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The secret of temple design is in seeing the physical to be the non-physical, and the non-physical to be a part of this creation; to view the static as non-static, and the non-static, as a creational endeavour that is part of the whole. Why do you think images and murals of interior temple designs cease to depict the ending but more often the ‘middle ground’ of a story instead? For it reminds the audience of the simple wisdom in life of how thoughts create actions and actions create solutions.
In temple design, the essence of ‘self-pity’ is seen as a man’s downfall and doom, thus, the depicted interior aesthetic is always seen in a simple, yet poetic manner, of the scenarios portrayed as either being in the middle ground of a story or simply unfinished. For it speaks of the wisdom of the message of the ‘internal self’ of mankind, that no matter how seemingly ‘complete’ the exterior is, the interior is a process of self-development, growth, and evolution.
It is this wisdom, that governs the thought patterns and creational endeavours of artisans at Wakimukudo in re-creating the wisdom of ancient temples interiors and aesthetic, that has been long-lost. For in recent times, the feelings of the heart has been replaced by the satisfaction of the mind, Wakimukudo is the return of designs that cater to feelings of the heart. In the design of temple interiors from the past, as one steps within the entrance of the temple one is prepared to embark on an internal journey.
Temples and shrines were created in the past to re-connect the external self to the internal. Similar to the way sound or light is perceived through the ears or to the eyes, it primarily begins with the activation of an area of the main brain, a section that is known as the frontal lobe – it executes, reorganise, and associates stimulus inputs and either associates or stores information within an area of the brain that is known as the hippocampus.
This particular region is in charge of storing long term memories, and if indeed a memory is detected, it is eventually seen as a cognitive vision within the mind. Similarly, the limbic system, that is known as the emotional part of the brain is activated, and only then would an emotion be surfaced, elicited, or recognised. To conclude, if it is indeed one that elicits feelings of ‘Wakimukudo’ (the positive feelings felt within your chests) an automated light pleasant tingly sensation
would be felt within the back of your neck; such is the key activation of the area that is known as the substantia nigra. It is this particular area within the physical brain, that confirms the activation of the bridge between the heart and the mind – the subtle and the physical body. This is a sensation that could be felt, naturally, through an intense dedication of utmost positivity, or through a carefully curated stimulus or venue. 
The substantia nigra is an area that we aspire to activate upon one’s entrance to our curation of temple interiors. Meeting modern needs, Wakimukudo brings the knowledge and curations of interior sacred temple designs to your areas of choice; be it your meditation room, bedroom, living room or even a study room.