Throughout history, humanity has built sacred spaces as expressions of our spiritual and creative evolution. Sacred space is an attempt to bring Heaven to Earth. From the earliest painted caves, pyramids, stupas, synagogues, mosques, and cathedrals to the most modern temples, sacred sites have served a vital role in connecting community members with each other and the wisdom traditions with which they identify. These architectural wonders offered by our ancestors remain pilgrimage places where people refresh their souls. Holy shrines of peace and ceremony can activate healing, comfort, love, harmony with the cosmos, and Oneness with the Creator.
Sacred Architecture is part of CoSM's mission statement: To build an enduring sanctuary of visionary art to inspire and evolve the creative spirit. Building a Temple gives people a symbolic focal point to transcend their differences and create something beautiful together. At this pivotal moment in history, creating sacred space that honors the mystic core of all religions and cultures activates feelings of inter-connectedness, and empowers us with faith to solve the problems confronting humanity and the web of life.
Our dawning planetary civilization is calling for an uplifting twenty-first century vision of World Spirit. CoSM is currently busy with Entheon, our sanctuary of visionary art, that symbolically connects the great sacred traditions as part of one multi-faced Transcendental Being. The architectural and engineering drawings are coming along well, and we look forward to breaking ground on the Entheon project this year. Please help us build Entheon by making a tax deductible donation here.
Keith Critchlow and Alex Grey at the Alhambra, Grenada, Spain, 2009
photo: Allyson Grey
ART CHURCH: SACRED ARCHITECTURE
Join us at the next CoSM Art Church (4/13) for an illuminating overview of sacred spaces around the world, from caves to cathedrals. Learn the "Twelve Criteria for Sacred Architecture" according to the pre-eminent architect of sacred spaces, Keith Critchlow. Examine the archetypal shapes and metaphors that connect sacred space from every culture.
Alex and Allyson