Blog: My Enchanted Garden Onion
by Chef JeM

Clarifying Our Terms

Community is defined

Date:   8/27/2021 10:21:59 AM   ( 16 mon ) ... viewed 356 times

June 2, 2022 - "Intentional Community"? -

The best thing this bLog-writer heard all day today (so far) is:
"Hmmm 🧐 ... Exactly"!

Naturally - this quote will not mean anything to anyone else besides the sender and this writer. Context is required to begin to understand what those two words mean (besides the actual "gif" that did not make it through in the email).

The context of the above is about: "Intentional Community". There is an invitation now posted on a "facebook" page (that this writer is not a subscriber to in any way shape or form) inviting "the world" to have a live gathering and discussion on the subject of: "Intentional Community" that is essentially hosted by a private household that is domiciled on private land that supposedly continues to exist as an: "Intentional Community". However the "private household" was not fully communicated with to ensure everyone's participation. Does the nature of this kind of activity truly demonstrate what "Intentional Community" is all about? ......... Hmmm .........!
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May 16, 2022 - From Initial "Attraction" to Authentic Community -

This "Enchanted Garden Onion" (EGO) that is our home sitting next to a canyon on two sides of this property with all of Nature that is surrounding us, passing through here as well as living here is most certainly attractive to people who live here as acknowledged by virtually all of our present housemates including two new individuals who have already begun submerging themselves into the Nature environment here!

Attraction can be the start of a new relationship (in general) and in this EGO it also can be the start of a genuine community-building bond with nature as she is living here. If this is true then the truth of this deserves to be noted and more especially can be contemplated upon over the entire course of one's stay here.

If the above resonates with Individuals then I warmly invite a shared exploration into the several components that can enhance the Whole EGO - a whole that is greater than the parts!

For this purpose I am offering devoted "EGO" dyads to contemplate the truth of the quintessential components including the following:
"Community",
"community-building",
"Nature",
"a bond with Nature".
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April 23, 2022 - Our Very 1st "House Meeting" with The Present Day "Fellow Gardeners" -

4-23-22 - (at this blog-writer's first opportunity after the House Meeting this afternoon - that was scheduled to start at 12 noon and supposed to have lasted just “one hour” as per C’s request and followed by assisting AP in gathering materials for her Earth Day booth tomorrow for which she says her “boyfriend”: T…ham will be coming down to pick her up for them to go to the ... Center together to set up their booth. ????????? - Plus a photo copied from the computer.)
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The House Meeting - c/o AP as of 12:09 PM -
Agenda clarified with the Blog-writer’s input to focus just on chores at this time.

AP: “Would like the next meeting to be about _____.”

“A series of 3 or 4 rounds … to have a successful 1st meeting, without cross-talk, up to 3’.

(Comment: Next meeting with this agreed upon no cross-talk “rule” would work better for this writer to have the "rule" clarified at the start.)

AP: “Pineapple Guava Flowers …”

“We’’ll go through four rounds … (at 3’ each for five of us adds up to at least one full hour.)
1st round (truth of self) now - as you are.”

(Feedback was given to two of the five people after they had started sharing regarding the first focus on: “truth of self”.)

C - “I don’t know anything about the chores here. … If you want a democratic environment …” "C" made reference to: “work/trade.” This writer was invited to respond for 3’ & ended up declaring that: a work/trade agreement doesn’t exist here.

Didn’t get to mention anything of the need for periodic drain cleaner treatments for the 2nd floor sink.

Community was introduced by this writer with reference to: "A Different Drum" as "the bible" for community building. Enthusiastic feedback from "C" invited this writer's further statement suggesting a shared "bible/book study".

When the meeting reached one and a half hours into overtime this write noted "I am willing to leave now" and a moment later got up and left without any inquiry from the remaining three.

Several lessons learned - Number 1 is this writer's on-going need for true dialogue and now also realizing his ability to request/offer dialogue at any given moment without "fielding" the idea before hand!
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February 27, 2022 - A Written Vision-Mission -

"...my sanity requires a written Vision/Mission Statement for my next communal living situation. I became convinced through 'the school of hard knocks' by not having a Vision/Mission Statement. The confusion, inconsistencies, unilateral decision making, usurpation of a shared household voice and more had impacted me (my Solar Plexus Center) in tremendous ways, often disturbing and sometimes shocking! Consequently I have learned (by default) the importance of having the highest possible clarity for my shared living/working relationships. My adopting of "The Four Agreements"[1] did not inspire others to do likewise. Our attempt (in 2016) to have a shared household voice was disregarded. Finally - eight continuous years in a shared household without the Vision/Mission Statement has qualified my graduation! Yippee!"[2]
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August 27, 2021 "Community" -

This writer is now in his "11th House" of "Choosing Seeds" as well as his "Month of Wishes". The top tier of his "wishes" continue to be about community. What is community? ......... His dyad for others who have expressed interest in community is simply: "Tell me what community is."

"Community is defined as a group of two or more people who, regardless of the diversity of their backgrounds, have been able to accept and transcend their differences. They are able to communicate openly and effectively; and to work together toward common goals, while having a sense of unusual safety with one another.":
https://www.fce-community.org/community_building

This writer likes the above quote for several reasons and most essentially for the last line that not only clearly states the necessity of communicating "openly and effectively" but continues with the ability to work together, etc.!
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Notes:

[1] https://www.amberallen.com/product/books/the-four-agreements-companion-book/

[2] https://www.curezone.org/blogs/fm.asp?i=2144936
(See entry at January 9, 2017)
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