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Ark of Consciousness

 

And God said unto Noah:
"Make thee an ark...
I will establish My covenant with you;
and you shall come into the ark, you and your family...
and every living thing of all flesh,
two of every sort shall you bring into the ark,
to keep them alive with you..."

- Genesis VI

 


 

Table of Contents

EMANATION

CREATION

FORMATION

MANIFESTATION

References

 


 

Emanation

 

It was the Spring of 1989. My wife Sarah and I were driving cross-country in our Volkswagen Van. We were on our Honeymoon tour of America. As the road stretched out before us, Sarah took the wheel. I leaned back in the passenger seat and closed my eyes. Suddenly I had a vision. I was floating above a beautiful landscape. Directly beneath me I saw a building shaped like the six-pointed Star of David with a Yin/Yang glass dome on top.

Two three-story triangles were built one on top of the other to form the Star of David from above. The Yin/Yang glass dome on the roof housed a beautiful Temple with gardens, a stream running through it and a ball of golden light imbedded in the center of the dome. Surrounding the building was a crystal blue reflecting pool. Its' water gently flowed under the wood and glass deck encircling the building into a circular rock cavern below. Suspended in this cavern of rock, waterfalls and gardens were the six lower floors of the building.

Within the structure I envisioned a library, cafe, dramatic theater, movie house, art gallery, storytelling garden, poetry reading room, meditation rooms, massage rooms, yoga/martial arts studio, an altered states mind gym, a chapel, community rooms and a temple.

The years past and my vision expanded and transformed. A mandala of roads, gardens and buildings spiraled out from the center structure. Its structures unfolded into a tapestry of physical, subtle and causal realities. Its function evolved into a transpersonal community and university, where learning, being and doing would unite.

Through this whole process, I have felt a grand design guiding my life, giving me experiences and lessons that seem to simultaneously heal my self while expanding my vision. At each step along the way, what I learn integrates into the design. This integration creates new lessons and new visions.

This design has become my own sacred Mandala . . . my Ark of Consciousness. Its form seeks to unite symbols, archetypes, energies and the many faiths that lead to God. This pattern of unification represents my yearning to heal the energies of separation: The separation between Heaven and Earth; Love and Fear; the Personal and the Transpersonal; the Masculine and the Feminine; my Words and my Actions; my Self and Others; and my Self and God.

Amid the storm of the evolution of consciousness, I commence to build this Ark. The distant shore is union with the divine. The ocean to cross is the sea of duality. As this design moves outward from thought into form, it moves inward into my heart and I know I am on my way home . . .

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Creation

 

 

Metadesign

 

Metadesign is multidimensional in scope. The metadesign of this community encompasses its structures, landscape, maintenance & services, subtle energy fields and organizational paradigm. The forces of community, personal growth, spiritual development, education, service, commerce, and ecology are interwoven throughout the community's function and form. The metadesign also attempts to bring together the symbols and archetypes of the worlds' spiritual traditions while aligning transpersonal and ecological theories with action.

The metadesign of this community exists on the gross, subtle and causal level. The gross level includes physical forms and the general functions of these forms. The subtle level is the realm of subtle energy fields, eco-design, sacred geometry, directional forces and numerological design elements. The causal level contains the goals, purpose, mission, vision and values of the community. These forces combined are designed to create a multidimensional environment to support, nurture and induce personal and global transformations of consciousness.

 

Gross Metadesign Level

 

The gross or physical level, in the area of form, consists of a design of buildings, roads, waterways, gardens, lawns and wooded areas. These structures and environs are laid out in a mandala pattern (See Figure 1). The four main roads are on a north/south vertical axis and an east/west horizontal axis. The waterways circle the center building and radiate outward in four directions (northwest, northeast, southeast and southwest).

The buildings are laid out in concentric rings of function. The center structure is the hub of the community, housing the main library, dining hall, temple, and community activities rooms. This is the point of community integration.

Encircling the community center is the first ring of buildings, which represents the area of education and research. There are eight buildings, each housing a different school. The eight schools are (clockwise, starting from the south):

 

Transpersonal Management and Community Development

Integrative Health and Healing

Transpersonal Psychology

Somatic Arts

Environmental Studies

Philosophy and Spirituality

Transpersonal Education

Arts, Media and Consciousness

 

Ark of Consciousness

Figure 1 : The Ark of Consciousness

 

The second ring of buildings represents the area of service and commerce. These eight outreach centers are circular structures on the axis of each school. Each of these centers is an extension of the school on its axis, acting as an outreach function to unite theory and practice (See Table 1). The eight outreach centers are:

 

