for the emergence of a commons-based society
The conversation about what will bring the commons into being, at the Convergence Working Group meeting of 8th June, was not all “business”. In fact, we also explored such deeply personal questions as “what do I need at this stage of my life that brings me to Life, that connects all the dots/nodes within myself?”
We noted that we’re living systems in which and through which all the nodes are becoming connected. (We tend to ignore parts of ourselves by not listening). It is this full connectedness with all of who we are that will make us more alive.
Then Andy Paice shared an insight that came to him in the early morning, as he was waking up: "The more we connect our life's dots and reclaim our individual wholeness, the more we're ready to reclaim the commons."
What a powerful insight! Blessed are those moments of early morning, when we can receive direct transmission from the Source, before the day had a chance to fill our minds with its noise!
If we live a fragmented live and with compartmentalized activities run by competing priorities, where would the energy come from to roll back all enclosures on our lives, by private interests? Or putting it in a positive way, the more we know and appreciate the wholeness of ourselves (our consciousness), the more we are unwilling to put up with the tyranny of the market that reduces us to passive consumers, and a form of “democracy” that limits our freedom to vote every 4 or 5 years, depending on which country we live in.
Commoning is an integral matter. It calls for deepening our consciousness, aligning our behavior with it, creating a new, commons culture, and building the new institutions for the transition to a commons-based society.
Here's a representation of Ken Wilber's 4-quadrant map for those wanting to go further exploring what commmoning from an integral perspective may mean: