My alter isn't a decoration and it's not untouchable. Like most of the areas in my home, it's a workspace. My processes, intentions, imagination and hopes are layed out on the table here. I sit here often. I listen for guidance. Sometimes I intuitively rearrange the elements or pull forward a diety such as Ganesh, Lakshmi or Durga. As much I am bringing my inner experience outward to look at it I'm installing the virtues and vibrations of these deities in myself through breathwork, mantra and meditation. Some sits are about opening and letting the experience unfold. Many mornings I am preparing and empowering myself for the day ahead.
I resist the notion that there is a "right" way to do this. It's is personal, intuitive and precious. What holds true for me here, regardless of how I approach the alter, is that it always brings me back to myself somehow.
Very excited to go learn more and deepen my approach to Puja with Douglas Brooks in a few weeks. I already feel this ritual, this relationship, is my foundation.