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A Brief History

A Brief History of the Alliance... 

as told by Rev. Luke A Shootingstar

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This movement has survived many evolutions of ebb and flow,
since it began officially in 1994. The inspiration of the Alliance grew,
in the tradition of Great Legacies, out of brainstormings in 1991 of an idea
by the name of "Brothers and Sisters in Babylon;" a festival and tribe with
supportive infrastructure associated around it.  However, not until 1993 did
it begin to come together more strongly as a solid idea with the aid
of an ally by the name of David Christensen. 
 
First CircleHe was a master Tarot card reader
and exceptionally talented in art. 
He sketched the central figure
in the poster used for our very
first event in 1994 produced
for the Circles of Light Alliance. 
 
He said years later he always saw
me as the figure within the circle,
dressed as the Fool, represented by
the “0” card of the Tarot deck…
an archetype which fosters trust in
sustained love and hope for the world.
 
So, this alliance was founded after
the first event in early 1994 called,
"the Circles of Light Celebration"
(which grew out of the idea for
Brothers and Sisters). It was
a festival on the Spring Equinox
through which I wished to explore
alternatives to competitive sports,
games, and the relations paradigm
based on opposition/us and them divisions, so popular in western culture. 
We wished to explore symbiotic reality free from thought forms
that seed potential for violence and war and all inequalities
that arise from greed and the other 7 deadly sins.
 
‘Twas merely a guiding glimpse at that time into the HOW
we may accomplish this Mission to realize paradise on Earth…
starting with promoting a more peaceful paradigm.  I choose to
entertain the notion it is possible "poisonous seeds” in the Garden
are not part of “human nature” but rather impressed upon us
from cultural influence and peer/parent conditioning in life.   
This is evidenced by researching other isolated cultures
untouched by the influence of “1st World” perspectives.
 
Shortly after the Celebration, we Core Allies continued
as the body we refer to as, "The Circles of Light Alliance,"
composed of a core of 5 or 6 people initially. The 1st Core
went out to the world in many directions shortly after this 
and the movement went underground, into sub-conscious--
hibernation and gestation...evolving for a time when
we would see a green light for action or hear
a trumpet in our inner ears, as Ones again...
 
I changed focus inward and journeyed to the Peruvian Amazon
rainforest jungle where, in 1996, I initiated writing a book which
illuminates the individual path complimentary to the group path of
existing as Circles of Light; I called the book Ki Shunindo,
translated from Japanese it means, "The Way of
the Guardian of Life Force." I modeled it after
the Jedi path introduced in George Lucas' films.

Alliance Star

The year 1998 was a renaissance for the Alliance.  We had
many spectacular events as tribe that summer and new life
came into the group.  Directly after, I moved to Santa Fe,
New Mexico, in pursuit of a vision I saw in waking dreams ...
There the Alliance expanded and those allies are still with us.
 
In the early years of the next decade more celebrations happened
in Eugene, Oregon, after I returned permanently from Santa Fe.
Intimate gatherings were enjoyed by the circle of friends
involved with the MacPhearson Clan. Food, music jams,
and plenty of hackey-sack was enjoyed heartily. This may
be a good time here to mention the inspirational influence
this way of passing time contributed to the growing alliance.
 
I was introduced to hackey-sack in 1990 or 91 (at just about
the same time Brothers and Sisters in Babylon's philosophy
was beginning to be dreamed up.)  I was so pleased to find
a perfectly cooperative activity, perhaps it got me thinking
of all sorts of applications in daily life for rich metaphors. 
Truly, much of the relating dynamics of the alliance were
discovered through long hours of kicking the sack around
in the Circle with many friends and acquaintances: 
 
"...A time for inner focus and active meditation,
a compliment to martial arts, plenty of opportunities
to meet others and socialize, sharing peer support;
a benefit to exercise health--it is all this. 
Having shared as much, it is obvious that
I took this art to a whole new level...
a word we also know as transcendence."
 

Initiating Ripples of Wellness

In the latter part of the 1990’s a discomfort arose
from a persistent feeling that the name of the Alliance
was not correct to serve as a vehicle for a publicly visible
organization to win appeal with many diverse communities.
After several years of contemplation, I finally rested upon
the name “Global Community Designs” to be known as publicly.
 
