We had faith that together, we could transcend the limitations of this distraught world, and far surpass the expectations of humanity as a whole. Although people around us were losing hope of finding fulfillment in love, we set our sights on it. And we were optimistic about succeeding, because we had in our group the guidance and example of our wise and devoted friend David Truman. He was already experienced in the waters of deep intimacy, and he lovingly helped us navigate the many rough spots we hit while learning to love and cooperate with each other. He steadied us through our years of struggle, as we went through cycles of feeling shaken by the ugliness of our self-centeredness; trying (and often failing) to overcome our reactivity; outgrowing long-accepted beliefs; and making real progress but realizing how far we still were from our goal.
We also aim to realize in our own lives, and show in the way we live, the practical possibility and great value of cooperation with the Divine, which has become a central part of our lives. We’ve found that loving functionality in relationship with human beings is directly related to loving functionality in relationship with Divinity. Constructive involvement in social living purifies and uplifts the spirit, and makes us more receptive to higher guidance. Also, a heartfelt and sincere desire to be good and helpful to others powerfully invokes God’s presence and participation. The lines get blurred at that point, when Divine love flows into and through human love. This has been our experience.
So, our lives have become an exploration of human-to-human cooperation and human-Divine cooperation. We consider this important pioneering work, since it is something that the human race needs now more than ever. The challenges facing this world are truly daunting. When times get more difficult, when resources are tight and the future looks bleak, fear inspires separative, survivalistic thinking. This only makes problems worse. Here, we practice love, cooperation, and reliance on Divine guidance, not only as a personal lifestyle choice, but also to strengthen and preserve precious human values and spiritual sensibilities, within ourselves and in the human family as a whole. These are essential inner resources for all of us as we face an uncertain future.