Copyright: 06/22/2007
By Daniel Brady and Wendy Wolters


Community of Light's Newsletter #34
 

Affirmation: The land we seek is first found in the heart, then in the mind, then in the world !


 

The Word, Letters, Introductions, Humor

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News

 

The word from here:

I'll be brief, there is much more from everyone else than I.

There were a few thoughts I'll like to share: n intentional community has to have an intent, a purpose, a "unified field theory" if you will. That is the foundation as much as cement or rock.

Some one else said almost the same thing: In order for an intentional community to survive, there has to be a common work project or projects that bind individuals together into a group. Regardless of the nature of the work project, the objective is for people to live and work in the game general vicinity, since the commuting mania is one of the major causes of the deformation of the society in which we live.

What I believe is that we'll have a way of making a living but we don't all have to do the same thing. If we each had a small business then we'd manage a system of sharing overhead and profits. If we were a nonprofit organization then we'd have our activities under the shelter of that organizations purpose. There are several ways to go.

Dan


An overview of what we'd like:

Community of Light

We want to co-create a community in a rural area, grow a good portion of our own food, create a profitable cottage industries, and so be self employed. We wanted keep well the land that we live on and engage in right livelihood. We also want to contribute to the community around us and so benefit our society. Ideally, we would want to be near enough to a good sized town maybe some 50,000 or so, a college community would be something to consider. We could each use our talents, abilities, or professions to provide for ourselves as well extent help to others.

You are all welcome to express your ideas about what our community should be. We are, after all, the persons who will make it up.

There are a lot of ideas that we've discussed but I want everyone to know that what is or has been in issues are meant as working concepts. This whole idea is a work in progress and so let us know what you think.

If you have not been to the Community of Lights web page we now have a listing of communities that are forming. It may be educational to visit some of those sites to see what's new in the community universe See the links at: Community of Light

Thanks, Dan and Wendy

Email Address: creative1@creativeideasforyou.com


New Contacts!

These are the introductions from persons that have written us since the last issue. Please go to Subscriber's Introductions if you would like to see the profiles we have on file currently. Some but not all of these people may have additional information there.

 

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New Contacts Community of Light YahooGroup!

 

Sandiefbn ………. sandiefbn@yahoo.com

I'm curious about your project. It sounds interesting.

 

Kathy Lee ………. Redneckchic3005@aol.com

I would like to be on your mailing list, - and also ask for you to consider me for membership of your community of light. THANKS!

 

Dave ………. leftydave@hotmail.com

looking for a place 1`000 ft above sea level, with fresh water spring, lake or aquifer beneath...looking for like minded people what is the status of your group thus far? Blessings

 

jimmiller5417 .......... jimmiller5417@yahoo.com joined your CommunityOfLight group.


Letters: Received

Mr. Milner has posted some articles on the YahooGroup site and has sent in a few interesting letters. I have extracted some items from one of them, good food for thought.

From: Alan Milner .......... Alan.Milner@americanhm.com

There is a way of financing the construction of an intentional community that would start with a core group of individual residences sufficient in size so that each residence could afford a co-housing experience to a group of people. I know how to do this in such a way that the initiators (those who help finance the central core of the community, put no money down, and have no carrying costs until the construction is completed. Each unit constructed in this fashion would generate a profit margin of 10-15% of the construction costs, which would go into a special account to underwrite the construction of common areas for which this kind of residential financing cannot be used. For each 10 units completed, enough capital would be generated to construct one common area unit. Therefore, in a development of 200 individual houses, there would be enough capital generated to build at least 20 common area units.

This leaves the question of how to acquire the land itself. There are two answers for that and we need to do both. One of them is to organize a nonprofit organization and engage in professional level fundraising (something with which I have 25 years of experience before getting into the mortgage business) while simultaneously setting up a for-profit corporation to raise the capital required to purchase the land. The for-profit corporation would be a subsidiary of the nonprofit or vice versa, but the final project would be under the umbrella of the nonprofit for the tax advantages that affords.

Typically, these kinds of communities are organized around arts and crafts ventures, or subsistence industries such as truck farming. Today, we can do almost anything through the internet so that people can live in a community of this nature while continuing to work in a wide range of technical occupations.

