Creating Conscious Communities

A space for people worldwide to share experiences and inspiration on creating conscious, self-sustaining communities.

Let's learn together and from each other. 

Are you involved in a project? Would you like to be? Do you want a reflection on what to do in the creation process?

Check out the other forum topic North American Sanctuary, for those living in that part of the world https://www.openhandweb.org/north-america-sanctuary

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When community is also a connection with nature spirits, present in certain areas of nature, often preferred by those who live off-grid, or choose to BE in nature's sounds without the buzz of modern living (in cities), here's an album with tracks to listen to, created by Lia Scallon whose songs are also present in SoundCloud. My heart is always awake when nature spirits are awake with me, speaking a wordless language.

The Faerie People arise from the Mists of Time:

Song of the Sidhe - Sounds of Sirius

 

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Hi everyone,

I'm Richard, one of the facilitators, and I'm living in Austria.

Creating off-grid self-sustained living is a challenge here because of many strict regulations. However, I did manage to visit a group who is going through all the legal process of acquiring land etc in order to build something.

The interesting thing about them is that they're called DODO (Dorf im Dorf) so it's going to be a small village within a larger village. I find the idea very interesting - they're essentially creating an alternative way of living right within the system. (The irony of calling it Dodo is not lost!)

I'm considering joining this community, maybe not to live there but at least to take part. But I have many concerns. One of which is that they seem to want to show the people around them that this alternative way of living is possible. It's a noble intention, but I'm concerned it will simply create more polarity, especially if they try to convince others. 

What are your thoughts? Can a conscious a fairly self-sustaining community function and integrate into a fairly conservative system? Or does a community which is more out of the system and not so close to a big settlement have more chance of succeeding? 

Rich

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Great to have you tune in Rich - interesting conundrum. I get the sense it could well work, I've been contemplating something similar.

It will take someone (you?) to hold the epi centre of it, if a particular resonance is to bind it together. In which case, inner boundaries would be essential, so as not to get pulled into other people's dramas that inevitably kick off!

Best wishes

Open 🙏

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Hello Richard, I'm a new member since today, and your question is interesting, for it involves practicalities of all sorts I believe, and not only philosophical views and dreams that wait for coming true one day. Since the end of the 90's, I've grown an interest in communal living, more or less off-grid. Also for reasons of my interest to help build straw bale homes, yurts, earth-ships, living spaces that are created with natural materials or by recycling materials, such as in the case of earth-ships, a design by Michael Reynolds, an architect who dares to jump out of the box, enduring ridicule in the first phase of his new approach, using Earth-energy in the creation of living space, that is half in the earth and half exposed on her surface.

My volunteer work, in communes, started in the Netherlands, in 2011, and in 2012 I've travelled to Britain, for a visit to 5 communes, staying 1 month in each of them, combined with leaving the use of money as an experiment. My shelter and food were taken care of by the communes where I volunteered, which made it not too difficult to forget about money.

Now, about your question, if a commune of people who choose a different creation of reality, self-reliant, with attention on the development of consciousness, can exist within a Matrix-environment, my experience in those 5 British communes, living mostly off-grid, in remote locations, is based on many conversations with commune members and witnessing their daily life routines (or not so much routine). Those who left city life and chose to live in solitude, because of anger and frustration, were the members who contributed little to the wellbeing, and practical work in need to be done. Those who chose to stay in touch with the "outside world" the Matrix if you will, managed to use their intelligence, by realising that resisting, being against.... whatever it is, creates a perpetual loop of more of the same.

For they understand that the resistance stems from within, and isn't caused by the external world, although the (often grumpy) hermit- types, who also neglect their hygiene and outfit, hold on to that idea. That's called the blame game, isn't it?  We're touching here upon the condition of our consciousness that shows up with the reality we find ourselves in if you follow me in this, to some rather bold statement.

In my case, arriving as a visitor-volunteer, the pink balloon that hovered over my head, with the idea that commune-members KNOW what they choose, before actually starting to build, grow, play, and enjoy themselves in their creations, soon popped, when I witnessed confusion, doubt, differences in outlook to the future in couples with small children, quarrelling, a competition between alpha males, gossipping by women about other women, in short..... the commune was a mini planet Earth!

