CONVERGENCE NETWORK

CORE VALUES

compiled by the Convergence Network Core Council and Core Values Team

edited and refined by Michael Tam Wood and Aokha Skyclad

Updated January 14, 2013

Our Unifying Principle 

Understanding Our Vision and Mission of Embodied Living Practice

*Our Vision & Mission*

Our Core Values

What is this? Am I in Alignment?

Our Unifying Principle

(Why we are Who we are and do What we do.)

Interdependence: Unified Field Alignment & Embodiment

What defines us as a Family at the Core is that we acknowledge a perspective of universal oneness which requires an attitude of compassion in all interactions.

We acknowledge that ALL are part of an interconnected whole and that within this whole, each part fulfills their creative purpose in a unique and essential way.

We perceive that the only way WE, or anyone, can “win”, is if everyone wins,

so we are making our

Declaration of Interdependence.

We do our utmost to approach every moment and every new experience as an embodiment of one underlying principle:

Unconditional Love & Respect for All

as Unique & Interdependent Expressions of the Unified Field

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Understanding

Our Vision and Mission of

 Embodied Living Practice

(How we Aim to Embody All that we hold Core in What we do.)

In using this underlying principle to determine how we would like to show up in the world, we recognize that harmony results from the cultivation of symbiotic relationships between us and every other part of us.

This understanding has precedence in every part of the world, and is referred to in many ways by many peoples: Ubuntu, Ahimsa, Atman, Malama Pono, Agape, Anima Mundi, The Golden Rule.

For some, this understanding seems so simple it just makes sense. One would not cut out one’s eye because it saw something one didn’t like. One would thank it for doing it’s job, and determine how to act next with integrity based on the results of the information received.

We are able to easily comprehend how the parts of the body form a larger organism which we can claim identity with, and how the parts of a community form a larger organism which we can claim identity with.

It takes only a willingness to view things from a slightly larger scale to begin to see the essential interrelationships between peoples, groups, and biomes as integral parts of larger, and much more complicated systems, which take years of study to understand exactly how each part is related to and affects each of us.

The elegance and mystery seen in the patterns of self organizing systems that emerge in nature at every scale, from the subatomic to the universal, offer a poetic reflection of this concept of an interconnected whole which acts as a siren call even to scientists who seek and yearn for a unified theory of everything to weave it all together.

This vision of an interdependent universal whole represents the convergence of ancient wisdoms and modern scientific explorations, and we perceive the true understanding of this vision to be the motivation required for individuals to choose to be proactive in the re-creation of the world we inhabit. We believe that this can be accomplished through a significant paradigm shift away from the current ideologies and practices of isolationism and separatism and towards renewed patterns of community, collaboration, mutual consideration and concern.

Our Vision & Mission

We hold as our Vision that this understanding of ourselves, as participants in a greater interconnected whole and the subsequently required attitude of Compassion towards All, when communicated to others may serve as a spark by which individuals, ethnicities, and nations may then evolve into a sustainable and generative global culture which embodies universal respect, cooperation, and mutual benefit, living in harmony, peace, and abundance.

Our Mission is to serve as a beacon connecting people everywhere to information, resources, and education which communicate this understanding of the inherent interdependence of us all, and offering tools, trainings, and templates for how to begin to embody this understanding in their everyday lives, in order to empower them to play well with others and be the change they hope to see in the world.

As an entity, we are a synergistic web of social architects aligning with like-minded individuals and organizations to co-create, share, and be living models of these new ways of living. Through the offering of resource-sharing tools and inspiring community-building events, the inspiration and support of regional leadership councils, and the building of values-based alliance partnerships we are in service to educating and empowering communities to live in right relation with the earth and our global human family so that our vision may become the reality we inhabit.

The individual values identified below represent some key aspects of our core unifying principle and represent the underlying reasons Why we have chosen certain projects, How those projects are designed, What the goals of those projects are, and How we choose to behave in all of our relationships and operations.

