to a place of magic and inspiration, a place where I connect to the Sacred simply by connecting to my insides and the Sacred and Divine within me.

What I’ve come to learn is this, it takes some preparation, some planning and some intention to create a spiritual practice.  Sometimes you need art supplies or incents or even a candle.  You need a weekly plan, it helps make it happen.  If your like me, you can have all the intention in the world, but if you ain’t got a plan, it likely won’t happen, you likely won’t squeeze it in when the kids are napping or in between loads of laundry.  We need a time, date and place.

So I offer you this, join me in Weekly Sacred Art Spiritual Practices by adding yourself to my email list or by following the blog.  I will send you a weekly Sacred Art/Spiritual practice to encourage you to build your Spiritual Practice and thus your ability to self-connect.  I will propose a time we can all meet in the dreamtime and cyber space and know that we are all sharing in our spiritual practice of self-connection.

I remember meeting a new mom friend when my son was just a baby.  She lived only two houses down from me and when I was up at 3am doing a feeding, knowing she too was up likely doing a feeding I felt less alone.  So let’s unite in our need and desire to self-connect and meet weekly on Tuesdays to self-connect at 8pm.  I’ll post a supply list a few days before so we can prepare.

I genuinely believe the more you connect to your insides, the more health and well-being, peace and contentment you will have in your life.  It will show up as peace and fulfillment.

Let’s create, connect and share together as we set the intention to self-connect with Sacred Art.  And so it is.

WeeklySACRED ART Sacred Art Practice:  “SELF-PORTRAITS – A LOOK WITHIN.”

Using collage, paint, coloring, crayons or any means you wish create an image that reflects you, your soul, your deepest self.  If you were take a snap shot of who you are from within, what would that look like?  Use words, colors and images to best represent this image.  Please share on our Group Page by clicking here.

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How to Stop Food Cravings Instantly with an Ancient Feminine Based Spiritual Practice.

Whsacred feminineat if I told you that practising an ancient feminine based spiritual ritual could instantly release you from your cravings, whether it be food, wine, drugs or shopping?   What if I told you that practising this self-connection practise automatically causes the cravings to disappear?

What is a craving really?  It is a plea from your deepest Self asking you to plug in and connect.  It is a biological response to a spiritual need.  We are looking for connection – connection to self and  connection to the Divine.  In our primal and instinctual wisdom our bodies turn that need into a metaphorical signal and thus food craving, alcohol craving or desperate need for a new sweater is born.  Sure eating that double serving of chocolate cake can soothe the mind with a flood of dopamine and temporarily soothe the deep inner desire.  But watch out because it will come back, full force, strong, and desperate to be filled.  It shows up with as a spoiled little child with a “Give me, give me, give me” attitude.  It is like a ravenous beast needing instant gratification to calm those nerves and senses.  It feels like shear panic that needs immediate attention and those donuts seem like the perfect answer.  Or do they?

Here’s the real deal.  When we disconnect and unplug from our own bodies we are actually unplugging from the deepest part of us.  The soul is held within the body, our bodies are our souls in form.  And she (our soul) can get real creative when she has a need and we are ignoring the first forty nine signals she offers us.   Maybe she started with some anxiety, or just a real restlessness, but we did not pick up the phone and get the message.  Instead, we looked to disconnect and shut off those signals and finally she had to up the ante and boom a craving for sugar or carbs is born.  She knows we will hear that!  It is a literal messenger from the soul asking us for soul food.  It is a craving for the Divine, for the spiritual food of connection, creativity and/or stillness. soul food

So next time you crave not just a piece of cake but half of it, take note, it is the soul calling you home.  Listen…sit…be…and connect.   Some of you will be weight pre-occupied and constantly on a diet or on a strict food regime.  May you have not been diagnosed with an eating disorder but you fringe on the border, what we in the professional world would consider disordered eating.  That means how you feel about yourself in a day depends on the amount of calories you’ve consumed or the amount you did or did not exercise for the day.  So if it’s a “good day” you feel ok, if you did not squeeze in that workout, you beat yourself up with the ugly stick over and over until you have made yourself sure you are unworthy and ugly as pie.   We all occasionally have thoughts of “I’m fat”, “I’m ugly” etc. etc… but these are signs you’ve missed the boat.

