Intentional Community (The First Step to a United World)

 

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Blake and I have been living together for over ten years.  We are not friends.  We are family.  We took the place in each other’s lives that was filled only with the absence of belonging.  And since then, we have added 7 members to our family.  They are people from all over the world.  Besides a common vision for positive world change, the web that weaves us together is the burning desire for a community to depend on and a group of people to call home.  Throughout our lives, we were the people who had nowhere to fit in.  Sometimes just for fun, we call ourselves “the island of misfit toys”, after the characters in the story Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer.  Conflicts arise and conflicts are solved, but the ebb and flow of each of us, is held by the steadiness of our love for each other.  And so, it is simply the most natural progression to embark on a mission of bringing other people closer to that same sense of belonging, which has been ours for so long.

Two weeks ago, I was in the kitchen cooking and Blake ran down the stairs so fast that he almost fell.  He grabbed me by the elbows and said “Oh my god, Intentional Community Expos”.  He did not need to elaborate.  I already had the vision.  Perhaps the very reason that our lives have played out in the way that they have was the inspiration for this next step in the direction of our common purpose.  And so it was born, our next creation.

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My workshops will no longer be all about me.  I am turning them into expos.  It is my vision that one day, these expos will be so large that it will be difficult to see all of the booths participating in the event.  And mark my words, when I have a vision, I carry it through to fruition.  My synchronization workshops will only take up part of one day of the event.  And the rest of these expos will be centered around one idea… The idea of intentional community.  I realized today that the acronym for these expos would be ICE.  It isa beautiful synchronicity, seeing as how when I was 18 years old, the very first tattoo I ever commissioned, was the word “ice” in kanji on my left wrist.  We will tour with these workshops around the world.  There is no end to the amount of humanity changing ideas that could be a part of these expos, but some examples of the booths that will be set up by people at these expos are:

Ideas for conflict resolution in communities

New systems of exchange (monetary and non monetary)

Ideas for building self-sustainable communities

Products that apply to community living (such as clean water filtration, eco houses, organic farming, free energy devices etc.)

Existing communities looking for new members

People looking to start new communities

Etc.

We will have a booth set up at each expo called Community Maker.  Community Maker will be an on-line movement.  It will be a place to go to find a community to become a part of and/or a place to find new members to join your community.  It will be a place to find a sense of belonging.  It is my vision that the connections made on Community Maker will transfer from the computer to real life.  Community Maker will be a place to start or join communities anywhere around the globe, so that we can unite as people.  It will take social networking and manifest it in the physical.

I do not often talk about the energies that are against positive world change and that profit from the disintegration of mankind.  But I will tell you today that the vast majority of the people who are in charge of the modern world (the mainstream) have divided us.  It is as true today, as it was when it was said “divide and conquer”.  Divided we are weak, united we are strong.  The for profit corporations that now run the governments of our world, financially benefit from our weakness.  They benefit from us being powerless and they have convinced us that our fear is our ally.  They benefit from us being as divided as we can be.  They divide us with religion, they divide us with race, they divide us with gender, they divide us with money, they divide us by countries and cities and counties and neighborhoods and single-family houses.  Now, the only way most of us can satisfy our need for interpersonal connection is via the computer.  It benefits these people who are against positive world change to keep us this divided, feeding off of the crumbs of cyber-relationships.  But we are going to use technology to put us back together again.  To reverse the process of division and help people form actual physical communities.

This movement is beyond us; it is called for by the people of this earth.  And it is not a movement to be pigeon holed into the new age realms of thought.  Look around this earth.  The industrialized countries are the unhappiest countries in the world because they lack community. We suffer and die because of separation.  We are being controlled by separation.  We have no sovereignty over our own lives.  We are fed elections to make us feel like we have a say, when we don’t.  The people who make the laws and pass the bills are so far removed from us and our daily lives, that we do not even hear about legislation that affects our lives until it is passed.  We are slaves to money to such a degree that we have become part of a nightmare machine that benefits a few at the detriment of many.  And it is a machine that is now out of our control.

We are social beings.  We crave contact and connection.  In fact, we die without it.  Events like the columbine shooting happen because of it.  And so, it is time to destroy this machine by not feeding it any more energy.  We need to erect a new human society.  To create a united world before people are ready for it and wanting it could only be accomplished through totalitarian measure.  We are not ready for true socialism.  Nor can socialism ever be forced on anyone.  The step in between where we are now and a united humanity is community.  These communities that are needed, are not just new age communities.  You do not have to be a hippie to join them.  They are for anyone who wants a place to belong.