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Our Core Values

(scroll below for brief and expanded definitions)

We Value:

 

Interdependence: Unified Field Alignment & Embodiment

 (Unifying Principle)

Thriving Sufficiency & Energetic Flow

Harmony, Compassion & Discernment

Integrity & Adaptability

Authenticity & Immediacy

Collaboration & Individual Contribution

Participation & Inclusivity

Ecological Stewardship & Holistic Living

Balanced Empowerment

Personal Responsibility & Sovereignty

Transparency & Privacy

Innovation, Embodied Synthesis & Integration

The Convergence Network values and intends to uphold each of these qualities within all aspects and operations of our organization. It is also our intention to create and support projects which foster awareness of and respect for these values we hold core.

What is this? Am I in Alignment?

Before offering these definitions of the specific qualities we value, we wish to make clear our position. This list was compiled by a conglomerate of sovereign free-thinking individuals who were drawn together by a call they could not ignore: a desire to be the change they want to see in the world and to be co-creators of a new reality in which abundance and peace prevail for all beings and mutual cooperation is the law of the land.

We created these expanded definitions in an effort to better understand ourselves and the tenets by which we choose to guide our choices and our actions. We by no means expect anyone to believe exactly what we believe about anything but only offer these as a guide to our mutual agreements of how we hope to show up in the world. We assert no authority on the truth about the world or about another. Each of us is sole authority for our own truth and experience. We value open dialogue about the nature of reality as it offers opportunities for growth and evolution for all of us.

For anyone to be in alignment with us as a community and as an organization, it is enough to feel that none of these values herein described are abhorrent to you, and that you are in agreement that every being deserves due consideration and respect. We aim for a world where all can exist, thrive, and be free. If that sounds like a world you would like to live in, then please,

join the conversation, and please share with us your iteration.

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OUR CORE VALUES

Briefly Defined

(click on any or scroll below to see expanded definitions)

Interdependence: Unified Field Alignment & Embodiment

*UNIFYING PRINCIPLE*

We acknowledge an underlying unifying understanding, intention, and embodiment of Unconditional Love & Respect for All as Unique & Interdependent Expressions of the Unified Field. This understanding requires that all aspects and dualities be acknowledged not as “other,”  be respected for the lessons taught by their expressions, and be offered healing and compassion with the goal of full harmonic resonance for the highest benefit of all.

Thriving Sufficiency & Energetic Flow

We support the presence of thriving sufficiency for every individual as unique expressions of the Unified Field. We acknowledge the role of healthy, balanced, responsibly considered energetic exchange in directing the flow of energy, resources, information, wisdom, innovations, abundance, and love throughout the Unified Field,  thus allowing it to exist and flourish in its fullest, most actualized form for the highest benefit of all.

Harmony, Compassion & Discernment

We value the harmony which is wrought by the appropriate use of a particular quality in a given situation, arrived at through the ability to come from a place of deep compassion tempered by discernment.

Integrity & Adaptability

We recognize both the need to be consistent with the values we hold core,  always considering if we are in right relation and making choices from the heart, while also acknowledging the value of flexibility and the ability to respond and evolve the patterns and practices for how we will accomplish such consistency in order to meet the changing conditions around us.

Authenticity & Immediacy

We recognize the importance of voicing and acting in accordance with one's true feelings as experienced in any given moment and to be fully present in any given moment so that we may be able to discern our true feelings and intuitions  from amidst the reactions and acculturated learned responses with which we are often inundated and overwhelmed.

Collaboration & Individual Contribution

We recognize the importance in achieving a balance between accessing the synergistic power of collective effort & intelligence, and honoring the achievements of individual genius. 

Participation & Inclusivity

We value people who want to PLAY, not spectate, and who gain sustenance from contributing to a purpose bigger than themselves, and we think the world would be a better place if EVERYONE was playing.

Ecological Stewardship & Holistic Living

We recognize the need to live in balance with ourselves, each other, and the natural world within which we hope to thrive, and we acknowledge that a whole systems approach is required for any true understanding of how global, community, or personal thrivability is to be achieved.

