Spiritual Work Areas: Laboratories, literally: places to work, express and pray—to seek the intercession of spirit in human affairs. Tragedy, trauma and just the wear and tear of living and aging can be helped by creating Altars,
Working on Altars (disguised as "shelves") from Burnt Logs, Large Elk Shoulder Blade, Driftwood and oyster shells
There are about a dozen finished ones in the Studio,
all ready to go to people
who need them.
Email Me to see them
What to do with an Altar?
• Express, Manifest, “Matter” personal and group concerns
• Seek Blessings for self, others
• Give Expression to the missing, deferred, rejected, overlooked
• Honor the Departed
• Honor Truths: Impermanence (decay, change, rebirth)
Suffering (practicing to hold opposites as one)
Egolessness (practicing living in the present. Using gerunds)
• Express Appreciation for nature, change, living, beauty
• Sacrifice as a reminder of our oneness with everything
Ways to Compose, Re-Compose altars
LOOK AROUND and see how many you have ALREADY composed!
Where have you located special objects?
USE the Mother-Father Model (MATER-ial PATER-n)
Select Materials which have meaning and put them in some Pattern on the Altar. Do this many times
USE the Haiku Model:
o Use something Seasonal-Sensory-Contrast/Compare
o Express a Universal sentiment and an allusion to Nature
o Be brief-technical-expressive subtle-indirect- yet with piercing clarity
What to put on an Altar? Start with the Elements:
• Water -- the life force: a tabletop fountain, sea shells, chalice, bowl of purified water, fresh flowers or flower petals
• Air: feathers, wind chimes, reeds, incense, pictures of birds, fragrant herbs, music, leaves
• Fire: candles, fiery gemstones (onyx, ruby), Images of the sun (male) or small dragon figures, lights, ashes, charcoal
• Earth: houseplants, potted herbs, pentacles, stones, obsidian, red jasper, crystals, glass, mirrors, nests, salt for purification
• Spirit/Aether: photographs, toys, trinkets, religious symbols, important personal objects.