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Imagine a world where people who were just getting out of jail, were absorbed into a supportive community of people recovering and starting fresh; instead of a world where they are released into a society that will exile them and label them forever for their crimes.  Imagine a world where combat vets returning from war could form a community of fellow men and women who understand each other and who do not fear the aftermath of war, a supportive community that can facilitate healing.  Imagine a supportive community of medical students, enabling each other to make it through med school without breaking down, dropping out or loosing their compassion.

Most of us have no idea what it feels like to belong.  Many of us either don’t fit into the families that we are born into, or we don’t even have a family to belong to.  We feel alone, even in the company of other people.  We all long to be understood yet secretly harbor the idea that something is wrong with us and that we can’t be loved for who we really are.  It is time for all that to come to an end.  The end has come, not just for the current system that is in charge of the way that our world is run, but for the painful isolation that has become such a normal part of our modern lives.  And it is my personal mission and personal joy to lead this change, along with the people who have given this precious sense of belonging to me.

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  • That is awesome, I would love to learn how your family integrates. With society today it would be hard to open your home to many. Most of us would have no clue how to start. <3

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  • So excited for this!

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  • Yes feel like this on a regular basis regarding, isolated even in the company of people.

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  • Wonderful xxxx great idea for the expos.

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    • There is a very interesting community organization in South Africa called UBUNDU. I think it would be very worth while to check it out!! and the person behind it has interesting info to share on youtube,his name is Michael Tellinger. Have fun with his info about our origins!!

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  • I love you so much!

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  • Hi Teal! I have been following you for about a year now, and I really enjoy listening to you speak. I love this idea, we all most definitely need more community support in our lives. I am fortunate to live in a place where that is already happening organically. Of course, it didn’t just happen overnight, but has been a process of gettting to know like-minded people and building trusting relationships. Prior to that we were very isolated for a number of years. It has made a tremendous difference in my life, and the life of my immediate family members. Now we know we are where we belong! Namaste.

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  • First of all, thank you so much for this!! By putting into the words you used, they truly clarified my own visions I’ve had regarding community and the deep longing I know for myself and many others here on Earth to belong to a group of people we can call Family. This is where it begins, truly!! For we will rise like the Giants we are.

    As that one liner in the Field of Dreams movie goes, “if you build it they will come.”

    Much love to you, Teal, Blake, and everyone else in the communal group

    Simon

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  • This is exactly what I have had in mind, to get to our younger people to carry on a new structure of things. I have been juggling on how to get the message across. I hope to unite with like minded people :)

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  • that is beautifully, perfectly written. It is exactly what we need. I feel inspired :-)

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  • I’m not sure communal living is for me but I do support your vision and those who are a part of it.

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  • Hi Teal. What an awesome idea! I’m based in Johaneesburg, South Africa. If there’s a place in need of healing it’s this land and it’s people. There is a growing movement here called Ubuntu (meaning: the people), it can be found online at http://www.ubuntuparty.org.za. I’m not personally involved yet, but will be soon. There is also an allied group called the New Era Economic Alliance that have challenged the banking system in South Africa, and have come out on top in many cases. They seek to change our monetary system along with Ubuntu, to what they have termed “Contributionism”. Namaste. Merrick (from the Native American name “Meroke”, meaning peaceful).

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  • Awesome! I already imagine those huge carnivals/expos! <3

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  • Brent Blackburn

    Teal, I am very delighted to read this post. This is an amazing project you are working on, and you and your family are not the only ones with their mind on this idea. There is a massive movement of creating intentional communities going on all over the world right now, and some friends of mine and I have been working towards building a similar Expo, but more as a traveling festival. The idea of touring around the nation and/or world both expositioning current ideas and generating new ideas and networks for a sustainable future has amazing potential. The festival we are working on is aimed more towards specifically workshop hands-on enrichment and education while helping to construct existing communities. As we see it there is this massive wave of energy and transformation sweeping the globe and right now, Burningman is an amazing example of how work can and is being done on evolving culture, but it is high time we capture some of that boundless energy and see what it can produce when applied to permanence rather than impermanence. For the summer of 2014 we are seeking to finally get the momentum pitched out of a single venue and get the festival on tour. I would love to exchange ideas and integrate our networks; the world is evolving fast and those in my networks and myself are dedicated to facilitating and expediting the process of transitioning from a sustainable future to a sustainable now.