Community Management and Reception Center

Community Health Center and Hospice

Community Counseling and Spiritual Emergence Center

Spa and Retreat Center

Community Maintenance and Services Center

All Faiths Monastery

Community Orphanage and Homeless Shelter

Community Entertainment and Communications Center

 

DIRECTION

SCHOOL

OUTREACH CENTER

South

Transpersonal Management and Community

Reception, Stores, Community Management

Southwest

Health and Healing

Hospice and Health Center

West

Transpersonal Psychology

Spiritual Emergence Center and Counseling Center

Northwest

Somatic Arts

Spa & Retreat Center

North

Environmental Studies

Maintenance & Services

Northeast

Spirituality, Religion, and Philosophy

All Faiths Monastery

East

Transpersonal and Holistic Education

Orphanage & Homeless Shelter

Southeast

Arts, Media and Consciousness

Communications & Entertainment

Table 1: Metadesign of Function

 

Between the eight round outreach buildings, along the second ring, are eight long arced rectangular structures for community and guest housing. Outside the second ring are four small meditation houses set in the middle of the four waterways. The waterways create a squared container between the outer road and the rest of the community.

The region of the first ring of buildings consists of gardens and lawns. The second ring of buildings is in a ring of lush woods. The meditation houses are also set within a wooded area. The four-quarter circle regions between the waterways and the outer road each has its own function. The community farm is to the north, wooded recreation areas are to the east and west, and the main entrance with a forested parking area is in the south.

 

Subtle Metadesign Level

 

The subtle metadesign level is the realm of symbols, archetypes, subtle energy fields and patterns of consciousness. The subcategories in this level are: Eco-Design, Sacred Geometry, Subtle Energy Flow, Directional forces and Numerological Design. Each of these design elements integrates physical forms with energetic realities to affect consciousness.

Eco-Design

The function of the Eco-Design elements of the community is to create an environment of non-harm and harmony between the earth and ourselves. The foundation of these elements is the emerging field of EcoPsychology. This field is exploring and revealing the connection between psychological health and our relationship to the earth (Roszak, 1992).

The Eco-Design elements of this community will cover the areas of construction, maintenance, services, transportation, food production, consumption and waste. Nontoxic, organic and recycled materials will be used in construction, cleaning, and maintenance. Community waste will be recycled or used for compost. In the area of food production and consumption, the community farm will produce organic fruits & vegetables. The dairy farm products will come from free range, veg-a-fed and well treated animals.

The community will use solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, wind, and waste distillation renewable power resources. Modes of transportation will include electric vehicles, walking and bicycles. All electrical sources and equipment will be EMF (Electro-Magnetic Field) protected. The community also will utilize natural sources of air purification & ionization (water flow, etc.). 

Sacred Geometry

Sacred geometry includes the shape of individual structures and the geometric patterns of the overall layout of these structures. The overall design of the community is a variation of a Tantric Yantra mandala. This Tantric pattern includes a center point (Bindu, the seed of all potentiality), the six-pointed star (the union of nature and consciousness), the square (the confinement of creation), and the circle (the encompassing unity). The eight-spoked wheel of Buddhism and the Native American medicine wheel are also incorporated in this overall design.

(The) Mandala in the broad sense is all-encompassing space which accommodates the self-existing cosmic structure, radiating different energies: pacifying, magnetizing, increasing, destroying. Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche (Arguelles, 1972, p. 8)

Within this greater pattern are structures, which represent the symbols of the worlds' religious and mystical traditions. The community center is a blending of the Judaic/Hindu six-pointed star and the yin-yang symbol of Taoism. The school buildings in the four major directions are designed in the shape of the fish of rebirth that is connected to Christianity and Greek mythology. The four school buildings in between are triple pyramid designs from the Hermetic mystical tradition. The eight outreach centers are circular structures representing the powers of unification.

Each of the eight spokes of the design represents one of the eight major faiths (see Table 2). There are shrines to each faith in between the schools and their outreach centers. There are also fountains with the symbol of each tradition in the courtyard of each outreach center. The eight faiths and their symbols are (clockwise, starting from the south):

 

Native American (Medicine Wheel)

Buddhism (Eight-Spoked Wheel)

Islam/Sufism (Crescent Moon & Star)

Taoism (Yin-Yang)

Goddess (Earth)

Christianity (Cross)

Judaism (Star of David)

Hinduism (Sanskrit OM)

 

In the outer rim of the design, the four meditation houses are circular in shape with a triangle skylight. This circle with triangle is the Tantric Yani or symbol for feminine energy. The shape of all these symbolic structures are said to contain and create certain patterns of energy (Allen, 1977). The most widely known form of symbolic energy creation is the pyramid. As with the pyramid, the individual structures and the overall pattern of the community are designed to harness, focus, amplify, create and balance subtle energy fields.

