How nucleo communities are formed

Feb 24, 12 How nucleo communities are formed

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When creating a nucleo community, the first thing to do is consider how many people can fit in the house of the nucleo. In the early years of Damanhur, it was normal to have people staying two to a room, though over time, we have chosen to give more space to everyone. Because of this, it is important to accurately evaluate how many people can stay in a particular house. In any case, the maximum number is about 25 people per nucleo, and if the house is larger, like at Damjl for example, there can also be two different nucleo groups in the same house, each one with its own kitchen and bathrooms. How do you put people together? Damanhurians choose each other in nucleo groups for affinity and, most of all, for the projects they want to achieve together. For instance, I live in a house surrounded by nature where we give a lot of attention to education, and the people of my nucleo are sensitive to this theme. If someone feels more drawn to cultural activities and the arts, for example, he or she may choose to join a nucleo more focused on these aspects. Naturally, this is only the basis, and there are lots of other things to take into account, such as creating a group in each nucleo that can sustain itself economically, give adequate space to the children, welcome people who have just arrived and aren’t quite sure what their focus is yet. There are many things to keep in mind. For example, if a couple separates and they want to live in different nucleos, or if a couple forms and they want to live together, this creates the need for movement. However, people who change nucleos need to wait until there is space in the new nucleo, and sometimes, for someone to take their place in the old one. When there is a move happening, as in a game of dominoes, every tile moves the one next to...

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Love at Damanhur

Feb 13, 12 Love at Damanhur

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Seeing as how Valentine’s Day is around the corner, let’s talk about love! Relationships are a very personal subject, and even though many aspects of life are shared and addressed together at Damanhur, relationships remain a private concern. We know each other well. We often know about each others hopes and feelings, though everyone is free to choose how to behave in their relationships. At Damanhur, the marriages are renewable: you get married for a period of time and not an entire lifetime, so you can decide at the end of the period whether or not to renew the marriage. In this way, the union is always a choice, and it stays fresh with renewed intentions. If a couple has children, they certainly put more attention and effort in being a stable and serene couple. There are couples here that have been together for many, many years. There is one fundamental rule, and it’s respect: respect for oneself, for one’s partner, for the others in the community, and for children if you have them. There are people who are together without getting married, people who, on the other hand, decided to get legally married in addition to having a Damanhurian marriage, people who have relationships that are more stable, more changeable, people who have open relationships. I think Damanhur is just like anyplace else in this regard, and here, there is much respect and transparency. I know that there are other communities where intimate relationships and the use of sexual energy are a central element of exploration and research. I would say that at Damanhur, they are not central in the same way. I mean, relationships are important because they are a fundamental part of everyone’s experience, but they are not the central element of the pathway. So, there aren’t Love Houses or dedicated spaces where couples meet together to make love; when they do so, they use their own personal spaces in their own chosen moments.   Share Tweet...

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