OFF-GRID HEALING CENTER, ORGANIC FARM,
YOGA RETREAT & INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY

HOW WE COMMUNICATE

The Intentional Community is committed to clear, direct, and open communication. We promise to be honest and
truthful with one another. We will speak only for ourselves. If someone has a need they will say it out loud. We
will practice active listening when others are talking. The language we speak is love and aloha.

HOW WE TREAT OTHERS

We acknowledge having been raised in a culture that teaches racism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia,
transphobia, gender essentialism, ableism, ageism, body shaming, slut shaming, and the enforcement of
gender roles and stereotypes. When these things inevitably fall out of our mouths, we are committed to talking
about why they were problematic and how we can do better in the future.

We acknowledge having been raised in a culture of violence, warmongering, vengeance, anger issues, religious
intolerance, guilt, blame, shame, poronography, (the human body is beautiful and should not be objectified or
abused) and rape. We aspire to be a safe space for the marginalized. We aspire to create a similarly
comfortable environment for people of color and people who belong to other marginalized groups who are
currently underrepresented among our membership.

We acknowledge power dynamics, privilege and oppression regarding race, class, rank and gender and are
committed to working out any issues that arise. We will assume good intent, but ask for clarifications. We realize
that we are all equal and nobody is better than anyone else. We will honor everyone's boundaries and be kind
to one another. Classes that address these issues will be provided to members periodically.

CHILDREN IN COMMUNITY

Children are welcome and cherished in the Intentional Community. Members that have children are encouraged
to participate on the Community Child Care Committee. A playground area will be built as needed near the
children's families homes. Children's education will be a personal family choice, but the community supports
homeschooling. Homeschooling allows promotion of cooperation rather than the public school competition
model. Homeschooling advantages include independent thinking, enthusiasm for learning, positive self-image,
spirit of cooperation, harmony, tolerance, creativity and nurturing the children in love versus the public schools
potential for bullying, discouraging free thinking, sports mentality, grading students, military indoctrination,
fashion pressures, forced vaccinations, availability of junk foods and other unhealthy situations. Social
interaction issues become irrelevant when other families help with homeschooling.

Group Consciousness (microcosm in the macrocosm and vice versa)

A group is a collection of people who have a common goal and who try to reach that goal through cooperation,
perseverance, and selfless motive. Each member's intention is to make the whole group healthy, happy,
prosperous, enlightened and safe. Group consciousness is the sum total of the consciousness of the individuals
who, through sincere efforts, have merged, fused and blended their consciousness with that of the others. A
group is not a true group unless the consciousness of the members of that group are fused, merged and
blended with each other. This is referred to as having one mind or group consciousness. Group consciousness
can be developed by adhering to the following eight principles:

1.        Group members must learn the value of respect and practice it towards each other. Develop Group
          Standards or Norms.

2.        Group members must promote a common goal. Clear goals promote better communication. The goal
          should be the axis of the group. The orchestra must play together.

3.        Group members must try to work in harmony with each other, promoting the group goal and the goals of
          individual members which do not contradict the group goal.

4.        Group members must protect the group and its members from attack and danger. Sickness is a sign of
          disharmony between groups, cells, nations. When this happens we to help the sick group for the greater
          benefit of the whole. Nations are not separate and none better than another.

5.        Group members must encourage and evoke striving to develop greater potentials in each other. When
          we help, support, love and heal each other, we also do it for ourselves.

6.        Group members must learn to be tolerant and forgiving toward other members of the group, giving them
          the opportunity to fit themselves into the labor of the group. Assume good intent. It is not our place to
          condemn an arrogant, stubborn, lazy, gossiping member of the group, instead we must find ways and
          means to bring the person to his/her senses so he develops his higher virtues. This increases the group,
          while slander, guilt and hatred diminishes it. Cooperate and heal. If one of your arms was aching, you
          would not cut it off, you would take better care if it. Let us look within ourselves to judge before we judge
          another.

7.        Group members must cultivate deeper sensitivity to the leadership of the group in the light of the group
          goal. Not forceful leadership, but emphasis on freedom and education. If you want to move your hand,
          but it will not move, there is an illness in your group. Chaos is when elements of a greater whole are not
          in harmony with each other and unaware of central command. By leadership we can refer to a goal and
          not an individual person.

8.        Group members must increase the joy of others in the group. Have fun! Actions that cause pain and
          suffering must be avoided since it leads to separation, ego, vanity and depression. We must each ask
          ourselves, “How can I think, How can I speak, How can I behave to increase the joy of the group?”

Consciousness is the awareness of others. Group Consciousness is the awareness of your true Self existing
within others and the true Self of others existing in you.

