On Reflection…’CommUnity’

CommUnity is a marquee-word we shall henceforth use to better expresses the breadth and heights of our family commitment …it speaks from the heart about our life with each other [all of 'us'] – it totally expresses our vision for EdenHope, our love for all we share in around us. It speaks to our hope of fulfilling our purpose, to the ultimate journey we have taken …which we seek to honor even as we proceed …this reflection is just another window into our life…

We EdenHope people see this, our beloved ‘place’, as an entirety – as man, we know we are but a fragment of it, but we also 'know' with all our heart that we are here to care for all that has been entrusted to us here, even our physical selves; for this is the purpose our divine nature has carved out for us. No longer is it possible to harbor a narrower view of ‘us’ [human beings] – we are the trees, the river, the birds, the bush, the rocks …even the wind …these are all our communUnity. We live in the special light of that discovery – we are all of us at Peace …we are family.

‘The above’ is our agenda …the high point of our life …greater than anything that might possibly reflect our individuality. We have alluded to this view in previous ‘reflections’ …but now we see so much deeper into a perspective that was nascent then, and narrower …when it was first expressed. Thus awareness of this phenomenon just continued to grow as we continue to experience the inner and outer space of our ‘beings’. So we are looking for the words that permit you, too, to appreciate what we are up to in this far-out corner of the world. Many of our readers – especially, volunteers - have wondered, and asked, what is our life like here? What shall I expect? …magic! if you are ready…

So, about life here and the way we want to shape it, we have just come to a consensus that ‘volunteers’ who have not been vegetarian or vegan for some time …will not be invited to EdenHope henceforth. Since it is inconceivable that potential members will be ‘anything’ else, how could it be possible for us to continue sharing this sacred space with anyone still engaged in carnage. Such commitment to the peaceful path is centered upon compassion for the lives of others …and it has little if any basis in ‘personal’ well-being ...another blind for ego balm. Those who don’t understand this from their own journey cannot possibly resonate with ours. So we have become simply less inclined than ever to entertain the company of those who feed themselves …by taking the lives of others!

Thus do we acknowledge the crisis on Earth …and know that time is of the essence!

Prior to EdenHope, neither Ruth nor I had ever contemplated community; the idea of it wasn’t yet a conscious part of our life. But then, it just became the nexus of our reality; we had yet to understand it, but were always seeking it …without knowing it as the oh-so-clear objective it is now. So it becomes especially poignant as we openly embrace others who would join us at EdenHope, even for just a visit, before we invite you into this sacred realm, this secret space we share with angels …we will ask you to fast from flesh for three days before you come.

EdenHope has never been anything but a very special event. Now it’s an even more powerful experience – a vivid, living mantra…
So Ruth and I have been learning much more about ‘CommUnity’ …especially since we were re-joined by our beautiful and loving young sister who had come last year with her young man in tow…

So in this ‘reflection’ we will also set about clearing up some of the mystery, perhaps, of what was surely the most significant experience we’d had yet of …commUnity.

Resolution only came after nearly a year of turmoil. Is it possible that we had held an imperfect view of CommunUnity? It was certainly true that there were distortions in the fragile ‘system’ we had created; and were occasioned only once we accepted the two youngsters as a real possibility for EdenHope permanent membership. The prelude and overture of our beginning together …was auspicious enough …the prospect of their fresh sensitivity to all we had grown accustomed to ...was thrilling, so refreshing. The prospect of their youth and beauty, and loving intention was absolutely beguiling. It added new dimension to our longing ...for EdenHope’s fullness.

However, distortions in our separate perceptions did then arise, displacing the fragile confidence contained in our hopes. The mirror began to reflect differing realities, in opposition to the trust we had to share…. It hardly makes any difference as to which reality was ‘true’…but loss of confidence had begun to weigh on the fragile momentum of our commUnity...

The only way to describe the distress we were experiencing …at the futility of holding this young pair in our arms …was the realization that they [he] must leave to go on walkabout [Ruth and I obviously could not] …It was so painfully clear that the young man was nowhere near ready for the ‘EdenHope’ experience …whereas she was …but we could not possibly interfere in the relationship they’d brought with them – although neither of us could not fully fathom it...

The agony of this conclusion was yet to be made clear …but the decision was dramatic enough to profoundly affect us all. Thus it had to be aggravated still more by pressing this [only possible] solution left to us. …whatever the underlying dissonances were that had brought the situation to a head …they all revolved around the fundamental issue of trust. Trust is the only basis there can be for a future with each other …and a mutual commitment to such intention was the missing sine qua non. Only once this occurred could our unity be restored.

Resolution was finally sealed with his decision to return home; it was a sad young man who left us. The outcome was not what one would have wished, but was in the end inevitable …and did the least harm to all. Each had to leave …as they came …to go on ‘walkabout’ …but hers was, more than anything else, a small inner circle.

Well she not only survived the transition and became a star in the EdenHope galaxy …but did so with a grace, love and compassion unknown to any but the blessed …while the young man returned to whence he’d come from …to find something he’d lost ‘there’ – perhaps he has finally begun ‘his walkabout’…

Our young sister thus returned with us to the hearth of EdenHope …where we are strong together and surging forward in the progress we had each been longing for…

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On a number of occasions in past ‘reflections’ as well as on our website …we have alluded to the fact that the decision to be part of EdenHope …must be, for each of us, an event as ‘final’ as birth, or death. It can come only once one reaches the absolute conclusion that one’s role in the suicidal paradigm is over …and then only after one realizes that little to no further prospect exists within the matrix for the future of a more humane species…. Nor should any of the entropic mess it is become …be dragged into the Divine presence of the Rainbow Dreamer!

So we reach our destination here …singing out to all our family. We encourage you to make ceremony …and listen to the wind …if you do hear the message, count your blessings… and let us know.

LovingKindness all…

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