 

DIRECTION

SCHOOL

OUTREACH CENTER

TRADITION & SYMBOL

South

Transpersonal Management and Community

Reception, Stores, Community Management

Native American 
Medicine Wheel

Southwest

Health and Healing

Hospice and Health Center

Buddhism 
Eight-spoke wheel
]

West

Transpersonal Psychology

Spiritual Emergence Center and Counseling Center

Islam & Sufism 
Moon & Star
Z

Northwest

Somatic Arts

Health Spa and Retreat Center

Taoism 
 Yin-Yang
[

North

Environmental Studies

Community Maintenance and Services

Goddess 
Earth

Northeast

Spirituality, Religion, and Philosophy

All Faiths Monastery

Christianity 
Cross
U

East

Transpersonal and Holistic Education

Orphanage and Homeless Shelter

Judaism
Star of David
Y

Southeast

Arts, Media and Consciousness

Communications and Entertainment

Hinduism
Sanskrit OM
\

 

Table 2 : Sacred Geometry – Traditions and Symbols

 

Directional Energies

Patterns of energy also can be found in the placement of these symbolic structures in certain directional fields. The community mandala is laid out to utilize the forces of the eight directions. The two directional cosmologies that hold the community are the Native American Medicine Wheel and the I Ching's primal and inner world arrangement of the archetypal forces of change.

According to C.G.Jung in his forward to Richard Willhelm's translation of The I Ching (1950), the I Ching is the science of the forces of synchronicity. The reality of each moment is seen as the outcome of a vast tapestry of external and internal forces, including psychic states. These forces are the archetypal elements of all existence. These elements are symbolized by various combinations of patterns of yin and yang (dark and light) energy in three levels of existence (the trigram of Heaven-Man-Earth).

In the I Ching each of the eight directions has a primal trigram and a inner world trigram. When these trigrams are combined they form eight major directional hexagrams. These hexagrams are symbols for the elemental patterns of nature and consciousness moving through each direction (Arguelles, 1972). As I overlaid the hexagrams over the design I was stunned by the connections between the functions of the buildings and the energy of the direction (see Table 3).

 

DIRECTION

SCHOOL

HEXAGRAM

MEANING

South

Transpersonal Management and Community

Ta Yu

#14

Possession in great measure

Southwest

Health and Healing

Sheng

#46

Pushing upward

West

Transpersonal Psychology

Kun

#47

Inward influence

Northwest

Somatic Arts

Tun

#33

Retreat

North

Environmental Studies

Pi

#8

Holding together, union, mother earth

Northeast

Spirituality, Religion, and Philosophy

I

#27

Nourishment, keeping still, arousing

East

Transpersonal and Holistic Education

Feng

#55

Abundance, fullness

Southeast

Arts, Media and Consciousness

Chung Fu

#61

Inner truth

Center

Community Center

Tai

#11

Peace, earth above Heaven

Table 3 : I Ching Primal and Inner World Arrangement

 

In the south, the School of Transpersonal Management and Community connects with the hexagram "possession in great measure." The School of Integrative Health and Healing in the southwest is "pushing upward." In the west, Transpersonal Psychology is "inward influence." The School of Somatic Arts' Spa and Retreat Center sits in the northwest, the direction of "retreat." Environmental Studies is "holding together, union"; the All Faiths Monastery is "arousing, keeping still"; Transpersonal Education is "abundance, fullness"; and Arts, Media & Consciousness is "inner truth." The community center is related to Tai, which means "peace."

Each hexagram has a symbolic representation consisting of six horizontal lines stacked on top of each other. A solid line is yang energy, masculine and a broken line is yin energy, feminine. These hexagrams will be imbedded in the pavement as speed bumps on each of the eight spokes of the community mandala.

The Medicine Wheel covers the four major directions of North, South, East and West. The wheel represents the journey of the individual and community (tribe) through our connections with all of nature (Sunbear, 1991). Each direction connects us to essential elements, spirits, minerals, plants, animals, seasons, colors, and the stages of maturation (see Table 4).

The four main entrance roads of the community mandala are set in these four main directions. A Native American Totem representing the elements of each direction will be placed at the corresponding entrance. Sacred prayers and rituals will call upon the spirits of each direction to guide the community.

