|About the Book|
As adults in wealthy western cultures what one material thing is valued more highly over all others? It is the home of course! A house or an apartment of your very own, is seen as the great goal, and or, an investment stepping stone to tremendousMoreAs adults in wealthy western cultures what one material thing is valued more highly over all others? It is the home of course! A house or an apartment of your very own, is seen as the great goal, and or, an investment stepping stone to tremendous wealth- either way it is prized within our modern societies today. As many of us, work frantically toward this Mount Olympus like achievement, paying off large bank loans with monthly repayments, often at the affect of capricious interest rates, we can lose sight of who we are and what makes us happy. The focus on the goal, can overwhelm our sense of enjoyment in playing this game of life.Why not, use the very thing that taunts and teases us, the carrot dangling before us, the hallowed home, as a device for getting to know ourselves and finding happiness? Discovering the secrets to what makes us happy, are found, not in some exotic foreign clime or obscure ancient text, but much closer to home. In fact, the clues to who we are and what we truly want, are all around us in every room of our living abodes. Welcome to what I call House Therapy.Of course, you do not have to own the home you live in to benefit from House Therapy, as your mere presence within your house or apartment defines it as yours. We all generally have some influence on the look and feel of the rooms within our home, and even for those uber minimalists out there, your very non-doing defines your home just as much. There is a Taoist flavour to House Therapy, as it employs the Isness of things principle being at work in our lives. The way things are – is the way things are - and that is for a reason, if you just take the time to look.You do not need to be an architect or an interior designer, to benefit from the insights offered by House Therapy, indeed we are all to some degree designers of our own lives. If not you, who else is the most influential person in your life, and who knows you better? Who else, in your life, is defining themselves by every decision and choice made, as they make their way along their life pathway? Nobody but You I would proffer!In the following pages and chapters of this book we will be looking at what houses and homes really are, on a whole host of levels of understanding, documenting examples and explaining their different relevancies. I will be bringing together, the bricks and mortar reality of houses, with their symbolic meanings to illustrate the core principles underpinning House Therapy- like the foundations of a home. We will explore the history of houses and take a guided tour through some of the homes of the most influential cultures and civilizations. We will look at the parallels between the inside of our homes and the inside of our heads.I may not be able to readily look inside your head, or my own for that matter, but I posit that the interiors of your homes provide me with lots of clues about how you think and who you are. More usefully it can present you with more information, and dare I say it, actual wisdom, about yourself and those closest to you, once you have learnt to read the signs. House Therapy is about bringing to life the essential qualities inherent in many different parts of you, through an analysis of specific rooms within your home.