The Experience of Sacred Space makes possible the "founding of the world": where the sacred Manifests itself in space, the real unveils itself, the world comes into existence.
Our world is a universe within which the sacred has already manifested itself.
As long as you have not grasped that you have to die to grow, you are a troubled guest on the dark earth.
In love, no certainty is ultimate... That elementary thing - the feeling that you are loved - must be certified again and again, because one doubt,one mistake razes everything to madness and ecstasy.
To have solely one thought, but it to be capable to destroy the universe.
The history of religions reaches down and makes contact with that which is essentially human: the relation of man to the sacred.
For those to whom a stone reveals itself as sacred, its immediate reality is transmuted into supernatural reality. In other words, for those who have a religious experience all nature is capable of revealing itself as cosmic sacrality.
The joy of life is not a profane type of enjoyment: it reveals the bliss of existing, of sharing in the spontaneity of life and the majesty of the world.
For archaic man, reality is a function of the imitation of a celestial archetype.
The crises of modern man are to a large extent religious ones, insofar as they are an awakening of his awareness to an absence of meaning.
For religious man, space is not homogenous; he experience interruptions, breaks in it; some parts of the space are qualitatively different from others.
Man constructs according to an archetype.
The transcendent models of temples enjoy a spiritual, incorruptible celestial existence.
For profane experience, space is homogenous and neutral; no break qualitatively differentiates the various parts of its mass.
Architecture simply took over and developed the cosmologial symbolism already present in the structure of primitive habitations.
Even the most desacralized existence still preserve traces of a religious valorization of the world.
The house is sanctified, in whole or part, by a cosmological symbolism or ritual.
Religious man cannot live except in an atmosphere impregnated with the sacred.
It is highly probable that the fortifications of inhabited places began by being magical defenses; for fortifications - tenches, labyrinths, ramparts, etc - were designed rather to repel invasions by demons and the souls of the dead than attacks by human beings.
The manifestation of the sacred ontologically founds the world.
Just as the universe unfolds from a center and stretches out toward the four cardinal points, the village comes into existence around an intersection.
Cosmic symbolism is found in the very structure of the habitation. The house is an "imago mundi".
A creation implies a superabundance of reality, in other words an irruption of the sacred into the world.
Life is not possible without an opening toward the transcendent; in other words human beings cannot live in chaos.
The man of traditional societies could only live in a space opening outward, where the break in plane was symbolically assured and hence communication with the "other world", the transcendental world, was ritually possible.