My Life In The One World Family Commune

CommentMay 10th, 2016 00:00

Narcotic Entrapment

A short time before we joined the Family, Allen Michael had been arrested in a narcotics entrapment by the paranoid establishment out to get the “bad guys.” It was an ongoing test during the early days of our commune as we balanced the paranoia of the status quo consciousness toward anything that deviated from “business-as-usual.”

It was in Long Beach, California that Allen Michael had his art studio and his first ETI contact in 1947. In 1967, he moved to San Francisco, and a small group of inspired people, he started the One World Family Commune. With the help of his son, Dennis, he opened The Here and Now Macrobiotic Restaurant on Haight Street. One day, an acquaintance of his from Long Beach came to see him and asked if he would get him some marijuana. In Allen Michael’s usual way of giving to those who ask, he obtained the marijuana only to discover that he had been set up for an entrapment. This was brought about no doubt because of the truth he was speaking relative to the establishment and ending the money system. He was arrested, charged with eight felony counts and then released on $3,750 bail. Shortly after we joined the Commune, Judge Neubarth, in a paranoid state of hallucination, decided that he was a menace to society and had him put back in jail with bail raised to $25,000. With his welfare as our common bond, we were brought closer together and, during the months that Allen Michael was confined, we were able to show ourselves, as well as the authorities, that it was not because of a beguiling charm or hypnotic persuasion that we had come together with him, but because of our own recognition of the truth he was channeling. Rather than becoming discouraged and losing sight of our direction, we were given the opportunity to become stronger in our individual abilities and to serve as leaders in Creation Nature’s sharing way of living. We were once again recording in the collective consciousness the Natural way, as we had in previous incarnations, when we were the Essenes and the Disciples spoken of in Acts 4:32-35, who sold all their land and houses and “brought the prices of the things that were sold, laid them down at the apostles’ feet and distribution was made to every man according as he had need.”

While Allen Michael was incarcerated, along with operating “The Here and Now,” maintaining our home and caring for our children, we published our first newspaper, The Universal Communicator, and sold it wherever we went. In our old yellow school bus, which Allen Michael, the master sign-maker, had beautifully painted, we toured five universities and colleges in Oregon with our musical group. We chugged up and down the mountainsides in our old school bus at the top speed of 45 mph, played and sang our songs and told of Allen Michael’s entrapment and the joys of our newly-found communal way of life.

After we returned from our tour of colleges in Oregon, we held a demonstration in front of the San Francisco Federal Building, protesting Allen Michael’s return to jail and the increased bail. Just as everything was happening in those magical days, we met Richard Cohen, a young attorney who had just passed the bar and volunteered to represent Allen Michael in court without a fee. We rounded up the people and put on a week-long benefit at the Straight Theatre on Haight Street, which, among the many local bands, included the Sons of Champlin, Tower of Power and The Congress of Wonders, all donating their time and energy toward raising money for Allen Michael’s bail. It was the wonderful all for one and one for all sharing consciousness that prevailed during those inspired days of the Flower Children in “the Haight,” and a precursor of the coming New Age of sharing.

After spending four and a half months in jail, Allen Michael was free, thanks to an unknown friend who donated the $2,500 needed as premium for the $25,000 bail bond, and to Allen Michael’s friend, Leland Mills’ generous posting of property with equity worth over $100,000, the amount required by all SF bail bond companies.

Even though the status quo powers-that-be had their minds made up regarding his “ulterior motives,” Allen Michael’s testimony during his trial was so powerful that Judge Eimann, who had replaced Neubarth on a defense motion to disqualify, was unwilling to sentence on his own and sent him to Vacaville, the State of California rehabilitation center, for 90-days observation.

The Everlasting Gospel

Two very special events took place while Allen Michael was in Vacaville. He channeled what was to become the first of The Everlasting Gospel series of books, “To the Youth of the World,” and Allen’s wife, Dianne, gave birth to Allen David, the first of their three beautiful children, Allen David, Cosmon and Synthea.

When Allen Michael was released, the doctors and Vacaville authorities described him as a genius, recognizing his acute perception, rational mind and singleness of purpose, and gave him a high recommendation for probation. Judge Eimann ignored the reports, saying he stopped reading on page two and sentenced him five years to life. The decision was appealed and ultimately reduced to three years probation, with the mortal-minded provision that Allen Michael would see to it that all single male and female members who were actually living together as couples, would be “sanctified by the state” in marriage.

It was wonderful having Allen Michael back with us and being free of the uncertainty of whether or not he would be sent to prison. We had been growing as spiritual revolutionaries, getting high serving one another and the community our natural, nutritious food in our little Here And Now restaurant. It was truly a magical time, and the inspiration of it all brought forth hundreds of songs and music that we all have played and sung together over the years.

