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Alternative Living – The Rainbow Family…

March 30, 2016
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The Rainbow Family of Living Light (also known as the Rainbow Family) is actually a group of individuals committed to non-violence and egalitarianism, or in other words want everyone to be equal in social status and worth. The group hold Rainbow Gatherings which are peaceful assemblies and events for free speech.

Formed by Barry “Plunker” Adams, known for his book Where Have All the Flower Children Gone and Garrick Beck, son of the the founder of The Living Theater. These young men were inspired by the Vortex I gathering in Oregan in 1970 and the first Woodstock Festival. Their first Rainbow Family Gathering was held in 1972 at Strawberry Lake, Colorado.

Nowadays, the gatherings are held throughout the year either in the United States or in dozens of countries around the world as national or regional events. As the gatherings are non-commercial, attendees participate peacefully for approximately a week. The primary focus is on World Peace and the week is full of prayers, mediation and observation of silence for global peace. In the US the meetings are on 4th July but in other countries they can last a month between new and full moons emphasizing spiritual focus on unity, love and peace.

Common interests for people that attend are New Age spirituality and entheogens, intentional communities and ecology. Attendees use ‘sibling’, ‘brother’ or ‘sister’ to refer to each other. Group meetings are used for decisions and general consensus for groups wanting to attend. Money exchange is frowned upon in favor of bartering. There is no organization or leaders just a common goal for peace and love on Earth.

There have been controversies and claims of The Rainbow Family Gatherings being unfavorable to the areas they attend and to indigenous peoples heritage. Any alternative lifestyle attracts public skepticism or even authority intervention.

“Love is all you need.”

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My Views on Peace – reblog…

January 23, 2015
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http://essenceofafamily.weebly.com/home/why-is-peace-so-elusive-guest-author-mandy-eve-barnett

Why is Peace so Elusive? These are my thoughts.

What are your thoughts?

Christmas Eve Traditions…

December 24, 2013
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Ubiquitous – definition: present, exiting or being everywhere, esp. at the same time

Xmas Eve

Today is a magical day all over the world. It may mean different things to different people but in the end it is special.

December 24 is the 358th day of the year (359th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are seven days remaining until the end of the year.

Christian Feast Day

Adela and Irmina

Eastern Orthodox liturgics
Christmas Eve (Christianity) and its related observances
Aofangadagskvold, the day when the 13th and the last Yule Lad arrives to towns. (Iceland)

Feast of the Seven Fishes (Italy)
Jul (Denmark, Norway) and (Sweden)
Nochebuena (Spain and Spanish-speaking countries)
The Declaration of Christmas Peace (Old Great Square of Turku, Finland’s official Christmas City)

Independence Day (Libya)

A few links to events on this day in history:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/december/24

http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/on-this-day/December-24/

http://www1.sympatico.ca/cgi-bin/on_this_day?mth=Dec&day=24

What are your traditions for this day?

One thing I miss dreadfully is proper Christmas pudding…it is just delicious!

Xmas Pud

Belief…

June 30, 2013
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Votary – definition: a person who is bound by solemn religious vows : a staunch believer

Self Belief

Belief is a deeply personal thing and not something to be forced upon others. Some beliefs are difficult to comprehend, mainly due to their insistence theirs is the ‘best’. Whatever belief gives peace to an individual is the ‘right’ one for them. Acceptance of our differences is the key.

Believing we can achieve a dream is a powerful motivator, but it is the strength of that belief that carries us through.

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