Inspired Community Projects
The very start of a community project is an idea.
Before we explore this in more detail we will look again at what migh we call the ‘Creative Process’. This procedure is universal and is found in the creation of everything, whether it be writing a book, creating a piece of music, starting a new political policy or building an ocean liner – the following steps are taken:
· An idea is conceived of the ultimate objective.
· This is visualised in detail and decisions made upon the measures needed to materialise the idea.
· Action is taken to start the creation process.
· The project is continued, through all adversity, until the desired outcome is achieved.
In spiritually inspired community projects there a number of principles lying behind the ideas with which we are working. These are:
‘Not-for-profit’ – These ventures are often non-profit-making. By this, we mean not paying profits to individuals. If successful, they will generate a surplus to be used only for community purposes.
Abundance – The Wisdom states that, if a project is truly inspired, everything required will be made available at the correct time. This abundant flow meets all needs, whether those of individuals or the project. The understanding and acceptance of this concept is held even when the operation is grappling with a shortage of finance and other resources. If genuinely inspired, what is required will arrive, not out of thin air, but through some action in the material world.
Selfless service – The idea of personal service to a divinely inspired idea lies at the heart of projects of this nature. This concept implies serving the divine plan even if the allocated task is not immediately appealing. The call is:
‘Service without any return save that of serving the Plan’
Once the nature of the work is clear, no argument should dissuade the individual from fulfilling his assignment. Others may comment and make negative remarks about how they perceive the value of what is being done, but the serving individual is happy to continue regardless.
Practical Skills – Side-by-side with the spiritual emphasis must go a practical approach to the everyday task of running a successful enterprise. Again, these latter skills are similar to those required by a conventional business, albeit with subtle differences.
Balance – We have spoken about balance and the need to embrace both spiritual inspiration and material activity. This approach is essential when creating the projects in which we are interested and is not easy, as the two poles of this dichotomy often seem to be in conflict.
Now let us look at the conception of the original idea.
For a conventional project, an individual ‘receives a thought’ and understands its purpose. The source of the idea may appear to be personal and the motives will be varied – to make money – to create a beautiful object – to achieve fame – to become successful in politics. The motives are as numerous as individuals but for success there must be a strong sense of purpose.
Here we come across the first and perhaps the most fundamental difference between the projects we are looking at, and more conventional businesses. Our ventures differ in being divinely inspired and supported by guidance throughout their life.
Some of these differences are:
The start of the project is an inspiring idea. We have mentioned the ‘over-lighting energy’, in Glastonbury having a long-term purpose for the town, and an awareness of the resources needed to bring this into being. These requirements are crystallized into a model on the ‘Etheric Plane’. This is a duplicate, complete in every detail, but does not yet exist in physical form. The task now is to materially realise this concept.
The over-lighting energy starts the process by projecting a telepathic image of the etheric model. One, or more, individualseceive this communication as an idea arising in their mind. These people are on a spiritual path and their minds are open to receiving this type of message. Several individuals may begin to think about the idea, but usually, only one person feels sufficiently inspired to start taking the first practical steps. Others may have received the same inspiration and will help when the time is appropriate.
This might be thought of as an unusual way of starting a community project. The more usually accepted method is to gather a group of possibly interested people and, with them, explore various ideas. This often involves putting up post-it notes on a pin-board. Based on the main points emerging, the conveners endeavour to put together a plan for the future. Whilst this concept is splendidly democratic, it seldom produces concrete action.
We will call our inspired individual the ‘initiator’. They attune to the messages they are receiving from his the over-lighting energy. This may take some time, but in due course, a plan begins to emerge and is envisioned in as much detail as is possible at this early stage. Part of this process will be to define the long-term aim and the stages required to reach the objective.
A single individual can achieve little on his own and the initiator has the task of finding suitable helpers. He starts by holding the vision with absolute clarity in his own mind. This sounds what might be called a ‘clear note’, which enables others to telepathically sense and react to it.
The vision, although held clearly, is still quite fragile and may be something which seems absurd and totally and unattainable to the majority of people; hence, the importance of keeping the idea confidential in the early days. Spreading the word too soon may lead to destructive attacks from many quarters, thereby weakening the sense of purpose of the initiator.
From those responding to this initial call will be set up a ‘core group’ to take the idea forward. This group will be the central creative body steering the project. Its ability to work as an effective and inspired team is the key to long-term success. The initiator holding a clear vision helps all those potentially interested to understand exactly what is intended so that only people who resonate with the plan will want to find out more. This early ‘sieving’ saves wasting time in talking to those who are not prepared to make the necessary commitment.
As people come forward, the initiator talks to them, bearing in mind the qualities needed. Only if a person has the necessary temperament will he be accepted as part of the core group. See our Page Core Goup
activity recommends the action to be taken and the group as a whole make the final decision.
The core group carries responsibility for planning the enterprise and making key decisions. They need to ensure that amongst their members, recruited volunteers, staff and professional advisers, are people with the skills to carry out, or supervise, all the duties required in running any project. This will usually include a chairperson, a manager, a treasurer, a company secretary, plus people experienced in delivering the services being established. These specific tasks are applicable to any business and we need not amplify them here.
So, the original conception process is complete. A small group share the vision and are committed to its materialisation.
The task is now to start bringing the idea into physical reality.