It has been over two years since my last blog here. Seems I left without saying goodby or an explanation which was a betrayal of relationships on many levels. I know that there were several who were reading my blogs with hope that my intention of saving the world by helping to change neighborhoods would 'work'.
It didn't happen.
My neighborhood did change during the time that we held Neighbors Gatherings at our home. Much of that change was documented on the Neighbors Gathering website. After we moved, the neighbors continued to meet but less frequently. I don't think they are meeting now. My hope that other neighbors gatherings would form and that a movement would be born didn't happen. Even my wife and I didn't try to start a neighbors gathering in our new location for which I have several excuses - some may even be valid.
I believe that it is truer now than when I published it on the web page -
It’s increasingly becoming clear that our social, economic, political and ecological systems are in trouble—civilization may be heading for a global collapse. Chaos theory tells us that when stable systems become unstable they can reach a tipping point where the complex factors which produced the instability overwhelm the systems, leading to either a breakdown of order or a breakthrough to a new and different kind of order.I continue to believe almost everything else I wrote in these blogs and on the website. The trend toward more separation, isolation, and hyper-individualism continues and unless it is reversed we face a hospice situation for our planet. But the effort to reverse the trend by forming neighbors gatherings is not enough. What is required, I believe, is a cure for the disease that drives the trend. What happened in North Port Florida did relieve locally and temporarily, a few symptoms.
I do see many signs of hope -- of movements that have the potential to lead to a cure. My efforts these last few years have been toward the development of an eco-village - an attempt to create a microcosm of a healed world. Unfortunately, I've come to see that those efforts, like Neighbors Gatherings, are similar to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic as it was sinking. There are three candidates that I see presently that offer the sort of meta-systemic change that I've begun to see as necessary:
New Earth Project
The Venus Project
Of the three, Copiosis seems the most viable. I think it has the most reasonable plan for a transition or a way to build a bridge from this world to a more beautiful world and a cure for the global disease which has the least chance of killing the patient - or waiting for all the patient's life supporting systems to fail and then resuscitating with new systems in place.
If there is to be a breakthrough to a new and different kind of order there must also be a breakthrough into this world of the power of Spirit of Love working in the place of the power of control and domination.
It's happening.+Charles Eisenstein has opened my eyes to the work of the Spirit of Love at work around me and in the world more than any other, and it is mostly in his writings that I find reasons not to sink into total despair.
And if my words fulfill their intention, which is to catalyze a next step, big or small, into the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible, my very ordinariness becomes highly significant. It shows how close we all are, all of us ordinary humans, to a profound transformation of consciousness and being. If I, an ordinary man, can see it, we must be almost there.
Eisenstein, Charles (2013-11-05). The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible (Sacred Activism) (p. 7). North Atlantic Books. Kindle Edition.
My intentions are to participate in this breakthrough, if it occurs, by being open to the Spirit of Love so that it flows in and through me, enabling me to take those next steps, big or small, toward that More Beautiful World.