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magic of an empowered life!
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acquire a force within you that nothing can destroy!'
Living beyond the confines of ego in Community
In her book Emergence, renowned author/teacher,
Barbara Marx Hubbard, talks of several stages to
spiritual maturity. She says it's extremely rare to find
people who have advanced beyond infancy (reading
spiritual books) and childhood yet (attending spiritual
workshops)! Only the rare few make it to the next stage,
which is 'youth'. She states that this is because so few
people have been able to surrender their egos, find
their higher life purpose, create even a small community
of kindred souls and begin their true work in the world.
She goes on, however, to say that now it is time to
do exactly this. We all need safe arenas to test and
experience our ideas beyond the confines of ego and to
stabilize our emerging spiritual consciousness with
others doing the same thing.
Magical things happen when what you think, say and
do are in alignment yet it takes powerful self awareness
to master this simple concept
Living in community... learning to honour the daily
processes and sharing, you will naturally be guided into
greater awareness and consciousness of each element in
your inner and outer terrain, so you can learn how to
create a place to manifest your dreams and to enhance
the quality of your life.
Miraculous things really do happen when what you
think, what you say and what you do are in alignment.
Susie long ago established the necessary daily
disciplines that create this evolution to
hero-consciousness and make it totally real. Newcomers
are provided with powerful guidelines to immediately
begin to integrate and live these teachings.
The Inconvenient Truth of Waking Up
Why do most people on the spiritual path, the Hero's
Journey, actually resist true awakening and more fully
what this actually entails? It's because generally we
lack the organisation and discipline it takes to wake
up. We lack organisation in our personal lives and lack
meaningful group organisations around us. The only
experience of organisation most of us have is our family
- and the dysfunctional behaviour of our family has in
most cases been the cause of our own imbalance and
dysfunction. So we need to create new support groups and
new families in community.
Living in spiritual
community is not only an opportunity to heal both the
dysfunctional family and social systems we have
inherited, but to also consciously create new healthy
forms based in love and co-operation that will not only
sustain life on this planet but will also support a
thriving experience for all. Releasing fear of lack that
promotes greed and the need to survive at the expense of
others and their well-being is an important step. When
we co-operate and share our resources with one another
there is plenty for all. This is what community is all
"Few will have the greatness to
bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a
small portion of events, and in the total of these acts,
will be written the history of this generation."
Living the Lie of Do-Have-Consume
Unfortunately, there are many in the West who regard
themselves as 'saved - awake - aware', but though they
might talk the talk, they do not walk the walk. They
have not spent the time exploring and marrying the
unconscious, conscious and super-conscious minds. As a
result most of us live in a state of unconscious
incompetence - not knowing that we do not know. The
first step is to move to conscious incompetence -
knowing that we don't know; then conscious competence -
knowing that we know; and finally unconscious competence
- a state of being so competent that we no longer have
to think about it. The western shamanic alchemical map
of awakening consciousness that Susie shares, teaches
you how to do this in simple stages. The path is simple,
yet it's not easy, because people lack the discipline to
stay focused, people are lazy, selfish, hedonistic, self
indulgent, and they are just plain terrified of healing
their wounds because of the pain involved. It doesn't
have to be painful when you learn to forgive, come from
compassion and commit to being defenseless. This is what
is practiced daily living in community.
Re-establishing community-consciousness as a new
We all need a support system because we are basically
group-oriented - and the survival of the individual
depends upon the help and co-operation of the rest of
the 'village', which in ancient times was often
populated by relatives.
When we first begin to break away from the original
'tribe', because we choose to venture beyond the
boundaries of the old beliefs and old ways of doing
things, a very real fear is often experienced; a
trembling deep down in the subconscious as we remember
that we cannot survive without the support of the other
Yet break away we must and break
away we do because the urge to evolve becomes far
greater than the need to conform, fit in and remain the
same, which is stagnation. There will come a time in
everyone's life where it becomes far more painful not to
grow - lest we wither much too soon before we blossom.
We strike out on our own and eventually, we find a new
'tribe' and a new 'village' of like-minded souls who
become our new family! a 'spiritual family' so to speak.
