Monday, July 25, 2022

20220722 Attunement

In this blog you can read about 

-     News: 

·       The Sanctuary Transformation

·       The sad news of Wilfried Schenk’s sudden death

-     Our topic: Attunement

-     Blast from the Past: The last interview with all three founder, Peter, Eileen and Dorothy in 1992.

-     Community Quiz: new questions and of course the answers to the last ones

xxx ENJOY xxx

News 

The Sanctuary Transformation is continuing. Since the fires on the 12th April 2021, the Sanctuary has seen several transformations. From a devastation site to a beautiful quiet space where people met again for contemplation.

Now the time is coming to start the future building process. After many months of attunement and planning we have started to ‘break ground’ on Friday 23rd July 2022.


The plans for the Sanctuary which have emerged have a greater footprint than the old ‘double garage’ shed which was initially completed for Easter 1968. After much communication with the subtle realms the area of the New Sanctuary has been delineated, and for 2 days the Community has come together to work, sing and bless, to dig by hand, to shift plants, to attune and commune, to prepare the new site for the more disruptive work which needs to be done my machinery.

 


We still have an active fundraising campaign for the New Sanctuary. You find lots more images and background information on that page. Please participate in any way you feel inspired to help us manifest this essential focus for our Community.

The sad news of Wilfried Schenk’s sudden death. On Friday 22nd July 2022 Wilfried died unexpectedly after a massive heart attack. Wilfried has been in the Community for over 3 decades. Initially he and his wife Irene lived at Newbold House, then they lived in Logie and had their two sons Colin and Kevin. He worked in several community organisations, including Aromantic, Moray Carshare and at HealthWorks, the Holistic Health Care Centre in Forres where he was the Centre Manager for 21 years until 2021. He also had a strong connection to Auroville. He will be hugely missed, first and foremost by his family but also by the many to whom he was a true and steadfast friend. God Speed on your onwards journey, Wilf, and our heartfelt condolences to all those left behind.

Our topic: Attunement

Attunement is possibly one of the biggest gifts the Community has made more accessible to the world. Of course, it is not a new concept, and is practised in many traditions, under many names. At Findhorn it is used in many different contexts and yet it always comes down to the basics of Connection and Inner Listening.




In the 50th Birthday Book ‘Spirit of the Future’ there are 17 different references to the term Attunement. In the electronic version you can flip through the book and find the pages quoted below. To be able to read the text easier, just zoom in on the the bar below the book.

Liza Hollingshead describes on page 7, how “attunement has become an intrinsic part of the Findhorn ‘way’. So simple but it works.” “Eileen received guidance to stop giving guidance to others and to encourage them to turn within and learn to hear their own inner voice. A practice of attuning before each activity, whether before or meal or the start of the working day, became part of the way of life: a moment of silence, joining hands, minds and hearts to be ‘at one’ with each other, the task ahead, and the spiritual forces within and around us.”

The following articles demonstrate some essential implementations of Attunement in our community culture:

On page 15 Angus Marland speaks about Being – attunement whilst on page 15 Judith Bone covers Doing – attunement and Communing with Nature – attunement (p19). Kajedo Wanderer explores Attunement to Nature in an article on page 27. Whilst Christoph Greiner relates his experience of decision making by attunement on page 80. You can even pay your NFA membership fee ‘by attunement’ (Fabien Barouch, page 95).

The Findhorn Foundation puts it also right at the front of the website:


Blasts from the Past: 

Attunement is at the core of the founders’ experience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOetKgNPs4Y This video from 1992 is the last film where all three founders were together. And attunement is mentioned many many times.

Community Quiz

Which is the first plant that Dorothy Maclean attuned to?

‘Attunement in Action’ was a subtitle in a publication distributed on 24th July 1966? What was the title of that publication? Who was credited as the author? What was the revised title of the second edition distributed in August 1966?

You can add your answers to the Comments section below.