Even though I am healed from eating disorder behaviours I occasionally have fat days.  However, I respond to them differently now and have un-coded the ridiculous thought to mean that my soul needs connection and soul food.   It is a signal to me that I’ve unplugged from my insides and I need to really re-focus on my own self-connection and spiritual practise.

So hereself connection it, the magic answer on how to stop your cravings instantly is to sit in stillness and silence for at least twenty minutes.  Just sit there, regularly and listen to your body.  Listen to your soul.  Imagine her to be a wild, tribal, primal woman desperately needing to talk to you.  What would she say?  What does she need or want from you?  Journal, doodle or just sit with the discomfort.   It won’t be easy to start but it gets easier.

When I do this within my groups with women who have eating disorders they hate it in the beginning but within a few weeks they love it.  They tell me they cannot wait for the twenty minutes of silence that is scheduled for them in the beginning of our groups.  And I tell you they express to me over and over how much their use of an eating disorder behaviour decreases significantly with no effort.  I am not surprised because I know from my own healing.  When you hit the root issue with a root level response the symptom to the true issue disappears.  They are meeting their deep need on the level it is occurring-on the spiritual level.

So I hope you adopt a self-connection practise. Stillness is a long lost teaching of the Sacred Feminine that has been over-ridden with our fast paced, over scheduled, busy lives.  If you plug into your body, you will automatically plug into your soul and your emotions.  And I guarantee you the craving and metaphorical expression of your soul calling for you will disappear.  There will be no need for cravings because she feels fulfilled and honored by your presence and attention.

So I invite to share in my Self-Connection Sunday’s practise where I sit along with my family for twenty minutes on cute little stools and we just sit and practise the Sacred Art of Being.  My son only lasts about four to five minutes but that’s perfect for him as a four year old.  So I honor you and your ability to just Be!  Meet your soul where she calls for you, in stillness, in presence and honor her requests for soul food.

Aho!  And so it is.

REBIRTH BUNDLES RITUAL FOR OCTOBER FULL MOON & ECLIPSE

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This is an intense full moon.  I’ve been buzzing for days.  I awoke in the middle of the night and seen the light of an almost full moon shining down through my bedroom windows and into my eyes.  My body was vibrating with energy as I imagined the moon beams soaking thru my body and into my bones.

This month the full moon is in the sign of Aries, the beginning of the zodiac and a fire sign.  Fire, fire, fire!  Change, change, change!  That’s the name of the game.  It feels like it could all change suddenly, like a new road is opening up, one that we have not seen before and it alters our direction, possibly immediately if we allow it.  It’s as though we’ve been walking along a trail and suddenly we spot a large boulder.  Intrigued, we move towards it and notice there’s another path hidden behind it.   Without any thought, we just follow it and as we walk we are suddenly aware we are going in a brand new direction.  Don’t you just love it when that happens?  If not, can you start? 😉

It’s a quick change of step that moves us out of the old and onto the new.

Eclipses are well known for bringing about endings and new beginnings.  So in light of this full moon and eclipse I thought we’d honor both the old trail for its’ gifts and lessons and welcome in the new road we have stumbled upon.  The new path feels like a coming home, a victory walk of spirit.  It can be glorious if we simply embrace and follow the strong flames of transformation, new direction and new beginnings.

REBIRTH BUNDLES.

What you’ll need – dark colored tissue paper, light colored tissue paper, scissors, string or twine, tobacco or cornmeal or Epson Salts

Let’s begin…bundles

As always have a moon altar set up with whatever you wish…stones, candles, incents, fairy statues, crystals. What ever you feel, you place on the altar.  Intent is key here and the intent is to honor the full October Blood Moon.  Play some music that inspires the mood.  Take out your drums and rattles if you wish and open the ritual with drumming and dancing.

So make a fire or light some candles. Sit in contemplation and watch the flame.  What comes to you?  What do you feel?  What images come to your mind? Just flow it…

What are you releasing and letting go of this full moon?    What are you welcoming in, what’s new and on its way?

