Hunter-gatherers only spent about 4-5 hours a day hunting and gathering. There is much larger emphasis on dreamtime, on ceremonies, on being in nature than in the modern world. In the modern world we are dying from a lack of connection with the dreamtime. One of the reason some intentional communities fail is because they don’t spend enough time in the dreamtime. There is a need to become aware of the group’s relationship with the earth. The community is not just about what the people want, it is also about what the earth wants.
A large amount of time needs to be spent counselling each other, resolving conflicts, healing each other and listening to the strange, difficult and seemingly irrational issues which arise between people. These difficult issues are in fact the living soul of the community which is trying to awaken. They are the essence of community and without them there is no community. We need to process and work on our shadow, on our dreams, on our relationships, and we need to follow our bodies.
Often we will find that one particular person refuses to collaborate or seems to be a persistent ‘problem.’ This person is the one we need to listen to most deeply; they have the secrets that we need for the community to evolve and which will guide the community into the future
Sometimes we will feel that we are the victim and someone else is oppressing us. We need to work on our conflicts and troubles, and recognize that each of us is partly an oppressor and also partly a victim, each of us is partly obsessed with control and partly a being of the more beautiful world. We need to listen to each other deeply and share our feelings including our pain and grief, whilst still caring for ourselves and others and remembering who we are.
When we act like this we may end up doing things which seem completely unusual. Life becomes a mystery theater, something which is like a mixture of art, drama, politics and ceremony. There needs to be a space for frightening emotions such as rage, fear and ecstasy. It is impossible to expect that we can go into a community and just get on with each other without looking at our inner processes. We have the pain of ten thousand years of history to process. All this is quite practical, the dreamtime is relevant to how to fix your roof or plant some potatoes and how to communicate with the local council.