Merely bringing people together does not form a group, there must be work done to break the illusion and
tendency to isolate ourselves. Within each of us there is a presence of divine consciousness buried under piles
of glamour's, illusions and vanity.
What are some ways to break down the illusion we have of being separate? Some keys include compassion,
sacrificial will, tolerance, infinite inclusiveness,  
education, understanding, spiritual instruction, hard work and sweating together.

No person can learn, grow or make progress without others benefiting. This benefiting takes the form of:
1.        An increase of total group consciousness.
2.        A stimulating of others in the group.
3.        Increased healing of blending with other groups.

It helps if we know ourselves (our true selves), if we know each other, if we know our common goal, if we know
how we reach that goal and if we can support, encourage and enthuse each other to reach that goal.

In almost every group, there will be some individuals that revolt. The Path of the Yogi is a difficult one,
challenges arise at every step and difficulties are every turn. Yet in the treading of the path, in overcoming the
difficulties and in single-hearted adherence to the good of the group, with appropriate attention to the
individuals and their evolutionary development, comes at last fruition and the attainment of the goal.

Law of Cooperation: creativity, evolution and achievement, existence, health, happiness, prosperity,
enlightenment and security.
Law of Harmony through Conflict: no matter how deep a conflict, it eventually resolves itself in harmony and
cooperation

Do not force your agenda or will on the group. Be prepared to change what you wanted to do in order to serve
the greater benefits of the group.

Comparing and Competition are two destructive forces that create a desire of achievement and accomplishment
at another's expense. The cells in our body work together like all of nature works together in harmony. Groups
and communities would work better without comparing and competition. Even Darwin's theories of nature
competing have recently been proven wrong and quite the opposite is true, 'Cooperation, not struggle for
survival, drives evolution”. There is a symbiosis in nature where different forms of life depend on each other for
survival. Nobody in the world can do a better job of being you, then you, so do not compare yourself to others.

Collaboration vs. Cooperation
When collaborating, people work together (co-labor) on a single shared goal.
Like an orchestra which follows a script everyone has agreed upon and each musician plays their part not for its
own sake but to help make something bigger.
When cooperating, people perform together (co-operate) while working on selfish yet common goals.
The logic here is “If you help me I’ll help you” and it allows for the spontaneous kind of participation that fuels
peer-to-peer systems and distributed networks. If an orchestra is the sound of collaboration, then a drum circle
is the sound of cooperation.

COOPERATION

Nothing exists in the Universe which is not the result of cooperation.
Cooperation is the energy source of the meaning of evolution. Everything in Nature tends towards cooperation.
Nature exists because of cooperation of matter, energy, time, space, plan and purpose. Cooperation brings
things into existence. Lack of cooperation becomes the cause of chaos and destruction. All progress, success,
health, happiness and great achievements are the result of cooperation. Man himself is the result of the
cooperation of all the elements in his body. Galaxies are the result of cooperation. Existence itself is the result
of cooperation.

For any community to survive members need to cooperate with one another. Cooperation in the physical is
defined as acting or operating jointly with others, concurring with others in action or effort. In the spiritual it is
much more. It is losing sight of self and becoming a channel through which blessings may flow to others. The
blessing is cooperation in action. Whether in the spiritual or physical, action is necessary to put cooperation into
operation - thus those who would come together for a common cause must have united action in the pursuit and
realization of a common end.

The best in life is ours, not at the expense of others, but in harmonious cooperation. In every successful group
this law is in effect. All nature follows the same law, unity, order and harmony. Each part of the human body
performs its duty without a thought of the other, yet fully depending each upon the other.  When self is lost in
the Ideal, cooperation is the natural result. It is the natural consequence of self-service and self-sacrifice.

We must put cooperation into action in our thinking. Our adverse thoughts have such a paralyzing effect that
they not only will retard our own development, but will build barriers for those who might seek to aid us. The
Master could do no mighty works in His own village because of the people's unbelief in Him. Thoughts are deeds
and may become crimes or miracles in their application. It is necessary for the accomplishment of any aim, for
the reaching of any goal, and the attainment of any blessing for self or mankind that we have one mind, one aim
and one purpose.

As we seek, in our way, to cooperate in being of service to others, we are lifted up. Let us, then, express the
Creative Force within us in such a way that it may bring hope, peace, and understanding into the lives of others,
that they too, in their way, may seek to be channels of blessings.
Then, let us attune ourselves to the highest spiritual Force. This will come when we are in accord with Divine
Will.
Let us exercise our conscious mind by holding these two thoughts before us:
1. We must lose ourselves in the Divine.
2. Our every thought and our every deed must be in harmony with the intent and purposes of the best that is
within us.