Balanced Empowerment

We believe that we each have something vital to share even if we cannot yet see it in ourselves. We encourage all to step into their power, balancing the potent energies now at their disposal, so that we may all be playing at our peak activation levels.

Personal Responsibility & Sovereignty

We recognize that by taking full responsibility for ourselves, our actions, our reactions, our experience, and the consequences of our actions, we also gain full power over ourselves, our actions and our experience, and reclaim ownership of ourselves as sovereign beings.

Transparency & Privacy

We honor a willingness to be open, clear and honest in all aspects of our community and public interactions, while recognizing that as sovereign beings we each have a right to privacy regarding matters which affect none but ourselves.

Innovation, Embodied Synthesis & Integration

We acknowledge both the need for dynamic visionary inspiration to bring new ideas into our field of understanding, as well as the need for embodied practice to help realize them in physical reality, and we  support the integration of all healthy or beneficial components into our continuously evolving synthesis of embodied practice.

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OUR CORE VALUES

Expanded Definitions

We Value

Interdependence: Unified Field Alignment & Embodiment

*UNIFYING PRINCIPLE*

We acknowledge an underlying unifying understanding, intention, and embodiment of Unconditional Love & Respect for All as Unique & Interdependent Expressions of the Unified Field. This understanding requires that all aspects and dualities be acknowledged not as “other,”  be respected for the lessons taught by their expressions, and be offered healing and compassion with the goal of full harmonic resonance for the highest benefit of all.

 As expressed by our Unifying Principle we hold that all are parts of the interrelated whole and as such we seek to interact with all from a place of compassion, and acknowledgement of inter-relationship, and with the goal of harmonic resonance in the Unified Field. Many of the individual values expressed below are qualities which may at times be perceived as opposite or conflicting and perfectly illustrate our understanding of the relational aspects of duality as points along an axis. We hold that all of these qualities are part of the whole and all have a place, time, and purpose when utilized from a place of love, compassion, and discernment. It is our goal to focus on transcending duality and concepts of us versus them, or black versus white, or good versus evil, and to allow these concepts of separation and duality to collapse back into the Unified Field so that we may view the endless variety of splendor, flavors and textures with eyes of compassion, welcome, and the encouragement of all parts to feel honored and nurtured as they evolve into their own highest potential.

We value the patterns, practices and decisions which lead us into a resonant harmony in the Unified Field that promotes the sovereign freedom,  growth, and flourishing of all life.  Staying in alignment with and practicing the embodiment of these individual values helps us to ground this concept into the core center of our ideals and moves us deeper into harmonic resonance with this Unified Field.  

Many of the individual values below may seem to be redundant or connected and this is true as they are all simply more detailed illustrations of specific aspects of this underlying unifying principle outlined here in order to provide us with examples of  how we could apply this principle in many ways to many areas of our interactions. We firmly believe in practicing what we hold claim to and see the benefit in creating templates for new ways of living so that we may truly begin to embody our ideals. But all of these values are indeed connected, related, often overlapping, and can be whittled back to this one core idea.

We encourage soul sovereignty for all inside the unified hologram through our individual expressions anchored simultaneously within the aggregate whole. We commit to continued self-inspection of our practices and choices and to always come back to these values as tools for return to this authentic frequency of our Unified Field resonance so that we may be a living model of embodied practice under this core Unifying Principle.

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Thriving Sufficiency & Energetic Flow

We support the presence of thriving sufficiency for every individual as unique expressions of the Unified Field. We acknowledge the role of healthy, balanced, responsibly considered energetic exchange in directing the flow of energy, resources, information, wisdom, innovations, abundance, and love throughout the Unified Field,  thus allowing it to exist and flourish in its fullest, most actualized form for the highest benefit of all.

