What the world needs now is MORE people

Before “overpopulation” believers go straight for my neck, I would like to utter out that I am Pro Creation. Yes, Pro creation. Not Pro Choice, and not Pro Life. 

But what does Pro Creation mean? Well, on the broad sense, it means favoring creation. But it also means Co-creative Procreation. Please allow me to make my case. 

How many people nowadays were born because of the following “accidents”:

  • The condom broke
  • The pill didn’t work

Or someone saying:

  • “I drank too much that night”
  • “I wasn’t supposed to be in my fertile days”
  • “My biological clock was ticking”
  • “Everyone else was having babies”
  • “My partner wanted to have kids”
  • “I was too hot to pull out”

What is the story most parents are going to tell their kids about their conception as the first generation born during the Covid Crisis?: “The TV broke down during the lockdown”? Or perhaps, “The Internet was not working for a whole day”?

These are the presence-less conceptions of the human beings that are -in the best case scenarios- welcomed “accidents”. Is this really the best we can do as the so called keystone specie in the world?

What if there is another way. What if human beings were meant to be born by invitation of both parents being fully present even before the moment of conception. A beautiful form of pro creation done in co-creation starting from the moment both parents use the power of their thoughts to co-create the possibility of a new being taking human form through the portal of the birth channel.

The opening of collaborative wisdom circles and sharing spaces to have deep listening and meaningful conversations about topics such as this one, may come to be crucial to steer the path of humanity into one we are all for in consent. One of the questions I would personally like to offer in such spaces and circles is: “What are the differences that you perceive between the presence-full conceptions and the absent or, even worse, the not consented conceptions?”

This may sound like a way over the top of a topic to talk in a forum in front of new and old known strangers. Or perhaps people can’t see the importance of talking about this at all. “Would it be the end of the world if more people get born out of presence-less or absentee(s) conceptions?”, people might ask if they get at least a bit intrigued. And my answer would be “Of course it wouldn’t mean the end of the world… at least, not yet”. “And… would it really make a difference if people rushed into pro-creating in co-creation?”. Of course not! Bringing these beings into nuclear families would mean subjecting them to isolation (even more now with the ongoing corona crisis).

That being said, I would like to bring forward that all the people in the world, each one of us, have what it takes to bring MORE people into this world by co-creative pro-creation.  Fully present means something beyond mindfulness and even heart-fullness. And even beyond having an open mind, open heart and open will. It involves remembering. Remember who we are. And we will only remember who we are by inserting our nuclear family structures and individualized lives back into the community life, the tribe life, the village life. Living back in the community life will not make things be in harmony from one day to the next. We will go through, and are already going through the lessons of the collective trauma while sensing what is possible. And here is where the joyful efforts will be key to graduate from this challenge: enjoying the rite of passage along with the growing pains it is bringing forward. Favoring creation. Remembering about the lessons learned form the era of wanting to have babies/children, to graduate to the era of bringing beings in full presence. What if nothing is holding us back?

May there be fully present people.

May there be functioning communities.

It’s International Peace Day Today!

PAZ

For all #ProPeace and #AntiWar people out there celebrating  #PeaceDay today…

Perhaps you will find this read relevant… What Is Peace?

Enjoy 🙂

Experimental Peace Research and Learning Centers Post

So it happens, a few weeks ago Sylvie enrolled us both in a free course offered by +Acumen called Designing for Environmental Sustainability and Social Impact, recommended by one of her closest friends. We are using this online learning experience as a means to get more structure in developing Experimental Peace Research and Learning Centers(1).

We are excited about the possibilities to find the best way to frame our projects using the concepts we are meant to learn the following 6 weeks of duration of this course. 

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Communities, intention, vision and 3 blenders in our shared kitchen space

A quick recap of this video:

Two months and a half ago, this 4-bedroom “co-housing” space had only one couple occupying one of the rooms and NO blender in the common kitchen.

Then, one and a half months ago, we occupied a second room and got a blender 10 days later (unfortunately, getting a second-hand blender did not work out). A few days after that, the other couple got a blender as well – exactly the same model as ours. Total 2 blenders so far.

And just at the beginning of the year, a third room was occupied, bringing a 3rd brand-new blender to the same common kitchen space.

I would guess, having 3 blenders available in the same kitchen would be an uncommon feature of any apartment – even if it was in the USA or Europe. But it is specially weird to find this in a country like Ecuador, where most of the electronic equipment is imported and very highly taxed. Plus, the currency in this country is the U.S. Dollar! So you can get an idea of how having 3 blenders available in one kitchen would be out of the question here.

But that is NOT all. One of our “co-housers” complained that we use the blenders too much, creating too much noise and so it was proposed to ban the blenders from the kitchen and use them on the terrace only! (Good comedy material, right?)

In any case. This is a good lesson for me to pin point the importance of having a vision in common when it comes to living together. Given our actual situation is NOT meant to be an intentional community nor an eco village, this current experience has given us perspective of how clear things need to be agreed prior to moving in together with people that may or may not share the ideals, practices and values that The Noble Peace Tribe people have in common.

If you would like to check out more of what having a vision entails, you may want to take a look at the Living Vision page.

Moving countries to live in a Raw Vegan Fruit Forest Community in the Ecuadorian Amazon did not work out 1 year ago. What has happened since?

JORGE: It was all very promising to travel to Ecuador in the beginning of 2018 to volunteer in a permaculture/edible forest community, coming all the way from Mexico, and meeting with my partner Sylvie in person for the first time. But as it turned out, and although this Fruit Forest project has a lot of potential,  it did not provide the sense of community and shared joyful work amongst the residents and other participants there. It was a welcomed experience for me though, involving very intense physical activities with machete in one hand and preparing our own meals with the other. I feel content of both contributing with my best effort towards the culmination of this project, and also about all the learned lessons and hands-on veganic permaculture new knowledge.

SYLVIE: We both moved to Ecuador in the beginning of 2018 to volunteer in a permaculture/edible forest community. It was exciting quitting my “regular” live in Belgium as a project manager of a large European conservation project to do work exchange together with my partner and making this our new home. This Fruit Forest project looked very promising and it has potential, but we did not find the sense of community and joyful work shared amongst the residents and other participants there. The work exchange was very physical and included weeding, mulching, seeding and taking care of the plant nursery, planting and pruning trees, clearing land with machete for planting purposes, processing humanure, but also some maintenance work on the property as well as house keeping. I enjoyed very much planting and maintaining fruit and companion trees, learning about humanure, exotic fruit trees, local nitrogen fixing and companion plants, harvesting fruit, seeds and some vegetables, roots and herbs as well as the planning involved to grow such a fruit forest. I was also inspired to see that the project was trying to reforest in an area surrounded by cattle farms. However, it was sad to realize that mining and the pollution/contamination that comes with it has reached this part of the jungle and poses a risk to the clean water supply. 

1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY IN ECUADOR

We are currently on our 1 year anniversary of living in Ecuador. We have been working on different proyects in the Amazon, Andes and Coast. Right now we are relocating and focused on finding our home and tribe. More about this after the following short but sweet “profile” section below.

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