In the daily walk of life let us take stock of our thoughts and acts, for cooperation is the offering of self to be a
channel of activity, of thought. We must realize that those that have life, must give life; those that have friends
must be friendly; those that have cooperation must cooperate by giving self to that which is to be accomplished,
whether in bringing light, strength, health, or understanding to others(including each other). Let us replace our
negative thoughts with positive ones; think not unkindly of anyone, rather speak and think kindly of all. Let us
practice thinking kind thoughts of those who have hurt us. Let no opportunity pass to do a little act of kindness
that will lighten the burden of another.  

To be a healing community, we must heal ourselves first, then heal our community. We should live as we know
the Divine would have us live. We can begin this instant. We must work diligently and consistently. Let us think
continually of the attitude of mind we hold; for it is our attitude that gives birth to peace harmony and
understanding; or it brings forth the contending forces that make for unrest and trouble.  

It is a oneness of mind, a oneness of purpose, which we must all seek, the virtue in the knowledge of the Divine,
not to the advantage of self, but for others; not for self-edification or the edification of others, but that power
and strength may emanate from us to others less strong.  Seek harmony, for harmony makes for peace, and
peace makes for understanding, and understanding for enlightenment. We ourselves can do nothing, yet
aligned and attuned we can be of service; and that service is magnified when we work in cooperation with
others..."Where two or more are gathered in Thy name, there am I."

Not my will but Thy Will, in me and through me. Let me ever be a channel of blessings.

To summarize, The labor of cooperation becomes the outer manifestation of the inner process. This inner
process involves:
•        integration between physical, emotional and mental natures
•        alignment with the creative source of one's being
•        synthesis of one's actions, feelings, thoughts, ideas, goals and purpose in life
•        to connect with conscious groups to cooperate with them

Cooperation requires:
•        concentration and focus
•        dedication to the goal
•        being progressive
•        forgetting oneself in the group self
•        control personal likes and dislikes        
•        inclusiveness
•        non-interference and encouragement
•        renunciation of selfish interests and uphold the interests of humanity
•        take care of ourselves must change to take care of one another
•        groups must have a goal with a common purpose behind the goal


Note: Please do not allow emotionally charged words or issues to prevent understanding the importance of
cooperation in the physical and spiritual realms. The community embraces diversity and unity. Terms like God,
the Divine, Allah, Great Spirit, Ke Akua, Source, etc. refer to the same Supreme Being or energy. Even if one is
atheist or agnostic, we can agree to act in accordance with our Higher Self.

UNITY IN DIVERSITY

It is the simplest of principles, it is the most difficult of principles.

Let us first be clear on what unity does not mean: it does not mean uniformity. Unity is oneness. Diversity lends
strength to any group of people. Unity binds together diverse elements so that, by virtue of their many
strengths, the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. Unity is a state of being one or undivided;
united in mind or purpose. Diversity is the quality of being diverse or different. Unity in diversity is a socio-
ecological philosophy that describes a sense of oneness despite physical or psychological barriers.

The political and social climate that prevails in the world today emphasizes difference, disunity, and destruction
rather than the qualities of unity and productive and constructive energy that are required to sustain human
societies. These negative processes and forces have perpetuated our alienation from the basic material roots
of our existence, the natural world of which we are a part. The use of the phrase unity in diversity and similar
concepts is not a new phenomenon. Its roots reach back hundreds of years in non-western cultures such as
indigenous peoples in North America and Taoist societies in 400-500B.C. In pre-modern Western culture it has
been implicit in the organic conceptions of the universe that have been manifest since the ancient Greek and
Roman civilizations through medieval Europe and into the Romantic era. This is also apparent in the Kingdom of
Hawai'i, Declaration of Rights, 1839, which states, "God hath made of one blood all nations of men to dwell on
the earth in unity and blessedness." Unity in diversity is the highest possible attainment of a civilization, a
testimony to the most noble possibilities of the human race. This attainment is made possible through
passionate concern for choice, in an atmosphere of social trust.

We live in a world filled with a wondrous diversity of experiences, opinions, physical appearance, cultures,
religion, etc. One of the challenges of this age is not only to find a way to live in harmony with people who differ
from us, but to celebrate the diversity and learn from it. We can only learn a limited amount from those who are
like us but there is a fortune of new knowledge to be gained from those who have a different perspective to our
own.