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  • Oh holy shit this is so exciting to me.

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  • This! This is what i’ve been longing for for such a long time!! Ever since i saw that it was possible (in that first shadow house episode you did) it has been on my mind! We have to make it possible, and an accessible idea. Cause many of us(including myself) still have a lot of resistence and fear towards the “taking action” and “actually doing it” part of the game plan :P . Thank you Teal! You bring in incredible energies :)

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  • This direction in Workshops and activities alike inspires and moves me best. Thats is our future.
    A side-note – I never knew following someone’s blog could be this exciting… when thoughts, ideas and observations come and flow, what a beautiful presence and experience, thanks! :) Katy

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  • Wonderful! :)

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  • The “Off-Grid” community will be thrilled to know this!! Fantastic idea coming to fruition!! Thank you Blake and Teal <3

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  • nothing can stop an idea whose time has come!

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  • I’m ecstatic to see the beginnings of a path open up and excitedly wonder how much can be accomplished in our lifetime.

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  • perfect. So perfect. so perfectly aligned, So excited to play a part in it!!!

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  • I love this idea… I can’t wait to attend an expo and establish a comminity for like minded people in my area, hopefully in a rainforest! x

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  • I’ve always loved having and interacting with my neighbors. (most of the time! ha ha)
    There was something I saw on tv in India(?) where it was sort of an open space, but with a canopy, and it was enough room for a lot of people. People could come for a plate of very simple food, beans and rice and a tortilla, and then they each cleaned up after themselves, and even helped out where was needed. I don’t know how it was paid for, but it seemed to be a beautiful idea.

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  • Geoffrey Langlieb

    If anyone can do this, It would be you.

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  • I have access to a small farm in East Tennessee that sleeps 8. I am interested in communal living with like-minded loa people.

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  • This is excellent news. I’ve been looking for a place to share ideas and resources for community living. To join or start one in my area. I am looking forward to all that is coming :)

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  • Hi Teal!! When I first heard you talk about communal living I didn’t understand it, wasn’t against it, but have the “defiantly not for me” thoughts. The more you’ve talked about it, and from just reading your blog, it is totally making more and more sense of the purpose of communal living. But I can’t help but have huge resistance to it and still have the “defiantly not for me” thoughts. I work for the government in cubicle land and it is a constant ongoing exhausting battle of wounded egos, therefore I couldn’t imagine living with people in a communal living situation because it seems like it would be the same type of daily battle. My private home is my escape and my sanctuary from all that , and I just couldn’t imagine it any other way. So I am struggling of not wanting to have the resistance, but obviously not ready or willing to let that go yet, so then I have fear of “oh my gosh” the economy is going to crash and I’m going to lose my house and then I will have to live with a bunch of people. Obviously, we are all a match to where we are right now and since I’m in the government cesspool of battle of the egos, as I continue to heal , will I eventually become a match to communal living, or will it just be that it is just plain not for everyone, and that is ok? Hugs to you!!!!!!!!!

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    • Maybe you dont have to leave everything behind and come to live with a bunch of people otherwise you wont “belong”. It is not a rule of thumb. It doesnt put you on the other side to for profit corporations. None of us. We can belong living where it feels good for us individually and support communities by everyway we can.

      We dont even have to stop using monetary system. Money is just means and can be used to support whatewer we want.

      Thats how I see it.

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      • Guillermo Calleja

        Totally agree Ivana… You cannot go from black to white in one day. It is through gradual changes in our everyday life that we will finally arrive to a new paradigm. Contribution might be one of the first steps. In any case this strong will in all of us guarantees the succesful outcome of this new paradigm.

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  • Yay!!

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  • Andrés Ceballos

    That’s huge, and perfect on idea. I really want to help in some way.

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  • How can I get involved?! :)

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  • amazing and inspiring! Thank you. I can’t wait to see what becomes of this beginning. Please, bring the expo to the Bay Area!!! :)

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  • your words were literally pulsating out of the screen and right into my eyes. could really feel the excitement in your words quite viscerally.

