Temple Making by Freddy Silva

Temple Making: The Complete Guide for Transforming Your Home Into a Place of Co-Creation
Freddy Silva (director)
Awaken Productions, 2008
2 DVDs

Sacred space is something that many Pagans are familiar with. However, the New Age community—the target audience for this DVD—includes a more general group of people who may never have thought to honor Spirit in their own homes, especially if raised in a strictly church-based setting. This set of DVDs is geared towards reminding people of the importance of sacred space, as well as a guide to finding the sacred close to home.

Much of the material deals with historical sacred spaces, from temples to groves. Silva touches on numerous auxiliary topics, such as sacred geometry, ley lines, and qualities of energy. He also offers a variety of ideas for applying these to personal space, such as proper use and placement of crystals, stones and other sacred objects according to supposedly ancient secrets.

Unfortunately, a lot of the material is highly unsound. Silva makes some broad and incorrect historical assumptions about ancient cultures, including some gross generalizations about such folks as the Egyptians and the Celts. A good example is his overreliance on supposed uses of geometry such building as European cathedrals—the juxtapositions of geometric shapes over the floor plans for these places was a stretch at most.

And the DVDs are rife with watered-down New Age tripe such as the Law of Attraction and the Seven Laws of Manifestation—a bunch of feel-good, lightweight drek that promises everything will be okay and wonderful, just so long as your thoughts are pure. It’s essentially magic for people who don’t want to deal with the risk.

Overall, while this is a nicely produced DVD set, I can’t in good conscience recommend it for its many flaws.

One pawprint out of five.

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3 Comments

  1. freddy silva said,

    February 24, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Thanks for reviewing my DVD Templemaking. Clearly you have no idea or understanding of the subject matter discussed in the DVD, and what you have written demonstrates your ignorance of the subjects covered.
    The electro-magnetic research into the power of intent is already scientifically-proven, as is the geometric foundations behind the world’s most popular temples.
    So, unless you understand the material please do not overlay your ignorance on my work or any one else’s, because ultimately, you are merely exposing your own ignorance.
    In the meantime, remove this ridiculous ‘review’ immediately, you are not a qualified reviewr.

    • lupabitch said,

      February 24, 2010 at 6:05 pm

      Thank you for the textbook example of how not to reply to an unfavorable review. I will not be censoring myself to placate your bruised ego, and I stand by my comments and my authority to make said comments.

  2. Sergio said,

    February 25, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Cool. A debate. But lets allow room to disagree! I’d love to hear Freddy speak in Atlanta sometime. I have two of his books, and probably will buy the temple making book. But I appreciate the critical review so as to adjust my expectations. This is what makes horse races!


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