'Abdu'l-Bahá in Paris Talks says: "Differences which are only those of blood also cause them to destroy and kill
one another. Alas! that this should still be so. Let us look rather at the beauty in diversity, the beauty of
harmony, and learn a lesson from the vegetable creation. If you beheld a garden in which all the plants were the
same as to form, color and perfume, it would not seem beautiful to you at all, but, rather, monotonous and dull.
The garden which is pleasing to the eye and which makes the heart glad, is the garden in which are growing
side by side flowers of every hue, form and perfume, and the joyous contrast of color is what makes for charm
and beauty. So is it with trees. An orchard full of fruit trees is a delight; so is a plantation planted with many
species of shrubs. It is just the diversity and variety that constitutes its charm; each flower, each tree, each fruit,
beside being beautiful in itself, brings out by contrast the qualities of the others, and shows to advantage the
special loveliness of each and all ".

However, the most profound use of the concept has developed over the last 150 years as an integral aspect of
an ecological understanding of the world and, to that end, it appears most frequently now in literature promoting
that vision. The ecological context of the concept is based on the scientifically derived knowledge that biological
diversity is necessary to sustain the healthy existence of ecosystems and that the healthy progress of the planet
is dependent on a diversity of such ecosystems. Natural scientists and environmentalists lament the loss of
species that will never be discovered because the environments in which they live are being destroyed by
massive transformations such as deliberate burning of rain forests to release more arable land. In other cases,
the environments are so sensitive that even minor changes result in unforeseen consequences such as the
extinction of some species. The long-term consequences of the escalating loss of species diversity is unknown
at this time. Efforts are underway at all scales of human endeavor to deal with the problem, the most recent
global event being the drafting of the Biodiversity Convention at the Earth Summit.

The concept could also find expression in current attempts by Natives in North America to acquire self-
governance, drawing on their common experience since European settlement and the diverse expressions of
their cultural traditions to provide richness in a new social environment. One of the central aims of radical
ecology as a social force in contemporary society is to articulate a general human interest that transcends the
real but particularistic interests of class, nationality, ethnicity, and gender in order to build alliances to
reconstruct our communities along more humane and ecological lines. Yet we need to be wary of talking too
glibly about the general human interest. Multiculturalism must mean more than mistaking the currently dominant
culture as the universal and expecting other people to adopt the perspective of this dominant culture. The fear
that many minority groups have is becoming subsumed within a dominant culture characterized by white,
Christian, male values. It is this fear also within contemporary Western society that has given rise to the notion
of "political correctness," a phenomenon that threatens to increase the fragmentation in society despite its
attempts to foster awareness of and sensitivity to difference. A healthy and constructive articulation of the
concept of unity is needed to erase those fears and mend the rifts that have developed. The concept must
incorporate a set of principles that is universally applicable to all human beings simply because they are human
at the same time that it provides protection for the diversity of characteristics that maintains the vibrancy of the
human species (Murray Bookchin).

The diversity of ecosystems across the planet is the physical foundation for the diversity of cultural groups that
have evolved in those regions throughout human history. Increased knowledge of those groups will also
heighten our awareness of the interconnections between human and nonhuman nature. The diversity in the
human family should be the cause of love and harmony, as it is in music where many different notes blend
together in the making of a perfect chord. When we meet people of different race and color from ourselves, do
not mistrust them and withdraw into our shell of conventionality, but rather be glad and show them kindness.
They are different colored flowers growing in the beautiful garden of humanity. Rejoice to be among them.
Likewise, when we meet people whose opinions differ from our own, do not turn away from them. All are seeking
truth, and there are many roads leading there. Truth has many aspects, but it remains always and forever one.
Do not allow difference of opinion, or diversity of thought to separate us from fellow humans, or to be the cause
of dispute, hatred and strife in our hearts. Rather, search diligently for the truth and make all humans our
friends.

Unity in Diversity: Acceptance and Integration in an Era of Intolerance and Fragmentation

The political and social climate that prevails in the world today emphasizes difference, disunity, and destruction
rather than the qualities of unity and productive and constructive energy that are required to sustain human
societies. These negative processes and forces have perpetuated our alienation from the basic material roots
of our existence, the natural world of which we are a part. We must seek a way of looking at the world that
enables us to foster the diversity inherent in the human species as it exists today without perpetuating our
alienation from nature and from each other. By exploring the concept of unity in diversity as an expression of
unity without uniformity and diversity without fragmentation, let us seek a solution to many of the concerns felt
by those who are resistant to the spread of one particular cultural hegemony and those who fear that
awareness of differences can lead to greater intolerance. Fostering the ecological factors that are inherent in
the human condition at the same time as we maintain a vision of humanity's unique place in creation will help to
resolve not only our ongoing problems in living harmoniously with our natural environment but our ongoing
difficulties with each other as well.