Until we find our new 'tribe', our new 'community' and
'village', we often find ourselves alone. And so, the
act of walking away from the old is a very powerful act
of courage! just as courageous as any hero who faces his
Community life accelerating the evolution to Super
It takes great courage to live in spiritual
community. To the fainthearted, authentic spiritual
community is a terrible place. It is the place where our
limitations and our egoism are revealed to us. When we
begin to live full-time with others, we discover our
poverty and our weakness, our inability to get on with
people, our mental and emotional blocks - our seemingly
insatiable desires, our frustrations and jealousies, our
hatred and our wish to destroy. However, when we
identify this ego behaviour we can dis-identify from it.
We are not our behaviour. We can change our behaviour
and this is the quest of the hero.
'Perfection is achieved,
not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is
nothing left to take
Antoine de Saint
In community we learn how to transcend our own ego
behaviour. As we evolve, we can then lovingly,
gently or sometimes even sternly confront the other so
that they can keep taking away that which no longer
serves the new hero self emerging. It's fast-track
spiritual enlightenment. I highly recommend it. In
our community we have found our spiritual 'kin' and
companions of destiny. We always find those who - just
like us - took the risk of walking a different path
along the road less travelled... And then we know that
it was all well worth the courage it took to walk alone
for a while.
Community life - a powerful solution to
environmental challenges and key to personal
From the film 'The Matrix' Agent Smith talks of human
activity in ego blindly pursuing the lie of do have
'I'd like to share a revelation
that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I
tried to classify your species and I realized that
not actually mammals. Every mammal on this
planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with
the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You
move to an area and you multiply and multiply until
every natural resource is consumed and the only way you
can survive is to spread to another area. There is
another organism on this planet that follows the same
pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings
are a disease, a cancer of this planet.'
Is humanity behaving like a virus? If so, then now is
the time for the hero in us all to go beyond striving
for comfort, profit and greed. Living in community is
key to achieving this and returning to higher ideals of
love... strength and balance.
It's not just us as individuals living a lie, being
fooled by the matrix - we're all part of it. We've
collectively put humanity on a collision course with
environmental disaster, industrial collapse and social
chaos. You and I were put on the planet as caretakers.
All we have done is taken and not cared.
Whether the governments of the industrialized nations
will realize the danger and act soon enough to avoid
environmental collapse and the
consequent collapse of
civilization as we know it is still unknown. We may well
be heading for a new kind of Dark Ages with mass
starvation, collapse of industry, plagues, looting and
collapse of governments.
If these dark predictions become reality, survival
will depend upon doing what the Hopis recommend:
'Where is your water?
Create your community.
Be good to each
If we choose to create peace on earth, then it must
start in our own hearts with reconnection to the hero
self. It's vital that we understand that all of life is
an initiation to reconnect to this powerful part of
Modern day teachings on Community from Star Trek
A couple of years ago, I heard about a Star Trek
Voyager episode that brilliantly demonstrated the
powerful potential of engaging co-operation with each
other including different races and even different
species of intelligent life.
The story begins when Voyager is accidentally pulled
into a Void, where it turns out other lost ships were
struggling to survive. When Voyager first arrived they
were instantly attacked by one of the other ships and
90% of their food and supplies were stolen. Voyager's
crew soon discovered the other ships already in the Void
survived by stealing supplies from each other and
whenever possible stealing from new unsuspecting ships
the moment they stumbled into the Void.
When Voyager's crew discovered they did not have
enough power to leave the Void on their own Captain
Janeway asked the other ships to form an alliance where
each ship would pool their resources and technologies
with the other ships in the alliance and thus they would
all find a way out of the Void together. It was
difficult to convince the other ships this was a good
idea, but eventually several ships did join the
alliance, shared their resources and technology, and
made it possible for all the ships that were working
co-operatively to leave the Void together. Those who
refused to join the alliance due to their entrenched
patterns of fear and lack were left in the Void to
continue as they had before.
This story demonstrates the power of co-operation and
working in community to achieve what otherwise might
seem impossible! Some of the ships had been in the Void
for years, barely surviving by competing for the limited
supplies and resources that might wander in through
other lost ships.
Living from competition had created separation,
distrust, hatred and loss of resources that could have
benefited everyone if they had chosen to live in
co-operation with one another.
The ships that chose to co-operate and share
resources ultimately changed their lives, moving their
existence from the experience of lack in the Void into
an expansive and abundant world. Co-operation unifies
and strengthens the greater whole, moving our experience
from struggle to survival, into a whole new more
abundant world of possibilities.