I am sitting with John Kreidler in the hills of Kentucky… far beyond my own comfort zones. John bought 20+ acres about 4 years ago about an hour outside of Lexington. He’s now turned ownership over into a Trust called Earth Tribe Trust where 2 families have arrived to begin building a sustainable community from the ground up… actually it’s more imposing than that (to me anyway) because there is much cleaning to do first and the terrain seems very difficult to negotiate (again to me).
Since I’ve been here, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on what exactly this whole ‘sustainable vibe’ is all about in my own heart and investigating what it might mean to the people here. It seems to me that the word and concepts surrounding it may be more wide-ranging than I had ever imagined.. that’s what I’m finding.
Before I go on… I am most interested in hearing YOUR thoughts, feelings, assumptions and imaginations on this… in the meantime, I will share some more of my own.
There seems to be an underlying theme to what sustainable living or sustainable community represents. I ask myself what the foundational feeling that people who are unifying under this concept seems to be. It has something to do with freedom, free will, time and passion. Liberation.
I asked John for the first time last night what he feels sustainable means. He immediately spoke about his belief that the people in Zambia that he’s working with could plant a single seed called a Moringa to help them survive more effectively. I told him about my vision for a music studio that was constructed of natural elements and worked on free energy so we could invite artists to come and record completely in a natural setting powered by our imaginations.
What do John and I have in common? How does sustainable bind us? It has something to do with heart, imagination and passion…simply put.. what turns us on as individuals and how our dreams can be part of a larger collective dream for well-being.
I’ve begun to use the term Integral Community in place of sustainable because I sense that this ‘movement’ is beyond any singular vision or group of concepts… an evolving and organic happening that is most significantly involved in collaboration between passionate, like-spirited souls, who want to co-create a space where people from all walks of life with a spectrum of talents and experience can work together to broaden their experience of one another.. in turn this expands the world’s experience of itself and will facilitate the greatest, grandest, most beautiful world we can all imagine!
Par for the course here… the questions much more intriguing than answers. Do you have a perspective?