Most of us know what an altar is.
Paraphrasing Webster: “An altar is an elevated place or structure at which sacred rites are observed.”
Regretfully, the term altar often conjurs some wild imagery. And, although it’s true, altars can be the home of complex ritualistic scenes – even sacrifices (Aztecs, Mayans and other other ancient cultures were notorious for their sacrificial altars) – the nature of this blog post is a bit more subdued.
The term altar can be traced back to the Latin word altus, meaning “high.”
At its core, an altar is simply a higher place of focused thought upon – or devotion to a higher concept.
I propose an altar does not even have to be physical.
To wit, some ancient alchemists (many of whom were also physicians by day) conducted extensive research on human anatomy…particularly the brain. Their studies revealed some pretty startling and revolutionary conclusions about the function of the frontal lobes.
They (among other gifted scientists & mystics) theorized the forefront of the brain has the ability to communicate directly with the energies of the Universe. And, the energetic vibration that emanates from this area of the brain is quantum-magnetic.
What that means is the perception reflected in the “higher mind” is the reality maker, and thus creator of our experience.
Essentially, humans have a built-in altar; the frontal brain where we can place our devotions, troubles, prayers and perceptions on the elevated space of the higher mind.
In the same way a devotion is placed upon a physical altar with the intent of answered prayer, clarity or thanksgiving – similarly, the alter in our mind (the front of the brain/higher mind) can serve the same purpose.
What does this have to do with you and every day life? I’m glad you asked.
Do you pray? Do you work with the law of attraction? Do you visualize and make intentions for a better way of life?
If so, try a meditation or contemplative practice of placing these prayers and intentions in the forefront of your brain. Physically feel those thoughts localizing into a focused beacon that permeates your frontal lobes. Essentially, place your thoughts on the altar of your higher mind. Just give it a try and observe the results.
I can tell you from experience this has produced some amazing (downright eerie) results for me. I wonder what kind of results it will have for you.
-Just food for your brain-altar.