We believe that a paradigm of global and universal thriving sufficiency is stifled only by ideas of separateness, disunity, and scarcity which result in energetic exchanges which are not flowing, sustainable, generous, compassionate, or responsible. We affirm that our underlying perspective of Unconditional Love & Respect for All as Unique Expressions of the Unified Field requires a desire and dynamic movement towards systems, practices, and interactions which will result in the least possible detriment and the most possible abundance for all involved. 

We recognize energetic exchange as the circulatory system of the Unified Field and understand that for it to function well in its role of efficient distributor of energetic flow throughout the Field, it requires conscious directed attention, no barriers to flow, a lack of grasping or obsession, a practice of fearless generosity, and an understanding of ourselves as conduits directing the unlimited and unceasing flow of this physical representation of our Unconditional Love for All.

We resonate that the Unified Field can reach its collaborative potential with much more grace and ease when our systems of energetic exchange and currency are consciously in place and unrestrictedly flowing so that all the necessary resources, information, and energy may be naturally migrating to the points in the Field where they can best serve. We perceive that in every interaction, and every energetic exchange, be it financial, bartered, traded, gifted, or resourced, it is crucial to our integrity as human beings, and our mutual benefit and survival as a species that a holistic consideration be made as to the consequences to all involved, including the well being of the earth, as well as our own personal internal integrity and soul consciousness.

We choose to uphold the pivotal balance between masculine and feminine energetic exchange patterns by recognizing the value of both social and physical resources. In our understanding of a Unified Field worldview, we have at our disposal a weaving of both (masculine) physical resources, or those which an individual currently has or owns, and also (feminine) potential resources which arise from our understanding, supporting, and encouraging both our bonds of community and the underlying concept of the Interdependence of All. Because of these practices and understandings, our presence in and nurturing of social networks and both physical and virtual communities creates a massive pool of potential social resources available for matriculation within a thriving global energetic exchange system.

We commit to dynamically encouraging a paradigm of thriving sufficiency, and to counseling all  individuals, communities, and entities (commercial or otherwise) to interact with our global family in energetic exchanges which promote positive consequences and the most possible abundance for all involved, without being wasteful of resources. We commit to considering every exchange in which we participate (be it receiving donations, gifting service, sharing resources, or paying for services rendered), with careful scrutiny to ensure that it honors the full masculine integrity and feminine creative force of our core vision, mission, and values herein described. We commit to joyously and emphatically remembering and sharing with others the true nature of energetic exchange as the heart throbbing pulse of the Universal Love being shared around to and between all of our Uniquely Expressive Parts.

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Harmony, Compassion & Discernment

We value the harmony which is wrought by the appropriate use of a particular quality in a given situation, arrived at through the ability to come from a place of deep compassion tempered by discernment.

It is important to express before the statement of any other individual values, that we acknowledge the limitations of language and agreements to define or predict what is appropriate in any given circumstance.  We have acknowledged our understanding that we are all part of an interconnected whole and as such, we strive for and encourage the highest possible outcome for all involved in every situation. We value an attitude of compassion, concern, and consideration towards all parts of the whole and aim towards a global community which lacks dissonance, where each voice has vital and equal weight. This means loving and caring for the self as an equal part of the world, no more nor less than all other beings. Ultimately, we seek to treat others as parts of ourselves, and always to act in ways which are in the best interests of all concerned.

We also acknowledge that every situation is different and must be weighed with many variables in mind, and thus, we understand the necessity to express our love in varying ways according to circumstance.  In this sense, our ultimate goal could be summarized as harmony and the instrument that we use to determine what will ultimately serve to create that goal as discernment.

 In particular, we recognize the need to support and nurture in certain situations, while seeing where it may be appropriate to allow others to help themselves at other times.  For if people are never held accountable for their choices, they may never learn to become prudent in their decisions.  In one circumstance, it might be the ability to discern whether adapting or standing firm will create the most positive result.  In another situation, what might be required is the determination of whether to accept responsibility or attribute it to the appropriate individual.  For if we accept responsibility for a situation not of our own making, then the person who needs to accept it may be blind to an adjustment necessary for their own evolution. More than valuing one thing over another entirely, as with a purely dualistic model, we acknowledge that all things have their purpose in right timing.

