THE FASCINATING HISTORY OF
THE DESIGN OF SACRED SPACES
Whilst Feng Shui has existed for 4000 years, our ancestors have been building temples and sacred spaces around the world for almost 20000 years.
Over this period of time, various civilisations in different parts of the globe have had their own take on the creation of temples.
Find out how these age-old practises evolved from nature-made mounds to the high-frequency spaces which exist around us today.
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A 15-MINUTE VIDEO
A KNOWLEDGE SHEET & REFERENCE VIDEOS
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For almost 20000 years, our ancestors have created temples and sacred sites which have shaped the course of humanity. By using a carefully defined set of principles, they became mirrors of universal laws on earth allowing human beings to access their divine power. Through this new access, they gained knowledge and tools which allowed them to live better lives on a day to day basis.
When speaking of ancient temples and sacred monuments, I am referring to sites such as the Pyramids of Egypt, the temples of the Yucatan, the archaeological sites of Greece, stone circles like Stonehenge and many more. Built by our ancestors for the development and growth of mankind, these are the means through which ancient cultures reconnected to divine power and thus maintained themselves in balance for thousands of years.
Whilst we are often told these temples are mainly places of worship, burial sites for kings or shrines in tribute to old civilisations, these are actually also deeply intelligent structures which amplify human potential.
The oldest recorded Temple or sacred site which exists on Earth is the temple of Tiwanaku which is 17,000 years old. This would indicate that the whole temple culture would have at least emerged around that time, however, there may be some earlier temples which have still not been found, or which have disappeared without a trace.
When the first souls began to incarnate on earth 100,000 years ago, these came onto earth as highly advanced beings as they arrived directly from a very strong connection to source. As time passed, they began to forget their divinity, becoming disconnected from their source.
As the order of the surroundings would have a profound effect on our beings, temples were therefore built as mirrors of universal law, reconnecting humans to the divine connection which was slipping away. Through their power and their form, they connected us to a force which allowed us to gain the power needed to transform ourselves into extraordinary humans, examples to others and help maintain societies in balance.
As many of these began to be built, they began to work together as a network, raising the level of awareness and consciousness of the entire collective.
By creating heaven on earth they helped bring balance to our beings, re-enabling our connection to our highest power.
The resurrection process:
Images and texts found on these sites also indicate that a central function of these spaces was to hold initiations and resurrections. After being followed by a shaman for a few years, initiates would undergo a death experience which allowed them to reconnect to their source, drawing in information and knowledge which would be useful for improving their day to day life. They became powerful manifestors and creators, impacting the world around them.
2- THE EVOLUTION OF SACRED SPACES THROUGH TIME:
FROM ANCIENT SACRED NATURE-MADE MOUNDS, TO CONTEMPORARY URBAN TEMPLES
It is important for us to refer to the temple culture as this is where the sacred space practise first initiated.
Long before any constructed temple existed, mountains and mounds which existed in nature were sacred spaces, behaving as natural temples. Simply climbing them would bring us closer to the divine. As they could be seen from further away, they were easier to find, allowing us to remember where the places for divine connection where located.
Ancient civilizations began to build structures on these to mark these sacred sites so humans could remember where to go to connect to the divine. With time, these structures evolved to become stone circles, temples etc, built in a way that they would amplify and increase the frequency and potency of these sites.
It began to be understood that as we are universal beings trapped in a 3D body, we become ill because we are stuck in an environment which is out of alignment with our own original being. We become angry, ill, self-harming, etc. Temples mimic the order of the universe so we can find alignment, we can refuel, strengthen our wisdom as these temples are places of universal force on earth. Whilst initiations, pilgrimages and live resurrections were common in temples, practises were later devised to create more systematic approaches to the sacred space field.
For instance, the shape of the pyramids of Giza was inspired by a hill called Dehenet by the Nile which was chosen by the Pharaohs as the gateway to the other world. It stands over what is known today as the Valley of the Kings.
Britain's famous Stonehenge is an evolution of all of this, a simple circular stone alignment, thousands of years old, it behaves as a temple as the stones alignment and the choice of the type of stone will help magnify and amplify the energy of the power spot it was built on.
Famous temples in Meso-America such as Chichen Itza in the Yucatan or Teotihuacan north of Mexico City were evolutions of these concepts as well.
Important to note that these demonstrated design principles which represented the existence of masculine and feminine forces, the sun and the moon, the yin and yang presence which is commonly referred to in Feng Shui.
Much later, it was found that many ancient sacred pagan sites were destroyed with cathedrals and churches built on top of them. One of the most important examples of this is Chartres Cathedral. Built in the middle ages, not only was it built over an ancient Pagan site which could have been built there any time between 10000 and 2000 BC, but it also used ancient principles in its creation.
Vastu Shastra was a practise which was created by Hindu monks during the Vedic times, approximately 7000 years ago. It was used first to build temples and sacred buildings but then became a practise to create private homes as well.
This practise was then carried over to Himalayas to China where it was adapted to become Feng Shui 4000 years ago.
Both Feng Shui and Vastu Shastra are based on similar principles as the ancient temples.
We will learn more about this connection when we explore the connection via the understanding of principles such as the Qi energy, the yin, yang masculine and feminine, and alignment to the forces of nature.
Today, Feng Shui is the foremost form of sacred space practise. However many practitioners are now branching out and seeking new ways of building spaces which use a mix of different practises which expand beyond this lineage.
