Flourishing communities need conscious individuals. Being and living in community can contribute tremendously to personal growth.
For the CLIPS program, useful methods are gathered, adapted and developed that contribute to a better understanding of individuals and the strive to enhanced consciousness about the human field.
Joining up with the conscious intention of working and living together creates both possibilities and challenges for the individual group member. The way a group functions in the long run, is dependent on how each individual responds to and deals with both. How we respond, in turn, often depends on our attitudes, our background, our personal needs and how we express them. It also depends on our openness to learn and improve skills for responding with greater awareness of ourselves, each other and our communities.
The willingness to create or live in community already indicates a person has a certain set of attitudes. These may be a willingness to take initiative and explore new territory, a wish to live in a different way than before, a longing to change the world for the better, or to live more in alignment with one’s ideals and values.
While positive and creative, the step to turn the search for alternatives into actual everyday life also challenges each individual’s habits, beliefs and patterns of behaviour; things that often go deeper than expected or that the individual is not necessarily aware of before they take the step into creating, working or living in community. On top of that, being in community requires members to collaborate and view their own beliefs, needs and priorities in relationship to the intention, agreements and aims of the group, and the personal beliefs, needs and background of other community members. This is a permanent process requiring people to examine and unlearn social norms, habits and behaviours that get in the way of realising their projects, and instead learn new ones that support the group and its members to realise their visions.
Because of this, starting or joining a community project is not only about creating new buildings, structures or ways of life, it can also be a journey of inner discovery, transformation and growth. How people approach this journey greatly impacts the harmony of relations and the capacity of the project to realise its intention and reach its goals.
Supported by new skills, a learner’s attitude and increasing awareness, community members can turn inevitable challenges into opportunities for realising both themselves and their project, and make the journey towards community a beautiful adventure full of new discoveries.
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