Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Healing Altar at Radiance

Each morning after we arrive at Radiance, and get settled in, we light a candle on the altar. We keep a beautiful Blessing Bowl there, and read through all of the prayers each day. Some of the blessings are healing prayers that someone has asked for, some are for Peace or Justice, some are pleas that someone has left in the bowl. Because we often offer to put something in the Blessing Bowl when someone we encounter has a need, I felt that it would be good to post a photo of the altar here, so that you might see what it looks like. Of course, it changes with the seasons, but you get the idea. Right now we have a small runner-type cloth on the table, but sometimes we have elaborate scarves.

I'll tell you what's on the altar, at the moment, so you can tell what the individual pieces are in the photo. On the far left is a statue of Ganesh, the remover of obstacles. He's holding a couple of calendula flowers and has a little string of prayer flags that Ember (age 7) made for him. Beside him is a gourd & in front of him is a carved box for burning incense. To the right is a bottle of Ganga Water, holy water from the headwaters of the Ganges river. Next is a little enamel fire box with a dragon on it - I keep matches in it. Then comes an exquisite porcelain statue of Quan Yin seated on an elephant. In front of Quan Yin is the Blessing Bowl - made of alabaster and painted with henna. Beside her is the candle & a wonderful root that someone gifted us with. One the far left is a statue of the triple goddess, Brigid & a small round mirror at her feet to symbolize her sacred well.

So, if you ever want to ask us to put a message for you in our Blessing Bowl, now you have an idea of the setting!

Blessed Be!

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