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Ten Points Concerning Communities of the Future

1995 by Dieter Duhm

We are just founding the first Healing Biotope. In fact every community of the future is a Healing Biotope, otherwise it could not function and survive within the global network of life. It is a community of human beings, animals, and plants that support and supplement each other by communicating. This gives them a high potential for development and survival. In the following theses I want to list some appearances of functioning communities of the future. They are deeply rooted in a very precise vision of a fundamentally other way of living and communicating with each other. By living together I always mean the coexistence between human beings, the coexistence between humans and nature and her beings, the coexistence between humans and the universe and its beings. On all three levels - the social, the ecological and the spiritual - a definite transformation is on its way that makes us able to survive because it re-introduces us in the larger context of all.

1. Only tribes will survive
Maybe this quote by the American native Vine Deloria is a bit too heavy, but it contains a central truth: the powers of the individual in most cases won't guarantee a meaningful survival. We need communitarian and spiritual powers. We need the energetic connection with the community, with the biosphere and the universe.

2. The communitarian self
Functioning communities will help to bring about a kind of communitarian self, containing all powers of the individual selfs. The communitarian self is a higher development on the path of evolution. It is much stronger and much more intelligent than the individual self and with its spiritual energy it can overcome situations of hunger, cold or pain which would be to difficult for the individual self. The communitarian self is working when there are no unnecessary collisions between the individual selfs anymore and when every individual self woke up to become a responsible participant of the whole.

3. Individualization
The superior power of the communitarian self cannot form if the participants of a community are brought into a uniform line. Members of communities of the future fundamentally need to overcome their tendency to collectivism and opportunism in order to be a self responsible part in the idea of future communities. The authentic power of the community needs the authentic, individual autonomy of its participants. Therefor future communities care for and support all inner processes which empower the individual. This is a very important principle of love, too. Man and woman, woman and man, woman and woman, man and man can only look at each other in a loving way permanently if they meet each other as responsible individuals, and not as segments of a party, a church or an ideology. They need to be able to perceive and love each other every moment of their way together, free of collective coercion by any group. Eros lives of this freedom. This creates a kind of intimacy that is accountable.

4. Transparency
It is the underlying quality that makes a community working. Transparency in group formation, in love relationships, in power issues and decision making processes. Without transparency there is no trust, no open communication and no communitarian self. The community of the future developed public sharings to make the group life transparent to all members. The members themselves developed a great joy in not having to pretend anymore.

5. Truth
Truth is necessary for transparency. Truth is the opposite of our way of being today, because we have been forced to lie from early childhood. Now it is up to us to either continue with this habit or to join efforts for a new basis of living together. Untruth stops the development of love and the formation of communities, it blocks transparency and obstructs the communication with the beings of nature.

Whether a person is ready for community or not depends on his/her ability and readiness for truth. This can only be accomplished once we overcame the reasons for lies. Communities of the future will develop a way of living and loving that doesn't pretend. Can we imagine: a free, transparent communication among human beings without lies? Lovers that don't need to hide from each other due to false promises of eternal faithfulness? Children that aren't told lies by their parents? And human beings that don't even lie to animals anymore? Under those circumstances it will no longer be easy to cheat a fish with a bait at the hook. The concept of truth leads us to the deepest level on which life in the new communities is based. Where truth develops, trust develops. Where trust develops, healing between all beings develops.

Truth is so closely linked with the concepts of transparency, ecology, non-violence, and free love, that they form a mental unity. Future communities will survive thanks to their ability for communication, which in turn stands in direct relation to its level of truth. Where truth fully took roots, new possibilities for communication in spiritual and telepathic form will develop. All beings in the biosphere are in this type of communication anyway.

6. Non violence
Only if we enter a non-violent presence towards all fellow beings, we will be able to discover life more deeply. Wherever we use violence wrong systems of communication and information will develop. The violence we use will always come back to us in the form of fear. This is the bottleneck of all universal communication, a bottleneck in human development and in the biosphere. In new cultural systems violence definitely should not give an evolutionary advantage, because violence always goes along with fear and lies and a tightening in the whole life system. If we never had used violence against animals, plants and all beings of nature including ourselves, we would know more about them. The reasons for violence are rooted in the human being itself, in the cultural coercion to constantly lie, in unlived energy potentials, in a wrong concept of love, sexuality and faithfulness. Therefore non-violence is no moral demand, but it is the key for a fundamentally new cultural formation.

7. Free love
Free love means »love free of fear and pretense«. The universal communication of future communities shows in a fearless contact between all beings of creation. Within such a system it would not make sense anymore to block the powers of love by any sort of prohibitions. Especially between the sexes free love stands for the central principle of opening and truth, be it mental, psychic, sexual or all at once. Free love will become obvious as soon as lies, fear, and humiliation have been taken out of love. Future communities without free love would be contradicting themselves.

8. Biotope and fellow beings
All beings are different forms of life or different »states or aggregation« of the one universal spirit. That is why all beings live in constant spiritual communication. We will learn to communicate with plants and animals the same way as with our friends, because they are animated by the same spiritual energy as we are. Parts of them are like embryos or children of creation and want to evolve according to an entelechy that leads all beings to the same goal. We as human beings have the possibility to understand all this and help our fellow beings in their development. They in turn will help us as all of creation is reciprocal. Healing herbs will come where they are needed, if we learn to communicate on their level. Animals will come or go, if we learn to communicate on their level. The Bishnoi in India, the Aborigines in Australia, some American Indian tribes and some tribes in Africa give us hints of what it means to communicate with fellow beings on their level. Naturally future communities will re-find and apply such contents of archaic consciousness on a new level.

9. Self sufficiency
The prevailing forms of global western civilization are based on colonial systems of conquest and on imperialism. Innately they are impressed by violence, lies, and fear, and so they don't have the ability for communication needed for their survival. Communities of the future therefore need a high level of self sufficiency in all areas of life to become independent of existing distributory and supply systems. Self sufficiency is necessary in the areas of water, nutrition, energy, and medicine.

In context with the demand for self sufficiency we come across an interesting question: how large do future communities need to be to realize self sufficiency? The answer can only be found from experience, but we will see that they cannot be too small. If we try to realize self sufficiency in small communities (below 100 people) it will probably throw us back into the stone age. But communities of the future need to contain a high level of cultural, technological, spiritual, and biological variety to reach the complexity needed for a global cultural formation.

10. Global cultural formation
When future communities are in resonance with the living body of the earth, they will have global impact. This is no pious hope but scientific law, because the living body of the earth is one unique organism together with the biosphere. If this organism gets a new information through the non-violent culture of a Healing Biotope, it will be effective in all of its organs. If the biosystem of the coming communities is compatible with the biosystem of the biosphere and of creation, a relatively small impulse in number will be enough to change the whole thing. The first Healing Biotope is a global cultural crystal that will soon call into being similar crystal formations globally. Within the next three decades we count on similar foundations in the USA, in South America, Africa, and Australia. The cultural formation of the new epoch will follow a network of such planetary centers.

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