We commit to honoring our agreements in our operations and relationships while trusting in our ability to discern the appropriate path to follow in order to maintain harmony in every new situation that arises.

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Integrity & Adaptability

We recognize both the need to be consistent with the values we hold core,  always considering if we are in right relation and making choices from the heart, while also acknowledging the value of flexibility and the ability to respond and evolve the patterns and practices for how we will accomplish such consistency in order to meet the changing conditions around us.

 

We value integrity where it maintains our focus on staying grounded in a perspective of unconditional love and respect regardless of changing conditions, and we value adaptability where it supports our ability to adjust our behaviors to express this love in the most appropriate way according to the current circumstance.  Integrity is the willingness to allow guidance to be offered by clearly stated agreements, but to acknowledge that the ultimate source of truth comes from the intuitive sense one has of how love is seeking to come through in the circumstance which presents itself.  Listening to this inner guidance helps us to make decisions in each moment and also to understand when the moment has arrived that the outer systems and structures must be adapted so that the core root values may continue to be upheld.

We value this type of behavior and practice and our commitment to such further requires us not only to make clear agreements and hold ourselves to them, but also to make periodic re-examination of our operational systems, agreements, and relationships, to make sure they still serve our core function in the face of changing circumstances.

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Authenticity & Immediacy

We recognize the importance of voicing and acting in accordance with one's true feelings as experienced in any given moment and to be fully present in any given moment so that we may be able to discern our true feelings and intuitions  from amidst the reactions and acculturated learned responses with which we are often inundated and overwhelmed.

In regards to feelings which arise from spiritual perceptions, or intuition, we understand that these often reveal truths which can be known beyond our ability to intellectualize or reason.  We see that it is of paramount importance to act in accordance with these truths when they have the grace to reveal themselves to us, and are confirmed by our inner guidance, as they generally afford the most beneficial consequences for all concerned.

In regards to feelings which arise through one's mental perceptions, we recognize that these feelings often change as one's perceptions are refined and honed through experience and interaction.  However, even if a feeling is based on an inaccurate understanding, it is vital to acknowledge the way one feels and take some action to respect it.  Through discussion, active listening may reveal that our comprehension of a situation is incorrect, yet it remains crucial to address and validate the feeling so that a more accurate understanding of our world can develop.  In this way, authenticity is vital to learning and growth.

Further, we acknowledge that the most precious gift that we can offer this world and each other is our true self.  We affirm that the triangulation of reality can only take place if multiple facets of the subject are illuminated through open discussion, and that even when an "inaccurate" perception is shared, that it may raise a question which leads the conversation to the "necessary truth" required in the moment.  We value immediacy in that we feel that the truth of the moment can best be found in that moment, since only the present exists.  Therefore, when everyone in the situation stays present to what is flowing into their field in the present moment, the greatest amount of intuitive information can be accessed and utilized.

We believe that each person presenting oneself authentically, with confidence, clarity, and humility, in this now, provides any group with the greatest access to its collective intelligence and produces the results most beneficial to all concerned. We commit to actively seeking self-awareness and authentic expression in our operations and interactions, tempered by the discernment of knowing those cases when full expression would not serve the interests of the group in this now, as they might not yet be capable of effectively hearing or receiving it.

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Collaboration & Individual Contribution

We recognize the importance in achieving a balance between accessing the synergistic power of collective effort & intelligence and honoring the achievements of individual genius. 

Ultimately, we understand that we are all part of an interconnected whole and we rely on each other for our very existence.  Therefore we acknowledge the importance of working towards the actualization of collective goals. People feel better and accomplish more when there is an organizational structure which allows for and effectively synergizes the contribution of individuals so that each may find a place within the pattern where their personal talents shine, and which weaves those individual contributions into cohesive collaborative results.