Answers to our last questions: 

When was the first Sacred Dance Festival held? 1992

Which dance has been generally used to start the Sacred Dance session in Experience Week? The Kos

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For more information about the Celebrating One Incredible Family go to https://celebratingoneincrediblefamily.org/

We'd love to hear from you - please get in touch by emailing info@celebratingoneincrediblefamily.org or leave us a comment below.

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Thanks to the Findhorn Foundation and NFA for their permission to use photographs and media.

 

 

 

 



Monday, July 11, 2022

20220711 Sacred Dance

  In this blog you can read about 

-     News: 

·       The Park is teeming with people again

·       Festival of Sacred Dance Music & Song 2022

·       Our Blog - If You want to make God laugh, tell her your plans ;-).

-     This week's topic: Sacred Dance

-      Blast from the Past: Sacred Dance over the decades

-     Community Quiz: new questions and of course the answers to the last ones

xxx ENJOY xxx

News 

The Park is teeming with people again. There are many holiday makers who come to stay on the Findhorn Bay Holiday Park and in the B&Bs around The Park.

This week the vibrancy is heightened by the Festival of Sacred Dance Music & Song 2022.

After 3 long years the Universal Hall is hosting once more dancers and teachers from all over the world to share their joy and connections. Click here for to be transported there for a few seconds.

Creativity and resilience at work: Staff in the Findhorn Foundation have been working hard to adapt to the loss of the Community Centre. Meals are now being cooked in the fabulous Cluny Kitchen and served in a beautifully decked out marquee on the Village Green in The Park – Magic!



Our blog - If You want to make God laugh, tell her your plans ;-). Well that is true for our projection of how quickly we’d be able to start doing the blog via our new website - https://celebratingoneincrediblefamily.org/. As it is taking a wee bitty longer than we thought, we resume it on this platform for the moment. 

Nonetheless our new website is well worth a visit - not the least to get details about another opportunity when The Park will be teeming with people: the 60thBirthday Festival 12-20th November 2022.

This week's topic: Sacred Dance

Sacred Dance has held a central role in the Community for over 40 years. Our weekly rhythms have always included open Sacred Dance sessions on a Wednesday night, and even through the pandemic that has continued online through Brant's work with The Centrepiece. A dedicated group of dancers is meeting weekly, even through the pandemic times when they just danced outside on the Dancing Green as soon as the regulations allowed that. Every Experience Week had a Sacred Dance session to bring the group together. So many events in the Universal Hall are graced by Sacred Dance performances. Teachers from the Community have taken Sacred Dance all around the world, from Brazil to Japan and many places in between.

Many outstanding international Sacred Dance teachers have called this Community their home over the decades – from Anna Barton, to Peter Vallance, Susanne Anders Bartholomaei, Laura Shannon, and Brant Bamberry.

The annual Sacred Dance Festival has brought together these teacher, celebrates the role Sacred Dance plays in our Community for decades now.

This year a gigantic display of photos in the Universal Hall tantalises us with glimpses of so many stories.

We look forward to reading as many as possible in our collective autobiography which we are putting together to celebrate 60 years of our One Incredible Family.

Blasts from the Past: 

Scenes from the 2017 Festival of Sacred Dance Music & Song

A clip from the Findhorn Festival of the Arts in 1981 allows us to appreciate the evolution of Sacred Dance. 

Peter Vallance's YouTube channel gives many more clips, including one where he interviews Anna Barton.

This week's Quiz

When was the first Sacred Dance Festival held?

Which dance has been generally used to start the Sacred Dance session in Experience Week?

You can add your answers to the Comments section below.

Answers to our last questions: 

Who was the famous singer-songwriter who came to view the Recording Studio in the Universal Hall? - Van Morrison

Name two female New Troubadours – Julie Manchester (later Spangler), Lark Batteau

Who used to sing “Brother Sun, Sister Moon” in the Sanctuary? – Loren Stewart

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For more information about the Celebrating One Incredible Family go to https://celebratingoneincrediblefamily.org/

We'd love to hear from you - please get in touch by emailing info@celebratingoneincrediblefamily.org or leave us a comment below.

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Thanks to the Findhorn Foundation and NFA for their permission to use photographs and media.

