Bowls made from various materials. Can be used for altars, decor and creating sacred spaces. Many people will put some items in their bowls to be charged with the energy of the material the bowl is made from.
An altar is an ever-changing, constantly evolving sacred space. It can be as small as a matchbox or it can fill up an entire room. Your altar is a place where you can center yourself, meditate, work magic, or prepare yourself for the day. In short, your altar can be whatever you want to be.
There is no right or wrong way to make an altar: it is a creative act! However, given that I’m constantly being asked how to do it, I figured a few guidelines might simplify the process for those of you who are keen to give it a go!
The most important thing is to have your altar in a place where it won’t be disturbed. You don’t want someone’s fingers (or energy) all over your altar! When I lived at home with my parents, I kept mine in the closet, but you could make an altar in a drawer or even an altar in a jar if you need to keep it really quiet. It should be a space that feels like it is truly yours, where you can express yourself and your spirituality freely, without judgment.
You might want to add: Objects symbolizing earth, air, fire, and water. Crystals that you charge up under the Full Moon. Sage or Palo Santo for clearing space. Photos or mementos. Candles. Tarot cards. Handwritten notes or mantras. Cash. Statues (of deities, power animals, etc.) Bowls or dishes for ritual work. Matches
Your altar should reflect your taste! If you prefer things to be clean and minimal, lean that way. If you’re into excess, go nuts. This is your space to do with as you please, so take that opportunity and run with it. Create an area that makes you happy! I do believe, however, that everything on your altar should be either significant to you or beautiful (and preferably both).
Your home should be your sanctuary, a place for you to retreat from the world and feel at ease.
Your home is really your ‘birthing place’, it is where you should feel grounded and centered in order for you to create, inspire and grow.
Often times, however, the home may not feel this way. You may have a constant flow of visitors, noisy neighbors, disagreeable roommates, or a disruptive living condition that prevents you from feeling at ease.
Whatever the situation, you can always work on filling your home with an abundance of positive energy. This can help too –
In fact, filling your home with positive energy can really help you to raise your vibration and help you along your path of purpose.
Here is how to do it:
Creating space in your home brings in a flow of positive, inspiring and creative energy.
Clutter, however, promotes stagnant energy and can also attract negative entities. Clutter can also make you feel less motivated and even depressed.
Start by clearing your home of all the things you no longer need or use. This even includes those cupboards, closets or basements that are crammed with things that are often forgotten.
A general rule to follow is that if you haven’t used it in a year or it doesn’t bring you joy, it’s probably time to let it go.
Dim lighting and stuffy air can also attract negative entities and can also impact your mood. In fact, dim lighting can slow down the vibration of energy, causing you to feel unmotivated or sluggish.
During the day, open up the windows and curtains and light darker areas of the home with lamps that emit natural looking light.
Himalayan Salt lamps are also fantastic for clearing away negative energy, stress and air pollutants.
If air quality is an issue where you live, consider also investing in an air purifier or house plants.
White Sage has been used for centuries to drive away negative energies and keep your home safe and protected from unwelcome visitors.
White Sage is also very healing and can help to calm nervous tension and to clear the air after arguments or a break-in. It is also great for creating a barrier between you and noisy or disruptive neighbors.
To use, simply burn the sage allowing the smoke to fill the corners of your home. Walk around your space stating your intention to fill your home with positive and loving energy.
Sound is a powerful healer and can help to harmonize the vibration of your space.
Singing bowls and bells come in different frequencies that can help stimulate different types of energy or chakras.
They are also believed to balance the right and left sides of the brain and aid in stress reduction, meditation practices, and relaxation.
These are perfect to use to cleanse your space or second-hand furniture, reduce anxiety about your living situation and promote peace and clarity.
Crystals are a great way to bring positivity in the home as they can absorb, clear and recalibrate negative energy.
Some of the best crystals to use include:
Clear Quartz: helps to strengthen positive energy in the home by absorbing and clearing negative energy. Can also help reduce fear, stress, and anxiety. Place the quartz around computers/TV, in the study, kitchen, in the main living space or anywhere you need clear, fresh energy.