We also acknowledge that much learning and growth takes place as a consequence of collaboration. Working together on a project takes much trust and faith in our fellow collaborators, as well as humility and openness to new perspectives. It requires us to face emotional triggers, egoic reactions, and our need to control the situation as we work to collectively expand our understanding of our own reality. Being faced with opinions from outside of our perspective is often the best way to encourage ourselves to stretch and grow. At the same time, we acknowledge that it is equally important for each individual to be grounded in their inner guidance and to be afforded the solitude and space needed to be able to effectively offer their unique gifts and offerings to the collaborative weave.

We commit to honoring the benefits and necessity of both qualities by structuring our operations and agreements in ways that will nurture, support, and credit both collaborative effort and individual contribution.

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Participation & Inclusivity

We value people who want to PLAY, not spectate, and who gain sustenance from contributing to a purpose bigger than themselves, and we think the world would be a better place if EVERYONE was playing.

We value active engagement in the world we create and take responsibility for our own experience of it. We cannot blame anyone else for the life we inhabit if we are not actively participating in shaping it.

We recognize that when we actively participate, we gain confidence, satisfaction, and joy from being able to contribute our energy, gifts, and service to projects or communities that are in alignment with our underlying principle of love and respect for the interconnected whole, and who recognize our contributions with gratitude and reciprocity.

We value the expressions and contributions of each person in a group as the way both the individual and the collective are served. The individual gains the joy of creating what gives them pleasure, and the group reaps the benefit of the function of the individual’s creation. We perceive that a person is only truly happy, and a community is only successful, when every person's gifts are being expressed and shared. The “work” we do is our love for ourselves and others made manifest.

We acknowledge that ALL are part of the interconnected whole and that within this whole, each part fulfills their creative purpose in a unique and essential way.

We perceive that each individual part, when coming from an empowered place of love and not fear, is a unique recipe perfectly designed for some aspect of the universal weave that only adds to the beauty, complexity, and effortless culmination of the new living systems we aim to provide for the benefit of all.

 Through this understanding, diversity is highly honored as the myriad intricate reflections of ourselves offering texture, versatility, resilience, and strength. We acknowledge that we can reach our goal of evolving into a global culture living in harmony, peace, and abundance most swiftly if we are drawing from the skills, abilities, and service of ALL of our global human family. We know that we would all benefit from the wisdoms thus revealed.

Therefore we strive to keep our language as inclusive as possible, to speak impeccably and in ways which will welcome and engage our family from all parts of the world, all walks of life, and from every generation, while still holding to our core principles. We hope that everyone in alignment may hear our message, and all who are drawn to this vision of co-creation may be empowered to their highest potential, and may engage, participate, and contribute as they see fit. We temper this aim with a healthy respect for freedom of thought and action. We do not strive to sway or persuade or shift anyone from their core beliefs, nor require anyone to swear to any specific dogma. We seek only to act as a living example of the future we envision and see who recognizes “home” in our eyes.

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Ecological Stewardship & Holistic Living

We recognize the need to live in balance with ourselves, each other, and the natural world within which we hope to thrive, and we acknowledge that a whole systems approach is required for any true understanding of how global, community, or personal thrivability is to be achieved.

We value the preservation of ourselves & the environment as an expression of universal love for all the world's inhabitants and our future generations. We choose to become aligned stewards of the earth, our home, by considering the effects of our actions through the lens of permaculture, and determining which practices and solutions will sustain us all.

We recognize that no pattern can be wholly understood by seeing only some of the parts. It is by using a whole systems holistic approach to all aspects of life that one can be sure that all layers of the issue are being accounted for, the hidden root causes are understood, and the whole organism stays in alignment.

We choose to apply the Hawai’ian concept of Malama Pono (Malama = to care for, Pono = right relationship) to our lives holistically from our internal ecology (self care), to our relations with others, (community bonds), and also with the Earth (environmental remediation and stewardship) by upholding earth honoring principles that work in accordance with natural cycles, caring for the land, sharing our abundance, building community, practicing self-awareness, introspection, and healthy living, and by reducing waste and habitual consumption.