That experience showed me that I could let go of the idea, rather romantic, to join a commune and hope that all will be hunky dory. Also for selfish reasons by thinking about my old age, spent in a commune where members keep an eye on me when I wander off absent-minded, or without a mind of my own entirely, haha.... when I reach my 100th year or so.

What I feel about successful communes, how it may work out well, is that a group of friends who know each other well, also by sharing a survival trip, spending time in nature, solving practical problems, and causes for irritation, rubbing shoulders on the way, might be well prepared to enter such an adventure. And when this group is capable of focussing on the creation it wants to make manifest in the real world, without condemning the Matrix-world and its influence, possible attacks, and attitude of authorities not in favour of those "hippie trippy types in shabby clothes, probably smelly, and using drugs or drink around the commune", open-minded in the communication and negotiations with those authorities, and occasional passers-by, goggle-eyed with curiosity, that this may be the best foundation to start with. 

And while I've spent one month in each commune, I've met ex-commune members who came to visit, who told me that they began to hate the limitations of living off-grid, the efforts and amount of work that is part of such a lifestyle. Like having to walk 200 meters to the nearest compost-toilet, with small children, in winter. Or maintenance work on a strawbale home, or leakages. The decision to end my volunteering, and return home to the Netherlands, was caused by the extreme rainfall in the summer of 2012, where building materials, and our tents, became soaking wet, and much work came to a standstill and sleeping conditions turned damp.

That's what I've learned from my 5 months in British communes. One of them was the commune of Lammas in Wales. An interesting endeavour to this day, I believe. There's a film about this commune, and a website Living in the Future. This commune shows a variety of more or less successful families and loners, all trying to create a life in Pembrokeshire.

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Hi Devon,

Wow, thank you for taking the time to write all of that. I really appreciate the reflections! It's always great to witness the experience of those who have lived it. 

What I take from your sharing is not to go into it with rose tinted glasses - something I observe some other members of our community doing. I do however, feel encouraged from your perspective of what makes a successful community. I imagine we certainly are within those foundational dynamics. 

For me, creating a community, fairly off grid, arises from a recognition that it could be the best container for my soul to express itself. At least, living in the moment, I recognize that the creation of one is fulfilling that.

Which twists and turns the path takes is yet to be seen, but for me whether it lasts or not is not the measure of success. For me it will be successful it is allows me to explore more of myself and of what life means on this planet.

Thanks again for your input Slightly Smiling

Richard

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Since I can't paste text with Ctrl+V, let's see what happens when I choose plain text. It might work!

I'm rather late in responding to your comment, Richard. The diving into rabbit holes took all of my attention, for a while. I'm done now with that intense journey, within and without, gosh! Time to breathe out and sit on my laurels, while remaining optimistic about... well, everything! Your last sentence spoke to me full-on, that's what my measure of success is too. Lately, I've become fond of the term "Panta Rhei" (everything flows), for it's a quality of attitude, taking the daily life as a live-stream in tangible form. Which implies an ease with non-attachment to any moment where stuckness rises due to emotional turmoil. Triggers and shooting from the hip are for sale on the global market in large numbers, nowadays. To feel the flames of fury, witnessing enormous stupidity, and ignorance of moral values, while in a survival mode.

Ahem.... the wheels are coming off the bus, and it's very exciting! I mean the end of wrong pandemic management.
Returning to the subject of communal living, the feeling that it's the best container for one's soul, yes, I believe it's a great way of saying it, and if I may add another quality, it's the best expression of one's soul as well. It can be that of course it depends on how one enters such an endeavour. When everything flows, the procedure of setting up a community, on a piece of land, or in the virtual reality, and no fixed outcome puts blinders on one's mind, all that work in progress can be a wonderful fulfilling undertaking, an adventure as well.

The support in such an undertaking, from loved ones, friends, kindred spirits, is the lighthouse on the shore, where landing is safe. Every explorer needs a lighthouse, isn't it? One day, when travelling is free again, and Britain's border is open without the need of a vaccine passport, etc. I'll make efforts to travel overseas again, and find a place to spend half of each year, on the coast of IOW, or West Sussex. Any advice, or suggestion, about a temporarily living space, for my person only, will be most welcome. And I'm not meaning a communal lifestyle. I can't commit to the communal life, when I'm also spending (due to obligations related to the reception of my state pension) half a year in my Dutch home. Maybe permanent settlement outside my country of birth is for a later chapter in my life 😉