Gather your tissue paper. Using the darker colored paper, cut a few sheets into a large square, about 4 inches on each side. This is our letting go bundle, our death bundle, a release of the old and of what no longer serves you.  Place some tobacco, corn meal or Epson salts into the tissue paper and visualize releasing whatever it is you want to release.   Gather all four corners and tie with a string.  Release the bundle to the fire and state, I release you _____________.  And so it is.

Now using light colored or bright tissue paper, do the same for your new beginnings or life bundle. Place tobacco, cornmeal or Epsom salts in the bundles signifying your intent for the new life, new beginnings and new path you are welcoming into your life.  Visualize it and see it in your minds eye.  And so it is.

Place the bundles on your altar or hang on a plant inside your home.  You can also hang on a tree outside but use cloth for bundles in this case.  Allow it to remind you of the new trail you have embarked.  Close the ceremony by blowing out your candles and close the energy circle.  Enjoy friends.

Sweet October Moon.

How to Be a Bad-Ass Goddess While you Mop Your Floors

For a long ticleansing goddessme I struggled with an internal segregation.  It felts as though my spiritual practice were separate from my everyday life.  I’d go into Spirit as an escape from my life, although it was an addiction, a place of refuge.   Spirituality sure can be a safe container to retreat and restore but it set my thought process to believe my everyday life was boring, mundane, even a place of suffering.  Somehow it was less Sacred.

And finally a light bulb went off.  I could unite both Spirit and everyday life.  Duh!!!  Spirit is in everyday life, every tree, every branch, every rock.  Why couldn’t it be in my everyday tasks? I had set the intention to unite both my inner and outer worlds, this was another piece of the puzzle.   It was about celebrating the Sacred in my everyday life and in my every day responsibilities.  It’s about staying connected to the Divine in the here and now, whatever the moment is.  It’s about making things fun and enjoyable by adding a little magic to the routine.  All we need is a little fun and creativity.

So get out your mop buckets and follow along.  Fill it as you would with water.  Add any special cleaner you like or half a cup to a full cup of vinegar.  Add just a bit of lovely and refreshing herbs for cleansing such as rosemary, sage, cedar and or sweetgrass.   Cut a lemon or lime in half, squeeze and release in the bucket.   Feel free to add drops of tea tree oil or sage oil as well.  Drop in a cinnamon stick or two for the fun of it. Stir the bucket with your mop as though you were a witch stirring her cauldron, mixing all the cleansing properties together into a Sacred Cleaner.  Rub your hands together for a minute or two and build heat.  Now place your hand over your mop and pail and say a cleansing prayer.

“Great Spirit, Creator, Mother Earth and Father Sky, all my ancestors, spirit animals and all beings who love me, I ask you to hear me now.  I ask you please to help me cleanse my home of any stuck energy, negativity or any other energy that is not of love and not of light.  I ask you to fill my home with love, luck, prosperity and health as I clean the grounds our family walks.   This I ask in the name of love.  Aho!”

As you begin to clean your floors, feel the importance of your sacred ritual of cleansing your home, not only of germs but of energy.   You are a Divine presence in your home and in your family.   Your work is so important, so celebmopping goddessrate and acknowledge it.   Feel your importance in your family and in your home.  Feel your divinity as you mop and cleanse the floors, transforming fear based energy into light and love.  You are a healer, a transformer of stuck energy into flowing, glowing light.  Put on some upbeat music and rock it out as your cleanse.   You are bad-ass, so indulge in the wonderful, edgy energy of it! Imagine the music notes invoking energy, radiance and joy in the air and through the walls with every dance and cleaning move.  I encourage you to bring it all the way home and wear your goddess type jewelry or scarves as you make cleaning into a sacred ritual and cleansing ceremony.  Enjoy the process and have fun with it.  Imagine your home being filled with love and radiant golden beams of light . Let yourself see flowers, roses, pinks, reds, purples and greens growing on your walls and through the air, spreading love and positivity in the air as you sway your mop back and forth over floor.

(If you only have floor in a small area of your home, take this practice to your base boards and cleanse all the areas in your home. )

Feel and enjoy the Sacred Art of mopping your floors as your awesome, colorful, bad-ass Goddess Self.  Allow the process to invoke joy and sweet laughter into your home as you cleanse with joyful, fun, bad-ass Goddess energy.

