The Future of Community
The cosmic shift to align to your authentic self is under way.
We are letting go of what no longer serves us and daring to move towards our desires. This is a GLOBAL shift, meaning that everyone on this planet is being influenced to make these necessary changes.
Do you feel that it is something you need to do alone - or have you included your tribe of like-minded people to share the journey with you?
In Maslow’s hierarchy of basic human needs, having a sense of connection is one of the keys to reach self-actualization, realizing our potential. Fortunately, being part of a group is a natural tendency.
There are many types of communities. We all grew up in some form of family. Many of us work, play sports, or go to classes with others. Much of life is done with other people. Being part of a community group is another way to connect for mutual benefit.
The Benefit of Community
The most influential people in the world didn’t get there alone. They were part of a community of friends, peers, and mentors whose rich exchange of ideas helped push them to become the people they were destined to be. Between 1915 and 1924, 'The Vagabonds' – Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Harvey Firestone, took annual camping trips together. Presidents and leading scientists would often join them.
It is common for people to naturally gather and support each other in times of crisis. We see this is in families and in nations. Originally, tribes created communities to share the essential tasks like hunting for food, caring for children and nursing the sick. For centuries, pioneers have created communities where there were none.
Collectively we are all evolving and adapting, and if we are to reach our full potential we need to join an existing community or create a new one to suit our needs.
How is this playing out in YOUR life?
Here are a few examples that you might relate to:
After a life of being fiercely independent, you are realizing the importance of reaching out to others. You want to be known and cared for by someone.
You’ve always been a private person and you’re now feeling the need to open up to and trust a small group of friends with your deepest fears and desires. You’re learning to share your inner world and ask for help.
After moving to a new location, leaving your old community behind, you actively seek out a local group to meet people and be accepted into their community.
You’re feeling the need to be noticed, so you come out of hiding and selectively invite like-minded people to become members of a tribe you are creating to suit your needs.
After ending a significant close relationship, or if you’re used to ‘going it alone’ you are pushing yourself to make coffee and lunch dates with friends or going out to community events to increase your chances of finding a new mate.
You are seeking to achieve a sense of purpose by volunteering, supporting or backing a worthy cause for an established group.
How to create community
A community needs a shared place where people can connect and spend meaningful time together. This place could be as small as a living room or as large as the world.
Members of a community have specific responsibilities. Some are leaders, others are followers. In some circles there is no leader, but an overseer or facilitator instead (Red Tent). Some communities offer accountability or peer reinforcement to support its members who want to change and need help to replace old behaviour (Weightwatchers). Some groups learn from each other, as members share their experiences and receive feedback from the group (Mastermind groups). Online groups are popular and some arrange events for members to meet up in person.
Simple community building ideas:
- Invite neighbours for a meal or barbecue
- Host a party
- Start talking to people you see regularly
- Join a local group
- Attend a meet-up event
Get involved and get others involved too. People have different interests and abilities so things that are easy for some may seem difficult for others. This is why communities naturally work well. No matter how you create your community, the only essential requirement is people! Find your tribe of like-minded souls and create a community that can support you in your life.
"But I don’t have time to be part of a community!"
The belief that committing to a group will make a busy life busier is a misguided one. Many enjoy the time they allow themselves as a breath of fresh air, relief from carrying their burdens, and a well-needed time out, leaving them encouraged and refreshed.
Communities grow stronger the more often they gather. Regular and consistent connection builds trust. Sharing food, helping others with tasks and getting involved in each other's lives are ways to create a community that can support you when you need it.
Connect with others. Create community today! I did. You can too!
Debra Jones is founder of Red Tent Ontario