This epic milestone accured in the early part of 2001.
I have often marveled at the peculiar similarity in choice
of timing with the classic film, "2001, A Space Odyssey."
 
As far as the topic of alternative societies is concerned,
be they public or more private, there are similarities between
the Circles of Light Alliance and some societies that have existed,
in general, though, it seems many began as noble paths and were
inexorably infiltrated or co-opted into losing their sight of
the Way.  A strong tradition will have safe-guards, well-
thought-out and strategic, to help ensure the tradition lasts,
to eventually be considered a Legacy. Although some may be
considered faithful (to a founding vision) we are not connected
to any of these, having our own unique identity.  We are more
visible as a welcoming society than other obscure, secretive ones.
 
The unofficial stance is we appreciate visionary ideals of similar societies.
The Alliance was founded upon a Dream and spiritual theme: to make our lives,
while mortals, like mirrors for amplification of soul light and to offer support
and protection to each other within a mystic sanctuary. These movements
are connected to us only by the common thread of a Legacy of Light—
represented by a tremendous Tree with a great myriad of branches.
 
So, 'twas in 2003, the Elysian Dream was born of the same inspiration
which gave rise to the Alliance--"whenever two or more gather" in Grace,
they create spaces of peace (Circles of Light), uplifting everything within
and around themselves. I realized long ago "circles of light" are essential
to the great Mission of the Meek…which is to realize paradise on Earth.
 
But what is paradise, really? aside from our subjective interpretations.
The philosophical soul searching led me to the strong union of peace work,
wellness support, keeping sanctuary, and living sustainably upon the Earth
(permaculture) which is the defining vision and identity of the Alliance.
This is what guided me to my discovering, in 2003, the word, Elysium--
which means "paradise" in Greek. It also suits our needs because
it separates us from the dogmatic baggage now associated
with “Eden” and “Heaven,” "Nirvana, Valhalla, Xanadu," etc...
So many words for eternally archetypal space are found in
cultures, myths, philosophies, and religions of the world.
 
Aye, we learn much from studying the evolution of such
similar movements, AND, we also wish to not be viewed as
just a by-product of any of these traditions at the same time.
It is said there is really no new idea ever, though I often wonder...
 
The Fleet of FriendShips formed shortly after establishing Elysium--
gathering around the founding FlagShip known as, "The Elysian Dream."
I chose the word "fleet" because it, too, brings to mind a group, akin to
an alliance.  Specifically, it is implied in this name, through the Legacy,
we are linked to other bodies of ships in Earth’s history and possibly
even also connected in a much larger galactic community design.

9th Annual Celebration

So another branch was created
on the family tree of the Alliance
in late 2003 to become an additional
appealing vehicle for our endeavors
in medieval recreation (SCA) events
and the renaissance faires arena:
Elysium and its Fleet of FriendShips…
a similar idea, yes, but now circles
took on a complimentary dimension
of ships with crews, and these Ships
represent groups still involved today.
 
In the beginning the ships of the Fleet
were physical manifestations of crews,
but these limitations no longer apply;
our FriendShips have evolved to also be representative and metaphorical.
One more thing on this, in the last 13 years, we have been exploring
the introduction of safe harbors, or "LightHouses," to offer
to our Fleet personnel...And again, we see sanctuary.
 
Zen Alejandro and I met in person at the beginning of 2007,
associating together at first within the Storytellers Guild
of the EarthLight Project which, at that time, was
fiscally sponsored by City Repair Project in Portland, OR.
 
He traveled from Puerto Rico after having noticed my presence
an early social networking platform called in Tribe.net...I recall
there was a fetching lass in the picture attracting him also,
but that has all become ancient history now.  The Fleet
really picked up speed at this point for this movement
became focused, and magnified, within the petals
of the EarthLight Project and City Repair.
 
I first found out about it at the end of 2006
in my travels between Eugene and Portland, Oregon,
associating the Elysian Dream teahouse ship with events
in the electronic music dance community and my work
with natural building practices, intentional community,
eco-village creation, etc...naturally leading to City Repair.
 
