Dec 19, 2008

THE VISION...


so far there is a seed...
THE VISION (the potential of the seed)...

...a MONASTIC, LIFE GIVING, ECO-COMMUNITY...

let me first bring you some ideas about these 4 concepts:

MONASTIC :
  • "in the world, but not of the world"... being separate yet part of...
  • a spiritual way of living and being...
  • reaching a balance between prayer, work, rest, fellowship and service
  • an holistic & organic vision, where everything plays its part in order to function as a whole... we can see things separately, but we cannot really separate one thing from the other...
LIFE GIVING :
  • Centred on/in The Giver of Life : The Bigness :-)
  • Accepting the gift of Life
  • Acting out of gratitude to our Creator
  • Share with others what is given
ECO :
  • In harmony with all creation... respecting, caring, nurturing...
COMMUNITY :
  • Being a Family...
  • Inward and outward focused...
  • caring for one another and those around...
  • Inclusive, and not exclusive...
Lets see the picture again and the different parts of it...

-- THE ROOTS... What sustains the whole vision:

PRAYER, Spiritual growth in/with The Bigness 
  • A place for individual and community prayer (being with The Bigness)
  • A place for daily & seasonal rhythms of prayer, rest, fasting, meditation and contemplation
  • A place to seek The Bigness' presence
  • A place for rest & healing (body, soul and spirit)
  • Enjoying our gift of Life
  • A place to pray for others
  • Keeping a network of people who pray for the land and community
-- THE TRUNK... What holds it :
THE CORE COMMUNITY OF LONG TERM NURTURERS :
  • A place for intimate fellowship...being a family...
  • A place to grow with each other and in our selves (healing & transformation)
  • A place to find out more about who we are, developing our gifts and talents
  • A place of Peace and Graceful acceptance of who we are and how we are
-- THE BRANCHES... 4 different expressions...

1. NURTURING THE LAND / EARTH CARE : living the principles of permaculture, be sustained as much as possible by the land, and help it to sustain itself...
  • Natural Farming / Earth Stewardship
  • Natural & self-sustainable buildings
  • Forest Gardening
  • Respecting the natural limits of the land and not over consuming, over populating or polluting our home.
  • Use of natural resources for energy (sun, wind, water, etc...)
  • Recycling, Reusing, Repairing...
  • Crafts : wood, wool, leather, clay, metal, baskets, glass, etc...
  • Transforming products (drying, dairies, flour, bread, jams, soaps, medicines, etc...)
  • Respecting Rest, for the land, animals and people 
2. NURTURING PEOPLE / PEOPLE CARE
  • Inclusive and accepting - Seeing each person as human and equal, irrespective of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social class and/or spiritual beliefs.
  • Provide hospitality, rest, healing & retreat spaces
  • Provide FUN :-) for children and adults :-)
  • Provide opportunities for people to serve as volunteers
  • Helping and playing an active part in the local community
  • Hosting workshops, seminars, camps : permaculture, natural building, "peace&reconciliation", different spiritual issues, music, dance, etc...
  • Hosting school groups (educational)
  • Going to markets, fairs and festivals (ways to share)
3. SEEKING JUSTICE / FAIR SHARE
  • By the way we live and how that affects others, both locally and globally
  • Networking with other communities for a fair exchange of products
  • Developing ways to support communities, projects or individuals in dificult circumstances : Through Education, Support and Resources.
  • Giving part of what we produce to those in need
  • Offer space & voice for organizations / associations and individuals who seek justice, both locally & globally
4. MULTIPLYING / BEING THE CHANGE
Every tree holds the seeds, within which is the potential of countless other trees
  • Encouraging and supporting others to do the same in other places...
  • Visit frequently those in pioneering stages
  • Praying for more communities to start or for those who are already starting
  • The goal is not to grow big, but to grow strong and steady in our values... being a model to be multiplied :-)...
Trees bear fruits with seeds, to produce the same kind of trees... but of course, there will never be 2 trees who will look exactly the same...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Babaaa!
Que saudades! Como tens andado? Está tudo bem?! Tenho mesmo saudades dos tempos que passei aí, nem tive oportunidade de exprimir ou, essencialmente, agradecer todos os momentos que foram proporcionados!

Há alguma maneira de estabelecermos contacto regularmente, sem ser via blog?
espero que esteja tudo optimo!

Valter
ritmosdapaz@gmail.com

Blazej said...

wow! thats so awesome!

i love your vision.

i hope that i will be able to visit you soon.

be blessed!