 

 

Direction

Element

Animal

Season

Life Stage

School

North

Earth

Buffalo

Winter

Elder & Newborn

Environmental Design

East

Air

Eagle

Spring

Child

Transpersonal Education

South

Water

Coyote

Summer

Adolescent & Young Adult

Management & Community

West

Fire

Bear

Autumn

Adult

Transpersonal Psychology

 

Table 4 : Medicine Wheel Cosmology

 

Numerological Design

The design of the community also will utilize the power of sacred numbers. Most of the worlds' mystical traditions hold certain numbers as sacred. It is said that numbers contain certain rhythms and energies that correspond to the fundamental elements of creation (Schimmel, 1993; Sepharial, 1970). Both the Judaic and Islamic mystical traditions correlate the numeric value of the letters of their alphabets to the elements of creation. The Christian mystics value the Holy Trinity and Revelations assigns the number 666 to the beast.

In the design of the community the distances within and between structures will consist of a combination of nine sacred numbers. This includes one number from each of the eight major traditions and the number one (1) representing unity (see Table 5).

 

 

NUMBER

TRADITION

MEANING

1

Cross-Cultural

Unity

2

Taoism

Duality, Yin-Yang

3

Christianity

The Holy Trinity

4

Native American

The Four Directions

5

Goddess

The Pentagram of Venus and Ishtar

7

Hindu/Yoga

The Seven Chakras

8

Buddhism

The Eight Fold Path

18

Judaism

Numerical value of the Hebrew word for Life and the name of King David

28

Islam

The 28 prophets of the Koran

 

Table 5 : Numerological Design

 

Subtle Energy Flow

This process of creating and manipulating subtle forms of energy is also accomplished through other channels. Additional factors include: The flow of Chi; geopathic, electrical and electro-magnetic fields; radiation; and cyberspace frequency fields. These factors are manipulated through Geomancy, the Chinese art of Feng Shui (Chinese Geomancy) and the German science of Baubalogie (Building Biology).

Chi is universal life energy. It flows through our bodies, the earth, within all forms of matter and in the space around us. In the external environment the flow of Chi is affected by the placement, size and shape of buildings, roads, waterways, rocks, plants, trees, rooms, doorways, and furniture. The placement of these elements within and around the community mandala is guided by the rules of Feng Shui (Rossbach, 1987; Lip, 1992). Chi moves similar to the wind and will flow through the community mandala in undulating straight and circular patterns. In accordance with Feng Shui the entrance will be to the south (receptive) and a mountain shall sit to the north (protective).

Geopathic fields are lines of geomagnetic energy, which move across and through the earth. This field is a mixture of atmospheric magnetic fields and geothermal energies created by underground caverns, streams, lava flows, and fault lines. These forces move in lines of energy, called lay lines. Vortices or pockets of energy occur where these lines cross each other. The frequency and pattern of these geopathic fields can affect the physical body, emotions, and mind of the individual (Scott-Morley, 1985; Wooster, 1988).

The design and construction of the community will utilize the tools of other forms of Geomancy to balance these geopathic fields. These tools include the placement of certain metals in the ground to re-route lines of energy and the positioning of other field generating systems (man-made electrical, magnetic & energy systems) to alter frequency pattern. For example, the placement of the electrical wiring of the community will be designed to harmonize with the flow of Chi and geopathic lay lines. One of these other forms of Geomancy is the German science of Baubiologie (Building Biology), which seeks to balance geopathic, electrical and electro-magnetic fields, radiation levels, environmental rays and gases. 

Baubiologie uses sensitive instruments to detect the levels of these environmental elements. Existing sources are balanced with the placement of man-made sources. Unsafe levels of any of these factors are neutralized through methods of shielding, removal, alteration of frequency and displacement of conflicting sources (Maes, 1990). Another level of subtle energy is Cyberspace Frequency Fields. These fields include radio, microwave, cellular, UHF, VHF and satellite transmissions. The transmitters and receivers of these frequencies will be placed within and around the community to harmonize with other subtle energy fields. Through the use of these approaches to balance and harmonize the various subtle energy fields, the community mandala becomes an energy transformer. The flow of all these fields will be moving both inward toward the center of the community and outward. The core of the community center will be open space. At the bottom of the building, in the middle of the open space, will be a crystal sculpture. Above it, twelve stories up, in the center of the yin-yang dome, will be a crystal sphere. From this central point energy will be transmitted to and received from above and below.

 

Causal Metadesign Level

The causal level of this design encompasses the goals, purpose, mission, vision and values of the community. These causal factors unfold within the same mandala pattern that exists on the physical and subtle planes (see Figure 2). These causal structures are to be striven for in all areas of the community process: education, research, management, service, and commerce.

 

Causal Metadesign Mandala

Figure 2 : Causal Metadesign Mandala

 

At the center of the causal mandala is the fundamental ideal and Goal of Unity or union with the Divine. The setting of this goal creates both attraction and aversion, both LOVE and FEAR. Thus our foundation process must embrace these Two Energies of LOVE and FEAR . . . both our striving for unity and our fear of it, both our spirit work and shadow work. This duality, symbolized in the Yin-Yang symbol, leads us to our ultimate Purpose: TO HEAL THE SEPARATION.