You go girl!  And so it is.  Enjoy!

TRIBAL WOMAN WALKING MEDITATION – CONNECT TO YOUR TRIBAL ROOTS

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Take a walk about…anywhere.

“As you walk, begin to imagine your original tribal, primal and instinctual nature.  Remember the times when as humans we roamed the Earth.  You are dressed in a green grass skirt, wearing two shells covering your bosom.  Your wrists and ankles are wrapped with green vines, shells and bells.  Your hair is long and flowing and sways with your hips as you walk.  Your body is covered with symbols of sacred spirals and circles colored with white and red paint.  Your face is marked with red paint symbolizing your connection to the Women’s Tribe.  Notice any other unique markings or jewelry you are wearing as you continue to walk.  Feel it on your body.

As you walk, your footsteps become like drum beats against the Earth.  With each beat you can also hear the rhythm of the bells jingling on your ankles and wrists.  With each jingle you transform more and more into the your ancient, timeless, tribal form.  Feel the aliveness that comes with the remembering of your raw, pure and unique nature.  Walk as your full Tribal, Primal Self…wild…. fierce….. free…. alive!   Soak it in, become that fierceness, that wild, that free and just walk as your Soul.  Feel your strength and power bursting from within you and let it flow out.  Your vision becomes clear and focused.   Feel the sensations of aligning your mind, body and soul into one as you become your Sacred Feminine Soul out in the world.  Keep walking and enjoy the sensation….

Feel the union of your ancient, tribal soul with your present day reality as ancient and modern unite into one.  As you walk in your modern day world as your ancient, tribal, instinctual Self, what do you notice?  What does it feel like?  Take it in, feel your energy rising like a fire blazing and enjoy the remembering of your important purpose in this lifetime.”

As I walked as my Tribal Self, I felt like I were experiencing my very purpose on the planet, learning to walk being my Divine, Feminine, Tribal Soul in this modern, advanced world.  It was poetic, beautiful, perplexing and yet simple.   It was as though as were glimpsing my life from the point of view of Spirit.  It was actually quite amusing, funny really.  I try so darn hard and cause life to be a bit too complicated rather than just let be and walk as my soul.  I laughed as I walked as my tribal soul past the farmers harvesting their fields.   Rather than feel like I didn’t belong, I felt Sacred and unique.

Enjoy !!

A “Magic Dust” New Moon Ritual for the Whole Family

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  • Take a walk outside in nature and get the kids to choose a large stick for the New Moon Ritual.
  • Return to your chosen spot for your New Moon celebration. In Manitoba we are breaking records for the warmth so we are doing this one outside.   If you choose, lay a small moon altar including candles, sage or incents, Epson salts, crystals, stones…whatever feels right for you, you use it !! I’ve been using a cool plate I picked up at the Sally Ann and placing my offerings to the moon in it.  My son loves doing this with me, picking out special moon things to put on the altar.  It’s usually stones or his toys and its awesome because it’s from his Divine, Innocent, Pure Soul.
  • Get some fun ritual music, this month I’m suggesting Janjara by James Asher (one of my favorites). Play it loud and play it proud!  Get out your drums, rattles, and bells and let yourself and the kids go to town dancing under the New Moon Sky.    May your dance be your prayer.
  • Have a bowl of Epson Salts and lets the kids grab handfuls. Throw the “Magic Dust” into the air saying our wishes for the New Moon.   This can be done with the dancing too.
  • Gather the stick and colored ribbons to create a family prayer stick. Get everyone to choose a color or ribbon and wrap it around the stick marking our wishes for this New Moon cycle.  Place the stick in the ground together in a special spot in your yard and say a simple prayer of gratitude.

Thank you Great God and Goddess for this joyous night, the seasons of change, the blessings of our family and for all the Magic we experience.  We are grateful and blessed Aho!

 

  • Enjoy some hot chocolate, juice and cookies enjoying the sweet autumn night.

