by Robert Wilkinson
"We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately." Dr. Ben Franklin said this immortal phrase at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and it is as true today as it was then. We are all interdependent in both large and small ways, more than we suspect. Alone, we can barely keep up with the demands of living in the 21st century, and usually feel isolated from others and ourselves. With friends, in community, we are happier and don't feel so overwhelmed with all there is to deal with. We find others who share our experience, and those with whom we can share a mutual wisdom, each contributing to a greater understanding for both.
Things are shifting very quickly these days, due to a quickening of the time stream I've been writing about for years. That would imply we need a reference tool or two in order to find and maintain our sense of community in the midst of the swirl. Most people I know who are attempting to live in a conscious manner know that focusing on "the Wisdom, the Way, and the Community," whatever these mean to the individual, is the only method by which we can avoid many of the illusions of our modern, hyperdistorted existence.
If we can remember that working together is a crucial element of success due to the natural synergy in any group harmonic, then we can overcome any sense of isolation through the direct experience of moving in a larger dance. Working together, many kinds of successes are possible that would not be possible alone. That is also a benefit of finding our community - it opens possibilities unknown to isolated beings. Any community of beings who share fundamental Heart values and aspirations is sure to achieve many successes that strengthen the Love, Wisdom, and Intelligence of all its members.
So today, I'll re-post an article from a while ago on the subject of Conscious Community and our ability to find unique forms of creativity by our ability to cooperate, with others, ourselves, and the larger process of our own individual and group evolution. For your renewed consideration,
Creative Centers - Conscious Community Cooperating
Besides a great alliteration, it's one model evolving for human progress. Since we are interactive beings, human evolution brings lessons in the interpersonal realm. How we dance with others will determine the roles we will play in the evolving world careening toward some major changes over the next 2000 days.
What's in motion has shown as many all over the world being stimulating toward a previously unknown aspiration and awareness. People everywhere are embracing the unknown, whether consciously or unconsciously. Most definitely our collective striving is bringing something forth, since "matter follows thought." Globally, our clarity, intention, and perseverance play a major part in what happens when.
Accompanied by a heightened sense or urgency, Spirits are awakening all over the world to something radically different from our usual way of viewing reality, but somehow is also strangely familiar. That's because collectively we're remembering something we forgot, and must remember in order to fulfill the potential of goodness, truth, and beauty on our Earth.
As I recently wrote, I believe we've collectively entered the front edge of a great evolutionary leap in how we relate to each other and all that is. The years ahead will spur everyone with a brain and conscience into their higher interests, since after all, we ARE on a collision course with a higher "destiny" over the next 2000 days.
I envision what we presently consider "miracles and wonder" to become a regular part of our lives, though we must remember that occasionally the birthing of a child (or a new way of viewing life on Earth) is not a comfortable affair. Beautiful, filled with love, devotion, and awe at the workings of the "Great Mystery" but easy? Any woman who's ever given birth knows the answer to that one!
Welcome to the 21st Century Divine Mother consciousness. Every so often humanity re-invents their notion of "God." We're on the front edge of "the history of the future." If "God is One," the Monad that is indivisible, then any collective realization of "God," or "Truth," must help us break free of the chains of perceiving our separateness rather than experiencing our oneness with ALL that IS.
That's the advantage of using the polarizations to free ourselves from being unconscious market segments, the learned illusions leading to a sense of extreme "difference" and a disorientation through an artificial sense of separateness. Though the passage is uncertain (as all passages are!) the goal is to increase our connectedness with whatever calls our hearts. Humanity is truly on a Path of Return, leaving behind the collective delusion of ignorance and fear characterizing the Kali Yuga while embracing the electromagnetic remembrance of the Dwapara Yuga. Aum Namah Shivaya!
Nowhere is this revolution in consciousness being reported in the official or unofficial news "sources." How do you describe something beyond the metaphors of the culture? Accompanying this revolution in consciousness is the wide spread realization that we cannot sustain the social structures we've created due to evolutionary necessities and a deficiency of imagination in the so-called "leaders" of our modern world. Our sense of urgency is born of knowing something BIG is happening, and we're being offered opportunities to learn, adapt, and grow into our higher function as part of Nature Herself.
All of Nature demonstrates the concept of "community." We have much to learn from how Nature self-organizes, if we would create organic systems that are in harmony with what is. We can shape our process, the process, and maneuver through the circumstances as we're pulled toward our true friends and community.
As we embrace different models of relating to ourselves, each other, and all that IS, we have the power to experience the process as we will. We can drop old assumptions and habits of how we relate to others and reality and enjoy the process without judging it or ourselves with the harsh judgments of ego.
There will always be myriad problems and issues associated with living in community. These have to do with individual differences, a lack of clarity in goals, and human unconsciousness. Ego is always an issue where we relate to other. Still, in any community things must be accomplished, and we need a relatively strong ego to deal with the world.
That's why we must build our dream according to our heart while joining with others in conscious community. My own heart's ideal has been places where we can connect, play, and create while inspired by the environment. Each has their dream, and in community with like-minded Souls much can be accomplished in a relatively short time, both in the practical and ideal world.
Ultimately, all efforts at creating conscious community are part of the "string of pearls," my term describing what I see emerging, a global group of diverse groups all interrelated in one way or another. Each has their own practical and ideal function based in who's cooperating to what intention. Everyone can find others who share a common dream.
We're forming all over the world, since we know the current dying systems cannot last long. Cooperation is the keyword of all such projects, since no one person has everything needed to bring forth the best. When each does their best with an eye to cooperative initiatives, a synthesis takes place and unexpectedly great things happen very easily, despite the usual worldly inertias.
Once we learn we have a part to play, it's easy. Everything is focused through principles of Realization, then Application, then Utilization, and each thing accomplished yields fortunate future consequences and challenges. Each has their unique part to play in any community, some move between communities, and some interface with the unknown. We're creating the manifestation we would bring forth, and all volunteer for duty. Realize what you need to. Apply your realizations until you master the nuances. Then skillfully use your practice for the greater interactive good. Oh yeah - Enjoy!
(Originally published 28 May 2007)
© Copyright 2008 Robert Wilkinson