With our leading musicians of the family, Bill H., Steve W., Aundor, Leaetta, Bill B, joined by others of us in the band and chorus, we traveled around in our brightly painted school bus, performing at fairs and putting on “happenings” at churches and colleges all over the Bay Area. Allen Michael channeled his far-out messages from Galactica, revealing the truth of the solar catastrophe, which was the cause of the negative energy in the duality consciousness of this planet and the resultant satanic usury money system, along with the Plan to end the money system and bring forth the world of sharing as one humanity. We were spiritual revolutionaries inspired by the truth of it all, as we performed our music, served our delicious natural food and cared for our children.

A short-lived but bright spot in the Bay Area music scene was the Family Dog, an enormous hall at Playland-by-the Beach in San Francisco operated by Chet Helms and friends. For a short period of time, we operated the natural food concession there for rock concerts and also provided the natural food concession for Steve Gaskin’s popular “Monday Night Class.” The concession was not only financially rewarding, but also provided us with exceptional weekend entertainment, which included the Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane and many other top rock bands. We were impatient to get Allen Michael’s message in the EG to the people. So, in spite of the fact that we were barely getting by financially, when it became evident to us that we were not to be given the opportunity to communicate our message and that all of the energy we were putting into the food service was solely to maintain a money-making venture, we ended our affiliation with the Family Dog, unable to see the relativity of it all.

Little did we know how many years it would be and how much more the negative effects would have to increase for the consciousness to grow to the point of recognizing a higher truth. Of course, it’s all the same day in the Universe, and all things are happening together in the Uni’s perfect synchronicity – everything in its own season. Time, as most people think of it is simply mortal mind counting this planet’s revolutions around the sun so they can add interest to money, collect taxes and get paid. As we say, it’s always the same day in the Universe, always NOW.

Communal Children

When we live together as one family, sharing the roles of mother, father, sister and brother, we relate on a different basis than those of the status quo world of employers, employees and segregated parental-dominated family units. We recognize our children as Universal Beings, as we are, with knowledge gained from their former lifetimes. The special bond earth parents have with their children is being extended to encompass all children on the planet as we come into the awareness that we are one humanity of Universal Beings.

We all shared the responsibility of the children’s care and well-being until, through their experiences, they gained the ability to care for themselves and serve one another. As our commune grew and the number of children increased, our Children’s shift was quite a challenge. It was an invaluable learning experience, not only for the parents, but also for the older children and young women and men, who had the experience of caring for infants and toddlers before having children themselves. Unfortunately, this continuity is lacking in most of the separate households in the more affluent Western World.

In order to be of one mind and consistent in our guidelines for the children, we had weekly meetings to discuss such things as diet, discipline and structure. Coming from my past conditioning, I probably had the most changes to go thru in this regard. In my role as the “woman of the house,” I had been the authority relative to our children and our household, and those old conditioned patterns were not easy to let go of, but thankfully, too painful to hold on to. It’s been a totally rewarding and an on-going process for all of us, learning together to let go, to forgive and to share.

Right-use of the tools, equipment and supplies, as well as cleaning up when we are thru, are all part of our learning experience. In an environment of acceptance and free of judgment, children are anxious to learn by example and love to share with others in creative projects. We say “love is service done” – and when we have that attitude as we carry out our daily shifts and do them with joy, the children are naturally attracted to be with us.

The traumatic effect on children whose parents separate or divorce, so prevalent in our society, was lessened in the commune inasmuch as when a man and woman no longer felt compatible living as a couple and sharing the same room, one simply moved to another room. The fact that they could relate during the day in other creative endeavors made it possible for them to work out their differences objectively and helped eliminate the children’s fear of losing a parent. The children grew as brothers and sisters, participating with the adults in our many productive creative endeavors, joining with us to dance and sing and serve. Our music and hundreds of songs were inspired by the lifestyle we were living and the knowledge that we’d found the real thing.

Having the family members share in the care and guidance of the communal children, enabled those of us with children to develop our individual abilities in the different Schools of Experience. The children were included in many of the SOE’s and, under Thera’s direction, even had their own Children’s Raw Candy Factory.

The so-called “generation gap” in our society between the adults and the youth occurs at the age where the teens are resisting the adult’s world of effects. It’s a time in the young men and women’s lives before they take on the programming of the status quo. It is a time when they begin to see the great disparity between what they have been told and have accepted as guidance given by parents and authorities and what is actually being demonstrated by the adult world, the hypocrisy, lies and inequality, and they are struggling to maintain an identity before succumbing to the mold of conformity. The youth mistakenly blame the older generation, who, just as equally, are victims of the system and its negative effects.

