When it was recommended I create my own spiritual altar to further enhance spiritual awakenings and inner transformations this is the approach I took. Another way, another means and hopefully a helpful one in which you can find the inspiration to create your’s.
When it was recommended I create my own spiritual altar to further enhance spiritual awakenings and inner transformations this is the approach I took. What follows is an invitation to broaden your perspective so that you can find the inspiration to create your own concept of what ‘altar’ can mean to you.
The Altar – The physical space
“My body is an altar upon which my entire consciousness is bound and through which my consciousness transforms.”
The Altar Items – The consolations of these philosophies
As I was reflecting on the altar concept one day The New Meditation Handbook fell from my bookshelves and opened to the page of the Three Sacred Jewels. If you look at it from a principles perspective and ‘open up’ the definitions I found that the three fundamentals are fairly universal.
The Three Sacred Jewels of Buddhism, the three objects of refuge, the external supports from without:
– Buddha Jewel – The enlightened one
– Dharma Jewel – teachings
– Sangha Jewel – The community / practice
The Three Treasures (traditional Chinese Medicine), the interior qualities and attitudes to be cultivated from within:
– Jing – Essence, spirit
– Qi – Material energy/ lifeforce, breath
– Shen – Soul/ mind/ god deity, divine human spirit, meeting place of heaven and earth
Choice of living. The way I live, the choices I make is the daily offering to my body and spiritual growth.