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


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

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.

Paths of Healing 1

Essential Oils:


What is Aromatherapy

Essential Oil Safety Information

Essential Oils Guide

Essential Oils Guide: Aromatherapy Essential Oils

What Are Carrier Oils?

Aromatic Blending

Therapeutic Blending

Aromatherapy and Oil Diffusers

Aromatherapy for Emotional Well-Being

Aromatherapy and Insomnia

Essential Oils for the Mind

Essential Oils for the Body

Essential Oils for Spirituality (Includes Suggestions of Oils for Grounding, Cleansing, Gratitude, Grief)

Meditating With Essential Oils

Praying With Essential Oils

Essential Oils to Cleanse, Purify, and Combat Negativity



Native American Smudging Rituals


The International Center for Reiki

What is Reiki?

How Does Reiki Heal?

Reiki and the Healing Drum

Distant Healing and Human Etheric Field

Reiki and the Shadow Self

Crystals and Stones:

Crystals and Gemstones (Including a Listing of Uses)

Crystal Dictionary of Metaphysical Meanings

Animal Totems/Guides:

Animal Totems

How to Find Your Animal Totem

Finding Your Totem Animal

Discovering Your Animal Totems

Introduction to Animal Guides

Spirit Guides:

How to Meet Your Spirit Guides


Why is Drumming Healing?

The Physical and Emotional Effects of Drumming

Spirit of Drummers: Drummers Speak on Drumming

What is a Drum Jouney?

What is a Community Drum Circle?


Mudras: Meditation in Your Hands


Finding Relationship to Rhythm

Dancing to a Different Drum

An Interview with Gabrielle Roth

Mine is a Dancing Path (Interview with Gabrielle Roth)

The 5 Rythyms Video by Gabrielle Roth