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  • Love the idea and I have to say that miss Graciella (sorry if I spelled it wrong) is becoming quite the beauty queen. Whatever you are doing keep it up girl because you are as beautiful as Teal in this picture :) Much love guys!!

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  • Teal and Blake, I admire your relationship and think it is one of the sweetest things I have ever seen. I do think you are definitely moving in the right direction of positive world change. You two are wonderful examples of people living as soul families without the expectations of society. Your wonderful ideas are coming together and clear. I have gone through some hard times lately and wanted to give up on spirituality stuff, (because it can seem like more like a curse when you can’t see the whole picture,) but this definitely warms my heart again. I do believe a lot of the problems stem from separation…..and people not working together as a whole. I This is giving me déjà vu of something I thought of earlier, but can’t remember! But I liked your blog, today I favorited something on Teal Tribe about ‘we used to be a bunch of misfit toys but now we fit together.’ And I was listening to an Abraham Hicks video about the guy who used to sing a song in Rudloph the Red Nosed Reindeer movie. Also, I checked out at the grocery store and my total was 11:11. (That never happens!) II’ve had recurring dreams as far back as I can remember about living with a bunch of people but it was like a great big apartment complex, or divided rooms with no locks…..it was always a great mystery to me but in this place it’s just the ways it was. I was like, what the heck! What’s wrong with these people? But I love the thought of community. I so think its totally wrong, or at least backward in the way society expects a single woman to raise and support a child or children totally alone. That it’s somehow….ok. I have always been of the belief, “it takes a village to raise a child.” You have the right people coming together and I would be totally ok with the thought of eradicating the current separation by the forced means of fear.

    Sending love to you both, Annalye

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  • Now for the first time i wish i lived in the same country as you do. I want to be a part of this!
    Love from Iceland :)

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  • I’ve been wanting to join/create an intentional community for awhile now but have had no idea of how to start. The idea of an expo is fantastic and I know will help many of us come together in a really productive way, can hardly wait! Much love to you all xo

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  • OMG Teal! I love this! I have been talking about this nonstop for about 2 wks. Put my intentions out there and now This! I’m sooo ready ready. Falling in place. Light & love <3 awesome. Happy dancing

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  • Thank you, Teal and Blake! This is awesome! Great idea! Love to you both! :)

    Love & Light,
    Seqkat >^..^< *

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  • YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY!!!!!!
    I’m ecstatic.
    Thank you Teal, I cannot wait for this. Please keep us all updated on when it will begin!!!

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  • ICE – what a beautiful synchronicity indeed.

    I agree with some in that I find that my home is my sanctuary and I really enjoy this level of privacy and quiet. I wonder what the deeper meaning behind this is, if we are meant to live in communal settings. Perhaps just a matter of perspective?

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  • Soooooo Excited!!!

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  • I have lived in an intentional community for the last 3 years, and as a former person who valued my space I have to say that this has been one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences of my life. I have thought for many years that people need to go back to living in clans. A return to a pattern of living that took care of everyone the solution truly is unity.

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  • Yes!! I love this. I want to start up a home with lots of like minded people as well and I wish there were more sources online to do this.
    You rock!!

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  • Love you Teal♥

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  • ~BehindBeyond~

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  • ICE – super cool, Teal!
    When I finally resolved the life long issue of “not-belonging” not so long ago, I find this community where I belong.
    I belong to the universe anyways.
    Wonderful.
    Let’s make this happen. I work with you.
    SY*

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  • This reminds me of a community in Australia, we all met up for an event called synergy. It was so amazing over 300 people attended and i witness so many divine beings that night, it blows my mind. Love your vision :P

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  • I like your idea and believe its time has come. In the last 10 to 15 yrs I’ve been going to hostels and gatherings similar to burning man, music festivals, drum circles and meeting some way cool people. I think our mind set needs to change from a competitive society to a cooperative one. From my perspective, the interesting part about your expo is that different types of communities make themselves available for people to check out. And I suppose over time one could find themselves changing as they change and grow personally. I tend to think that people basically have the same needs but are able to relate to others with similar life experiences. I liked your reference to a person coming out of jail…they serve their punishment but may still carry a life long stigma. Depending on the crime and if they have truly changed, what’s up with that? For some reason, I know a number of people with unusual health issues; others find them strange, wacky or psycho-ish! So there is a need of, I’m guessing, countless types of communities. As a caregiver to challenged family members, I can tell you there are many people who struggle to be accepted anywhere, who are different and challenged daily. I commend you and Blake for your sensitivity and vision.

