Paths of Healing 4 (Altars)

Altars site on (swearing in title, lots of photos) Altars, shrines, and other sacred spaces from all spiritual paths and traditions

Healing Altars Images

Nature Altars Images

How to Make a Personal Altar

How to Create an Altar

Create a Personal Altar

Creating Your Own Sacred Space with Homemade Altars

The Five Element Healing Altar

Setting Up a Healing Altar

Feng Shui Tips to Create an Altar 

A Guide to Women’s Altars

Spiritual Altars

Spiritual Altar– Connecting to God

Spiritual Altars

Creating an Angel Altar

Creating  Reiki Altar

Creating Your Own Reiki Healing Altar

How to Create a Crystal Altar

The Faery Altar

How to Build a Meditation Altar

How to Build a Powerful Meditation Altar with Crystals

5 Tips for Creating an Altar for Meditation

Setting Up a Buddhist Altar

Creating Shrines and Altars for Grief

Paths of Healing 3


Healing Poetry as Therapy

Healing Ceremony:

Story Basket Ceremony

Reiki Burning Bowl Ceremony


Creating Rituals: Three Essential Questions

Feng Shui:

Feng Shui to Benefit Your Body

Soul Retrieval:

Soul Retrieval

Soul Retrieval by Sandra Ingerman

Soul Loss & Soul Retrieval from Shared Wisdom website


28 Days of Love: Breathe

18. Breathe

Santorini, Greece

This is where I go when I do my meditation. My guardian angel flies me over the water. This is where my heart dwells.

Paths in Healing Part 2

Bibliotherapy (Reading Therapy):

Bibliotherapy Book Lists

Bibiliotherapy Book Lists for Littles

Bibliotherapy for Depression

Poetry Therapy:

The National Association for Poetry Therapy

A Brief Overwiew of Poetry Therapy

Healing Poetry as Therapy


Why Cinematherapy Works

Guidelines for Choosing Films

Guidelines for Watching Films’s Movie Index

Equine Therapy:

Equine Therapy


The Labyrinth Society

The Labyrinth Coalition

Labyrinth Locator

The Finger Labyrinth

Walking the Labyrinth

Build Your Own Labyrinth

Ways to Use a Labyrinth

Using Labyrinths

Walking the Labyrinth with Reiki


Places of Pilgrimage


I have a thing about drumming, always have. I’ve never had a drum, but always wanted to have one. Recently I bought a remo buffalo drum, for reiki drumming. It’s 3 1/2 inches thick and 12 inches in diameter. It is still in the mail, but I am really looking forward to it.

I was surfing wordpress blogs today and came across a drum online. You type and drum sounds and other sounds come out. So far I really like the sounds from h and e and when I type kate.

Drum Kit

Thanks Elle, at Being Elle, for the link. 🙂

5 Healing Breaths

I have trouble breathing. I know I’ve posted about that in the past. I have trouble breathing. I don’t breathe out all the way and I have trouble breathing deeply. I attribute that to the abuses on me by my biological mother.

I often refer to her as my biological mother. Even though I didn’t have a surrogate type mother or an adoptive mother, I often refer to her as my biological mother, because she was never a mother to me. The truth, no matter how painful, when faced, helps me to heal.

So my biological mother made it hard for me to breathe. When I was little she frequently interfered with my ability to breathe, usually in a rage, usually when I was not compliant to her sexual abuses. For years I didn’t know why I had so many issues. Just focusing on breathing exercises or meditation could bring on a panic attack. I didn’t know why, but I learned soon in the beginning of my healing that I couldn’t do anything breathing without being triggered badly.

When I am upset it is hard to calm myself down, because I can’t use deep breathing. I was told to do that the first time I tried DBT. The only good I got out of that first time was the therapist screamed at me over the phone that I should hold a rock, three weeks after I told her I couldn’t do the deep breathing. I had lots of issues with that therapist, and tried to tolerate her, because I was in the DBT program, but she screamed at me and that is something I will not tolerate from a therapist. I should hold a rock, I find them very comforting, but I usually don’t.

One of the only good things I got out of my second time with DBT (see comments) was that I should practice the skills when I am not upset. I was told that was the way I should have been doing it the first time I took DBT.  

Still, even when not upset, focusing on breathing; making deep breaths and holding my breath in,  can still bring on a panic attack. I discovered recently that when I have a bottle of essential oils open I can breathe deep and hold the breath several times. I tried that a for a few days.

Now I’ve decided to add it as a healing daily skill, something I do when I want to remind myself about doing some healing self-care. Breathing in the smell of the essential oils seems to help me focus on something other than the breathing and holding my breath a few counts feels different than just breathing. This is one method of using essential oils, breathing it in, and I think it is a good beginner skill for me to work on in breathing and thankful that I have found something that doesn’t trigger or panic me.