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

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

by Tom Bender
 
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

Overview

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 � our dreams, values, and connectedness � 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.

� Demonstrates real feng-shui - for today - masterfully translated and applied in ways that can powerfully change our lives and our surroundings.

� Contains a whole array of new and easily applied tools with which we can bring the sacred and chi energy into our own surroundings.

About The Author
Tom Bender is one of the original founders of the "green architecture" and "sustainability" movements. His path-breaking and award-winning research, writing, and architectural design over the last 30 years has spanned the gamut from technical tools such as solar design to the spiritual roots of our cultural problems. As a consultant to governmental, private, and public organizations, he has been in the forefront of developing and implementing the technical, institutional, values and spiritual dimensions of sustainable communities. His Ouroboros Project in Minnesota in the early '70s was one of the very first demonstrations of resource-self-reliant houses. A former co-editor of the national magazine, RAIN: Journal of Appropriate Technology, he is the author of over a hundred published articles, half a dozen books, and the winner of national and international awards for his work in economics, design, and sustainable communities.

Bender's work has shown that creative retargeting of our existing institutional systems, energy, technology, and economics can help attain our deepest goals far more directly and effectively. With routine energy and economic savings of 90% or more, application of these principles frees vast misapplied resources to meet other needs. The "Factor 10" principles he has developed for institutional rethinking have repeatedly been proven to achieve order-of-magnitude improvements in effectiveness and sustainability. The governments of Austria, the Netherlands, and Norway have publicly committed to the principles. The same approach has been endorsed by the European Union as the new paradigm for sustainable development. Austria, Sweden, and the OECD environmental ministers have urged the adoption of Factor Ten goals, as have the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and United Nations Environmental Program. Leading corporations such as Dow Europe and Mitsubishi Electric are actively using these principles as powerful strategies to gain a competitive advantage.

In the early 1970s he introduced the Chinese practice of feng shui to the American public through a series of articles in New Age, Yoga Journal and Utne Reader � revealing a geophysical basis to an art once considered a mere collection of ancient superstitions. An international expert in this field, his depth of experience in both the theoretical and practical application of working with subtle energies in our surroundings has created a whole new dimension vital to the acknowledgment of chi energy in our culture which is occurring today.

In his architectural work, Bender is known as the architect who is restoring soul to our surroundings and sustainability to our communities. His demonstration of how our surroundings can heal the diseases of the spirit that plague our culture and restore our connection with the rest of nature is receiving acclaim through the recent publication of his Silence, Song and Shadows and Building with the Breath of Life. These publications reveal what he has shown in his own architectural work � ways to create places that move our hearts, change our lives, and bring fullness to our spirits.

Over and over again, as a practicing architect, feng-shui practitioner, and strategic planner, Tom Bender has been on the cutting edge of the work which has produced the greatest glimmers of hope for a struggling world. His current work pushes yet further on the boundaries of the possible, and opens new opportunities for a better world.

Editorial Reviews

Building With Nature
The first book to put Bender's encompassing, soulful wisdom in the beautiful setting it deserves.
Feng Shui For Modern Living
A breath of fresh air! The role of chi in healing social illness and restoring personal, cultural and environmental health . Eloquently written and illustrated . . . a must for all serious feng shui lovers.
Banyan Books and Sound Review
Enchanting...An inspiring evocation of the energetics of place and the core concerns of architecture and design.
Independent Publisher Online
. . . a stunning book filled with incredible photographs of how beautiful living areas can become. A powerful, gorgeous exploration into the concept of making home environments work with natural elements.
Noetic Sciences Review
. . . simple principles for transforming our surroundings and community. A delectable melange of photography and prose . . . understandable tools for improving our inner and outer spaces.
Oikos Green Building Sources
Real feng shui � for today � masterfully translated and applied in ways that can powerfully change our lives and surroundings.
Reviewers Bookwatch
A whole new linkage between health, design, and place. Of intense interest to students of feng-shui, spirituality, metaphysics, architecture, and health.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780967508900
Publisher:
Fire River Press
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Pages:
123
Product dimensions:
9.95(w) x 9.91(h) x 0.31(d)

What People are Saying About This

Donna Eden
The healing energy of place! Silence, Song & Shadows tells of the need for our spirits to be filled by the energy of the sacred. With clarity, simplicity, and beauty, it raises our consciousness about why and how to bring sacred energy into the spaces that surround us. This is a lovely book! (Donna Eden, author of Energy Medicine
Denise Linn
Bender reaches beneath the surface of ordinary life to find the essence of sacred space. Simply, yet eloquently, he prepares a pathway for us to occupy the universe as well as our intimate surroundings in a way that is meaningful and holy. (Denise Linn, author of Sacred Space)
Gail A. Lindsey
Captivating and enlightening! .... touches the heart, moves the soul, and reaches the core of our lives. I savored every page and couldn't wait to share it with others. (Gail A. Lindsey, 1998 Chair, AIA Committee on the Environment)
Louis deMoll
Designers need a far greater concern for exactly what Tom Bender describes. Important concepts for all of our work. ( Louis deMoll, past president, American Institute of Architects; past president, International Union of Architects)
Carol Venolia
Reading this is a healing experience, filled with deep truths. Bender brings new life to the concept of chi. I feel moved to apply the simple, profound approaches he describes so well. (Carol Venolia, author of Healing Enviroments)
Sarah Susanka
A lantern of hope for all concerned with the creation of a more sustainable and balanced world. (Sarah Susanka, author of The Not So Big House)
Paul Hawken
A wondrous work about the sacred nature of place and home, a forgotten language of design and craft that humans have used for millennia to discourse with their gods and inner selves. This will make you ache for what we have lost, yet guide you to finding and creating enchantment once again." ( Paul Hawken, author of Natural Capitalism)
David Rousseau
Places the central questions of our time directly on the shrine of spirit, where they so richly belong. Here are the philosophical and spiritual foundations for a sustainable future. Everyone in the �green building� movement should read this book. (David Rousseau, author of Your Home, Your Health)

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