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Creating a Reiki Altar

Article by Ananya Sen

I have seen an increase in the energy flow when I channel Reiki from my altar than other parts of my home. I have also sensed an increased energy flow while sending Reiki outdoors. It is a good practice to do your daily healings and meditations from one place in your home.

When you keep praying or healing at the same spot, this becomes your meditation ground or your energy circle. This sacred space knows your personal energy so well that, it calls upon your guides the moment you step into this energy circle. I have noticed whenever I light an incense at my altar I can immediately sense the presence of some Angel or Archangel. I have been doing this for so long, that they know it’s time for me to meditate or do some healing, so they immediately come by my side.

How do you create an altar? What can you keep in this altar? How do you clean your altar? First, you need to find a flat and broad surface few feet above the ground. This could be outdoor or indoor. I am of course talking about an indoor altar. You can place some Reiki or Angel photos or statues in this place. If the surface is made of marble or granite, you can just use it directly, as it will provide natural grounding when you do your energy work.


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If it is wood or plastic, you can use a nice table cloth. Keep your statues on the altar. Keep your Reiki / God box on the altar. You can also place Reiki symbols on the wall near the altar or in a photo stand. I have made a large collage of all the Reiki symbols. Chakra positions and Kanji alphabets in the wall near my altar. I also have photos of Dr Mikao Usui as I really like connecting with him often.

Keep your tarot or oracle cards on the altar. Always keep a little bottle of perfume to spray on the altar. Incense and / or candles are a must, as fire cleanses negativity and clears space. Basically, keep all your healing tools in one place. They will pick up energies from each other, which is good because we tend to use one tool more than the other. This way your energy will spread evenly on your cards , statues, symbols, paintings etc. And whenever you feel a drop in your energy, you can draw energy from these charged objects.

Use rock salt and water to clean and wipe the altar. You can also run some incense or sage over the altar, because the altar also has an aura. Some practitioners keep saying their energy flow has reduced or they feel their energies are scattered, this could be one of the reasons. When you’re at home channel energy from one place, you will start conserving it and your healing ability, meditation skills, mind control, visualization skills will all enhance. Create your Reiki altar today!

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Ananya Sen

Ananya Sen

Ananya Sen is an Usui and Karmic Reiki Teacher and is also certified in Magnified Healing. She teaches and reads the Akashic Records, Oracle, Tarot and Angel cards. She is highly aura sensitive and gifted with claircognizant abilities. She lives in Bangalore, India. Ananya can be reached via her email address ananyasen8112@gmail.com. You can also follow her page on facebook.com/Zino-Athens.

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  • Meetu September 11, 2014, 11:26 am

    Thanks Ananya !! I always think and you give my answers ..lodzz of angel blessings to you .
    I have separate Almirah (godrej metal one ) which I have been using especially as my Pooja ghar , no other use of it . Can I create Reiki altar in that also pls tell if same should be open all the time or can I close it in night .

    • ananya September 11, 2014, 7:19 pm

      Hi Meetu, since you have no other place you can create your altar there..otherwise metal is not a good option as it absorbs energy…you can close the altar at night..thanks

  • Evie September 11, 2014, 4:40 pm

    Thank you Ananya. Namaste.

  • Marcus September 11, 2014, 4:45 pm

    I really love your blog and the articles you write…but please… get rid of the incredibly annoying “sign up” popup. It’s really annoying…

    • ananya September 11, 2014, 7:20 pm

      Hey thanks for liking my articles, but I can assure you these pop ups are not mine ! they must be ad links

  • Sandra September 11, 2014, 7:30 pm

    Hello Ananya, I love this article. Twice a month I do a Reiki Distance session during new & full moon phases for the planet and anyone I feel needs reiki. I totally agree that when you create an area or altar using reiki to do meditations, distance healing the angelic presence is automatic, I’ve experienced this….it’s as if they know “ok time to pay Sandra a visit” for the transmission. I like your blog and the site and find your comments and suggestions are totally in sync with what I actually do, I will be receiving my reiki masters certification the end of the month and really looking forward to this. Blessings to you, Sandra


    • Deanna September 12, 2014, 12:54 am

      Thank you, Ananya. I am new to Reiki Rays. I am scheduled for my first step – my daughter and I will take Reiki I course together on Oct. 4th – in celebration of my 51st birthday (10/3/63). I enjoyed learning about a Reiki altar. Namaste.

