After making my last video (totally raw, real and behind the scenes), many of you let me know that’s how you like it best. That’s great because it’s what I like doing best too.
It still takes some pushing through fear for me to do it, but I’ve begun to move into more excitement than fear now thanks to hearing from you guys how much you really do love it.
So I want to let you in behind the scenes of what’s going on with my evolution because many of you watched the video and asked me to share more about the community that is being created.
We are just at the very seed stage, so there is not a whole lot to say just yet.
But, I can tell you this – there is no doubt that my entire life, all my experiences, every lesson, every conflict, every challenge, every heartache … it was all in preparation for this.
We can no longer continue on as we have. We all know that at some level. And yet we don’t know exactly what to do about it.
We talk about community, collaboration, communication, honesty, being real, the both/and paradigm and yet very few of us are even close to living it.
Even those that are close to living it are still far away from complete congruence. There remains sticky spots where old patterns and conditioning rear up and we feel powerless to overcome our reactions.
And yet we are closer than we have ever been before.
It’s clear to me that the next frontier is bringing together a community around these principles that we have begun to live into individually or perhaps in our businesses to some degree.
It is when we live in community together, build businesses together and really join together that we will be able to deepen our relationship with these new paradigm principles.
And we will at the same time build a self-sustaining community that will be there for it’s members when the old structures no longer support.
Because here’s the reality … you and me, we cannot depend on the big corporations or the government to take care of us. We must take charge of our future right now and it’s not about getting rich, hoarding cash or making more money because there’s a good possibility none of that will mean anything in our lifetime’s.
It’s about bringing together a supportive, symbiotic, service-based community of people who are driven by self-knowledge/awareness, growth, and a strong desire to be of service to create sustainable structures that can support us all.
It will not be easy, I have no doubt it will (and already has) bring up every fear, every insecurity, every shadow I have.
As it will for all of us.
And that will be the perfect opportunity for massive evolution to occur.
That’s why we are here and ultimately (in the grand scheme of things) that is why we are coming together in community- to evolve and grow and be supported by the whole while we do it and at the same time take personal responsibility for our own selves.
It’s the both/and of sustainable culture – self-awareness, self knowledge, self-reliance while at the same time being deeply connected to the greater whole.
Is that what you want? Are you ready for real community? Isn’t it time to stop talking about it and do it for real?
I think so. More to come on it as it unfolds.
Our first meeting is March 9 here in CO. Message me if you feel sure you must be there and/or you are ready to invest your energy in building the community of the future for real.
Alexis…I am honestly getting chills and rivers of ecstatic energy coming through my body as I read your words, nodding my head as my heart opens WIDE! What I love best about getting to know you and experiencing your evolution and what you are doing, is that you aren’t waiting for you, the land, your family, friends, business etc to be PERFECT before BEGINNING. I think that’s what trips a lot of people up and stops them from even starting anything, let alone community building.
I’ve listened to my parents talk about community my entire life, and they moved around A LOT looking for greener grass and that “ideal” world. Ironically, they landed in the most socially desolate place, somewhere they never imagined they’d be living. I’ve longed my whole life for a place where I can BELONG. People to belong to, a community, partners, friends, businesses…all based on support, sustainability and mutual respect as we all learn and grow and live as authentically as possible while contributing to the world/community.
I LOVE what you are doing, the fact that you are just doing it, where you are, with the people who are there, with the resources available, and because by golly, you have to start somewhere and NOW.
You are awesome. I can’t wait to meet you in person, which I have a feeling will happen sooner rather than later! I visited CO for the first time last summer and wanted to move there. Timing wasn’t right yet, but who knows…there are signs all over the place now!
Thank you for being you. MUCH LOVE to you!
Thank you Alexis! Your clarion call to action has got my full attention! I too have lots of chills, heart-felt readiness and feelings of relief, to hear of your community building initiative. I am totally with you and support you. This is THE time sister.
I hear your commitment and… really… do we have any other choice right now? Thank you for your courage to be the spokesperson to express what lives so deeply in many of us. I trust the right people will find their way to meet your invitation.
I have to humbly admit I am Elisha Celeste’s (see previous post) mother and yes, my husband and I have been on a quest for community since we first met. We have learned much from all our trials, trainings, conversations with city planners, meetings, and attempts at associative economics. We are ready to compost all of it and see what new may grow.
Elisha read the invitation she recieved from you aloud and then she read the description of the new bank initiative, I was so happy!!! I believe you are on the right track with the bank, Alexis. It will allow us to learn to bank on each other with the support of new innovative lending.
Boulder-Longmont has been in our conversations many times in the last year. Your call touches our hearts and quickens our spirits. Yes! You have our support and yes! we will invest with you. I’m not sure how that will show up yet but know that we are in alliance with all that you say and are ready to be pioneers.