Materials needed:Ribbon, Sticks, Epson Salts, Bowl, Candles,moon image 4

A WIND-SONG RITUAL

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A WIND-SONG RITUAL
Open up many windows in your home and invite in the beautiful summer/autumn air. Allow the breeze to sing a lovely transition song through your home as she cleanses the energy to prepare for the transition of summer to fall. Feel the simultaneous warm and cool breeze as she caresses your cheek. Close your eyes and hear the wind sing to you. What does she say?
If you have, dab a bit of tea tree oil or sage oil onto your screens as a means to cleanse the air or light incense and allow the breeze to move the cleansing smoke throughout your home. Enjoy the last week of summer as we begin our transition into Autumn next week. Please feel free to share. Enjoy! xo

September Full Moon Ritual for the Whole Family

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  • This full moon is September, a Pisces full-moon, the Harvest Moon.  I love the crisp autumn air and the beautiful colors of the golden, orange, red and still green leaves illuminating the trees as we are not quite at the crux of change but somewhere between the old season and the new.  It’s beautiful.  So this ritual will be outside at my outside fire pit.  I have done this with a metal garbage can and burning salts as well, so if you don’t have a fire pit there is still a way!  So #1, find your spot for the ceremony.  Get the fam excited. 

 

  • Get your kiddies to help put for stones as markers for north, south, east and west to form a sacred circle as part of the ceremony. I start in the south and make my way clockwise.

 

  • Make a little altar to honor the particular moon. This month we are celebrating the Harvest Moon.  It need not be elaborate but get the kiddies to get squash from the pantry, maybe some corn and/or some dollar store wheat husks and set it up on a table or on a blanket outside by the ceremony location.  Our goal is simply to represent the fall harvest so whatever floats your boat.  Light candles and burn incents too if that speaks to you.  I have some cedar/sage incents that I love.  Gather stones and crystals you like as well and place them on the blanket or table if you wish. Kids like to gather stones so get them to pick stones for moon ceremonies, help them find special rocks for the moon, Great Spirit, the universe and ourselves.

 

  • Gather round the fire and start the ceremony by saying “ We are gathered here today as a family to celebrate this Full Moon.  We celebrate and honor you, your tides and the magic you bring to our lives.. Thank-you Creator, Mother Earth, Father Sky and all beings who love us, for all the wonderful fall harvest, our foods, our blessings and all of the abundance and gifts we already have in our lives.  We say a special prayer for all those who contribute to the bountiful harvest we enjoy.  Aho!

 

  • Play a song, this month I’m suggesting He’s a Pirate by Chriss Joss Ships Ahoy and dance it out at this full moon. Dance out all that needs to be released, let go of and surrendered.  Whatever stands in the way of your intentions set at the new moon, dance it out.  Shake your hands, your body, your feet, every inch of you and just release.  Let your Sacred Body take over and allow your Primal Tribal Self to pray and release through dance. Invite your kids and family members to do the same.  Tell them to dance out whatever is making them stressed, sad, mad or worried.  Shake it off, stomp it out, howl, scream and release.  Feel free to dance with your drums or rattles and move it out of ya.  This is our Tribal Primal way of prayer.  No more fear, no more doubt, all is good.  He’s a Pirate by Chriss Joss YouTube LInk.  

 

  • After the song and dance is over, go around the circle and say one thing we have released tonight and two things we are each grateful for.

 

  • To close the ceremony get some bells, rattles or shakers and all at once howl to the moon and make some noise with the noise maker of your choice. Thank-you Harvest Full Moon!!!

 

  • Sit around the fire and share in each others’ loving company. Enjoy some luscious foods of celebration, a nice harvest bread, cookies or muffins and some hot cider or cocoa.

What you will need:  a blanket or small table, squash, corn and/or wheat, candles, incents, a fire pit or bowl,  music player, candles, bells or rattles, and family.  Have some hot cocoa and harvest bread, muffins or cookies on hand.

How to Ride the Wave of Full Moon Intensity

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How do you ride the wave of Full Moon intensity you ask?

You DANCE IT OUT!!

I’ve compiled two wonderous songs to help our wild, primal, colorful, rainbow souls release the intense emotional energy of this Pisces Full Moon/Supermoon.  For me it’s about clearing out the old relationship patterns once and for all.  I thought I was done and I let my guard down only to learn why I placed it there to begin with.  No more codependency, no more softening, just fierce, clear intent with my needs and vision.  No more Martyr/Victim syndrome here.  I’m fierce, fiery and ready to duel if need be.  I’ve got my warrior stance, my warrior shield and sword and I’m ready to stand my ground.

