we are children of god
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
forest garden community
foundation of our view of the world
The cosmos is as a single interconnected process in creative manifestation that unfolds from moment to moment. Our reality is not a collection of separate objects (as it appears to us), but rather it is an undivided whole that is in perpetual dynamic flux. Mind and matter are different aspects of the one whole and unbroken movement. The implicate order (the invisible subtle realm) is the fundamental and primary reality and the explicate order (the vast universe we perceive with our 5 senses) is but a set of "ripples" on the surface of the implicate order. After all everything there is "nothing" but light quantum's and electrons with its own consciousness, connect with the undivided whole consciousness.
If we change the word "consciousness" with "god" we unit modern scientific physics with spirituality and ancient wisdom. This means we are god and everything is god.
What is the meaning of live? We are here on earth to learn our lessons we need to learn to become the gods we are.
What is the way towards our divinity? The things we need to learn are actually exactly these things which hindered us so far to live our own divinity. So what needs to be done? First of all it is important to learn to get more and more in connection with our own godly "I am", our single authority in our live. The better we are in connection with our "I am" the less we need to learn, as we are connected with our source, the knowledge of our own unique way and the wisdom of all. Second, because of the connection of everything there is nothing like coincidence. Everything is karma - the law of "what goes around, comes around" and the law of compensation of all disruption of the harmony of the universe. So next to our learning to connect to our godly I am, it is important to discipline our thoughts. Our thoughts are the energy which is creating our future – "we become, what we think". And last but not least is the practice of forgiveness. Forgiveness is the key to heal disturbed harmony and brings an equalization. Apart from this, everybody is welcomed to live is own unique way of spirituality, respecting each other's way towards personal enlightment.
As a community living together we are evolving towards wholeness through fulfilling relationships with ourselves, others and the world. It is important for our collective potential that the individual potential is to be lived in its fullness. Autonomic individuals are needed so that the uniqueness of the individuals will cross fertilize the whole. We evolve an inner freedom, a naturalness in our self-expression and a self-reliance in our thinking, feeling and action that is so deeply rooted in our hearts that it will stand for the wealth of the whole. To be able to identify our own weaknesses and strength we need the mirror of the others. As we engage ourselves towards a continuous communication and forgiveness, we can heal painful traumatic experience and use them as a source of strength for the future. This way we become personalities who are resting within ourselves, based on the knowledge and wisdom of our own value and the value of everything around us. We strongly believe in the deep desire of humankind to give in abundance and that it is very fulfilling for us to make other people happy. Therefore we seek win – win situations in everything we do. Amen.
Besides the necessary agreements and commitments for a as much harmonious and peaceful community, everybody in the community shall have as much freedom of choice, self expression and space for him-, herself as possible.
All agreements and commitments last as long as everybody feels committed to them. If necessary they need to be adapted to all possible changes. The agreements and commitments are a means of a supportive structure and shall never restrict new findings, development and growth!
As respect towards each other and as a means of avoiding misunderstandings, we practice on a day to day basis active listening and empathic communication. All personal feelings are value free welcomed. Outbreak of deep emotions might occur. Latest if they can lead towards a verbal attack they need to be controlled by the person having these deep emotions! Outbreaks of violence are not tolerated and lead to a dismiss out of the community.
The past is unchangeable history. We only look into the past to enjoy remembering beautiful moments or to reflect and learn from past experiences. Other than that we focus on the NOW and the creation of the future we want to achieve.
food and drinking
We drink fresh water and herb/fruit tea. Alcohol is not tolerated on site.
As much as possible our food shall be produced on site after the principles of permaculture.
Before eating there will be a prayer to worship the grace to have tasty and healthy food. Food is eaten with much awareness and little to no talking.
No drugs are tolerated on site, as long as they are not a means of medicine.
Everybody is welcomed to wear on a day to day basis whatever he/she likes. Nudity is not appropriate on site in community areas. For meetings and sacred rituals clean and appropriate clothing as a matter of respect to the special moment is required.
use of site
The site shall be used according to the principles of permaculture (integration of nature and effective food production).
No thrash shall be put on the ground.
Any harmful actions towards nature / our environment shall be avoided and where not to avoid at least as little as possible.
Each day shall start with a common meditation, a prayer for the day and short morning circle, where each one expresses towards the community his actual state of feelings ending with a short talk on the duties of the day.
Also the food / cooking for the day will be discussed and decided
It is commonly agreed on when to shop what.
The work will be done more or less equally in self responsibility. More detailed regulations need to be found only if there is any unease with equal work share.
No vehicles shall be on the site unless it’s a necessary delivery or pick up of goods, which can't be transported by other means.
organizational and administrative responsibilities
If possible everything is decided by the community.
Lawal - general management /garden / permaculture teaching
Deji - garden / general welfare
Michael – support / teaching
General decisions needed to be made are to be prepared by a separate meeting in advanced, giving everybody an agreed time to think and exchange about before the decision making meeting is held. A Proposal(s) are to be written down and exchanged in advance by the people involved in the special topic.
Visitors are heartily welcomed, but it is mandatory to make an appointment at least 3 days in advance.
We cultivate good relationship with our neigbours und integrate them as much as possible towards our values.
All members and prospective members of the community commit to address conflict situations with the people who are affected as soon as possible. If requested a member, a small group or if necessary the whole community can be supportive in conflict resolution. If a major conflict arises between 2 members, or between 1 member and the rest of the community, and they are unwilling or unable to resolve it, the situation is unacceptable. A community meeting shall be called by any member in order to work towards resolution. It is required that both members attend. More than one meeting might be necessary. If no satisfactory progress is made, an outside facilitator acceptable to the members in conflict, will be invited, and a further attempt made.
People who want to become members of our community can join as short term visitors for 1 week. After this the community will decide on a long term visitors stay for 6 month. After this the member can become a prospective member for 18 month and will become a full member after a official election within the community.