 

 

 


Monday, June 13, 2022

20220613 One Incredible Family

 In this blog you can read about 

-     News: 

·      Community Connections – our blog is on the move

·       Richard Borden - a global funeral

·       Cullerne House is now Ours again – first potluck party

-     This week's topic: What is “One Incredible Family”?

-      Blast from the Past: the Community singing One Incredible Family with Hans Poulsen

-     Community Quiz: new questions and of course the answers to the last ones

xxx ENJOY xxx

News 

Community Connections: Our blog is on the move! Soon it will arrive on our website.  We are making the transition over the next couple of weeks as we bring the posts of the last few months across for you to continue to enjoy. So watch this space!

Global Connections: Richard Borden died recently, held in awareness by his Findhorn friends through the magic of technology. Emails and Zoom calls allowed this deepening connection. Now some of us were even able to attend the scattering of his ashes in Hawaii via Zoom.


It is deeply moving to be able to witness such global engagement and feel the bonds of One Incredible Family in such fundamental ways. Thank you Kathy, Buffy and Doug for making this possible!

Cullerne House is now Ours again!


We are getting together for a first pot-luck party this Wednesday to celebrate. We are also celebrating John Talbott’s recent big birthday. Huge appreciations to JT for his persistence, patience, and perseverance, and bringing this amazing endeavour to such a successful completion. We couldn’t have done it without You!

Now we just need to figure out what to do with this gem of a community asset. Stay tuned!

This week's topic: What is “One Incredible Family”?

The phrase itself is the title of a song written by noted Australian musician Hans Poulsen in the early 1970s during his time living in the Findhorn Community. It was often sung by him and Lynn Whyte (Zidanic) in the Community Centre, on picnics and at other events and over the years has become a kind of anthem for the Community.

"To love, my brothers and sisters, does not mean we have to agree. But maybe agreeing to love is the greatest agreement. And the only one that ultimately matters, because it makes a future possible."

Michael B. Curry

This song tells us that the agreement to love has been made here in the community a long time ago.

Today, we are using the phrase to identify and celebrate the Findhorn Community “Family” – the many people around the world who have a special connection to the Findhorn Foundation and Community. Community members, past and present, who have contributed in some way to its development, who have made a special, deep connection with the Community over its 60 years of existence: a connection that is a good deal more than an everyday acquaintance.

In a previous quiz we asked for definitions of COIF – Celebrating One Incredible Family. 

One of the responses was:

define coif: cap – often worn in religious contexts – by nuns under the veil, skullcaps (Muslim, Jewish, Roman Catholic etc).

Our COIF may signify our connection to God (as we each understand this concept) through our connection to each other. As another well-loved community song tells us: Where two or more are gathered together in my name, then there I am forever amongst you.



Our logo, a mosaic rainbow circle, represents (amongst many other things) the importance of each unique piece. As Eileen Caddy’s guidance often emphasises:

Simply realize it takes all sorts to make a world, it takes many organs to make up a body, but all are needed to create the perfect. Therefore I need each one of you as you are doing your part to bring about My Plan.

We invite everyone to take their rightful place in the big colourful mosaic this community has become over these last 6 decades. Writing our collective autobiography together is one way to allow this gift to shine and continue to inspire the world.

Blast from the Past:

Listen to the Community singing One Incredible Family with Hans Poulsen. You can read a wonderful account of Hans Poulsen’s life by Graeme Brown who kindly gave permission to share his article.

Community Quiz

This week's Quiz is more about music

Who was the famous singer-songwriter who came to view the Recording Studio in the Universal Hall?

Name two female New Troubadours

Who used to sing “Brother Sun, Sister Moon” in the Sanctuary?

Add your answers to the Comments section below.

Answers to last week's questions: 

There is another memorial wood area, apart from the one named after Eileen - whom is it named after? Richard St Barbe Baker – The Man of the Trees

A bungalow in Pineridge, McPhersons Green was later renamed - what is it called today? Dolphin

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For more information about the Celebrating One Incredible Family go to https://celebratingoneincrediblefamily.org/

We'd love to hear from you - please get in touch by emailing info@celebratingoneincrediblefamily.org or leave us a comment below.

