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Deep Ecology: Self-Knowledge Through Making and Living in our Physical Home

Deep Ecology Helicon Works ArchitectsSelf-knowledge needs to be offered on a large scale because it is the only way out for the human race in this moment where we are on the brink of collapse.

Sri Prem Baba

This quote, from a beloved spiritual teacher, concisely explains why my work is slowly evolving to focusing on the other side of a coin.  I’m still an architect, gratefully serving clients who are brought to me, helping them create a home that is nurturing for their soul’s awakening as well as the place they inhabit.  The deep current – the coin – within my work is further articulated in a quote from Vaclav Havel –
 

We too can offer something to you: our experience and the knowledge that has come from it. The specific experience I’m talking about has given me one certainty: consciousness precedes being… For this reason, the salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and in human responsibility. Without a global revolution in the sphere of human consciousness, nothing will change for the better in the sphere of our being as humans, and the catastrophe toward which this world is headed – be it ecological, social, demographic or a general breakdown of civilization – will be unavoidable.

– Vaclav Havel, when President of the Czech Republic, from a speech to the U. S. Congress
 
This current is love.  We can open our heart to receive love through the making of, and living in, our physical home. Conversely, this current is also revealed as we engage in our life’s journey of finding our spiritual Home – through giving love, by knowing and caring for every fiber of the world around us and within each other’s heart.
You could also call this work deep ecology, or creating place and self with an ecological consciousness
 
I’ve been growing into this awareness since 1989, all along writing as a way to understand.  All of that has coalesced into a book the past year called “Dwelling: A Way Home”. You can learn more about this project by going to the Dwelling page on our website.  It’s still taking form, and I’m seeing it becoming a book by early fall.
 
The vision Helicon Works Architects serves remains the same, but, we’ll be focusing more on offering a variety of types of workshops, where you can experience this work (without creating and building your home).  Please stay tuned and join me in this journey… we have no time to loose!

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