- The sacred space practise begins as mounds, hills and mountains were naturally formed as places of intense energy where humans could connect to higher energetic frequencies which were available there.
- Above is the nature-made mound called Dehenet, next to the valley of the Kings in Egypt, known as being the first mound which inspired the shape of the first pyramids which then became popularly used as a shape in temple making.
- These mounds later lead to the creation of stone circles, like Stonehenge and Castle Rigg (above) the placement of specific types of stones in a specific location, in a certain way would create an amplified, intensified and highly potent energy field.
- The oldest temple known to man is Tiwanaku in Bolivia which is 17000 years old. Temples were another way of amplifying and intensifying natural energy fields to create spaces which could enable transformation.
- The knowledge then expanded from the world of pagan sites to the churches and cathedrals of the middle ages in Europe.
- 7000 years ago, the practise of Vashtu Shastra was developed in India, from which Feng Shui was later created. These practices carried the knowledge into modern times and today the world of sacred spaces had become a broad, multi-dimensional field of work.
THE 5 PILLARS OF TEMPLE MAKING
- ORIENTATION AND LAYOUT
- SACRED GEOMETRY,
- INTENTION / THE HUMAN KEY
This is the powerhouse of the sacred space work, truly the most important.
Buddha himself was famous for speaking of us as energy beings and simply a collection of oscillating atoms which shift with awareness and consciousness.
It took hundreds of years for science to catch up, but it was (much later) proven by quantum physicists that we as well as everything around us, are indeed energy. If we are energy, the energy needs to originate from somewhere and circulate for our living organisms to stay alive and healthy.
The Earth is actually composed of two parts, the Earth's consciousness, and the Earth's physical being, the same way that we have a soul and a physical body. The way that these two parts connect is through a network of energy lines which cross as they run along the surface of the Earth, which originate from its magnetic poles. As they cross, they create power spots, or places of power. In these spaces, one is exposed to energy frequencies which resonate at the frequency of Source, of our original allowing us access to the greater power mentioned above.
Power spots were spoken about extensively by the Hopi tribes which existed in south America near Easter Island as places where electro-magnetic lines meet telluric currents. They believed repeated exposure to hot spots builds up a numinous state of mind in the individual. Today, their potency can be scientifically measured by magnometers
It was proven in 2012 by NASA that the lines indeed crossed at some points and that, at their crossing, exist strong energy portals where the earth has access to direct energy from the sun and other planets. These portals, reportedly open every 8 minutes.
Our ancestors knew this long before and each and every sacred site we know today exists on one of these points.
The construction of the temple therefore starts first with locating a space of higher intensity, on which we will then build structures which will magnify this intensity.
2- LAYOUT AND ORIENTATION
The layout and orientation was the next important aspect .
It relied on the forces of nature, the relationship between the Earth's elements and certain natural forces which were quite impactful, such as the sun rising to the east, setting to the west. The magnetic lines of energy originating from the north, the equator being located towards the south (for the northern hemisphere).
As our beings are mirrors of the earth, our connection to our space relied on our spaces connection to these elements as well and this connection was enabled by careful consideration of the cardinal orientations.
3- SACRED GEOMETRY
The sacred geometry of the Earth is called the architecture of God.
It is the geometric arrangement which exists at the base of the DNA of everything in existence on Earth.
By using this sacred geometry in temples, they created spaces which truly replicated the perfection of the universe, allowing to enable the connection to our own perfection as well.
It is important to know that when we talk about perfection in sacred spaces, it is not the same type of perfection as in most interior design practises. It is about alignment to the Universal laws.
An example of this is how the Pyramids of Giza are the same width and height as the planet earth, but scaled down to a multiple of 72, a sacred number.
This means the pyramids were built replicating the exact same measures which were used in the creation of the earth.
Imagery, symbolism, materials and colours were used to create connections which would be valuable in a person’s growth and development.
Materials were chosen for their composition which would amplify the resonance and frequency of the already existing energy power spot.
Colors were used to trigger certain energetic effects.
Symbols were used to create certain valid associations, even on a subconscious level.
These sites were built with a common objective, that of shifting the course of mankind. With time, their power was strengthened as people gathered there with the intention of growth and development, their power was strengthened.
Also, being aware of the benefits of visiting them prepared initiates for the journey ahead, paving the way for the transformation which was to come.
Intention became a crucial ingredient as well.
A good example of this is Manu, a force that was recognised by the ancient civilisations of Easter Island as a collective intention set by a group of people who would get together with a common goal. The force of Manu would have allegedly been behind the creation of the famous statue site.
ADDITIONAL REFERENCE VIDEOS
A video filmed during a visit to Chartres Cathedral indicating some of the key design principles.
A short and blurry video of an experience at Glastonbury where i explain the healing power of sacred sites and how it relates to our every day lives.
A short video shot at the pyramid of Teotihuacan in Mexico discusses the use of the pyramid in the history of the construction of sacred spaces.
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1- SUMMARY OF THIS WORK
Summarise in your own words, what is the history of sacred spaces from its inception to today. Make sure you are comfortable with the explanation
and clear on all details. The objective is to have something you can explain to people around you and engage their interest, especially if you wish to do this work professionally.
Make it relate to issues which are important today and important to them.
2- SET AN INTENTION
As the aim of this work is to build a high frequency space which will help to bring transformation to your life, set an intention for this practise. What would you like to achieve? How would you like your life to improve? How can this work make you a better person, for you to live a better life and also to impact the lives of others.
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