Community – Week 1 – Pt. 2

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What do we mean when we say communities, and why do we need them?

Dear Creatrix,

How did the exercise from the last lesson go? If you haven’t shared your cause yet, do it now! We’d all love to hear what is important to you, so we can support you.

But before we move on, I’d like to make sure that we all know what we are talking about.

Because when I think of community, I think of two different things.

One is the neighbourhood community, where people of all ages come together, support each other and help each other out, simply because they feel a connection because they share the same space and environment and most likely have known each other all their lives.

I was lucky enough to feel and watch this kind of community for the first time ever in Germany when I moved to a small village some years ago. It was very nice to see indeed.

I also experienced this in Ukraine to some extent, though the situation was a bit more complex there, as I lived in a minority community, within another minority community in a very remote region in Ukraine. So the alliances formed were definitely also political.

Which then also leads us to the other kind of community, which is a group of people who meet and come together because they share a certain interest or want to fight for a certain cause together.

As a queer person, for example, I always felt like I belong to a global queer community as well.

But a community like this could also be a local urban gardening community, or a church community, or a group that comes together to preserve wildlife, or wants to build or is building and maintaining a skate park, cultural events or anything like that.

So, this leaves us with two kinds of communities, one that lives together, naturally, grows together, goes through seasonal and regional changes together and where the members see each other regularly because they frequent the same places; schools, bakeries, doctors, events.

It’s based on attachment to a certain area and region, and often also based on generations knowing each other and growing up and living together over longer periods of time.

The other one is based on common interests, experiences and projects, and they might only come together for a certain time period.

Members don’t even necessarily all have to know each other, but just share a common ‘feature’ (queer, black, neurodivergent, etc.) or come together to fight for a certain cause.

This last one is the one we will be focusing on here in this course, though what we talk and think about can surely also be transferred to problems and solutions in village communities and families or teams or any group of people that comes together, really.

The focus of this chapter will be on, how we can come together and unite a group of people to combine our energies for a common goal.

And the reason, why it is so important to me to make this clear, is because the more vague we are, the harder things become.

If we want to create meaningful and lasting change, we have to use our energies wisely.

For example, I ran an organisation called Transnational Queer Underground, and with that platform, I published art and stories focused on the experience of being queer in this world.

The common goal that united the community around that, was to create more space for diverse queer perspectives and to show that being queer can mean many different things and that that’s not only OK, but actually pretty cool.

Now, with the CREATRIX School, the common goal is to CREATE a world, in which we can all live together peacefully – celebrating our differences.

What brings people together here is, that we all believe that we have to do the inner work and find clarity, confidence and connection within ourselves to help CREATING the changes we each would like to see in the world in the best possible way.

By doing so, we are creating a community of people who want to learn all it takes to live an empowered and free life – and to find out what that means by practising this in community with other people.

Because no one exists in a vacuum, and this is also why it is important to find, build and create our communities – the places where we experience true belonging and where we can come together to support each other.

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As we were already looking at a cause that you might want to support, something that’s close to your heart in the last lesson, today I would like to a…

🌈 You have the power to create your reality.

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Starting today, and for the next four weeks, we will think about how we can be at our best with others and how we can use our unique abilities, gifts and talents to contribute to the greater good of all.

As the first week of each chapter in the CREATRIX School is all about assessing where we are, so we can let go of what doesn’t serve us any more, and invite more of what we do want, we start this chapter by looking at our hopes for the future of our world as well as the experiences we’ve made in community so far.

Community – Week 1 – Pt. 3

Community – Week 1 – Pt. 3

How do you envision our future?

It’s easy to think there are so many problems in this world – what am I supposed to do about it – I can’t do anything but make the best of it – and that’s true to some extent – but also not entirely.

Because we’re not just here to get by. We’re not just here to arrange ourselves with what is already here – we are life and a part of the great symphony of life that’s playing right now, in this moment, and we get to contribute to it.

Community – Week 2 – Pt. 1

Community – Week 2 – Pt. 1

How to learn to love triggers

In this lesson, we look at why it is so important to unite for a cause and not against someone or something – if we want to create lasting change – no matter how much we might disagree with them or something.

And we look at how love really is always the answer, even, or especially, when someone or something upsets us.

Community – Week 2 – Pt. 2

Community – Week 2 – Pt. 2

How can we create a real alternative to what we currently have?

In this lesson, we talk about how judgement can be a very useful tool on our journey to becoming our most authentic and best selves and create the communities we wish for, as long as we don’t use it to condemn other people or to establish superiority.

We also think about how every trigger is really here for us to grow, and not something to be afraid of or to avoid and how punishment, just like suppression, doesn’t lead to anything beautiful – and what we can do instead.

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Community – Week 2 – Pt. 3

On Freedom, Responsibility and our Nature

In this lesson, we look at how freedom and responsibility are linked and what that has to do with consciousness.

And how with a raised consciousness also comes more freedom and thus, by raising our consciousness and finding more inner peace, we also obliterate the need for violence.

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Community – Week 3 – Pt. 1

What’s your unique superpower?

We start this lesson with a short review of what we’ve learned in the last few lessons to resolve the most common problems found in communities today.

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Community – Week 3 – Pt. 2

What’s your favourite archetype?

In this lesson, we dive deeper into the roles we can inhabit in a group or community setting.

Are you better fit for a creative role or a leading role, or both, or something else?

Knowing what we are good at, and also thinking about what we would like to learn and grow into, can help us immensely to find our place in any community setting and to be able to contribute in the best possible way.

This is also a great resource if you’d ever like to start your own project or company and can help you make sure all vital roles will be covered so that the project can run in the best possible way.

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What’s your (stress) archetype?

Of course, things don’t always go the way we want them too.

Sometimes we get stressed, overwhelmed, take on too much or don’t dare to step into our power.

But we can always change and learn and grow.

Looking at the Occasional Archetypes, like the thief, victim, fool, hero_ine, adventurer and so on can help us to recognize these archetypes in ourselves and others and help us to come back into balance, whenever we slip into them.

Community – Week 4 – Pt. 1

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Let your heart be your guide

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