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  • This is exactly what needs to happen. We are lost without each other, nuclear families are an extremely unhealthy way to exist. I once watched a movie where Sudanese Refugees were sent to the US from a Refugee camp (and we all know the horrific conditions of a refugee camp) they thought they had won the lottery. After a few months in the US they were depressed, they wanted to go back to the refugee camp!!! They said, “you don’t laugh with each other”, “your doors are closed to each other” “you don’t dance with each other” it is lonely here.

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  • I think you are spot on, that is just what we are exploring here in Kauai. Thanks for the share and I look forward to attending the expo!

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  • Psyonic Phoenix

    When and where? I so need a community. I am dying without one, falling apart with not much energy left. My counterparts are out there somewhere, but I am too weak to travel aimlessly searching…

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  • Help!! Communcal living? The bane of my introverted hermital nature! This is my idea of hell if you ask me :) But then, not many are aware that 30% of our world population are introverts (30% multiverts and 30% extroverts), and introverts derive their energy primarily from their internal processes. External processes like interaction, conversation, buzz and noise drain their energy. Therefore introverts are happiest and healthiest when alone. That doesn’t mean without meaningful relationships or communion, just not living in a house full of people. It’s not easy for introverts to live in a world that has labelled “socializing” divine law. Many adapt and play along with the dominant extroverts, but some like me do dare to stand up for themselves and say “NO” to get-togethers, parties and the latest spiritual fad “intentional community”. I stand up for intentional solitude! :)

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    • I agree with you so much! I very much like Teal´s teaching & videos etc.. but I feel so much resistance in relation to living in community. What does in fact really mean? To leave our homes, eventually families, children and go to live in some place with bunch of people only because I feel I dont fit in where I am? Communities could make one feel better in some way but still I would miss the presence of my family, privacy…. It wont feel natural for introverts although they may like the idea of unity but not necessarily in the meaning of living together.

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    • You certainly demonstrate one of my favorite mantras, One Size Fits None!

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      • True i need my space! Lol i do isolate myself because noise and people drain me. I love the idea of community living as long as i still have my space and privacy when i want it. Its a good idea but needs to be thought out thoroughly.

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  • This sounds so exciting! Can’ t wait to hear more about this in London :) It sounds like communal living would be for me. We already have some communities in Holland, but those are not at all mainstream. I wouldn’t feel like I would fit in, having an office job and all. If this were to be more popular, it would be great!! I would love to be of help to your cause, for projects in or around Holland.

    all the best to you Teal!! you have helped me so much with your teachings, it’s simple incredible!!

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  • Amazing ! Thank you for leading this Teal !

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  • Love this! Beautiful! Thank you, Teal!

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  • Humanity definitely needs more love, compassion and unity, so thank you for your vision & inspiration, and bringing like minded people together. I’ve always felt and seen (and said) that hate and fear begets hate and fear, but love and kindness begets love and kindness.

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  • T R U L L Y B E U T I F U L L … I mean A W S O M E…..X

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  • I saw this thread on FB and wanted to give my support. I live in an intentional community in the UK. Community living has provided me with an incredible opportunity for self development. It is an incredibly supportive and secure environment to live in. Of course not all communities are the same.. and community life is also full of challenges.. but thats half the fun. I feel very blessed to have found such an amazing place of much physical and psychological learning.
    Here is a link to a uk wide network hub for communities, lots of information and notice boards for anyone interested in finding out more about community living in the uk. With Love.
    http://www.diggersanddreamers.org.uk/

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  • I’ve always thought that I was meant to live in an intentional community. I’ve just never known how to find or create one. This is a fantastic idea and it seems like ICE would be an excellent place to learn more. I’m sure you’d get plenty of “seekers”, like me. It may be too early, but can you give us some teasers of your ideas?
    Like would you have a “how to choose/find an intentional community to join” or a “How to: Create your own.” tract? Also, I’d love to hear you, or your family members talk about how your family grew.

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  • Hello Teal,

    Thank you for this post.

