As previously mentioned, having a physical space dedicated to spending one-on-one time with Spirit can be very important and uplifting. I’ve had some kind of shrine devoted to my relationship with God and Heaven for many years now.
I decided to dedicate this post to my friend, Toby, as well as others who might find it difficult or impractical to set aside such a space. Having spent many closeted years, I can say it’s not really as hard as it might seem to make your own outward sacred space. You just need to get a bit more flexible and creative than others do.
Personally, I don’t think there’s a “wrong way” to go about making your own shrine, especially in the beginning. The best ones I’ve used have all been portable and easy to conceal. A while back, I was in a situation that required me to be very covert about my spirituality. However, I desperately needed to see an image of something to motivate myself and maintain a sense of continuity. So, I used an empty breath mint tin to store small trinkets that served as reminders of what I was striving for.
This was extra special and unique because everything I used was something I found in the surrounding environment. I would keep the tin in my pocket or purse and take it out at night before bed. I focused on breathing, talking to Heaven in prayer, and thanking nature for providing what I needed. The next morning, I’d take a few minutes or even seconds to sit with my little shrine again and ask for help in the day ahead.
As far as what to use in/on your sacred space, it’s really up to you. Because of my own understanding of how God makes and organizes the physical reality, I began by collecting representations of the four elements: earth, air, fire, and water. A small stone I picked up on a walk represented earth. I originally used a leaf for air, if I recall correctly; but it was easily damaged. Instead, I used a scrap of paper. For fire, I used an acorn. And for water, I used a thin, blue ribbon that had come off an old piece of clothing and was about to be discarded.
While I don’t like sharing photos of my spaces online, I will share images related to various portable or easily-concealable shrines on my instagram over the next week or so. Be sure to take a look! I may also include a few pictures in part two, where I’ll give additional ideas based on setups I’ve used over time. Feel free to adapt them to suit your tastes and needs.
(Featured image found online. No copyright violation intended.)