    • ananya September 13, 2014, 8:35 am

      thanks and good luck to you on your 3rd degree..this is when it gets more serious

  • Namrata September 13, 2014, 5:48 am

    Hi ananya gone through ur informations it’s really nice learnt so many things from post it’s really informative it help me out so many.I m reiki practitioner , ihave one query.there r reiki chits which I prepare for my family and friends.while giving reiki I sometime s feels the sensation, vibration or pulse rate or sometimes extremely hot or warm .wht it means.plus help me out

    • ananya September 15, 2014, 7:13 pm

      Hi, while giving reiki we often feel heat or vibrating sensations, this means that person or that particular body part has a blockage and therefore needs more Reiki…nothing to worry !

    • lakshmi September 16, 2014, 2:24 pm

      please put a photo of your reiki altar

  • Swetha September 16, 2014, 3:29 pm

    Thanks Ananya,
    Very nice article. Your articles are always very informative.
    Recently had a distant Healing and I felt burning sensation, pricking and intense pain in the left shoulders during the session. I have had previous healing sessions but never had this intense feeling. What does – burning, pricking and pain in a particular region refer to?
    Thanks a lot for your insights.

    • ananya September 16, 2014, 5:13 pm

      it means there was a blockage in that part, which got opened and released…

  • Neha September 18, 2014, 12:26 pm

    Hi Ananya,
    I loved your idea of creating a Reiki altar. I had been meaning to create one for a while now but didnt know how. Thank you for the informative article.

    I am Reiki II practitioner & just starting out as a healer.
    I thought it was a good idea to give Reiki outdoors..and I see you have mentioned the same.
    Right now, I don’t have a clear picture of the right places to choose & things I might need. Can you share some thoughts on it
    Thank you.

    Warm regards,

  • Rosa Morales September 27, 2014, 9:45 pm

    I gave an altar in my bedroom, and as I was taking pictures ,in the pic I saw blue, green and yellow light and a bright white light

  • Amit Jain October 13, 2014, 5:08 pm

    they say Reiki automatically answers your queries. I was planning to set up a healing room in
    my house for last few days but was confused on how to setup the things and see i got the answer 🙂

  • Smita October 14, 2014, 12:40 am

    Lovely,this information was very important

  • dr chitra October 21, 2014, 11:09 am

    Hi Annan ya thanx for sharing such a beautiful article .I m not satisfied with my reiki 2nd degree I had prepared a reiki box use to give reiki daily but no intentions in the box are getting fulfilled nor the distant healing is helpful what shuld I do ? Shall I give up the practice .it’s not working out .

    • Neha November 12, 2014, 6:47 pm

      Hi chitra, using a reiki box is less effective than giving healing to goals one at a time mainly because of lack of focus. You send reiki but ur intention is not focused enough to one particular item in the box. Ur attention is scattered.
      The most important ingredient of a reiki healing is the intention. When you send reiki, you should also give out the intention to heal the person or realise a goal.
      With distance healing, you must use a substitute such as a teddy or a pillow for the healee..declare that ur healing in this session be directed to the healee..n go about sending reiki as would in a hands-on treatment.
      Also, if u have not been practising self reiki daily, now is a good time to start. Unless you keep yourself clear of all energy blocks, most of your channeled reiki will be used up to heal you rather than your clients. So keep ur chakras clear, do self reiki daily.

      • Jan E May 21, 2018, 7:10 pm

        I would like to share that Reiki goes where it is needed. If the healer has a block it will be healed along with the client. The Reiki energy is not diverted, diffused or high jacked in any way. If you as a Reiki healer cannot do Reiki on a daily basis or even a weekly basis there is no reason for guilt or worry. These are negative emotions and do more harm to yourself than missing self Reiki sessions. It is good to keep all of your Reiki tools and crystals together, but it is not necessary to make an altar. Some receive comfort in having an altar, some find it a good way of having everything organized and together, some find it a throw back to Religious patterning. Do what makes you feel comfortable in your practice.
        I have channeled for a number of years and from day one have been told Do Not expose, display sacred Reiki symbols. If you wish to make a small handbook of your symbols to use when you want to. Do so, but keep them from the public. Marketing has been an issue, Pinterest displays them as if they were everyday items. Treating sacred symbols as everyday items cheapens their meaning and our use of them. We are taught to sign them in our mind or on the roof of our mouth or carefully concealed in our hand. Along with Intent these sacred symbols provide channels to healing energy. We need to respect where that comes from and how we access it. I share this with you in loving intent to share what has been channeled. It is your free will to do what you will. Namaste…jan 052118 Living with Light Joules Healing

  • Monique October 25, 2014, 2:19 am

    Loved your suggestions. Namaste

  • Pam October 29, 2014, 8:04 am

    Great piece – I love this and you have inspired me to create an alter myself. Fab! .