The best hope of humankind is to maintain as rich a diversity of social types as possible, with the expectation
that each of these experiments in the human future will cross-fertilize with others, and thus maintain the vital
diversity essential for indefinite survival. Competition for ascendancy in world trade, power, or military might are
simply empty, meaningless concepts for the future. By encouraging diversity elsewhere, each society ensures a
rich source of ideas and techniques for its own future. (Mary Clark)

Unity without Uniformity
To establish a universally recognized concept of unity, there is need for an acceptance that universal principles
exist. These principles are reflected in values that apply to each and every human being. These principles lie at
the core of all the major religions and our most noble cultural traditions. The values of universal brotherhood,
love for one's neighbor, and the golden rule of treating others as we ourselves would wish to be treated are just
some of the ideals that are common to all cultures. They have fostered social union and amity between people
for countless generations and continue to underscore our highest aspirations. Today's world would indeed
benefit from a profound affirmation of these essential spiritual truths. The application of these values requires
rising above the religious dogmas, political ideologies and national allegiances which bitterly divide the world. It
entails restating the fundamental truths that lie behind all religions, philosophies and traditions. Consideration of
these values leads us to recognize the oneness of the entire human species, an ideal that extends former
loyalties and does not abrogate them. (Laszlo)
If we accept this philosophical foundation for the application of unity, traditional rivalries and vendettas must be
forgotten, divisive theories and ideologies submerged, and national borders transcended. The interdependence
implied by the notion of the oneness of humanity requires a relinquishing of any idea or activity that allows for
the suffering of even one person. If we are interdependent, then the suffering of one affects us all. When a
person receives an injury to one part of the body, the entire system of that person is affected as the body
attempts to heal itself. If the injury is severe, the whole body, not just the affected part, becomes debilitated. The
treatment in that situation is multifaceted. Not only is the injured area treated with specific remedies but the
whole body also receives the benefit of nutrients that are provided to assist in the healing. Human beings have
not yet learned how to apply this concept of healing to the planet or to the human species itself.

Diversity without Fragmentation
The growing interdependence of the communities of the world over the last century or two has resulted in an
increasingly interwoven and complex system of relations. The growth of the Western hegemony that has
coincided with the development of that interdependence threatens to impose a uniform set of ideals and values
directly and indirectly on all the peoples of the world. Notions of "the good life" are increasingly viewed as
synonymous with the possession of consumer "goods" from the West rather than the Judeo-Christian and
Enlightenment morals and values that in varying degrees shape Western society. As a result of the increasing
dominance of the trappings of Western civilization throughout the world, endeavors to promote cultural diversity
have become more vociferous in the last half of this century. As the traditional lifestyles of indigenous
communities across the globe become disrupted, efforts have been made to preserve those cultures in various
ways. In contrast to the "melting pot" approach of the United States, some Western countries like Canada
express their commitment to the preservation of multiculturalism through open immigration policies and the
fostering of community-based events and organizations that enable participants to continue many of the
practices that are unique to their culture. One scholar has expressed the ethic in this way: "the presence of
cultural diversity, with the constant exchanging, through travel, trade, intermarriage and so on, of cultural traits,
offers humankind a rich source of new adaptive possibilities for cultural evolution to meet changing conditions in
the future. Preservation of cultural diversity, far from being perceived as a threat to human survival owing to
rivalries and differences, needs rather to be respected and fostered by all cultures. Our global goal must not be
simply tolerance of diversity, but its positive nurturing. Each culture represents an important, perhaps crucial,
experiment in the unfolding drama of human life on Earth." (Clark)

Multicultural events provide opportunities for members of different communities to learn more about each other,
thus fostering increased awareness and understanding of the diversity within the human community. The
increased visibility and promotion of cultural diversity has been accompanied by stronger feelings of attachment
to ethnic roots, often causing conflicts among and within different groups. When the open acceptance of
diversity is perceived as a threat to the preservation of one's own traditions, tension can develop and conflicts
arise. When disharmony among individuals arises as a result of adherence to traditional expressions of culture
(including religion), perhaps it is time to examine those traditions in light of a changing world. Perhaps a re-
examination of a certain cultural practice will reveal the reason it was developed in the first place many decades
if not centuries ago and offer a resolution to contemporary conflicts. Such an analysis will reveal why cultural
traits are so important to the members of that group and what makes culture such a powerful aspect of human
existence. Each person, in order to retain those attributes we recognize as human, must live in relation to
others, within a social context, a culture which gives meaning to individual existence. This need for cultural
meaning is at once the sine qua non of human existence and the source of our greatest danger.