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Thanks to the Findhorn Foundation and NFA for their permission to use photographs and media.

 

 


Monday, June 6, 2022

20220606 The Name of our Community

  In this blog you can read about 

-     News: Celebrating life in its many facets: the 60th Anniversary team celebrated on Friday 3rd June and on Sunday 5th June we came together to say our good-byes to Kolbjorn Borseth, a much loved Community member.

-     This week's topic: The Name of our Community

-      Blast from the Past: Channel 4 documentary The Haven from 2004

-     Community Quiz: new questions and of course the answers to the last ones

Did you know that you can subscribe to this blog - click here and we'll let you know that a new post is published!

xxx ENJOY xxx

News 

A wee celebration of the 60th Anniversary Team 

On Friday 3rd June we got together in a sun-drenched albeit blustery CC Garden to have some social time together. As so much of our work takes place in solitude on screens, and also spread across the planet, we felt the need to gather over a cuppa and some treats. 

The gathering was lively and the potluck treats delectable. Thanks to Abdul's cyber wizardry we also could experiment with 'blended' events by hosting a couple of team members on Zoom. Each one had a host aka phone bearer and they could be carried around to whomever they wanted to chat to. That was great fun and we increased our confidence that blended events could work really well, with imagination, creativity and of course the cyber skills which seem to come so easy to Young'uns. It was all so absorbing that we left it a bit late to take a group photo. So this one was taken when we were already clearing up and many had left, sorry.


Celebrating the Life of Kolbjorn Borseth

On Sunday 5th June, the Community gathered in Eileen Caddy's Memorial Woods to say our good-byes to a  much loved community member, family man, entrepreneur, idealist & activist and generous supporter of many causes and people: Kolbjorn Borseth. 



We celebrated the many aspects of his life and his innumerable legacies with moving memories, beautiful songs and heart-felt connections.


He is seen here with his four children. His memorial page offers loving tributes to this remarkable man.

This week's topic: 

Our Community Name

In the Community History team we are very aware of the issue of our Community Name. Using the name Findhorn always requires some qualification to respect the fact that it is the name of the neighbouring village. 

We are so grateful that once again in a blessed synchronicity, the whole community is addressing the issue to hopefully resolve it and heal the fractures around it. The Collaboration Circle (ColCi) is bringing the question to our next community meeting. In preparation of that, Gordon McAlpine, one of the facilitators has written an excellent summary for the Rainbow Bridge, our weekly Community Newsletter.

20 years ago the Community visited the question when the NFA (our Community Association) designed the sign to the entrance of The Park. We embarked on an interesting process which even made it into a Channel 4 documentary, The Haven in 2004. 

Resting assured in the optimism that the sign would be reviewed and renewed after a couple of years or so we in the end settled on Findhorn Foundation and Community. 

The sign still stands proudly at the entrance to The Park today - 18 years later. And the conversation has as much juice as ever....

Blast from the Past:

The Channel 4 documentary The Haven from 2004

The Haven Part 1 

The Haven Part 2 

The Haven Part 3 

Sadly the sound quality is not very good. The running commentary is at times less than sympathetic but many of the contributions by community members are heartfelt and generous. Whilst some bits of the films are a definitely cringe-worthy, it is lovely to see so many familiar faces 20 years younger :-). 

Community Quiz

This week's Quiz is: 

There is another memorial wood area, apart from the one named after Eileen - whom is it named after?

A bungalow in Pineridge, McPhersons Green was later renamed - what is it called today?

Add your answers to the Comments section below.

Answer of last week's question: 

In which year did Mike Scott participate in Experience Week? 1992

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For more information about the Celebrating One Incredible Family please see our new website https://celebratingoneincrediblefamily.org/

We'd love to hear from you - please get in touch by emailing info@celebratingoneincrediblefamily.org or leave us a comment below.

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20220722 Attunement

In this blog you can read about  -      News:   ·         The Sanctuary Transformation ·         The sad news of Wilfried Schenk’s sudden de...