Thanks again. Much love!
I’m just leaving CO now… wish I could come! Keep me in the loop please!! xoxo
You guys have been talking about Boulder/Longmont for real? Wow. I cannot imagine anything better than having you and Elisha and your husband here doing this with us. Thank you!!!
So grateful for your great big YES! Can’t wait to meet you in person. Love back to you!
Absolutely will Rachelle!
Alexis – I stumbled upon your website a couple of weeks ago and I have been hooked. Your sense of evolution is AWESOME to say the least and the more I read your thoughts I feel like you are saying so much about how I would love to live my life but I couldn’t quite put my finger on the ideas until I read what you had to say…This community is a great idea which I hope will evolve rather quickly around the country as I am in FL and would love to be a part of your community. Please keep us posted and please let me know if I can help in any way.
This is awesome – it’s so time! Thanks for being the living out-picturing of the shift so many of us are going through. Like you and many I am evolving rapidly in 2011 but if feels good to grow into what I’m meant to do and LOVE TO DO vs. what I’ve always done just for a livelihood.
Hmm. . . I might have to move to Colorado! But seriously, I’m headed there for a ski trip March 11-19. Any chance you’re heaving a second meeting then? Way to connect in person? Let me know.
I’m just down the street and am intrigued — what’s the scoop for March 9?
Goose bumps. I can’t participate in person, but keep us posted. I’m tired of feeling alone in my view of the world.
I’m also intrigued by what you’re up to, and really admire you’re putting your time, energy, and other resources where your heart is guiding you. I’d be interested in attending this meeting if at all possible. What time on the 9th is it happening? You can either message me on FB or at [email protected].
I’ve been following your work and life for some time now, and though I am not in CO, nor in a place to be at your meeting there March 9, I want to share with you the resonance I feel when I hear you speak and write about this kind of community.
For the last year, I’ve been so appreciating working with Katherine Woodward Thomas and Claire Zammit in their Feminine Power work, and just recently wrote the following in my reflections:
In fulfilling my destiny, I take my place as a pioneer on the cutting edge of human development. I show up as a leader, with my fierce loving and profound presence, bringing my voice to the world by painting pictures of what is possible!
As I do this, I am being authentically and unapologetically me – however others respond. I listen, speak and act from my deep knowing – regardless of what happens.
I came here to be seen, and by my presence, words and actions invite all whose lives I touch into even more deeply respectful ways of relating. I am here to learn what it means to co-create extraordinary relationships, and practice this in every arena of my life, nurturing the development of evolutionary communities grounded in respect and appreciation of difference, where the full flourishing of our co-creativity is called out and celebrated.
And I am not alone!! I am surrounded and supported by the many who (in their own unique way) feel these urgings of Life.
So I love this path you’re following, and look forward to seeing what unfolds for you, and who knows, perhaps in the future collaborating. Thanks for sharing what you’re up for! Warmly, Maralyn
Gonna do whatever I can to make it down to your place this week…
These are exciting times 🙂
Jayson’s post referred me to your post. I couldn’t agree more, it is time we become our own communities. Government and corporations aren’t giving us community – they are often just furthering the beliefs we need others to take care of us.
You are right; we can do this on our own, if we work together. We get to teach each other to do something most of us never had. I am teaching myself with my growing deep community.
My early childhood was spent in Vermont. I saw then and continue to read in their state magazine, Vermont Life how these small towns work together. Vermont is not a rich state in what we are taught to be wealth, but they are rich with communities.
When I read about how to this day in Vermont when a family’s barn burns down the next weekend the town is there building them a new one. I sob with from the love these people express for their fellow community members.
Six years ago I formed a men’s group in our small town of Sandpoint, ID in part because I wanted one of these communities. I didn’t know if we could do it. I sensed I (we) couldn’t do it with setting up rigid rules, if it was to happen it had to be organically.
It did happen. Slowly men, then their partners and then their kids too would start participating in our activities. Today we have a community within a community. As a deep community we are impacting our greater community. A couple a weeks ago a few men were speaking about how they felt we have shown Sandpoint that hugging was a good thing.
My vision of creating a whole community is happening. I continue to be moved by how others also want one of these communities. I use to think I was a strange abnormality. Now I realize I am only strange.
Thank you for bringing up this topic. I also see this as our next evolution. Good luck in creating your community. If I can be of any assistance, please let me know. What you are proposing is very dear to me and I believe very needed.
It’s so wonderful to find people like you on the internet who are contributing such positivity.
With Love and Gratitude,
I have been dreaming about this (literally) for 3 years. I’ve talked about it with friends and spent many a night researching our options. I’m here with ya in spirit, star sister, keep me posted on any updates so I can get involved.