What do you do as a New Life participant?

Apr 23, 12 What do you do as a New Life participant?

Dressed in colorful, flowing garments, Wapiti is a typical Damanhurian whirlwind, arranging and organizing a plethora of New Life events. We have a very full program here, with something going on nearly every day. Not that we have to do everything all of the time, but participation is encouraged. Music of the PlantsIf you aren’t busy, you aren’t getting the full Damanhurian experience.

Two days a week, we work together on outdoor projects. I’ve already spent time raking leaves and painting stones in the Sacred Woods. There are numerous stone circuits and spirals all throughout the forest, set beneath trees and across open lawns. We paint the stones blue, red, yellow, or a combination of all three. We work for about seven hours altogether, breaking in the middle for lunch at the nearest nucleo.

We also have the opportunity to attend “serata,” onSunday lunch with German friends Thursday evenings – meetings with Falco, Damanhur’s main founder. The serata is open to the entire community. On stage in the large conference room at Damanhur Crea, Falco talks about what he’s currently thinking about, such as his ideas of evolution and how they apply to the community and to the world at large. Members of the audience can ask him questions or challenge him. For those of us who don’t understand Italian, we wear translation headsets.

There’s another serata on Friday nights specifically for New Lifers and guests. Falco sits before us, and he appears laid-back, friendly and witty. This meeting is our opportunity to aquestion and answer with Falco and guestssk him whatever questions we might have. One of the presiding topics these days is about speeding up, making faster decisions, and moving forward.

“Whenever we have been successful in Damanhur, it’s because we are moving faster than everyone else around us,” says Falco.

“What’s wrong with walking,” someone asks.

“Walking is great,” he answers, “but not when everyone else is speeding by you in a car.”

We are also invited to attend weekly serata with the King Guides, the leaders who help direct and focus projects in the community. There are always three of them at once and, yes, they do include women. Every six months, the citizens of Damanhur elect new King Guides, which keeps leadership refreshed and evolutionary. One example of the current serata topics addressed by the King Guides is how Damanhur might become more self-sufficient in agriculture and energy.

skyscape 3On Saturday afternoons, we go to Ognidove nucleo for two hour classes on Damanhurian philosophy, metaphysics and art. Sitting on chairs and couches in the upstairs room while sky and leaf-light streams in through the large windows, we learn about topics such as mediation, Pranatherapy and healing, Selfica, tarot, color therapy, Atlantis, and Sacred Dance. On nicer days, we have class outside beneath the trees, where we have a view of the field and the multicolored stone spirals.

We also have the opportunity to attend Italian classes each week, usually outside in the sunshine, which I am very grateful for (both the lessons and the sunshine). Not speaking Italian is one of my biggest challenges in Damanhur. So the lessons help.

New Life and friends at EcoOut of all the New Life events, though, my very favorite are the weekly guided nucleo tours. We visit one region at a time, and each region is typically composed of three neighboring nucleos. Someone from each nucleo explains what they are doing and trying to accomplish. Over the weeks, I begin to sense how each nucleo is a like a personality in and of itself, a gathering of resonant consciousnesses that shape its vision and activities within the context of the Federation at large.

by Ann Marie Molnar naiade3@gmail.com

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6 Comments

  1. Bettina MacGrace /

    Dear Damanhurians,
    I would like to know more about the conditions for staying in your community. Would it be possible to visit and stay there for the whole of july this summer in order to find out what to do from then on? I am 43, originally from Austria, but now living in Norway. I am an educated Waldorfkindergarten teacher and a qualified kinesiolog(therapist). I find the whole concept of Damanhur inspiring and would love to expierience it. I would like to come with my boyfriend and my 12 years old daughter.
    How are such visits organized? Do i have to pay anything or can i work for my stay? What is required of me (us)? Where would we stay? My boyfriend and me are very intrested in learning about alternativ house building. Your tre house projects are amazing. Is it possible to come and learn from your experiences?
    Please let me know if you need any more information from me.
    Thank you so much for replying
    love and light Bettina

    • Dear Bettina,

      Hi! I am glad to know that you are considering an extended stay at Damanhur. There is certainly a lot to explore and discover. There are many options for coming to stay, in terms of accommodations, prices, activities, etc. The best way to get accurate information is to contact our Welcome Office from this page, describing your interest.

      http://www.damanhurwelcome.com/index.php/en/contact-us-f-en

      You’ll hear back from someone soon who can take care of you. In the meantime, you can browse the information on the website to get an idea of what the possibilities are. Good luck and see you this summer!

      hugs,
      Quaglia

  2. Jim Jones /

    One thing I have always wondered.

