Setting Up Your Home for Spiritual Work
Let's assume that you live alone, or that you and your spouse both follow similar spiritual systems. One thing that is very important to do is to set your home up so you can practice your path.
1. Have someplace set apart where you can do your meditations. This should be a comfortable area in a room you can make dim if you wish, and in which you won't be disturbed.
2. Make sure you have all the things you need for meditation nearby: paper, pencil, tape-recorder, meditation tapes, candles and matches, and whatever you may physically need during your meditation and/or spiritual work.
3. If your major spiritual emphasis is on Native American spirituality then it would be a good idea to set up some type of semi-permanent medicine wheel. This could be done on a bookshelf in one of your rooms. Align the wheel as closely as possible with the compass directions, then smudge the wheel. If your main focus is on some other area, for example Wicca, then you can set up some form of personal altar or whatever you feel you can use to help focus your thoughts.
4. Have some area where you have your spiritual materials together. This would include your books, magazines, Tarot decks, and the like. This allows you access to these materials quickly if you want to check out some idea that has just popped up into your mind.
5. You may want to smudge the area daily. If you cannot use smudging due to sensitivity to smoke then you can picture a protective shield of golden light surrounding your body and expanding outward to enclose the entire area where you plan to do your "work".
6. If necessary, put a small sign on your altar/work area that says, "Please do not touch". People that visit may be interested in the materials, and may be attracted to any of the crystals you have set up in your medicine wheel. These though, are holy objects, and should not be treated as "show and tell" materials. Having the sign up indicates to them that this is something they should leave alone.
7. You may also desire to put up certain pictures and objects on your walls. These could include a dreamcatcher (from Native American spirituality), statues, masks or anything else you wish.
Most of all remember that your home should be the way you want it to be. If you can have a completely separate room for your spiritual activities, then just close the door when anyone else comes. This is your spiritual path, and things should be tailored for your interests and needs, not the interests, likes, or dislikes of any others.
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