    I send you some videos of people that are working on creating new communities, on creating a better world. These videos are excellent ! They are worth watching because they show people who have been working and thinking for years on how to live together in harmony with others and nature and maybe they could inspire you.
    Here are the videos :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcD1h9DYitg
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zn8MRKOskw

    Thank you for all the work you do. I’m one of the persons who have already translated your videos in French for the subtitles on youtube and I would like to encourage you to continue your work because you help a lot of people in doing what you do !

    Lots of love,

    Jehnny from Belgium

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  • It has been my vision since the first time I spent a week in community building a barter faire. So many folks there expressed the same thought as I, “why can’t we have this every day?”, and we can!! I think its wonderful that you are willing to take the lead, and provide a venue for those who are searching… to find not only where, but how!!

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  • perfect!!!

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  • Gudrun Geirsdottir

    You bring forth a new level of hope and vision to earth my dear.

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  • That is a wonderfull post after those before, which were a little bit negative still very inspiring.
    This community creation is on its way Teal. I can’t tell about the us but only about berlin, some other cities in germany and in europe.
    But Berlin seems like a hot spot. Because living is very cheap compared to other big cities and it is full of people with creative potential.
    There are Co-working spaces, were people work on their individual projects- as freelancers, or in groups but share the same space. There are more and more meetups. Tech people sharing, knowledge, laughter and creating together. There are free festivals and conferences about open ecology and an open source economy, the share economy alternative living, and what else not… Not much spiritual meetings tho on my radar, so there is actually a lack.
    And a free festival with people with the intention to come together to rise the collective frequency in an unity field… :) would be incredible.

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  • We at Lee Road Community on Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada are blessed with having a happy community – 10 (* or -) adults and 5 children. It happened organically; it works.

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  • I have enjoyed already starting this co creation with you. Namaste.

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  • This! Motherfucking THIS!! THis is what we need! Ive been thinking about this for so long!
    But im so alone. Im tired of feeling llike an otsider like i dont belong on this Earth.
    THere is noone like me around anywhere
    I want this to happen so bad
    But how? The internet will be a great tool.
    I will help with whatever i can! Anyone can come talk to me
    Lets make this happen.

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  • Is there any websites or anything where we can get together!
    I hope Teal comes to washington DC so i can see a workshop!

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  • I have been following you since this summer, along with Andrew Bartzis, Chris Hales, The One Peoples projects, Fix the World, etc. I have been on my spiritual path for more than forty years. A thread that surfaces as I browse or listen to webinars (all of which are loaded with both information and inspiration!-thank you!!) is the lack of attention/intention regarding the elderly and the importance of incorporating them throughout the process, especially while they can determine their own paths. I am not meaning that I am looking for that omission; I simply keep hoping to find it being addressed. Intentional communities is an incredible concept which will benefit everyone, the elderly as much as anyone, especially in contrast to what they often experience now. Please, please, include them in these communities.

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  • OMG, I cried all the way through this writing. I have yearned for since a little tike to “BE in community”. I was made fun of, and told to stop all that stuff about everyone get along kinda thing. (abuse in all ways as a little one). Talking to my friends in the trees, and knowing they were my family was all I had. I was the weird one out, still sorta am. I have “tried” to bring community together in my small town (don’t live there anymore) in so many ways. owning my own business for 26 yrs I heard clients talk (the collective intentions) of a wellness center (so much more)…so I got the “wind” one day and asked several friends to help me bring a small wellness center together. No money just heart, within a week a local business owner let us use his building, asked for any old exercise equip laying around and even had grannies writing me checks for new equipment. I ran that with volunteer labor and with a key entry on “a honor system” (you take, it’s your karma, never one incident…you let people have the space to “DO” the right thing and they will I say) for over a yr until I knew to close. We had $2400.00 in an account, donated it to the city to seed a wellness director. That town now has a what they call “recreational director”, and doing well…My vision has been for sooooooooo much more….. I know how to bring community together, but had to go the avenue of “cleaning up my own shadows” for several years…but keep hearing, “You shall lead a revolution”…what you speak of here, is that very thing. I say to all my new friends on FB, welcome, so glad to meet you, I love meeting more “soul family” around the world. I believe at the heart we all long for “community” once again. Heard in a dream one night, “Building communities in many ways website. I have been sitting with it, ready to fly~~~~~~~~, Communication with many of “Teal’s soul family” has opened new joy in my heart…just waiting to connect with others with this vision. My name is Sharon and I love the share. This is what it is all about to me…Thanks for all you do! Love the new FB group, easier for me than the website one, but love them all.