  • Maureen October 31, 2014, 12:50 pm

    Thanks for this useful advice. Adding a photo of Dr Ushui to mine really helped.
    many blessings!

    • Lisa August 4, 2015, 6:34 am

      Where can I find and purchase a photo of Dr. Ushui? Thanks

  • Debra November 7, 2014, 7:06 pm

    I want to set up my alter on my grandmother’s old wooden steamer’s trunk. My question is that because of limited space I do have to use the trunk as storage for things I don’t frequently use. but that are not necessarily spiritual in nature. Will this make a difference even though then items on top will be my tools.

  • VIcky November 12, 2014, 6:08 pm


    I was wondering if I can pay for some healing/reiki from you. Can I have your contact information please? What other services do you have?

    Thank you,
    Vicky Da Fonseca

  • VIcky November 12, 2014, 6:09 pm


    I was wondering if I can pay for some healing/reiki from you. Can I have your contact information please? What other services do you have?

    Thank you,

  • Nancy November 13, 2014, 7:49 pm

    Please what is a god box?

    • Debra Robinson November 13, 2014, 8:41 pm

      A God Box or what I call a God box a least… I have a pretty glass container like maybe you would use as a jewelry box and this is my God box. When I have a problem that is just too big for me to do anything about I pray about it and write it on a slip of paper and put it in my box and give it to God.

  • carla Nogueira Duarte November 14, 2014, 11:36 am

    i m a first Reiki praticioner…i ‘d like to know where or the best places that we can do an alter at home…
    I do not know if it will be correct but it would be interesting to ask for pictures or send me mail:calexandranogueira@gmail.com
    Namaste all you!

  • margaret November 14, 2014, 11:44 am

    I wonder why you call it a Reiki altar…as an altar is a place of sacrifice? As a Christian this would worry me greatly.

    • Debra Robinson November 14, 2014, 2:03 pm

      The Definition for Altar is:

      the table in a Christian church at which the bread and wine are consecrated in communion services.
      a table or flat-topped block used as the focus for a religious ritual, especially for making sacrifices or offerings to a deity.

      The IN A CHRISTIAN CHURCH…. I am very much a christian. My Reiki Altar is based on Christianity. With Mother Mary as my center. In the Baptist Church we are asked to come forward to the alter to pray and have other church members pray with us. I don’t see any issue with this. but to each his own

  • sanju Badode December 22, 2014, 11:32 am

    ananyaji. very good article, I am practicing with first digree, may you tell me width of my aura if possible I am SANJU BADODE. thanks.

  • Anne April 22, 2015, 2:46 pm

    Your comment: If it is wood or plastic, you can use a nice table cloth… Wood is a natural earth product and as grounding as marble or granite.

  • sabina August 31, 2015, 3:15 pm

    Very useful information …thanks a lot

  • Kelly Boyles November 6, 2015, 5:48 pm

    By returning to the same spot, the energy becomes amplified. I had been approaching it from the other direction: I have performed distance Reiki sessions from all rooms, deliberately. I thought I’d spread the energy around like a blanket!! This is an intriguing concept, thank you!!

  • Mohammad Shahzad May 18, 2016, 6:45 am

    Hello, I am III Reiki Practitioner, i use Salt rock powder, water and candles for my altar. i observed greate result for that. i am very thank full for informative information.

  • Akshat Rawat July 21, 2016, 10:49 am

    Dear Ananya,

    I want you to please share your inputs and knowledge about overactive chakras and underactive chakras. Also please shares your ideas about there symptoms and cure.

    Love and Light


    Akshat Rawat

  • Atul Sharma,the Reiki master and teacher September 14, 2016, 12:24 pm

    Thanks Ananya ji. This is an excellent article . You are brilliant. Bhagwan may keep you at the peak of divinity

  • Shakti Rathore March 7, 2017, 12:49 pm

    I am planning to have an altar now at home,so searched with the keyword and found this lovely article that explains why one’d need an altar and how it serves the higher purpose.
    It really cleared the basics for me. Gratitude ananya mam

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