To these ends, we commit to leaving no trace at our events, or if we do, to leaving it better than we found it. We commit to honoring the land and the biosphere and all of the inhabitants therein, both organic and inorganic. We strive to be aware of our carbon footprint and to design our operations and agreements to minimize our negative impact on the environment. We strive for zero waste and commit to using the Core Council Nexus of Communication to help apply an holistic cross-pollinating approach to all aspects of our organization, projects, and operations. We plan to create, collect, and share templates for how to achieve a life in balance at every level  in order to offer to any who choose to embody this.  

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Balanced Empowerment

We believe that we each have something vital to share even if we cannot yet see it in ourselves. We encourage all to step into their power, balancing the potent energies now at their disposal, so that we may all be playing at our peak activation levels.

We value the empowerment of every individual to reach their creative fulfillment within their social context, and within themselves.  This means that we seek ways to support individuals in finding their unique road to actualization, as well as encouraging the balanced expression of what may be termed "masculine" and "feminine" qualities.

In terms of helping people express themselves in a balanced way, we acknowledge and encourage the understanding of what many people refer to as "masculine" and "feminine" qualities.  Feminine power is often misunderstood, and we seek to assist in the reclamation of respect for the energies designated as feminine. The power to act is impotent without the power to WAIT until the right moment to act, and the power to RECEIVE the right information on how to act. The power to ALLOW things to flow, to remain SILENT and WITNESS, and to remain OPEN until the right choice becomes clear are all parts of the “feminine” aspect of power, often unrecognized because it is inherently INVISIBLE.  As an organization, we seek to help people to discern how and when to express the Masculine and Feminine energies which lie within us all. Activating & encouraging both attributes within ourselves, we emerge as whole beings. Activating & encouraging the masculine and feminine aspects of the world at large to spin in balanced come-unity once again we heal the fractured heart of duality and empower global evolution.

We honor this value by creating and supporting projects which offer constructive and creative ways for people to express their unique talents.  By building a network of socially progressive organizations, we provide individuals with opportunities to participate in cultural transformation in ways which suit their individual nature.  By building a network of socially conscious individuals, we offer organizations human resources that fit their needs practically and socially. We strive to encourage leadership at all levels from our entire community, and to create agreements and structures which support and sustain such leadership. We commit to maintaining an awareness of gender balance within the physical makeup of our councils and project teams.

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Personal Responsibility & Sovereignty

We recognize that by taking full responsibility for ourselves, our actions, our reactions, our experience, and the consequences of our actions, we also gain full power over ourselves, our actions and our experience, and reclaim ownership of ourselves as sovereign beings.

We value a practice of staying self-aware of our own accountability in every situation. We choose to own our own sovereignty, as free sentient beings, to stand up and engage when we feel called, and to not seek to blame others for the reality we inhabit. We acknowledge that we are the creators of our reality and that by owning that understanding, we gain power over changing our reality as we see fit. We disacknowledge victimhood as an illusion created by the act of relinquishing our sovereignty to another, be it individual, community, or culture, and choosing to allow that “other” to dictate our experience. We recognize that there is no hierarchy, only an endless fractal of interwoven roles. We acknowledge that we are all playing roles by choice, but that there is no other who is above or beneath us, as we are all one.

We further value the practice by which our community may assist one another in learning how to accurately identify and own our accountability, by asking each other how the actions of the individual or group in question may have contributed to the present condition, as delineated from how outside influences may have played a part.  It is understood that, in order to allow for the greatest opportunity for learning in addition to the maximum positive influence over a situation’s outcome, it is important to clarify as objectively as possible how each party involved has played its part. We honor that owning the consequences of our actions, or inactions, includes a sincere attempt to balance any disharmony that may have resulted from such. We value not only coming into full responsibility of self, but also understanding that we are all works in progress, who make mistakes as we grow, who seek forgiveness, or offer it to ourselves, and wake up to each new day fresh with no mistakes on it.

We commit to owning our actions and the effects of our actions as a community and as an organization. We commit to finding ways to restore balance if we have caused disharmony.

