is a ten-year journal of essays about experiences with others that he
calls "community," and about a parallel development of
consciousness as the implications of the community experience begin to
take shape in his mind.
way we are, individually in our deepest selves, is reflected in how we are
with others. The converse is also true: how we perceive our relationships
with others ultimately reflects our relationship to the Universe. Stepping
from the insights of Jack R. Gibb and M. Scott Peck on not only the
techniques of community building but on the natural state of being with
others in trust and openness, the author touches on the spiritual nature
of true community—not the organization, nor the functional collection of
people to accomplish some task, but the urge to experience intimacy.
About the cover: This is a view of
our back yard in the dead of winter, through a frost-covered window. When
I took the photograph, I saw only shades of gray, perhaps with a
bluish-green cast. When the pictures came back from the lab, there was all
this color, just as you see it.
It seems a metaphor for the richness I so
often miss when I don't look closely enough—exactly what I'm trying to
reveal in this book. —ds
is no "how to do it" book. It is a record of one person’s
journey. Each of us sees the world and our relationships from a unique
perspective, grown out of where we came from and what we dream about. It
is, rather, a sharing of that individual vision that is both a part of
what we humans have become so far and a sensing of where we might go.