'Through this book Karen French shares a personal view on the nature of sacred geometry ... those looking for a comprehensive reference book on the subject will I am sure find what they are looking for in this compilation.'
'...Circles, squares, triangles, crosses and spirals will never seem the same again.'
'A Glorious work that fires the imagination and helps us appreciate the truth of our reality.'
'...This book is a great way at looking at the concepts and ideas of our world and giving an understanding about how it affects our daily lives.'
'Author Karen French offers us a totally different and refreshing perspective on viewing the world, nature as well as man-made items. Her exhaustive research shows the universality of shapes and symbols; an encouraging reminder that seemingly disparate cultures share the same human traits.'
'I really enjoyed dipping into this book!'
A POWERFUL TOOL
A few simple shapes combine to make the universal sacred model called the Gateway to the Heavens. Discover the meaning and purpose of these simple geometric shapes and how they mould your reality and your perception of it in the FIRST book in The Gateway Series. Learn how they have a direct bearing on what you are and why you are here.
700+ images and illustrations
Paper ISBN 978-1-78028-681-5 May 2014
E-book, fixed format ISBN 978-1-78028-779-9
Watkins Publishing Ltd
Watkins Publishing - UK - ebook
WHSmiths - UK - ebook
Foyles - UK - ebook
Barnes & Noble - USA - ebook
Kindle Edition - USA
Kindle edition - UK
FRENCH Edition - paper
CHINESE edition coming soon!
The 1st edition of Gateway to the Heavens: How simple shapes mould reality and the fabric of our being was released in 2008 in B&W. As of November 2013 it is no longer available for sale in retail outlets only on the second hand market.
ISBN 978-0-9557256-0-9 (softback)
ISBN 978-0-9557256-1-6 (hardback)
GATEWAY TO THE HEAVENS TALK
'A very compelling book, full of very interesting concepts and ideas - the style of writing and content make for an insightful, inspiring and enjoyable read.'
'Elegantly written and thought provoking, drawing together the unifying elements across cultures and time.' C Christensen 'A great book to understand the significance of the sacred geometry that underpins
'An important book of substance and discovery.'
'Such a unique book! A way of looking at the world that I have never considered before.'
The famous Watkins Books shop in Charing Cross, London, did a great review in their Autumn/Winter 2008 Watkins Review.
Simple geometric symbols contain messages that have been consistently represented in religion, philosophy, mythology, mysticism, the arts and sciences. Their messages are built into our genetic make-up and we recognise them instinctively. This makes geometry a universal language that allows us to unlock knowledge contained in our ‘memory’ about the true nature of reality. This universal language is evident everywhere around us, celebrated throughout nature, vibrant and unaffected by the changing values of our societies. And because of this it retainss its capacity to ‘wake up’ each new generation, if they choose to read it.
Fundamental to my books is a personal voice, important part of that view is based on the English language; in particular the way that certain words describe attributes of reality, such as space and time. Even the first letters of these words bear a striking resemblance to the construction of the geometric shape to which they are related. This linking of letters, words and sounds with geometric models to describe the characteristics of the experience of reality is not new. Hindus have understood these intimate relationships for many thousands of years. Their precise sacred geometric works of art, known as mandalas or yantras, are used in conjunction with toned sounds written in ancient Sanskrit to evoke the power of the geometric image. Even modern languages can be used like the languages of older cultures to construct ‘models’ summarising universal principles. Interpreting and understanding such models relies on using your logic, creativity and intuition - sensing the material presented to you in a way that is a fundamental part of the human experience of life, of reality.
Part I covers the literal and intuitive properties of a few basic geometric shapes and numbers - the single Point, Duality, Circle, Square and Triangle. The individual personalities of each shape are explained to highlight the features of reality they mould. Effectively these act to construct the stage and set the scene of the play in which life is acted out.
Part II describes how in this process of construction other principles emerge that are fundamental to the animation and purpose of the universe – the properties of the Spiral sustaining reality, the Cross highlighting the Central point of existence and the Heart where we weigh up our choices. These geometric principles direct the play, providing the story line and underlying purpose.
Part III describes how we can make positive headway in our lives by studying and living in accordance with the universal archetypes of sacred geometry, and hence our part in the natural order of ‘the play’. The Gateway to the Heavens model eloquently conveys essential messages in the visual language of geometry. Using it, and other images of sacred geometry, each moment in the day is transformed from being routine and material into a flowing adventure of personal discovery and ever-expanding awareness of reality.
'Absolutely fascinating, and when you think about it a little more it's amazing to realise that there are all these patterns and links all around us everyday.'