A FaceBook Chat on “Community”

So… I’ve been pondering ‘community’ these days and what it really is – for me. In this very week. Since last week the term had a slightly different meaning. And two years ago a very different meaning again. I’m in the crucible of sorting this out while launching an ambitious non-profit.

So, tapping the wisdom of the FaceBook chatroom, I posed the question “So what really is community…?” and where it all ended up was the light at the end of the ‘community’ tunnel that I’ve yearned for but did not expect so quickly on FB.  Read on…

So what really is community…?

JM: A supportive group of folks who decide to work toward a similar goal.

Mare: These days, I see community as a group of teachers and students who all help each other grow emotionally and spiritually: all while working together for that common goal…

KF: I say it’s the people you can piss off daily and they’ll still be there for you when you need them. :-)

MG: It’s simply the people surrounding you, even if they are your inconsiderate neighbors or people who are rude in the grocery store. We all live together and whatever relationships there are, good, bad and ugly, that’s what we’ve got. In a time of crisis for example, communities are quick to come together… or loot the crap out of each other. Creating community is a conscious effort to get along with people you coincidentally are thrown with.

Mare: Maybe the real question is: how many folks consider themselves part of the community, their community and have an interest in improving it?

Mare: global community: local community: you gotta start where your feet carry you first… hmmm…

Mare: btw, k, that sounds like warped friendship to me… ;~)

JM: And we can be part of several communities…..

KF: Maybe, Mare, maybe. all I really know is my community has to understand sarcastic joking. :-)

BR: People helping each other in whatever way we can help.

LE: Community is Sharing ie…. work, success, joy, tears, responsibility, supplies and knowledge. It is also Accepting ie….the differences that we share for the growth of all things. To move forward together for the next generations to be able to live in Community without wondering what it is (it should just come natural to them if we have created Community in the right way). ;)

JG: Great question! First thought is — there’s conscious community and casual community. My neighbors are casual — although I do love them. Conscious community involves consent and a commitment to evolve through close relationship. Letting everyone be your mirror and agreeing to be theirs. I don’t think many people are in conscious community, but it’s probably necessary for our continued evolution.

JG: thanks for asking, Mare! Love this topic.

Mare: You know, J, I think ‘conscious’ community is actually necessary for our survival and not just evolution. Though maybe those terms are synonymous in these interesting times of extreme weather, earthquakes proliferating, etc etc.
And L, yes, yes, yes… and then there are our shadows and all the things that block us from living well in community, sabotaging our relationships… ah… believe me, I’m in the crucible with this term and concept these days and it’s forcing a lot of growth because I’m willing to stick it out… all good… all good. ;~)

IG: Community Vs. Village… In the community setting everyone comes together for the common good of all, generally everyone works together allow others there space. In a village setting it’s about survival and hierarchy’s, banding to share resources and dogma and someone is the leader and someone is the court-juster (that would probably be me)…

Mare: Shucks, I, you are far more than a jester… you’re too talented to get away with that statement… ;~)

Mare: ps. I dream of a community that is non-hierarchical — flat: allows input from all groups, youth, elders, women and men evenly… check out Hyemeyoshts Storm’s book, Lightningbolt and his discussion of the Circle of Law.. a vision… a vision…

IG: lol

IG: I agree with you that would be amazing, but most of us can not even walk down the street or in our cars and say hi to the person next to us… Most of us. It all starts at home, that’s if you have a positive home… Jesters make people laugh…

IG- I’m all about Community…

Mare: hey I, i’m all about heyoke… (jesters)… you go… ;~)

IG: Right on Mare!!! I love you my sister…

Mare: ;~) thanks, I… backatcha…

About Mare Cromwell

Mare Cromwell is the award-winning author of "Messages from Mother.... Earth Mother" and "If I gave you God's phone number....Searching for Spirituality in America." She is currently working on her third book: "The Great Mother Bible." She has studied with Native American teachers for eighteen years and sits on the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings. Mare calls Western Maryland her home. To learn more about her books, go to http://www.pamoonpress.com. (Note: she is a former worm herder. ;~)
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