A View Into The Life of
The Template Homestead
A View Into the Life of The Template Homestead
artwork by Lise Meijer
"Far away in the remote, untraveled Tennessee River Valley, nestled snugly between the foothills of the Ancient Smoky Mountains, there is a very special place known as the Template Homestead. Near the fields of echoes and the hills of future dreams, hidden from most everything coarse and modern, the Homestead is a little known paradise with magical powers. Everyone who passes through has a story that unfolds during their visit to the land. Weary travelers are immediately taken by the natural beauty of the surroundings, finding a special peace they have been without for quite some time. There is certainly a happiness here that feeds the soul, and all who spend time at the Homestead, leave with the promise of "I'll be back" lifted by the vision of the future they are determined to help create, their hearts and minds transformed. Some never leave...
Welcome Friends!" by Given
North American Template Homestead Gazette
a small mark of recognition to the future forming
The North American Template Homestead just celebrated its 20th Birthday!
Dear Friends, ... this sharing is in process....
Some Snapshots from 2022
The Living domain of Ruby says ...
You only ever meet one person in life.
It is not you that you meet, but the struggle of God to evolve,
To re create itself in a multiplicity of enactment and process in a flow and mutuality of purpose.
When you look out of your eyes and interact with life, remember the unifying principle, look for the signature of God in the different threads that are creating a tapestry yet to be fulfilled.
Understand that all is not the same for all, so the sameness isn’t in the individual journey but in the reason of the creation of the journey in the first place. With this in mind, you are not meant to conform, to compare, to be other than who you are, and this is where you will need kindness, patience, care, hope, tolerance, and respect as you embrace the difference of that which is not assembled like yourself, allowing the rubbing up against life to blossom a flower and then to a fruit. A fruit harvestable to that which granted life.
Without the soil, in which the Ruby is the fertilizer, there is no flower, and without a flower there is no fruit, just a dominance and regime of a barrenness...
Since July, a steady heartbeat of process has continued in the domain of discovery, pathfinding, and update into the starter question of, 'What does it mean to pioneer a North American Template Homestead?'
It is 25 weeks into its concentrated gathering and spinning which is starting to create a Template Homestead Loom of intelligence.
A Loom is made up of many threads and it is the process of weaving the loom, from the many aspects of its life before one can see the full beauty of it, the purpose and reason of it. It is in the gathering of all the separated pieces, finding them, putting it together in the right kind of way that can bring us closer to a framework of agreement from which freedom and new growth can blossom.
The focus of the process will be to continue to make space, to allow what may be appearing from a larger inclusion into the consciousness of our collective engagement, as we attempt to create a framework of agreement that honors all that blesses the Template Homestead, cultivating a deeper sense of care into the multiple relationships that give stability to all that is possible.
You too are invited into this gathering of intelligence as the Homestead is not only a physical anchorage, but also a network of unseen worlds where the best can merge. You are welcome to send your contributions. And perhaps in the coming year, there will be new opportunities to engage in this unfolding domain we endearingly called, The Template Homestead.
A Frost flower from the morning of December 23rd ... its appearance, its uniqueness and beauty, and then its melting in the sun in its return, can tell us a lot about the nature of things and opens many questions....
As you wonder through these pages and the images, here are two pieces of Winter Solstice music to hopefully create an atmosphere for inner dwelling, stillness, and renewal.
Along with the internal process that continues to challenge our durability of intention as individuals and as a collective, there were refinements appearing all over the place to better the ecology, to support that intention and shed what is no longer needed or out of date with the currency. There were upgrades and improvements to the 'driveways', to the home directional signs, to needed tree care. The Emin Way office and the Homestead office moved into a dedicated new space. The pool got a new extended deck from the devotional care of a dedicated ecology team. And a new bench turned up along a pathway to take a moment to soak it all in.
With a little help from our friends and companions, a new home 'appeared' which welcomed some new resident homesteaders adding to what's possible. And this year, Pacific and Ruby, who were building their own home out of a questionable fixer upper to say the least, moved in and wow!, what a place!
The Spectrum Garden team continues this anchorage project with love and devotion. The Homestead is blessed to have such topaz take-up to do that extra bit to make this place shine just a little brighter.
The Ruby Burial Grounds was commissioned into service assisting another in their transitioning process. These community ceremonies and practices are uniquely special and because of the Homestead anchorage, the service and ecology of a family cemetery is possible. Landscaping refinements also continue in and around the grounds.
There were two ceremonies for children on the Homestead and so much more, too much to write of here on this occasion. Here are a few more photos from the year to include you in, inside the life of the Template Homestead.
And a greeting from Ela and Ryan
Yachin viewing an opalesque sunset on the Tennessee River - December 26th