Rose Quartz: helps to create harmony, trust and peaceful relationships within the home. It is perfect for couples or families looking to deepen their connection. Rose Quartz is best kept in the bedroom. If you are using it to promote a healthy, romantic relationship make sure you use two crystals.
Amethyst helps to promote spiritual development and finding your higher purpose. It also helps to absorb negative entities, stagnant or stuck energy and is a powerful protector. It is also great for stimulating your intuition and creativity. Place amethyst in your home office, mediation room or in the main living space.
Jade helps to promote family harmony, friendship, and mindfulness. It is also gently energizing and can help you feel grounded and supported. Jade is also said to promote good health and fortune. Place in your office, by the front door or in the main living area.
Tigers Eye helps to protect your home and space from unwelcome visitors, negative entities, and energy. It also helps to create a stronger, more balanced energy in the home in order to motivate and help you set goals. Place in the home office or anywhere you need a boost of energy.
Diffusing essential oils or burning incense is another great way to cleanse your home and promote positive energy.
Frankincense, Jasmine or Sandalwood are great options for incense as they promote the protection and the clearing of lower energies.
For essential oils, citrus scents like lemon and orange promote motivation and happiness, floral scents like Lavender and Rose help reduce anxiety and promote harmonious relationships and herbal or woody scents like Rosemary, Clary Sage, Jasmine and Patchouli help to ward off negative energies.
Use essential oils in either a diffuser, oil burner or as a spray.
Your home is really where the heart is, so keeping it filled with positive energy will really allow you to thrive on your highest path.
Experiencing crystal singing bowls on a regular basis offers the following benefits:
Crystal singing bowls are made of pure quartz silica sand. When played, they emit pure sine waves that resonate with the crystalline particles in our bodies. Having a natural affinity for quartz, our bodies respond in profound ways to their sound vibrations.
Crystal singing bowl group sessions offer clients the opportunity to experience the transformational and supremely balancing effects of multiple bowls played simultaneously. Crystal bowls are an effective therapy for:
Experiencing crystal bowls on a regular basis is highly affordable and offers a valuable means of physical, emotional, and spiritual healing therapy.
The concept of vibrational healing and therapy on this planet goes way back to Atlantis, where crystals and sound vibration was the core of their advanced technological intelligence. Crystal singing bowls are a legacy of Atlantean technology.
Crystal Singing Bowls are made from pure quartz silica sand which is poured into a centrifugal spinning mold. A torch is applied, heating the sand to thousands of degrees centigrade, and the particles integrate to become amorphous, making the transition from crystalline to a glassy structure. The bowls are shaped to resonate at different tones.
Quartz oscillates at a very high frequency. It amplifies and transmits energy and is thus used on computer motherboards, watches, and many other technologies. Quartz (and therefore the bowls) has memory and can be programmed with intent, which makes them very powerful.
Playing crystal singing bowls emits a very pure sine wave which carries through physical form very readily. Our bodies have a natural affinity to quartz and is composed of many crystalline substances. Our bones, blood, and DNA are crystalline. Our brains also have a liquid crystal-colloidal structure. Even on a molecular level, our cells contain silica which balances our electromagnetic energies. This is the same formula as a natural quartz crystal. As a result, the rich resonance of the crystal bowls causes the crystalline structures within our bodies to vibrate and resonate, causing a profound response in our physical and subtle bodies. The various tones affect our energy centers as they open, balance and heal. Crystal bowl vibrations also awaken cellular memories.
Quartz bowls hold the vibration of pure white light which, in turn, contains the full spectrum when refracted. As such, playing the bowls not only infuses us with sound but with light as well. Like a powerful radio transmitter, the bowls transmit energy into the atmosphere and fill our auras with a vibrational radiance which translates into the seven main colors of the rainbow.
As different parts of the brain are affected, it is likely that they release different hormones and neurochemicals which can suppress pain, strengthen willpower, enhance creativity and overcome addictions.
Crystal Singing Bowl vibrations have the power to shift our consciousness in a positive way. The rich tones affect brain wave activity which facilitates travel into altered states of consciousness. As our awareness expands, we grow closer to our original selves and begin to reflect the highest radiance while still in our physical form.