The Enchanted Garden Intentional Community
Getting Hip at Home
In the Winters of 2001 and 2002, I underwent two Hip Revisions.
I approached these as Performance pieces as a way of being bigger
than the discomfort of the two surgeries.
I set an intention, that through my "Getting Hip" I would help
Health Care "Get Hip" to being the best it could be.
You can read about my Journey of Getting Hip
Not long after my first surgery, less than a month later
we had a fire at our home. Two of our outdoor structures
burned. The fires signaled an incredible shakeup in
the life of our community.
Luckily a stand of lumber bamboo stood between our home
and the dried cane that burned at high temperatures.
We are still rebuilding one step at a time, after massive cleanup.
Our gardens are still in recovery, and this community is best
suited for individuals who can see the potential of this beautiful
land as well as not be overwhelmed or take on more than they
are being asked to do.
I am approaching the rebuilding of our community,
our gardens, and our structures as "Getting Hip at Home"
Living in community in this day and age is not a choice
that many people make.
We live together on 1/3 acre with lots of greenery.
As house manager and visionary, I would have to say
that living with others is one of the most difficult growth patterns
of my life. I am by nature happy as an extrovert in public, but
in my private life, I need many hours alone to rebuild;
and yet out of my choice to live here and live with others,
I am constantly having to learn more and more about myself
and refine ways to fulfill my goals as well as respond
to what the house and living with others asks.
Many people in the USA cannot live together with others.
Divorce rates are sky high. The effort to live with others
in community has its rewards. yet it definitely is not
as simple as living alone.
To live with others here, a person needs to be
committed to personal growth. There are asked
to be sensitive to others, and yet have boundaries.
In our home, we each of our individual lives, and yet
Most here choose to do 12 hours of work a month for
lower rent, although the option is available to pay $120.00
a month higher rent.
We live by agreements, and creating and living by agreements
asks a willingness to spend time in house meetings (approximately
one hour a week), as well as be mature enough to keep up with
house responsibilities as well as personal responsibilities
without being told what you have to do, and yet willing to accept
the natural peer pressure that occurs here, as well
Many people who come here see the potential of our home
to be more than it is. They want it to be more. Each person
must constantly evaluate the value of living here for themselves
as well as the pros and cons of living with others.
It is a old house. There is always something
asking to be fixeds. Many times simple repairs become part
of the 12 hour work exchange. Each person has natural areas
where they are strong, and people who live here are chosen
for the qualities they have, as well how I sense they will fit
in with others, as well as the needs of the house.
My Seed Dream is that each person receives more than they
give, as well as the opportunity to learn some of the things
that the Earth is asking that we each learn now for her
very survival. There is a large natural healing arts library,
and in my personal travels to conferences, there are always
new books and little treasures showing up, as well as the need
for other that become clutter to be released. There are many
who come here who become my teachers.
Most of us do some work outside. There is more work
to be done that can actually be done, so a person needs to
work as best they can, one step at a time, one project at a time
and be satisfied with what they can do.
Most people are not even on the map when it comes to
living on the earth. It is so much easier to cover over paradise
with cement. As a poet, and writer, as well as a visionary
who travels and teaches about the Enchanted Garden,
I experience our garden as a metaphor for consciousness,
and each plant and activity as an aspect of working on ourselves.
I experience every little thing we do here, as a way to influence
"The History of Peace on Earth."
The type of gardening I teach is called
I do not expect each person who works in our garden
to approach working here as a metaphoric or metaphysical
activity; and yet working a garden is an uplifting activity
for many who garden in any way.
You cannot help but gain if you work outdoors in one way or another.
As a house manager here, I have come to see that what I say or do not
say shows influences the natural growth.
I am not a person who enjoys
telling others what to do, or directing others, and yet I have found
this at times a necessity. I am grateful for what I have learned
from others who have taught me that the more structures that are in place,
the more each person know what it will be like to live here.
My goal is for each person to be self-directed within
guidelines that are set and continue to be reinvented
at higher octaves of experience.
There is always a better way to garden, and more to learn
for me personally about keeping order in our home.
In the Enchanted Garden, I believe that the new year begins
with the Fall Equinox, somewhere in the month of September.
Here is a piece of writing I did in September of 2004 as I looked
at all the deep lessons I needed to learn in the next year,
and the growth that would come in the next year
as we continued what I like to call
"The Great Earth Cleanup."
Getting Hip at Home
The place I live is in need of 1000 Cures.
and if these Cures are found our entire world
will never be the same.
This place is called the Enchanted Garden Intentional Community.
You are invited to add your love, muscle, and vision,
that this land bear fruit that will grow 1000 Years of Peace
and you will come to receive more than you gave.
Your Enchanted Gardener
I want to approach Getting Hip at Home
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