These energies manifest and are worked through the Six Areas (the six-pointed star): BODY, MIND, HEART, SPIRIT, COMMUNITY, and CREATIVITY. Within and around these areas are the Four Values of OPENNESS, BALANCE, INTEGRATION, and DEEPENING (related to the four major directions).

Openness manifests directly in each of the six areas (See Table 6). Balance is sought between the elements within each area and between the areas as a whole. This process is integrative and inter-disciplinary. The value of deepening reminds us of the importance of depth as well as breadth.

Through this process we seek to fulfill our Mission of WHOLE PERSON DEVELOPMENT as we grow in and nurture the Four Relationships: PERSONAL, INTERPERSONAL, ECO-PERSONAL and TRANSPERSONAL (related to the four other directions). The meta-value of NONJUDGEMENT forms the final circle of the mandala, creating a safe container for healing and growth.

 

 

AREA

OPENNESS

Heart

Compassion and Love

Mind

Diversity of thought systems, applications & cultures

Body

Diversity of somatic ways of being & healing

Spirit

Diversity of traditions, ideologies & practices

Community

Open and honest communication & interaction

Creative

Open to creativity & a creative openness

 

Table 6 : Openness and the Six Areas

 

Vision

The Vision of the Ark of Consciousness is:

. . . to create a spatial and temporal environment

that fosters and reflects the healing of the perception of separation

(UNIFICATION);

. . . to create an atmosphere which fosters and reflects

the alignment of thought and action

(INTEGRITY);

. . . to create a supportive and nurturing container

for personal, interpersonal, eco-personal and transpersonal growth

(GROWTH);

. . . to create a system which honors and respects

individuals, community, spirit and the earth

(TRUST).

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Formation

 

The Ark of Consciousness, like Noah's Ark, seeks to be a vehicle for our journey through the storm of the next stage in human evolution. Many people believe this evolution is one of consciousness (Capra, 1982; Bohm, 1980; Grof, 1988). The foundation of the Ark is the belief that this evolution of consciousness depends on healing the separation (A Course in Miracles, 1975). The separation is a perception that our selves and our world are made up of discreet and separate bodies, objects, thoughts, feelings and phenomena.

The Ark is designed to assist us in uniting these separate and discreet perceptions. An environment of unification is created through the blending and harmonizing of different functions, forms, traditions, schools of thought, energies, symbols, archetypes and relationships on the different levels of gross, subtle and causal. This environment exists on the energetic and psychic level as well as that of the five senses.

Like the Ark of the Covenant, the Ark of Consciousness is designed to be a receiver and transmitter of the Divine essence. This Divine essence is the unity of God: "Hear O Israel (he who seeks God), the Lord our God, the Lord is One" (Deuteronomy, 6:4). The Ark of the Covenant guided a tribe of people through the desert to the Promised Land. As the Ark of Consciousness moves through me it feels as though it is guiding me toward my home in Oneness.

The formation of the Ark has been a process of receiving visions from a source that feels beyond my self. These visions have blended with my life experiences and lessons from friends and teachers. It is both the catalyst and the mirror for the evolution of my own consciousness. The consciousness of the individuals who live and work within the Ark of Consciousness is ultimately the key element.

The mandala of the Ark incorporates the four stages of the evolution of consciousness from the Kabbalah (See Table 7). These four stages represent the process of creation and existence (Hoffman, 1989; Buxbaum, 1990). The center point is the realm of Emanation or Force (Aziluth). Here we exist in nearness to the absolute.

As consciousness moves outward it enters the realm of Creation or Pattern (Beriah). This is the level of thought and organization into a coherent order. The community center represents this stage of consciousness by being an area of community organization, integration and thought (the library, etc.). The six-pointed star symbolizes the energy of creation while the yin-yang represents the duality of this realm.

Next is the level of Formation or Energy (Yetzirah). The ring of education and research corresponds with this level of consciousness whose qualities are speech and digestion, the outward, and inward movement of thought. The energy of speech correlates to the process of teaching. Digestion relates to learning or the digestion of knowledge. Finally, there is the world of Action or Substance (Assiyah) corresponding to the Ark's ring of commerce and service.