Our whole society is a case of “mistaken identity.” The youth, out of fear of rejection, of homelessness, and of starvation, either take on the yoke of the wage-slave to become “responsible adults,” or because of the conditioning of deprivation, are unable to fit into the usury money system and end up in prison or on the street. Now, with the increasing inequality and failure of the system, more and more people of all ages are on the street and homeless in “the land of the free!” As Allen Michael says, “free to buy your way around.”

Natural Childbirth

Along with other things natural to life on this planet, we were crusaders in home birthing, and I am grateful to have had the wonderful opportunity of assisting in several home births in our Berkeley and Stockton houses. Most of our beautiful New Age children have had the good fortune to have experienced natural birth and home delivery, and many of the men, as well as the women, have had the opportunity to participate in this marvel of Creation. It’s an experience so sadly lacking in our compartmentalized world of professions and separate households, along with the other simple joys of living and sharing. Because they have become subjugated to materiality, most people have become divorced from the real things of life, the only things that bring true happiness.

What is thought of as extreme pain in childbirth is in truth the dynamic energy needed by the body to expel the baby from the womb. It is the resistance to this force, out of ignorance and fear, along with the unnatural position women are forced to be in, which produces the excessive pain they experience. The men, who are totally superfluous to a woman in this perfectly natural aspect of Creation Nature, have taken control, with their medical priest craft. Naturally the men of the medical establishment have no direct experience of this phenomenon, so are unable, not only to enlighten the women on the subject, but they have their own fear to deal with. They have been given a status of omniscience in our society, so we expect them to have an answer for everything relative to the body. There are, of course, many in the medical field who are more enlightened relative to childbirth, to the inherent ability of the body to heal itself and to the relationship of a healthy body to food, exercise, the environment and the mind. It is those of higher consciousness who are bringing forth the holistic and alternative methods of healing and natural childbirth.

This is not to say there is no need for medical care for the women who suffer from the negative effects of a backwards society and are unable to experience natural, healthy childbirth. Due to misuse of Creation’s Natural Laws generation after generation, the genetic strains have been affected, causing the deformities and weaknesses in strains of bodies. However, no abnormalities will exist when we return to the natural way of life on a sharing, caring, healthy planet.

When I became pregnant in 1958, I had heard of “natural childbirth” and began to read everything I could get on the subject. So, when I gave birth to Michael, my first child, I was able to experience the wonder of this creative process even tho’ I was living in Spain, which then, was even more backward than the US in this regard. I was sent books on natural childbirth from the States and shared them with many of my American friends who were also preparing for childbirth.

The Feminist Movement has been part of a natural progression in the awakening consciousness. However, for us coming out of the male-dominated world of business-as-usual, there is little gender consciousness or thought given to roles. We all take part in all aspects of communal life as much as possible. As the children so quickly pass thru their early formative years, the men have been able to share with the women in the joy of guiding and nurturing them, bringing a continuity to the lives of men and women, sharing and serving together as equal partners and friends.

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This was great reading. I lived in Lahaina in 75 and loved the Cafe Paradise. The tables were set within a bunch of banana trees. All the hippies in Lahaina ate there. I still use the One World Cook Book. It was while using it that I got interested and checked out where you guys were. It was fun to read this story about the group.

So happy to have assisted with the update, Del. Quite a read indeed!

  • Joseph

Bravo! Del, you really nailed it right on the head. My honor to have shared so much of it with you, Allen Michael and everyone. What an unbelievable crew, what a life!! An abundance of creative talent and energy in revolutionary service to a new world. And what a channeling, from the EG down thru the daily details, ETI is omnipresent with us and in us.

Thank you God, we are ever grateful. Love is service done

Aloha Del,
Thanks so much for your article and especially the pictures. It was great to see the restaurants and family (where are they now?) and even my pizza poster! Please post more and keep up the good work. I would be happy to know the family listened to my daily radio show 10 to 2PM ( Maui time ) Monday thru Friday on manaoradio.com. A lot of great music (non-commercial) with a few positive ideas mixed in. On the fly with an I phone etc. download the app tunein radio. Keep it UP, Bill Best

  • Nick Oliver

Dear Del,

Remember me ? … brother of Chip ( black and silver ) . Early days … Berkeley, Larkspur. That aside … I read your article. Truly fabulous. You have an amazing memory, just like me. I’ll never forget your tan face and salt and pepper ponytail. I posted my email address in the required field, but I’ll post it here just in case you don’t receive it : h2o6164@att.net. That’s h2o, as in water, that’s an “o”, not a zero. Del, just one rule I have … nothing impersonal, like ecards or groupthink, etc…. gotta be you, and you only. If you’d like to send an email to Chip, his email is alpholive@yahoo.com. Until then, Love, Nick

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