It is apparent that people everywhere, as they struggle to adjust their traditional worldviews to meet changing
circumstances, must take care that they do not throw out the "baby" of cultural meaning and bondedness with
the "bath water" of maladaptive institutions, lest they end up with new institutions that are destructive of the
human psyche itself. (Clark)

Religion, as the most powerful of cultural expressions, is also the greatest source of conflict. If it continues to be
a source of disharmony among human beings, the planet would certainly be better off without it. However,
religion continues to be a powerful force in human existence; it is destined to endure in one form or another.
Therefore, an even more intensive examination of religion might be necessary to reveal the sources of the
tensions between different religious groups. It is just possible that the evidence will offer not only a resolution to
the problems that continue to perpetuate the fragmentation within and between national communities but also a
source of inspiration to unite the global family through guidance for each individual at the interpersonal and
community levels. This release of guidance and inspiration has the potential to have a massive impact on every
aspect of human activity, a possibility that brings the discussion back to the basic focus of this thesis, the
environmental crisis.

Unity In Diversity - Our Mission
Ola Ipa's purpose of the Unity in Diversity Mission is to help build positive relations among all people, to
strengthen equality and promote the eradication of all forms of prejudice. This means recognizing diversity in its
broadest sense, including race, gender, age, class, religion or culture, difference of ability, education or
economic positions.

Note: Unity in Diversity cannot be forced, it must be accepted freely. In Roger Collins book, Early Medieval
Spain, Unity in Diversity 400-1000AD, he discusses the Imposition of Unity. The imposition of unity, forced unity
in early medieval Spain. We can learn from history, based on the cultural and ethnic diversity of early Spain
many rulers tried to impose political and national unity, the imposition of a unitary Christian culture has created
such repercussions as the Spanish inquisition, Arab control along with Basque and Catalan resistances.

Celebrate Multi-Cultural Events together.
Learn about other people's traditions and cultures.
Respect other people's choices of religious, philosophical and political beliefs. This will be particularly difficult in
light of those people that support white supremacy, racism, xenophobia, war, misogyny and other forms of
hatred and division. It is important to respect the person even though you cannot support their beliefs. Diversity
also includes individuals that range from the unconscious to the conscious. Love and Truth will always
persevere over fear and hatred.  

VIBRATION AND FREQUENCY FREE ENVIRONMENT
Do you experience negative health effects from wireless technology and electrical pollution? With all of the
energy vibrations that we are bombarded with on a daily basis, it may be helpful to know that many may drain
vital life force, alter polarity, contribute to stress, irritability and depression, weaken immune and cardio-vascular
systems along with other health concerns. Electric fields will also diminish the quality of your sleep. In a typical
day you will be surrounded by the earth's magnetic field, your house and workplace wiring and appliance
electro-magnetic field, microwaves radiation, Smart meters and appliances, HD and Satellite TV's, High Power
Lines,  your internet Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections, Cell phone signals, the electro-magnetic field of your
automobile engine, GPS, Police radar and other speed detection frequencies, radio frequencies,  2G, 3G, 4G
and now 5G and numerous other sources. All electrical wiring and electrical appliances transmit EMF's . This
constant vibrational assault on our bodies can hinder optimum health and wellbeing.

Our Mission at Ola Ipa is to reduce vibrational pollution in your life from:
•        the electromagnetic field (EMF)
•        the electrical field (EF)
•        the radio field (RF)
•        the magnetic field
•        Wi-Fi
•        microwave

There are few places on the planet that are "vibration free" sanctuaries. Ola Ipa (Health Sanctuary) is one of
those places.  The recent lava flow has taken out several of the local cell phone towers, so there is poor
reception.

•        At Ola Ipa each of the guest houses and intentional community members houses will have a faraday cage
surrounding it or have EMF paint or wall and window coverings.
•        The property will have Orgone Generators located on all four corners.
•        Internet service will only be a hardwired connection. There will be no Wi-Fi.
•        Telephone Service will only be a landline connection. There will be no wireless telephones.
•        All Personal Cellular Telephones, Tablets, Laptops and Computers will be located in the Communications
Building. Guests and Community Members will have lockers and a security person will be present. This building
will be open 24 hours/day.
•        There will be no microwave ovens, AM/FM radios, or televisions with antennas.
•        Houses will have solar powered electric for lighting and fans. Any other chargeable appliances can be
charged in the Communications Building.
•        All wiring is twisted copper inside steel conduits to prevent EMF escape.
•        Curtains are lined with a Silver Fabric which shields Wi-Fi routers and other microwave transmitters.  At
nearly 60 dB, this fabric will block approximately 99.9% of microwave radiation. It also reduces electric fields but
the screen will help reduce the  magnetic fields.


IGNORANCE, FEAR and DISTRACTIONS

Each of us has the ability to be powerful and free. We are more dynamic than we realize, yet many of us do not
step into our power. We shy away, we ignore, we deny or worse, we have no idea of our greatness. There are
three major things that keep us from understanding who we truly are. The most insidious being ignorance. If we
do not learn who we are, where we are from, where we are going, what we are capable of and what our purpose
is, then we will never be able to grow spiritually nor integrate our lower self with our Higher Self. Ignorance is not
bliss, ignorance is the curse that maintains slavery.

