You may be uncomfortable with the idea of worshipping
yourself or not feel you’re worth worshipping. That should
change! Everyone has a spark of the Divine inside them.
That is worth honoring. You are worth honoring as a vessel
of the Divine as well.
Collect things that you associate with yourself. Photos
you love, jewelry, trinkets; things you may not use
anymore but still love fall into this category. Items from
your childhood are great to use as well, if they remind you
of happy times. Favorite books? Favorite colors? Draw
them all in to help assemble this self-care space to honor
Choose a place to set up your altar. A small wall shelf
somewhere is a great idea, if you want to keep it small and
simple. You can hang pictures or art on the wall above or
around it. Decorate it however you like: add shells, drape
scarves, add action figures… This is for you. Make sure
there’s room for a candle. A votive in a glass candleholder
taller than the candle is a good idea, to protect the things
around it from the flame.
What You Need:
♦ Framed photo of yourself (size of your choice)
♦ Representations of your activities (job, hobbies, and so
♦ Representations of life events (such as rites of passage,
medals, trophies, and so on) ♦ 2–3 of your favorite
stones or crystals
♦ Candle (color of your choice) and candleholder
♦ Matches or lighter
What to Do:
1. Assemble your chosen items where you’ve chosen to set
up your altar. Set the candle in the middle and arrange
the other objects around them.
2. As you place them, take a moment to remember how
proud or happy you felt at each life stage or
achievement. Appreciate how hard you work at your job.
Feel gratitude for your hobbies. As you build the altar to
yourself, build the feeling of pride and love for yourself
and the person you are.
3. When the altar is complete, center and ground. Light
the candle. Look slowly and deliberately at the items you
have collected and displayed.
I honor myself.
I honor my strength.
I honor my past that has led me here.
I honor my skills, my talents.
I honor my determination.
I honor my need for space and time to myself.
I honor my rights.
I honor my potential.
5. When you are done, you can extinguish the candle.
6. At least once a week, return to the altar and light the
candle. Let your gaze travel over your collection that
makes up the altar and be proud of who you are. Repeat
the prayer above, if you like. Go to the altar when you
feel worn out, are fighting low self-esteem, or doubting
♦ This altar is by no means static. It’s a work in progress.
Add to it as often as you like.
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