Fiscally sponsored by City Repair, The EarthLight Project was
the ultimate of all of that and more—a mobile meta-village dreamed
by a core of visionaries at Burning Man.  It was to be supramassive,
a structure 300 feet across, 100' high at the apex, and composed
of 9 allied "petals," all stretch fabric. Yes, MASSIVE is totally
an understatement. It was intended to be "light" weight (as in
readily mobile) so it could also be deployed to offer crisis relief
in areas hit by disasters; this was the era of Hurricane Katrina.
 
The pavilion was intended to travel in a circuit connecting events
and intentional communities to offer information, entertainment,
hospitality and nourishment, etc...It was incredibly ambitious
and quickly fell apart when we found that the PVC-based fabric
is very highly toxic, unsustainable, and socially irresponsible.
The early era EarthLight Project crew scattered after that
but I vowed the vision would remain alive in the hearts
and in the minds of Global Community Designs--until
the would no longer be ahead of its time and
a less impactful material could be identified...
  
This alliance of independent (autonomous) groups
is linked through the common ground of sharing
a general mission of Realizing Paradise on Earth.
What we intend of this is to involve other people
and organizations to associate with us either as
internal allies (those being domestic circles) or
external allies we frequently collaborate with.
 
It became clear to us we needed to have our feet
firmly in both worlds in order to do This; to liaison
with grassroots sovereign communities and systems
of worldly government alike.  Most of us have now
accepted this as necessary.  However, the piece
missing was the nexus point for it all to meet within
common ground.  We chose December 21st, 2012, to be
our date to incorporate as a non-profit organization,
actually a Non-Governmental Organization, with
the structure of a fraternal benefit society.
Katsura Balanza, came aboard in late 2011
and quickly rose to become a great leader
to carry us forward in taking this big step.
This date was very much intentional as it also
represents a paradigm turning point on many levels.
 
The last portion of this brief history is how =ACE= fits into
the timeline and brings us back in full circle to tie it all together. 
Recently it came to my attention not everyone gravitates toward
a Fleet identity as groups. So, around the founding Core Council
of Elysia, other domestic community organizations have grown.
This has become our nexus point to bring global community
together on solid common ground to build our society upon.
 
The name is the best of and represents a full circle of
our Journey from the Circles of Light Alliance into
the nation of Elysia.  Although the first definition
for =ACE= was "Allied Circles of Elysium," in this
age, the acronym has become a banner now to
accommodate many other interpretations
and definitions in order to serve us in
expanding our capacity; for example,
one is: "Allied Communities of Earth."
 
The official primary definition of =ACE= is
The Alliance of Collaborative Excellence.
Currently =ACE= Core Council includes:
  
-- MUSE Media Arts and Muse Broadcast
(for production of creative arts to inspire
and assist people to find their true calling)
 
-- Armada Talent Alliance (ATA)
(a network of craft and service people with
a green marketplace and travel agency)
 
-- Ripples of Wellness Action Network
(providing residential opportunities,
peer support, and employment)
 
-- The EarthLight Project
(peace work, LightHouse sanctuaries,
event production, and permaculture design)
 
I hope to see a circle of Valkyries serving as protectors
of our blessed Elysium someday, too--all female Guardians,
because the circle of our sanctuary needs safe keepers…
and, of course a circle of graceful men for those of us
who embody or seek a progressive holistic grasp on what
it is to “be a man” in a New Earth culture Designed in Grace.
 
The banner did not come from my hands, I merely restored it,
but I am one of many such Emissaries promoting this Dream.
Our hope is to rally people together providing cohesion
to the global movement...Now it is much bigger than I
can get around to managing myself, even in 500 years,
therefore working together with others as allies is truly
of the essence.  Part of the exquisitie recipe for success.
We are engineering, through our Global Community Designs,
within Allied Circles, a revolv-olution of faith and effort
being united in our HeartMind--crafted by hands of
the best and brightest women and men among us…
 

The Flag of Elysia

 
I only have enough energy to liaison with certain few
who in turn liaison diplomatically with their Circles...
"Omnipresence is a tall order, made possible for US
through working (and playing) together…as Allies."
 
I hope you see the picture now…I rest my fingers,
though please know your supportive interest
and effort in this Design is appreciated!!!
 
We salute you!
 
 
 Yours, very truly,
 
Lukas Bacchus
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"...who are we being as we go back out into the world?
And you know, I have a definition of success. For me,
it's very simple. It's not about wealth and fame and power.
It's about how many shining eyes I have around me."

~ Benjamin Zander

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