"As long as people remain ignorant of the fact that many times those who claim to protect us from
fears are actually manipulating our fears for their own benefit, then we will be contributing to the
misfortune of the world through our ignorant compliance." Plato


Our second obstacle is fear. Fear is a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc.,
whether the threat is real or imagined, the health effects of living in fear are very detrimental. We can fear
almost everything including fear itself. Fear is used as a means of social control, by corrupt politicians and the
unethical media seeking sensational stories. A fear is created like immigration or terrorism, then a false flag
operation is carried out or spread through the repetition of lies (Trump announcing that a caravan was coming
to the border) or a staged event (the controlled demolition of the Twin Towers on 9-11), then it is manipulated
by politicians and the media to control the fearful people which instills a fear psychosis. George Orwell wrote,
"Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance
of solidity to pure wind."  To rid ourselves of this unnecessary fear we must become aware of the fear, identify it,
where its coming from and realize that it is not a part of us. Then take responsibility for our actions and the
beliefs that motivate those actions. We must evaluate claims of those in power with extreme skepticism. Be an
active truth seeker, question everything and do thorough research. Do not blindly accept words, think for
yourself
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"He who has overcome fear will truly be free." Aristotle

The last major obstacle, but not the least, is distraction. There are as many distractions as there are fears. We
distract ourselves to confuse and amuse. How can I recognize distractions and what can i do about them? Does
it take up loads of your time? Does it bring you closer to what you want to be doing or does it get in the way?
How does it affect your relationships to your loved ones? Does it make you a happier person or does it make
you forget yourself? And can your bank balance take it or does it mean you have to work that much harder? If
you have a sneaking suspicion that you may be chronically distracting yourself then the first step that will lead to
any change is awareness. When you ask yourself the above questions, be honest with yourself!
We distract ourselves to avoid painful feelings – loneliness, frustration, emptiness, fear, anger, powerlessness,
grief, etc. Zoning out in front of a screen or drinking a couple of glasses of wine or pints of beer after work can
be mind numbing, it can seem like a welcome relief from the stresses of the day. It takes us away and switches
us off, distracting us from reality.

A mind that is numb is also completely unaware of all those underlying feelings we may be carrying. They may
start creeping into our lives in other ways, like through our nocturnal dreams, our sleeplessness, or that
nagging feeling that catches us off guard every now and then. The problem is, if we don’t know how we are
feeling, how can we make good decisions about our lives? Feelings are indicators of ‘where we are at’. They tell
us if we are off course, if we need to make changes, and which changes are going to be most beneficial to us. If
we can’t feel, then how do we know if our marriage is really working for us or whether we need to go for that
career change right now?

There is a time and a place for distraction, even some communal distraction can be fun and uplifting. But there
is also a time and a place for getting to know ourselves and those we share our lives with. We can turn off the
din of the media or the pub, we can go for a walk, call a friend, do some journal writing, have a massage or
sauna, write a letter, read an inspiring book, stare at a fire, meditate, have a good cry, write a poem or a song,
practice some yoga or Tai Chi… the list is endless.

We do not have to get into the whole ‘good for me’ vs. ‘bad for me’ debate. We can ask ourselves in any given
situation ‘what will genuinely make me feel better right now?’ If it is a bit of distraction – fine. If it is sitting by
myself watching ocean waves crashing – so be it. If is having a chat with someone I love – great. Remember it’s
not so much what you do it's how/why you do it that really matters. And if you are doing something out of habit
or desperation it may be time for a change. The easiest way to become empowered is to give yourself several
choices and then pick the one that you know will ultimately feel good – even if it is a bit scary! And always
remember – your relationship to yourself is the foundation of your life.

We live in a world of distractions. All day, every day we are bombarded with opportunities to be distracted. And,
as I've recently noticed about myself, many of us choose (whether we're conscious of it or not) to distract
ourselves on purpose, to escape from life in various ways.
Given that most of us are going to be distracted on a regular basis, consciously or unconsciously, it's important
that we take a deeper look at how and why we get distracted and do what we can do to start distracting
ourselves in healthy ways and for healthy reasons.
We move from one distraction to the next, rarely engaging or being totally present unless we schedule it into our
calendars. Living a life in the present moment can help us to reduce the distractions we are bombarded with,  
enticing us to pay attention to things of no value or contribution to a healthy, successful and happy life.
Meditation, prayer, yoga and tai chi are some methods used to be present. These practices can help us to shed
our identity, our roles, our responsibilities on our mat and simply be in the moment.

