March 2019, Issue 23
Choosing a path from a fork-in-the road is heart wrenching business. That’s what’s been up with Omni this past month.
The greatest grace received this past month was the gift of resolve (no, it didn’t come in January). We’ve been in limbo awhile, waiting at the fork-in-the-road for a sign to show us the way, but the signs kept re-directing us back to ourselves. Which way do YOU want to go? They asked.
We weighed the pros and cons over and over. Our minds vacillated to and fro from day to day, for months, and we wondered if the pendulum would ever stop swinging. Well, it has stopped, and our hearts have finally rested on Northwestern United States.
When it came down to it, the most motivating factor for remaining in South Africa was cost of living, whereas fulfilling our role as grandparents, and being nearer to family is what pulls us to the US. Hmm, let’s see….Love or money? Love or money? It should have been a no-brainer, but money is a powerful force.
Our resolution to choose this course has at once brought relief and increased activity. Now that our future vision is more focused, we see the greater details of what must be done to spur our journey onward. It’s going to take a while to get there, at least a year, maybe two? What will we do in the meantime?
Well, first we move to a new camp along the way. But before we tell you about that, we must offer our greatest gratitude for the humble home that served us as our first place together, in South Africa.
Good bye El Shaddai. I don’t mean God, but the quaint little lodge with the two-bedroom loft, overlooking the rooftops and mountainside of Graskop. Other than being on the main road, where the deafening lumber lorries pass through from one timber forest to another, it was a safe, comfortable, and peaceful place to be.
But our birdies got too big and needed more room, so we flew southwest to the other side of town and arrived here:
We look forward to settling in to this quiet garden paradise, adding a bit of our own flair, and practicing community with our landlord who lives in the cottage next door with her dog. She’s big into gardening and permaculture, and is willing to allow us to participate, so we’ll be be learning hands-on now, instead of just in theory. This setting is idyllic and ideal for all we need to do while we plan our return to the US.
Other things going on in the near future:
What were we thinking? It’s like looking back at a photo from the 80’s. YIKES! It’s time for a major web makeover. So, we’ll be hiding all our pages except for the newsletter and gift shop, and will re-present our online selves when we have simplified and beautified.
Also coming soon:
It’s into the immigration office; A visit to the music studio; Open mic; inviting guests to our new place (jam sessions?); and all the other regular stuff we do like schooling, writing, learning, growing, creating, loving…
From the path of Wisdom of Communities, we detour to a book that comes most highly recommended in many of the “Wisdom…” articles. Diana Leafe Christian’s, Creating a Life Together, is the bible of the communitarian way. The things we have learned in the past month, regarding the structural requirements for community building have stretched our minds, tested our wills, and made us question whether this dream is worth the time, money and effort it will cost. The answer is still yes, though Divine guidance might someday lead us elsewhere.
“The day will come when the idea of community will spread through the world. Gather together those of you who share high ideals. Pool your resources. Buy land in the country. A simple life will bring you the inner freedom. Harmony with nature will bring you happiness and peace of mind known to few city dwellers. In the company of other seekers of the truth, it will be easier for you to live in meditation and collective unity.”
~ Parmahansa Yogananda (Indian Mystic)
Nothing but gratitude.
And that's what's up with Omni
Would you like to be involved? There are many ways to participate, whether planning to live or volunteer in community, helping in the land search, donating, or purchasing our books. Think about it, pray about it, meditate on it. Listen to the leading of your heart.
Infinite Blessings to All!
Cameron and Leah Kirrane
The Omni Foundation
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