Dwan Light Sanctuary

Posted by Donna Cook on

Where Science and Spirit Meet

I have always loved rainbows.  The movie, Pollyanna, staring Haley Mills, featured a scene of a bedridden woman whose bedroom was filled with rainbows thanks to the crystals taken off her chandelier and strung across the windows.  Each day at the same time, the whole room was filled with rainbows, and the bedridden woman eventually found her way back to a happier, healthier place.  It turned out she was so emotionally upset that she'd become unable to function, but being bathed in the pure light from prisms gave her a clarity about living her life in a better state of mind.  Yes, it was just a Disney movie, but that scene of the bedroom full of dancing rainbows made a permanent impression on me. 

The healing power of pure light is truly amazing.  It cleanses the chakras, allowing clarity to manifest where before there was confusion.  It unlocks the power of the mind and restores a pure connection to the inner self.  If you have never been able to meditate, you might try using light therapy to help you find your place of nirvana.  To that end, I would like to include an article about the Dwan Light Sanctuary.

Dwan Light Sanctuary    

Located on the campus of the United World College, the Dwan Light Sanctuary uses prisms instead of windows to transform the light that enters the building into a lattice of rainbows.

The peaceful room was created by Virginia Dwan as a multi-purpose space for meditation, reflection, or even religious practice. Eschewing a singular purpose that might make the sanctuary less than welcoming for some people, the space allows visitors to turn the stark white space into their own escape. The open layout is completely unadorned save for the giant prisms built into the ceiling and apse of the building. With no other decoration to distract the eye guests can simply meditate on the rainbows that are projected on the walls and floors as natural light passes into the room. Many universities offer quiet rooms and study halls, but none may be so artful or forward thinking as the Dwan sanctuary.


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