Personal short vision & Non-negotiables

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    • #627
      Jerrilee Geist
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      The following things will make or break my participation in any community:

      1. There must be an underlying understanding that earth, land, and all human and non-human beings are sentient, and deserving of respect and care. The community further makes continuous effort to be in “Right Relationship” with land and all human and non-human beings.

      2. The community must be working toward TRUE resiliency, meaning the ability to be fully self-sufficient and weather whatever storms may come our way – internal and external.

      3. The community must be growth-oriented, in terms of personal growth, developing skills and knowledge, and increasing biodiversity.

      4. I need it to feel safe, and I need us to be regularly checking in to make sure it feels safe for everyone (emotionally and physically)

      5. A key focus of education is development of earth-based skills and practices (survival skills, working with natural materials, tending land and animals, etc)

    • #645

      For starters, I am in complete agreement with Jerrilee on all points.

      Beyond what she has expressed and the Fire Seed Community vision document we created, another way to express my vision would be:
      This community is an invitation to experience living in relationship with each other and in harmony with the Earth, to share knowledge and resources, to celebrate and grow through the arts, to grow food and break bread together and to live in ways that nurture and heal.

      There is a poem written by Iain, who participated in some of our Fire Seed calls (and I hope he will join us) that speaks to me deeply:

      A place to land and put down roots,
      To embrace new ways of being ourselves together,
      To be inspired by the dandelion, broadcasting our seeds
      To places unknown or, if we prefer, to plant ourselves
      Like a rhizome, coming up reliably
      Each spring a little deeper and more expansive,
      To acknowledge and live in right relationship with the peoples
      Who cared for this land since human eyes first witnessed it,
      And human bodies were first laid within it—
      Who first found the meaning of their lives in these ecosystems
      In which we desire to plant our gardens and enliven the soil,
      Fertile ground for art and dance . . . and creativity which language
      Has not yet caught up with and defined.
      To welcome in makers, fixers, and maintainers, to welcome in
      Those willing to learn those skills from past generations of
      Self-reliant survivors and strivers who walked this land before us,
      To find our own community walking in their footsteps,
      In different shoes, honoring a changing Earth in changing ways,
      To harvest connection, to share meals around the grandest
      Of tables. To learn, laugh, cry, embrace, love, and thrive.
      To sow possibilities that we cannot yet imagine.
      To grow together,
      To blossom into the infinite spectrum
      Of human connections and to be seen in the full
      Flowering of our authentic selves.

    • #647

      For starters, I am in complete agreement with Jerrilee on all points.

      Beyond what she has expressed and the Fire Seed Community vision document we created, another way to express my vision would be:
      This community is an invitation to experience living in relationship with each other and in harmony with the Earth, to share knowledge and resources, to celebrate and grow through the arts, to grow food and break bread together and to live in ways that nurture and heal.

      There is a poem written by Iain, who participated in some of our Fire Seed calls (and I hope he will join us) that speaks to me deeply:

      A place to land and put down roots,
      To embrace new ways of being ourselves together,
      To be inspired by the dandelion, broadcasting our seeds
      To places unknown or, if we prefer, to plant ourselves
      Like a rhizome, coming up reliably
      Each spring a little deeper and more expansive,
      To acknowledge and live in right relationship with the peoples
      Who cared for this land since human eyes first witnessed it,
      And human bodies were first laid within it—
      Who first found the meaning of their lives in these ecosystems
      In which we desire to plant our gardens and enliven the soil,
      Fertile ground for art and dance . . . and creativity which language
      Has not yet caught up with and defined.
      To welcome in makers, fixers, and maintainers, to welcome in
      Those willing to learn those skills from past generations of
      Self-reliant survivors and strivers who walked this land before us,
      To find our own community walking in their footsteps,
      In different shoes, honoring a changing Earth in changing ways,
      To harvest connection, to share meals around the grandest
      Of tables. To learn, laugh, cry, embrace, love, and thrive.
      To sow possibilities that we cannot yet imagine.
      To grow together,
      To blossom into the infinite spectrum
      Of human connections and to be seen in the full
      Flowering of our authentic selves.

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