The Temple in the House: Finding the Sacred in Everyday Architecture

The Temple in the House: Finding the Sacred in Everyday Architecture

Author(s): Anthony Lawlor

Publisher: J P Tarcher

Paperback: 240 pages

ISBN: 0874777771

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Illustrated with more than 175 photos and renderings, this book shows how the spaces we inhabit, from our public streets to our homes, can transform us. An award-winning architect identifies the fundamental design forms that have evoked a spiritual response throughout time, and relates these patterns to the elemental patterns of human awareness. Each chapter offers exercises and practical suggestions.

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Brian O’Connor , 04/17/97, rating=10:
Lawlor puts into words the transcendence that I have experienced in involving myself in the construction of a dwelling, but have been unable to adequately express in words to others. His intertwining Eastern, American Indian and Western philosophical expressions into the architectural expression of our inner experiences makes a connection for me that furthers my understanding of my experiences in defining space, through conception, design and construction.

Table of Contents
Introduction
Pt. 1. The Temple of Mind, Body, and Environment
1. Spirit and Mortar
2. Gate, Path, Lotus Seat
3. Steeple and Sanctuary
4. The Eight Elemental Forms
5. Mind, Body, Architecture
6. Sunlight and Renewal
Pt. 2. Dwelling in the Sacred
7. Making a Sacred Place
8. The Sacred City
9. A Sacred World
Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Bibliography
Index

Feng Shui : The Chinese Art of Placement

Author(s): Sarah Rossbach

Publisher: E P Dutton

ISBN: 0140193537

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Feng Shui : The Chinese Art of Placement Paperback, 169 pages Publication date: June 199

The author interprets the wisdom of feng shui master Lin Yn and offers readers a practical guide for understanding the energy flow within spaces and ordering the environment appropriately.

A Home for the Soul : A Guide for Dwelling With Spirit and Imagination

Author(s): Anthony Lawlor

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

ISBN: 0517704005

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A Home for the Soul : A Guide for Dwelling With Spirit and Imagination

1 Ed
Hardcover
Publication date: November 1997

Philosophy and Religion Editor’s Recommended Book, 01/01/98:
Mindfulness has become a common religious buzzword. In A Home for the Soul award-winning architect Anthony Lawlor shows us how to decorate a home that encourages mindfulness from every bathroom and bibelot. Despite a (perhaps unavoidable) tendency toward camp and solipsism, the stunning photographs and insights into the potentially sacred details of domestic living prompt you to pay closer attention to your immediate environment. For example, “Books are like small altars, each page serving as a threshold for crossing into realms of broadened vision.” Investing the items around us with soulful symbolism is like living in a temple of one’s own design.

Synopsis:
Perceiving and creating a home that uplifts the soul is the purpose of this book that invites readers to discover the abode of inspiration and delight hidden within their homes. Proceeding from kitchen to bedroom to garden, explaining how rooms and spaces can be arranged to harmonize with one’s deepest self, Lawlor gives creative, practical suggestions for decorating, renovating and even building houses and apartments that will nurture the spirit.

150 photos, 75 in color.

Simply Build Green : A Technical Guide to the Ecological Houses at the Findhorn Foundation

Simply Build GreenAuthor(s): John Talbott

Publisher: Findhorn Press

ISBN: 1899171908

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Simply Build Green : A Technical Guide to the Ecological Houses at the Findhorn Foundation

Revised
Paperback, 224 pages
Publication date: September 1997

The theory, practice and products used in the Eco-Village Project at Findhorn. Combines standard building techniques and methods with the basic philosophy of ecological building and its application. Includes many b&w pictures.

Sacred Places : How the Living Earth Seeks Our Friendship

Author(s): James Swan

Publisher: Bear & Co

ISBN: 0939680661

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Sacred Places

Paperback, 237 pages
Publication date: May 1990

The author, James A. Swan , 07/16/97:
Sacred places and their value to modern scientific society.
This book is a synthesis of my personal exploration of sacred places over more than a decade, which is then translated into a strong argument for their recogntion and protection using modern science and law, as well as ancient cultural wisdom. Endorsed by Jean-Michel Cousteau, James Lovelock and Cherokee elder William Fields, retired Director of Indian Affairs for the US National Park Service, SACRED PLACES is a l997 Book of the Month Club selection, and has been translated into Japanese. It has been used as a resource by the Ancient Mysteries and Sightings television series.

The Ancient Science of Geomancy: Living in Harmony With the Earth

The Ancient Science of Geomancy: Living in Harmony With the Earth

Author(s): Nigel Pennick

Publisher: Crcs Pubns

ISBN: 0916360385

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The Ancient Science of Geomancy: Living in Harmony With the Earth

Silence, Song and Shadows: Our Need for the Sacred in Our Surroundings

Silence, Song and Shadows: Our Need for the Sacred in Our SurroundingsAuthor: Tom Bender

Publisher: Fire River Press (January 1, 2000)

Paperback: 123 pages

ISBN-10: 0967508908

ISBN-13: 978-0967508900

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Silence, Song and Shadows is an eloquent and visually stunning introduction to how the sacred and chi energy in our surroundings affect our lives and health. Explaining the energetic connections between people and place with historical and modern examples, it presents successful techniques through which we can experience and apply this aspect of design. Key concepts and actions are outlined to bring sacredness into our own homes and communities.

* Explores a sweeping new dimension of energy and healing, showing how the world outside of our bodies affects our health.

* Shows movingly how to use the heart of community Ð our dreams, values, and connectedness Ð to create places sustained by love.
* Brings the sacred down to earth and into concrete application in our everyday lives, in ways we wouldn’t have dreamed possible.
* Contains a whole array of new and easily applied tools with which we can bring the sacred and chi energy into our own surroundings.