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  • Wow Teal ~ I am so there with you. At 47 years old I am just discovering who I am and what my purpose is on this beautiful planet. I have a calling to study at Findhorn in Scotland and learn about small footprint fully sustainable living. After I apply it to my own life I then want to share all I have learned and facilitate communities based on the ideas I have learned. Wow – collective consciousness is awesome! Keep me on your mailing list because I am definitely interested in joining with you as this begins and then unfolds. Big love to you!
    Rhonda

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  • Is it just me, or does this sound “cult-ish”? Don’t get me wrong, I love you, Teal. AND Blake :) And I do believe we expand with interpersonal connection. But when communal living attracts people who “don’t have anywhere else to go” and “don’t have anyone else” it is my personal opinion that a great many of these individuals would converge simply for the sake of finding something or someone to guide them. Would most people in this position have PWC (positive world change) at the forefront of their intention? And would it just create a situation for an individual to entertain their own belief system? Who would regulate these communities? As when OCCUPY just became an accumulation of a bunch of runaways and homeless people taking over parks they normally couldn’t inhabit.
    I think it would be a Great idea to bring together innovative, educated, motivated people focused on PWC to share their ideas and find real ways to permiate the existing walls of corruption and separation in our society. I believe the internet is a wonderful avenue for this type of movement and I can’t wait to be apart of it. Maybe we could just have weekly meetings ;) lol

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  • Dear Ms. Scott and Everyone,

    This post and the comments responding to it give my heart strength; make me feel joy! Thank you. :)

    If it resonates with anyone, Ms. Scott’s post remind me of Sobonfu Some’s book, The Spirit of Intimacy: Ancient African Teachings in the Ways of Relationships. Just wanted to put it out there because it was such a relief when I found it.

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  • I live in LA and am inspired to help in any way I can! Such an exciting concept!

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  • This is really funny – I just left my first comment on your blog about 40 minutes age, I went out and mowed my yard and was thinking the whole time about going to a workshop and what would happen if we met. I visualized you asking me “Why are you here” and my response being something like “You’re like Yukon Cornelius in Rudolph The Rednosed Reindeer and I’m a misfit like Herbie who wants to be a dentist.” I love humor and thought it would be funny though I don’t know if I would have the guts to actually say that. Anyway, I came in from mowing the lawn, got on your blog again, read this post and you spoke about how you & Blake consider yourselves the “island of misfit toys” and I had to laugh! Maybe there really is a universal mind. I get the feeling I’ll be participating in some way in your mission. Thanks for being Teal Scott. Best wishes, Dave Clark

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  • This is an awesome idea and I am unfavorable and excited that you guys are envisioning it. I have always wanted to be part of a commune or intentional community. The closest I came was during a strike at my university when I and many other students spent over a month camping on and occupying the campus. It was amazing and the people I met there were the greatest lasting friends that I’ve ever met. I really miss that experience, we cooked together, cleaned, raised money, built camps, organized music activities, art activities, protests, marches, distributed food, kept each other safe, organized games and responsibilities and had planning meetings. It was amazing, with over 100 students we formed an amazing community. Those kids were awesome and I admired everyone’s dedication so much. The only problem was I didn’t see eye to eye with some of them on political issues, there was too much anger. Some of them were down right militant. I joined the group to defend our public education system but some of them seemed to actually want to overthrow the whole government! I understand why they wanted to, but that’s not what I was there for. It became to difficult to deal with these people who I still admired but didn’t agree with. I wish I could find a community that is more in alignment with my peaceful revolutionary ideals :)

    Keep it up you guys!

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  • How the hell do I participate?

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  • Great article Teal! Love it!

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  • I do wish this country were more socialist. Other countries like England have a public college and medical care paid by taxes. I wish we could get our act together here and figure out how that can work.

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  • Dearest Teal,

    I just wanted to thank you, deeply and sincerely, for putting yourself and this beautiful vision out there. I share such a similar dream, of creating a template for sustainable, conscious communities here in Denmark, and hope to connect with my Soul group soon! You’ve given me much hope.

    Hope to meet you some day!

    Love, light and gratitude
    Heidi :)

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  • French Keogh Barthélémy

    Bonjour Madame, I would love to see this happen in France near Paris.

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