 

 

DOMAIN

QUALITY

REALM

CORRESPONDING AREA

Emanation

Force

Nearness

Center point

Creation

Pattern

Thought

Community Center

Formation

Energy

Speech & Digestion

Schools

Action

Substance

Action

Outreach Centers

 

Table 7 : The Kabbalah’s Four Stages of Consciousness

 

This model of the flow of consciousness embraces both our journey outward and inward. It is our journey from consciousness to action and from the world of action back home to union with our source. This Ark of Consciousness, imbedded in the overall design, becomes the carrier wave for all the different elements of the community mandala . . . calling us to Oneness and calling Oneness to us.

 


 

I had a dream. 

The symbols of many faiths

were spinning in a bright blue sky. 

One by one they attached themselves to each other. 

When they all connected to one another

they turned transparent. 

They formed a large multi-faceted crystalline structure. 

A white light filled the sky

and its rays penetrated the crystal. 

Suddenly a brilliant rainbow

rippled through the crystal 

and I saw the image of a face. 

I cannot say if the face was male or female, 

young or old, 

black or white...

it was a faceless face, 

one of pure light.

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MANIFESTATION

Structural Breakdown of Functions and Forms

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Figure 3 : Mandala Map (Click on an area of interest to link to description below)

The following appendix is a structural breakdown of both the function and form of the various facilities within the Ark of Consciousness. The breakdown is laid out according to the directional axis along the wheel of the overall community design, starting from the south axis and moving clockwise around the wheel. Each axis houses a particular school and the outreach programs connected to that school. 

 


 

South Axis

SCHOOL OF TRANSPERSONAL MANAGEMENT
& COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Areas of Study and Research

Transpersonal business and management
Community Development

Facilities

Fish of Rebirth shaped structure
Six Floors (3 above, 3 below ground)

Classrooms, Library, Faculty/Staff Offices, Meeting Rooms, Meditation Rooms, Community Rooms, Auditorium, Kitchen and Lounge.

Outreach Programs

COMMUNITY RECEPTION CENTER

Areas of Service and Commerce

Community Reception
Community Management Center
Community Stores
Transpersonal Management Consulting

Facilities

Circular Structure
Six Floors (3 above, 3 below ground)
Circle Entrance Drive with Medicine Wheel Fountain

Community Reception and Registration Desk, Main Lobby, Bookstore, Natural Foods Store, Community Shops (Hair Cutting, Organic Clothing, etc.), Community Offices, Mail Center, Conference Rooms, Meditation Rooms, Kitchen, and Lounge.

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Southwest Axis

SCHOOL OF INTEGRATIVE HEALTH AND HEALING

Areas of Study and Research

Integrative Medicine
Chinese Medicine
Ayerveda
Homeopathy
Herbology
Nutrition
Allopathic Medicine
Attitudinal Healing
Energy Healing
Hospice Counseling
Death & Dying Counseling

Facilities

Triple Pyramid Structure
Six Floors (3 above, 3 below ground)
Medicinal Herb Garden

Classrooms, Library, Laboratory Classrooms, Research Labs, Counseling Rooms, Meditation Rooms, Faculty/Staff Offices, Auditorium, Kitchen and Lounge.

Outreach Programs

COMMUNITY HOSPICE AND HEALTH CENTER

Areas of Service and Commerce

Community Health Center
Community Pharmacy
In-patient Hospice and Care Unit

Facilities

Circular Structure
Six Floors (3 above, 3 below ground)
Courtyard Gardens with 8-Spoked-Wheel Fountain

Community Health Center, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Meditation Rooms, Counseling Rooms, Private Patient Rooms, Transition Rooms, Birthing Rooms, Atrium, Visitors Lounge and Kitchen.

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West Axis

SCHOOL OF TRANSPERSONAL PSYCHOLOGY

Areas of Study and Research

Transpersonal Psychology
Spiritual Emergence Counseling
Breathwork

Facilities

Fish of Rebirth shaped structure
Six Floors (3 above, 3 below ground)
Meditation Gardens

Classrooms, Library, Dojo, Yoga/Movement Studios, Research Labs, Meditation Rooms, Breathwork Rooms, Counseling Rooms, Faculty/Staff Offices, Auditorium, Kitchen and Lounge.

Outreach Programs

SPIRITUAL EMERGENCE CRISIS CENTER AND SANCTUARY

Areas of Service and Commerce

Spiritual Emergence Network Center
Spiritual Emergence Crisis and Care Unit
Community Counseling Center

Facilities

Circular Structure
Six Floors (3 above, 3 below ground)
Courtyard Gardens with Crescent Moon & Star Fountains

Community Counseling Center Offices, Counseling Rooms, Group Process Rooms, Sand Tray Rooms, Meditation Rooms, Massage Rooms, Private Patient Rooms, SEN Offices, Atrium, Lounge and Kitchen.