TYPES OF DISTRACTION

There are many different types of distractions (some turning into addictions or habits) including using drugs,
alcohol, or tobacco, watching sports, WWE, auto racing, clocks or television, eating junk food, perpetuating
drama, gossip, using smart phones, social media, news, over-scheduling, shopping, accumulating possessions,
playing video games, gambling, food, pride, procrastination, solving problems, worrying, thoughts, mirrors,
goals, desire for wealth, need for notoriety, pursuit of perfection, promise of tomorrow, regrets of yesterday,
people's opinions of you, comparisons, competition, appeal of pleasure, performance, presence of indifference,
taking care of everyone around us, manipulation, lying, politics, religion, movies, debt, internet, disease,
addiction, fashion, meetings, mail, bills, porno, cheating, dating, newsletters, sales, brochures, magazines,
facebook, twitter, instagram, blogs, emails, texts, voicemail, chatting, messaging, etc. We have so many
distractions, that we multi-task our numerous distractions. Even racism is used as a distraction, although it has
unfortunately become systemic in US policy and practices. Life can be quite intense and stressful causing us to
come up with creative ways of avoiding certain feelings, situations and activities that are challenging for us like
things we're scared of or uncomfortable with, so we distract ourselves in unhealthy ways. Whatever our
distraction involves, we often engage in these habits for unhealthy reasons because we don't want to stop, feel
and deal with the intensity of our lives.

Healthy distraction, for unhealthy reasons
Once we become aware of our unhealthy patterns of distracting ourselves we can start to replace some of these
negative behaviors with more positive ones. Some examples:
•        Reorganize our desk instead of making those scary phone calls
•        Clean up the house instead of working on the creative project that we've been thinking about
•        Head out to the gym or on a bike ride to relieve some stress, instead of rushing to the refrigerator when
we get stressed out
•        Curl up with an inspiring book or watch a touching film that makes us feel better

These and other things can distract us in more positive ways and have less of a negative impact on us in the
long run, however, if we engage in these "healthy" activities simply as a way to avoid dealing with our lives,
avoid feeling uncomfortable emotions, or engaging in what's going on around us in an authentic way, there is
still another level for us to reach.

On the positive side, there are many distractions that are healthier and less addictive like playing games with
friends, pets, listening to or playing music, passion, watching inspiring movies, meditation, exercising, walking in
nature, singing, laughing, playing with children, traveling, reading inspiring books, helping others, painting,
spending time with people you love, dancing, taking classes or workshops, writing, swimming, sitting and doing
nothing, creating something, doing laundry, taking out trash, recycling, sending a thank you note, cleaning the
car, watching clouds, cleaning the bathroom, taking a nap, watching birds, watching the ocean, exploring
someplace new, cooking a meal, being spontaneous, cleaning the kitchen, hugging someone, listing what you
are grateful for, donating to charity, etc.
 
The distraction training starts when we are just babies. Adults try to distract us from being upset with
noisemakers and movement. Babies and children cry and adults try to convince them they are okay. Many
adults attempt to distract children from feeling their emotions because the crying is annoying to them. Many
people are afraid of emotions, believing that showing emotions is a sign of weakness. We even make jokes
instead of feeling sad or angry. Emotions are simply energy and usually move through the body quickly
(average of 90 seconds). Instead of holding onto the energy, burying it and repressing it, wouldn't it be better to
let it flow through immediately and then not have to deal with it later, possibly over and over. If we were all
taught early on how to express our feelings when we felt them, diseases would drop dramatically, since 90% of
all disease is emotionally based.

Conscious, healthy distraction
The ultimate goal of this process is to be able to choose to distract ourselves (get out of our heads, let go of our
negative worries, and take a conscious break from the day-to-day stress of life) in a truly healthy way. When our
motivation is positive (we are not avoiding anything, but choosing consciously to take a break), the outcome and
experience of our distraction is more likely to be healthy and beneficial. If we are going to live a life of growth,
meaning and fulfillment we need lots of healthy breaks and rests along the way, especially when things get
hard. If we don't take these breaks, it's easy to let worry, fear, negativity and doubt take over without us even
noticing.

We cannot create a community without ignorance, fear or distractions since each one of us has varying degrees
of each. They are part of the human experience and often times are our teachers guiding us to evolve and to
understand what we can accomplish is a community that is aware of human nature, supportive of our individual
needs and emboldens us to be our best. When we take some time to consciously distract ourselves in healthy
ways, we interrupt the negative, unconscious and habitual patterns of our minds and our culture that often get
in the way of us experiencing the peace, joy, and abundance that is naturally and authentically around us and
within us all the time.