Pisces Full Moon Dance It Out Playlist (Click on Slideshow button up top, then hit play from beginning button on left hand corner )

Dance It Out Song List 

1) Gabrielle Roth (Tsunami-Chaos)  – This song is for feeling the chaotic energy, the swirls of intensity and then releasing, shaking and allowing the swaying to occur in the body.  It’s a choatic rhythmic movement of energy then release.

2)Medwyn Goodall (Firewalker)- This song is for refocusing, regrounding, calling in our energy a bit to harness and focus it.  The movements are a bit more rigid and linear, less sway more tone.

Our tribal ancestors danced in prayer, ritual and celebration.  Let us reconnect to this ancient way of being, of reconnecting our mind, body and soul and dance out our emotions, our prayers and our intense energy on this Full Moon.  Aho!!!

What Ya Do…

All ya do is close your eyes and let your body move the way it wants to.  Allow the music to move your body like strings on a puppet, just follow your body’s lead.  Be crazy, uninhibited, wild, free and release, just allow, it’s not performance it’s primal prayer, primal movement from the Soul.  Just release and dance, allow what wants to come to come.  I takes some practice just to allow oneself to be this free but it’s so fun and amazingly rewarding for mind, body and soul!!!  It’s inspired by my JourneyDance training.

 Happy Full Moon sistas!

xo

Crystal

Creating an Altar for Prayer, Ritual and Intentions

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In my home I have several altars.  I used to struggle with the word altar because it felt religious to me but now it’s cool.  It’s simply a place of prayer, of vision and of intention.  As we approach the full moon and the fall equinox, it is something I thought I’d share thinking you may also like to create an altar for your sweet soul.

Here’s the deal, there are no rules!! I have been taught a specific way to set up an altar but I feel I move everything around over and over based on what feels right and what it symbolizes for me and my intentions.  I believe as long as your intentions are pure and loving, it’s all good.  At the end of the day It’s a place to sit at and mediate, pray, reflect, journal, contemplate, envision and plug into Spirit so it need no specific “how to”.  It just ought to be a place with objects and things that inspire you to connect to Nature, the Universe, Yourself, a Higher Power, or the Stillness – whatever term or aspect resonates with you.  It’s a place to plug into Hope, Magic and Inspiration.

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Currently I have my altar (shown above) in my sunroom that has a gazillion windows so I love how the moon shines on the table in the evenings.  It holds symbols, statues, rocks, crystals, a plant that holds my placenta from my son’s birth, a writing bowl, and an offering plate that I found at Salvation Army because it made me smile.  I use it to lay tobacco or corn meal as an offering to my Spirit Guides, the Moon, the Universe and the Great Spirit.  I especially love this space during the full moon as the moon beams shine through my crystals and onto my rocks cleansing them and illuminating their energies and sweet gifts of reflection.  I light candles and set my monthly moon intentions with the new moon and usually try and create something by or for the Full Moon.  I will post some Full Moon ritual ideas in the next few days for the upcoming full moon.  As you can see in image, I’m already in creation mode by beginning a collage and collecting images.

So here’s what you can do to create an Altar in your home.

1) Find a location that can me for you or for the whole family to connect.

2) Find a small table of some sort and place it in the spot. Perhaps you’ll have to visit a second hand store and have even more fun refurbishing or painting your new altar table.  It is meant to spread joy and creativity so stretch out the fun!!!  (This step can even be for your full moon ritual this month)

3) Find stones, crystals, plants, pictures, statues, candles, inscents, prayer books, poems, or anything of the sort to decorate your table to reflect something profound and Sacred for you.  It’s a place for your soul, allow the objects to reflect that beauty!!  I also like to include an offering plate to the spirits and universe or moon to honor the sacred energies around.

4) Sit, reflect, connect, inspire, pray, envision, release, celebrate and remember your Sacredness and your importance in the world.  

With warmth and blessings,

Crystal

 

 

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