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Northwest Axis

SCHOOL OF SOMATIC ARTS

Areas of Study and Research

Body/Mind Psychology
Bodywork and Body therapies
Sex Therapies
Hydrotherapy
Aromatherapy
Color Therapy

Facilities

Triple Pyramid Structure
Six Floors (3 above, 3 below ground)
Aroma Gardens

Classrooms, Library, Dojo, Yoga/Dance Studios, Massage Rooms, Therapy Rooms, Juice Bar, Meditation Rooms, Faculty/Staff Offices, Auditorium, Research Labs, Kitchen & Lounge.

Outreach Programs

SPA AND RETREAT CENTER

Areas of Service and Commerce

Yin/Yang Spa
Health & Healing Retreat Center
Full Service Gym and Fitness Center

Facilities

Circular Structure
Six Floors (3 above, 3 below ground)
Courtyard Gardens with Yin/Yang Fountain

Retreat Center Lobby, Spa Offices, Full Service Gym, Pool, Yin/Yang Spa (Sauna, Steam, Scrub, Massage, Mineral Baths, Cold Plunge, Relaxation), Massage Rooms, Meditation Rooms, Yoga and Martial Arts Studios, Consulting Rooms, Lounge, Kitchen &Juice Bar.

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North Axis

SCHOOL OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Areas of Study and Research

Eco-Psychology
Ecology
Organic, Sacred, Eco-Architecture & Meta-Design
Feng Shui and Geomancy
Building Biology (Baubalogie)
Eco-Landscaping & Design
Organic Gardening
Diet/Nutrition
Eco-Resources, Waste Management and Recycling

Facilities

Fish of Rebirth shaped structure
Six Floors (3 above, 3 below ground)

Classrooms, Library, Drafting Rooms, Kitchen Classrooms, Labs, Greenhouse, Meditation Rooms, Faculty/Staff Offices, Auditorium, Atrium, Kitchen and Lounge,

Outreach Programs

COMMUNITY SERVICES CENTER

Areas of Service and Commerce

Community Service Offices
Service Shops and Supply Areas
Community Laundry
EcoDesign Consulting Studio

Facilities

Circular Structure
Six Floors (3 above, 3 below ground)
Underground Shipping, Receiving and Storage Facilities
Circle Service Drive with Mother Earth Fountain

Community Services Departments Facilities & Offices: Farm & Gardens, Kitchens, Laundry, Maintenance, Grounds/Landscaping, and Eco Recycling & Resource Management. Eco-Design Offices & Studio, Meditation Rooms, Greenhouse, Atrium, Kitchen and Lounge.

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Northeast Axis

SCHOOL OF PHILOSOPHY & SPIRITUALITY

Areas of Study and Research

East/West Philosophy
Indigenous Cosmologies
Spiritual Psychology and Guidance
Integrative Faith
World Religions

Facilities

Triple Pyramid Structure
Six Floors (3 above, 3 below ground)
Meditation Gardens

Classrooms, Library, Main Sanctuary, Eight Chapels of the Eight Faiths, Meditation Rooms, Counseling Rooms, Faculty/Staff Offices, Atrium, Kitchen and Lounge.

Outreach Programs

ALL FAITHS MONASTERY

Areas of Service and Commerce

All Faiths Monastery
Spiritual Retreat Center

Facilities

Circular Structure
Six Floors (3 above, 3 below ground)
Courtyard Gardens with Holy Cross Fountain

Main Chapel, Individual Living Quarters, Meditation Rooms, Dinning Hall,
Library, Kitchen and Lounge.

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East Axis

SCHOOL OF TRANSPERSONAL EDUCATION

Areas of Study and Research

Transpersonal Education
Alternative Educational Processes
(Waldorf, Montessori, Mentor, Apprenticeship)
Cyberspace learning (Computers, Media)
Job Retraining and Homelessness Counseling

Outreach Programs (School Within A School)

Community School (Preschool thru 12)
Community Day Care Center

Facilities

Fish of Rebirth shaped structure
Six Floors (3 above, 3 below ground)
Multi-Generational School Yard and Playground

Classrooms, Educational Library, Community School Library, Meditation Rooms, Day Care Center, Storytelling Garden, Playrooms, Computer Labs, Faculty/Staff Offices, Auditorium, Kitchen and Lounge.

Outreach Programs

COMMUNITY ORPHANAGE AND HOMELESS SHELTER

Areas of Service and Commerce

Orphanage
Homeless Shelter
Job Retraining and Homelessness Counseling

Facilities

Circular Structure
Six Floors (3 above, 3 below ground)
Courtyard Gardens with Star of David Fountain

Individual, Family & Group Living Quarters, Classrooms, Library, Meditation Rooms, Counseling Rooms, Dinning Hall, Kitchen, Laundry, Lounges and Playrooms.

