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In interviewing Laird regarding the magazine, I was truly disappointed when he stated that he attempted networking with Transition Towns and was pretty much ignored. In line with the need for diversity in a unified movement, the diverse means of fostering communities need to link hands in fellowship. In our efforts to carve out and defend our own little niche of diversity from the norm, we can easily overlook Nature's obvious example that thriving involves unity in diversity. Co-operation is the name of the game of life.
The old ways of separation and competition appear to inhabit the new community models as well. This needs to be looked at. In the diversity of movements, there needs to be relationship. What can Intentional Communities learn from Transition and vice versa? More importantly, how can they work together to create a just, resilient,, earth-friendly and equitable future for the likes of Brian and his mother.
Laird ultimately went into an intentional community and a career in service to the promotion of true community because he wants how he lives to be determined by whom he wants to be with. "Making a living" was not the primary motivator for Laird; relationship was. As he points our, " Humans are essentially social animals ." It is in relationship that we are most fulfilled.
Could this sense of community, belonging, and love of life belong to our children's future? Only we in the present generation can the foundations of that life manifest.
Laird's work identifies the primary driver to what's mounting to
become a major transformation on our planet.
For example, his work relates to Charles Eisenstein's The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is
Possible as well as Anne Baring's The
Dream of the Cosmos: A Quest for the Soul.
While not speaking directly to the idea of ecovillages, these folks
are speaking to a very similar evolutionary way of being in and with the
world. These authors are upcoming guests
on Envision This who write on new-ancient ways of being human within the family
of life on Earth. Their work, alongside Laird's and most of our prior guests, speaks to the major transformation
we are going through leading us into a more relational mindset. A true paradigm shift is "blowing in the wind!"
Unlike the corporate standardization model, these thinkers, writers and change agents speak to diversity in unity. For once, there are people who are acting in accordance to the United States motto, " E Pluribus Unim," In the many one. A healthy ecosystem, culture and body requires a diversity that operates in unison.
It's the same with developing community. There has to be a wide variety of types of community as well as a variety of ways of the functioning within a community.
Understanding the Way or Process of Nature is Wisdom. There is no longer a need to believe in an external God or Goddess. We just need to know the Way. Knowing the Way, one ultimately comes to the realization that all Gods and Goddesses speak to the Way and are more verbs than nouns.
Living in community and allowing natural process to unfold while diminishing our need for external laws, we shall return to health. But, to make this happen, we must go beyond our rational, left brain-right hand side intelligence. We must integrate our heart based, intuitive, right brain-left hand to unfold and create a balance. When the heart mirrors the head and live in one, perhaps then we shall reside in Peace.
As waves upon an ocean are noisy, deep down there is a peaceful silence. To know those depths is to know ourselves. It is towards this quest that the holographic movement of which Communities and the work of Laird point us towards.
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