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Transparency & Privacy

We honor a willingness to be open, clear and honest in all aspects of our community and public interactions, while recognizing that as sovereign beings we each have a right to privacy regarding matters which affect none but ourselves.

We recognize that by offering ourselves openly, with clarity, and with all cards on the table, we can come to every interaction with integrity and a clear heart. It is through the opening of our hearts and minds to one another that we can gain the greatest insight, and leave the purest opportunity for compassion, understanding, and forgiveness.

We also recognize that not everything needs to be shared. We each have a right to our personal opinions and thoughts and evolving experience and deserve some private space in which to have our own personal experience unedited and unfiltered for public consumption which need not be shared or violated. This may take the form of private physical space in one’s home, a journal, a private conversation, or personal information on a web site. It is only when coming into interaction with others, who have a right to know what they are involving themselves with, that we feel different levels of transparency become required for the sake of integrity.

We commit to having the information & operations of our organization open to review by our community members so that everyone involved understands explicitly our actions and intentions, and the terms and conditions of their involvement. Therefore, in their sovereignty, they may always be choosing and re-choosing from a place of transparency and clarity to stay and be involved. We also commit to protecting the privacy of our members and their personal information in every way reasonably possible in regards to matters that are personal and do not affect the community or the world at large.

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Innovation, Embodied Synthesis & Integration

We acknowledge both the need for dynamic visionary inspiration to bring new ideas into our field of understanding, as well as the need for embodied practice to help realize them in physical reality, and we  support the integration of all healthy or beneficial components into our continuously evolving synthesis of embodied practice.

We acknowledge that it is our dynamic curiosity that allows us to expand and grow. We encourage and nurture expansive and limitless creativity, discovery, and exploration, and a commitment to continuous growth, review, and evolution. It is also our willingness to practice authenticity and immediacy which allows us to give voice to  ideas and inspiration arriving from internal guidance. However, without the balancing framework of grounding patterns of embodied synthesis none of our creativity or inspiration would ever reach fulfillment. Ideas would remain ideas and never inventions. Beliefs would remain beliefs and never practices. We honor the need for identifying patterns, practices, and templates by which we can create the future we envision, and embody the values we proclaim.

Furthermore, we acknowledge that It is most constructive to be discerning as we evolve our old systems, scavenging and harnessing every ounce of useful material from energy that has already been spent and blending it seamlessly with new methodologies only just emerging. By finding common ground we can always merge rather than diverge. There are many existing systems which may no longer serve, but which may have components that still have value. We honor the  conservation of energy and prefer not to waste any already spent by reinventing the wheel. Therefore we support the culling of all healthy and beneficial practices, wisdoms, and technologies gleaned from systems which no longer serve, to be integrated into our ever evolving system of embodied practice. We acknowledge that both ancient, traditional wisdoms and modern technologies may have appropriate uses in a generative living system when tempered with consideration and integrity.

We commit to developing a kin code, working agreements, and templates for patterns of practice by which our values may be be expressed in our living examples. We commit to developing templates and “how to” manuals explaining our inspirations and how we do the work we do so that others may follow in our example if they choose, and have the benefit of our innovation to inspire or guide them.

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Please understand that this is a 'Living Document' in an evolving process and by no means to be considered a finished or final work, but simply our best effort so far with the time we, as volunteers, have been able to afford to the creation of it. Our desire to give back to the community has persuaded us to offer it as such so that others may be able to benefit from our efforts immediately, with the caveat that we are still learning, growing, and shaping, and new renditions will be forthcoming as our experience grows.

                

This CORE VALUES Statement was officially adopted as of Jan 14, 2013.

The draftsperson for this document is currently Aokha Skyclad.

This document will go under periodic review as of July 14, 2013

and all new inputs will be taken into consideration at that time.

If you feel something needs to be changed before that time, please raise it as an agenda item at a Core Council Meeting. If you would like to make other inputs please see the Inward Facing Document of same name.