I am interested in developing such a community here in Florida, up north, and probably on the West Coast. I would propose that the community serve as a experimental center for alternative construction methods. Given the weather conditions here, it might be wise to build concrete domes, which are impervious to both hurricanes and pest infestations, while being cheap to construct and environmentally friendly. 

 

Michelle Kenton .......... rnmkenton@hotmail.com

Hi Dan,

I've been out of touch for awhile but thank you so much for keeping me on your list. I'm still very interested in communal living and very much appreciate what you said below. Have you seen this? http://www.communityplanet.org/media.htm

For some reason my internet provider is not letting me pull up their site but perhaps you can get to there from here www.co-opvillagefoundation.org

Jack Reed, eco-visionary featured in the above video is on of the authors of a book called Co-op Villages. Looks like very progressive thinking in terms of what is possible for people.

Has Community of Light picked a region yet? I'm still very ready to invest financially and otherwise (sweat equity) in a forward thinking, ecologicaly-minded community. After all, if humans don't find some way to live on this planet and with each other without destroying everything....well....there has to be a better way to live. A better legacy to leave for future generations and I very much would like to put my heart and soul behind such an effort.

Peace and love, Michelle


Community Forming

 Mark Basham ………. markbasham@bashamwoodworks.com

Greetings,

My name is Mark Basham, I am being guided by spirit at this time to form relationships with those like minded/hearted people interested in creating an intentional community centered on sustainability, self-reliance and spirituality. My wife Gina and I are currently living in Vancouver Washington on 20 Acres. We collectively have a lot to offer and would very much appreciate being on your E-MAIL list.

I look forward to getting to know you! Thanks


Ideas for Consideration:

Sterling Stipe ………. sstipe2021@hotmail.com

 

Just a note on a fabulous thing for children's' day care activity I saw on the tube this morning.

This day care had a sand pit area with flowing water---some 10 or 12 little kids with plastic shovels were having a ball digging canals in the sand and floating little plastic boats in various directions.

I keep trying to get some attention for my "groups-of families" on 80 or 160-acre organic farm. It would be so easy for a foundation like Bill and Melinda Gates to buy some land and demonstrate the potential for enhancing the early learning experiences of kids.

Little kids and old people like me (age 75 now) would both benefit tremendously from being together--growing great tomatoes, etc., --and a million other things they could do together. Little kids need a wide variety of early experiences that single-family homes simply cannot provide.

 

From: Pace Pace ………. minnesinger5@yahoo.co.nz

Yeah, Dan keep plugging. Be well.

Yes, list me. I seek traditional musicians Folk and classical and jazz. No gizmos except acoustic instruments. You know the basics of how I feel, I am fairly primitive but I do love the web. It is about being well and happy. Love thy neighbor and try to love his mule- or just forgive a lot. Make joyful noise and sometimes a joyful mess but always clean it up and say "Thanks" and "Please" and play nice and also share. Help out wherever you can. Do not be bossy or pretentious. Let go. Love

That's about it. I left out "Don't make yourself the fool" because we all sometimes need to do that. I make traditional music and art and collect stories and oddities of nature and science and belief. I am devoted to culture of all types and smells. Please write me with your ideas- community making or any notions you like Thanks. Love Pace RH Pace

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Giving to Good Causes?

A very easy way to give food to the hungry is to set the Hunger Site as your browser's home page. Check out the Hunger Site to see what it is about and how it works.


Communities Resources

If you want to research intentional communities this is a good place to start.

Communities Magazine comes out regularly and is a resource for those seeking to explore communities. The directory that is a great primer in the variety of the community universe. You can write them at the address given below. This is their office address.

Communities Magazine, 138 Twin Oaks Road, Louisa VA 23093 USA or call them at: Tel/Fax: 540-894-5126. Their website is at Intentional Communities

The resources on the Northwest Intentional Communities site might be valuable. There are lists of legal documents, process advice etc. They're at: http://www.ic.org/nica/resource.htm

This list of places seeking members, communities forming and the like. It's at the F.I.C.'s website: http://directory.ic.org/iclist/

It might be a place to do research, who knows there may be a place within a relatively short drive.

 
 

We have about 100 on our mailing lists!

