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Altars : bringing sacred shrines into your everyday life
Linn, Denise.
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First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Ballantine, 1999.
Physical Description:
160 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
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BL602 .L56 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
BL602 .L56 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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"The creation of an altar is a sacred act, an act of power and grace. For a few timeless minutes you enter a dimension beyond ordinary reality, where light, sound, and energy merge into an exquisite state of being." The human urge to create physical sacred centers for our lives is so deep that we often create them unconsciously. Photos on the dresser, personal objects on our desk or around the computer are tangible tokens of our longing for balance and wholeness--and of our attempts to strengthen connections between our loved ones, nature and community, and other great sources of spiritual power. The internationally acclaimed author of Sacred Space, Denise Linn, speaks directly to this primal need for hallowed and holy places. In Altars, she demonstrates in photos and text how you can further enrich the areas around us at home or in the office by creating unique shrines for personal devotions, intimate centers for healing and contemplation. Beautifully illustrated and thoroughly practical, Altars shows how to - Create personal altars for prayer and devotion, stillness and listening, loss and mourning, relationships and love, and connecting with the life energy - Find the right place to install a home shrine, according to the points of the compass and the ancient and honored principles of feng shui - Select altar objects that are particularly suited to your special needs - Purify yourself and your altars with incense, prayers, drumming, and chanting - And much more! Everyone who yearns to draw near the mysterious and wondrous, to infuse ordinary moments with sacred meaning, will find a great wealth of beauty, inspiration, and wisdom in this unique book.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Altars, Linn says, are spaces consciously arranged with a spiritual--and, for her, a psychological--intent. In cultures in which spirituality is less circumscribed, less divorced from mundane life, people create altars naturally in the home and the workplace. Some of this altar-building is unconscious, but that it is altar-building becomes obvious when, for instance, one changes the arrangement of family photos on a coworker's desk, much to that person's discomfort. Linn urges us to make altars deliberately, whether they be ancestor altars for recalling the beloved dead, creativity altars for encourage visitation by the muse, or love altars to attract and encourage relationships. She offers numerous suggestions of artifacts for and arrangements of altars, so that this is not a cookbook of the spirit but a resource list meant to spur thoughtful construction. Lavishly and beautifully illustrated, Altars should prove quite popular with New Age readers. --Patricia Monaghan

Library Journal Review

Linn, author of the equally beautiful Sacred Space, has created a kind of how-to sequel to that book. Her guide, illustrated with more than 100 color photographs, shows the reader how to construct, decorate, and consecrate personal altars, with symbols and images from all traditions. Her attractive and simply written work should have a strong appeal to the extrainstitutional spiritual seeker and reader. For most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.