Architecture is a perfect metaphor for creating, designing and building the life you want to live. At least it is for me. So I began to adopt its concepts and terminology to use in my own self development. At the same time, I began to create a method of helping others visualize how they too, can use the images associated with design, construction, re-construction and materials to illustrate techniques necessary for making change, even hard to make changes in ones life.
For example; something that everyone knows is that quality structures are built on solid foundations. Homes built on poor soil or improperly set footings are not as sustainable as those made from quality materials and workmanship.
Our lives are similar. The foundations of family, education, environment and self perception and the thoughts we allow ourselves to think are all part of the construction of the lives we live. We are the designers and architects of our lives. We may not have been part of the original construction, but we do have control over the final product. I believe that an understanding and application of the principles of Life Architecture, as I see it, can prove to be a valuable resource in building a life we want to live. If the life you are currently living is not what you want…consider what you are about to read and if you are open to it, begin to use your imagination! You may be pleasantly surprised.
“Look closely at the present you are constructing. It should look like the future you are dreaming.” — Alice Walker
I met Alice Walker earlier this year when she came to Asheville NC, to speak about her experience with social justice. An award winning author “The Color Purple” and many other works, I was impressed with what she had achieved in terms of designing and living the life she desired in spite of the adversity she grew up in and was faced with day after day as an African American woman.
It was her steadfast commitment to designing and living the life she envisioned that kept me, and most others in the audience, spellbound. I interpret her quote above to indicate she knew she would have to be the architect and builder of her life in the present day if her future home was to be the one she dreamed of living in. Dreaming (or maybe even more so, what she thought) is like developing the blueprint of the structure which would one day be her award winning life.
So what application would Life Architecture have in helping you change your current circumstances? Let me offer this common example. It’s no secret that 80% of the working population is unhappy with their current situation. For whatever reason one may not be satisfied, they do know they have two choices. Stay or go. Of course there are a thousand degrees of alternatives here but essentially…change is necessary. And of course what Albert Einstein said is very true;
“We can’t solve our problems with the same mind we used when we created them.”
Fortunately, using the principles of Life Architecture, we can rebuild our internal homes using a different set of plans, materials or workmanship, all of which can produce a different result. I believe, deep inside, we all know what we want, even if we have yet to produce it. I also believe we all have an inner teacher who knows the mind we must use, as Professor Einstein alludes to above, and each of us has the capacity to change and to build exactly what we want, internally and externally. We are the architects of our lives.
There are 4 questions that I have asked myself and I recommend to others:
- Who Am I?
- Why am I here?
- What will I do now?
- Who Decides?
“The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had means, time, influence and educational advantages, but what he will do with the things he has.” — Hamilton Wright Mabie
“Welcome to the world of Life Architecture! The most effective lives are built with the resources one already possesses. It’s my blessing to help people remember what they already know.” — B. Stuart Noll