    Why is the spiritual path proposed by Damanhur called “meditation”? From my understanding the one thing that meditators can agree on is that meditation is centered around(at most) doing things very slowly or, more likely, not doing things at all(summed up by the expression, “Don’t just do something, sit there!”).

    While with Damanhur the emphasis seems to be on extremely rapid and never ceasing activity, the exact opposite of meditation as it is known anywhere else in the world(it seems to be able to be summed up as “Don’t just sit there, do something!”). After reading the three books of the initiate, I’m afraid I’m only more confused. This is not to say that what Damanhur is doing is somehow invalid, only that I’m not sure how it qualifies as meditation.

    • Dear Jim,

      Hi! Thanks for this marvelous comment, you seem to have a very clear idea about how spirituality is manifested at Damanhur. 🙂 As for doing nothing, so to speak, at Damanhur we have various ‘meditation’ (in the traditional sense of the word) practices that involve sitting, stillness, silence, slowing down, inner journeying. For example, Inner Harmonizing and Metratura, which are methods that are practiced as well as taught in courses. Inner Harmonizing involves attention to breath, making vocal sounds in resonance with the Adonaj-ba (Damanhurian term for charka), as well as exercises with color visualization and movements. Metratura, which involves sharpening perceptions through various exercises, including very slow and deliberate movement. Just to give two examples. All Damanhurians do these kinds of practices to some degree, some more, some less, depending on individual interest and choice.

      Then, there is the School of Meditation, the pathway of spiritual research that animates so much of what happens at Damanhur. Here, the Italian word ‘meditazione’ can be read in a way that reflections what you describe: ‘medit-azione’ medit-action … meditation in action … which is a fundamental principle of Damanhur spirituality. Acting, taking action, daring to act, building, creating, creating with one’s hands, making conscious choices, infusing every everyday act with meaning, spiritual meaning, ideals. So, it’s true, it seems like we are constantly doing, and the idea is that ‘meditation’ doesn’t just happen one hour a week when sitting still or studying, we live it 24 hours a day.

      I trust this brings some clarity around the theme. If you have any other perplexities, please write us!

      all the best,
      Quaglia

  3. Sirkka Maekinen /

    Hello from Finland
    If I want to stay a weekor two in Damanhur in October is it very hard to move around without a car? and is it necessary to take a package with all programs?
    Are the accommodations in the village very early fullybooked?
    I cannot decide yet. To take part in the community life is minimum 3 months I suppose? Thank You for your kind answer.
    With warm regards
    Sirkka

    • Dear Sirkka,

      Wonderful to hear from you! You are very welcome to come in October. It is best to have a car if you want to be independent in your explorations, as the community areas are sometimes spread far apart. You can get by without, getting rides from community members, though it has its limitations.

      Here is our visit website, where you can contact us and make your reservation for programs…
      http://www.damanhurwelcome.com/index.php/en

      Here’s the email welcome@damanhur.it for the Welcome Office, where you can make reservations for accomodations.

      You can choose from a variety of programs that you see on the site. I recommend at least doing the one day visit, if not a longer one, to get oriented and experience the Temples.

      For October there should be space available in the guest houses, though you can book as soon as possible, just to be sure.

      The New Life program is a three month experience as a citizen…Here is info. and email contact on that program on the website…
      http://www.damanhur.org/new-citizens

      Hope that covers all your questions! If not, feel free to write back. Looking forward to meeting you. Enjoy your journey.

      con te,
      Quaglia