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Southeast Axis

SCHOOL OF ARTS, MEDIA & CONSCIOUSNESS

Areas of Study and Research

Creative Expression, Art Therapy and the Sacred Arts
Theater, Storytelling, Poetics and Dreamwork
Computer Art and Virtual Reality
Transformational Film, Video, and Multimedia Production
Altered States of Consciousness and History of Consciousness
Consciousness Technologies
Psi Research

Facilities

Triple Pyramid Structure
Eight Floors (3 above, 5 below ground)

Classrooms, Library, Art Studios, Ceramic Shops, Computer Labs, Film/Video Production Facilities, Theater Classrooms, Media Lab, Virtual Reality Lab, Consciousness Lab, Psi Lab, Dream Lab, Mind Gym, Meditation Rooms, Gallery, Auditorium, Faculty/Staff Offices, Poets' Coffee House, Kitchen and Lounge.

Outreach Programs

COMMUNITY ENTERTAINMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS CENTER

Areas of Service and Commerce

Community Entertainment Center
Community Computer & Communications Center
Book/Tape/Software Publishing House
Cable TV Station

Facilities

Circular Structure
Eight Floors (3 above, 5 below ground)
Courtyard Gardens with Sanskrit OM Fountain

Community Computer & Communications Facilities & Offices; Publishing Facilities & Offices; Cable TV Station Studios, Facilities & Offices. Film Theater, Concert Hall, Drama & Opera House, Storytelling & Poetry Garden, Tea Garden, Art & Media Gallery, Meditation Rooms, Offices, Kitchen and Lounge.

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COMMUNITY CENTER

Facilities

Six-Pointed-Star Structure
with Rooftop Yin/Yang Glass Dome
Twelve Floors (6 above, 6 below ground)
Circular Patio Deck and Reflecting Pool
Underground Loading Dock and Service Tunnel

Main Library and Archives, Community Dinning Hall, Central Kitchen, Main Meeting/Prayer Temple, Convention Hall, Meeting Rooms, Meditation Rooms, Chapel, Yoga/Martial Arts Studios, Lounges, Video Rooms, Film Theater, Playhouse, Storytelling/Poetry Reading Garden & Cafe and Small Concert Hall.

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MEDITATION HOUSES

Outside the second ring are four small meditation houses set in the middle of the four waterways within a wooded area. The combination of wood and water creates a natural and soothing atmosphere. 

The four meditation houses are circular in shape with a triangle skylight. This circle with triangle is the Tantric Yani or symbol for feminine energy. There are also four circular stained glass windows, each one set in one of the four central directions.

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REFERENCES

A course in miracles (1975). Tiburon, CA: Foundation for Inner Peace.

Allen, P. (1977). Energy, matter and form : Toward a science of consciousness. Boulder Creek, CA: University of the Trees Press.

Arguelles, J. (1972). Mandala. Berkeley, CA: Shambala Press.

Bohm, D. (1980). Wholeness and the implicate order. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

Buxbaum, Y. (1990). Jewish spiritual practices. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson Inc.

Capra, F. (1982). The turning point : Science, society and the rising culture. New York: Bantam Books.

Grof, S. (ed.). (1988). Human survival and consciousness evolution. Albany, NY: State University of New York.

Hoffman, E. (1989). The way of splendor : Jewish mysticism and modern psychology.

Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson Inc.

Lip, E. (1992). Feng Shui : A layman's guide to Chinese geomancy. Union City, CA: Heian International, Inc.

Maes, W. (1990). Baubiologie. PPNF Nutrition Journal, 14 (4), 1-12.

Rossbach, S. (1987). Interior Design with Feng Shui. New York: Penguin Books.

Roszak, T. (1992). The voice of the earth. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Sepharial (1970). The kabala of numbers : The original source book in numerology. New York: Samual Weiser.

Schimmel, A. (1993). The mystery of numbers. New York: Oxford University Press.

Scott-Morley, A.J. (1985). Geopathic stress and it's significance (Scientific Paper). Dorset, England: Institute of Bioenergetic Medicine.

Shah, I. (1968). The way of the Sufi. New York: E.P. Dutton.

Sun Bear, Wabun Wind, Mulligan, C. (1991). Dancing with the wheel : The medicine wheel workbook. New York: Prentice Hall Press.

Wilhelm, R. (trans.). (1950). The I ching : Or book of changes. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Wooster, S. (1988). Geopathogenic stress and cancer. Townsend Letter for Doctors, Nov., 482-486.

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A Master’s Integration Paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for
the degree of Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology

Institute of Transpersonal Psychology Palo Alto, California, Spring 1994

 

 

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