We all have an awareness no matter how small, that the buildings we live in or visit have an effect on us. Think of the visit to a monastery or medieval cathedral and how uplifted you felt. Compare that to a building where you felt unhappy or lacking in energy – you may even experience this in your place of work.
My specific interest in exploring this was heightened by a colleague on the course when he said to me one day that his grandmother once said to him that humans can never have excellent health if they live in an unhealthy house, no matter how healthy a lifestyle they lead. As an engineer practicing in the area of old buildings and having a knowledge of old buildings and the traditional crafts I somehow saw a possible link and with the encouragement of Doug our teacher on the course I decided to explore the subject area of Vastu shastra.
To my amazement and joy the subject matter which was unknown to me at the time provided a means to link architecture, engineering, medicine, health, maths, physiology, pathology, music, colour and so forth into a model that I can now use to explore the subject area of healthy buildings and their influence on peoples health. This combines my professional knowledge and experience of over 30 years with the world of human health.
I have known that ancient builders who built the pyramids, the medieval cathedrals in Europe andmany other buildings has a ‘hidden knowledge’ that is unknown to us today and sadly in many cases not even suspected. They understood buildings – design, architecture, engineering , materials, craftsmanship etc. They also had a deep understanding what it meant to be a Human Being and combined this knowledge in their creations – some may call these buildings creations of an Objective Art. These Western traditions and Eastern traditions have been suppressed for millennia and are now finding a way back into our consciousness through the work and efforts of some extraordinary human beings.