During this time
of unprecedented change in your world, it is imperative that the
concept of community evolve beyond an abstract idea into a conscious
perspective that informs who you choose to be in your daily lives
and by extension affects all aspects of who you are. Community is
not only about where you live but also about how you
tend to engage with the world around you reactively instead of
proactively and community is one of those concepts that you consider
somehow separate from you. Community is not merely a concept;
community is an inherent aspect of your constructed reality.
As an intrinsic
aspect of your experience, you encounter community on many levels.
Each of you is already a vital component of many types of community;
your neighborhood, your church, your office, your town, your county,
your state, your country, the global community. With the advent of
virtual communities this has become even more evident.
Community is inevitable
inevitable. You cannot escape that fact that you affect and are
affected by community. This is true even for those of you who choose
to live alone and miles away from other people. The choice to live
away from others is still in relation to community. Each facet of
community is made up of individuals, and the choices and actions of
the individuals create the attributes of the community itself.
As such, it is of
utmost importance that you begin to take responsibility for how you
are participating or abdicating your personal involvement with your
As each of you go
about the business of your daily lives, every conversation you have,
every choice you make and every action that you take contributes to
the nature of the communities that you are part of.
Due to the lack
of consciousness or intentionality, most of you are engaging with
your communities unconsciously, passively and reactively. In order
to participate more consciously it is necessary to understand the
ways in which you do this and consider alternatives to engage more
consciously. When you are not connected to each other and working
together, your communities become fragmented and ineffective.
Create empowered communities
The role of the
individual in relationship to the concept of community can be
compared to cells as they relate to a larger organism that they are
an integral part of. The organism itself cannot exist without the
cells and the collective behavior of the individual cells defines
the common characteristics of the organism as a whole. Many of you
are making great progress in becoming personally empowered and the
next step is to express your personal power through creating
In any community
situation, your personal hopes and fears are aligned with the hopes
and fears of other members of your community and miasms are created
and/or perpetuated. The term miasm is a homeopathic concept
that can be simply defined as the collective effects of
microorganisms on the overall well-being of human vitality. In this
context miasms are the fundamental building blocks of the human
Your personal choices and actions directly affect the nature of your
Just as within your personal belief system, where
what you desire and what you fear determine the circumstances of
your life, the same is true on a community level. To read more about
creating your personal experience read the
to take on more active roles in your community
information that you receive through the media it would appear that
the world is in a state of inevitable decline and you can begin to
feel that there is nothing you can do to change what is occurring.
The hopelessness and disempowerment that results from that
perspective can be debilitating and consequently you begin to
passively contribute to the very problems that create and perpetuate
alternative, begin to take stock of what your current relationship
is to the communities in your life and explore the ways in which you
can take on more active roles in the immediate world around you. When
you begin to actively engage with your world to make the changes
that you recognize are needed, you reclaim your personal power. It
is only from a place of personal empowerment that you can contribute
to finding new approaches to address current challenges.
choices and actions make a difference and collectively through
empowered communities you can change the world.
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