Email: Dan Brady

Communications

My yahoo ID is available for use as a means to chat online. I am willing to schedule a time(s) during a given month where we could chat. I am thinking that a Saturday or Sunday would be the best time overall, however I am open to suggestions. Please advise.

If you are a member of our Yahoo group you can access the current polling data, or vote: this is the link to our group This is what we have at "press time"

Would you consider a location outside the United States?

Choices

Votes

%

Outside the U.S. preferred

2

10%

depending on country chosen

5

26%

Neutral - no preference

2

10%

would but not first choice

7

35%

NOT consider outside U.S.

4

21%

Should we have a membership fee of some kind?

Choices

Votes

%

Income of entering members

4

25%

Money making capacity of the community

12

75%

If we had an entry fee what should it be based upon?

Choices

Votes

%

Number of entering members

0

0%

Income of entering members

2

14%

Money making capacity of the community

2

14%

Other

2

14%

A share buying system

8

57%

Areas or regions we'd like to consider: (See the site for details)

Choices

Votes

%

AZ, NM, W. Texas

0

0

Cent. US: NB KS OK DA

0

0

G. Lakes, AK, MO, IL, IN,WI, KY, TN

1

8%

E. KY, E. TN, WVA, W.VA, W.,PA,

2

16%

G. Coast, FL, LA, MS, AL

0

0

E. PA, NY, NH, VT, CT, RH ME, MD

0

0

N. Idaho

0

0

NW/W OR, W. WA,

6

50%

CA, NV, UT, E. OR, E, WA, MT, CO, Wy

3

25%

What kind of climate would you want to live in?

Choices

Votes

%

Tropical

1

4%

Subtropical

5

22%

Forest

7

31%

Woodland/meadow

9

40%

Tundra

0

0%

What land locations would you like?

Choices

Votes

%

Island

14

19%

Peninsula

11

15%

Land bound w/coast

14

19%

land bound no coast

11

13.04%

High altitude

13

17%

Low altitude

10

13%

What sorts of things would you want to use the land for?

Choices

Votes

%

Farming

17

13%

Raising livestock

13

10%

Raising feed crops

10

7%

Hunting

6

4%

Gathering

14

10%

Fishing

13

10%

Utilitarian crops

10

7%

Fruit bearing trees

20

15%

Lumber/milling

4

3%

Water/solar for alt. power

21

16%

Would you consider a buy/sell/relationship with the outside world?

Choices

Votes

%

Yes

20

100%

No

0

0%


Meditate and Live Longer

Contributed by Ron Gara| 02 May, 2005

Research has found the Transcendental Meditation program reduces risk factors in heart disease and other chronic disorders, such as high blood pressure, smoking, psychological stress, stress hormones, harmful cholesterol and atherosclerosis. Transcendental meditation, a practice long known to relieve stress has been proven to reduce overall death rates by 23% and extend life spans, according to an article published todayin the American Journal of Cardiology.

The first of its kind, long-term, randomized trial evaluated 202 men and women, average age 71, who had mildly elevated blood pressure

Subjects in the study participated in the Transcendental Meditation program or practiced behavioral techniques, such as mindfulness or progressive muscle relaxation; or received health education

To e study tracked subjects for up to 18 years. Vital statisticswere obtained from the National Death Index. Lower Cancer, Heart Disease Mortality Rate the study found that compared to combined controls, the Transcendental Meditation group showed the following results:

23% reduction in the rate of death from all causes

30% reduction in the rate of death from cardiovascular disease

49% reduction in the rate of death from cancer

Risk Factors in Heart Disease

"Research has found the Transcendental Meditation program reduces risk factors in heart disease and other chronic disorders, such as high blood pressure, smoking, psychological stress hormones, harmful cholesterol and atherosclerosis" said "Robert Schneider, M.D., FACC, principal author of the study and director of the Center of Natural Medicine and Prevention.

"These reductions slow the aging process and promote the long-term reductions in death rates," Dr. Schneider added.

Researchers collaborated on the study from Harvard, University of Iowa, Medical College of Georgia, West Oakland Health Center and Maharishi University of Management. The study was funded, in part, by a grant from the National Institute of Health's National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine.

http://health.dailynewscentral.com/content/view/000697/35/