Since the Mother Earth News in the 70s, the idea of intentional communities has intrigued me. I've visited numerous communities from Georgia to Oregon, in Hawaii, Ecuador and Germany and observed mostly the discord caused by unresolved differences of perspectives between members and the inability to form a cohesive structure without debilitating hierarchy.
I've no proof, but it seems to me that what's most needed for an intentional community to thrive is a higher degree of individual self-awareness, self-responsibility, willingness to do inner work, ownership of contributing to the betterment of all and commitment to the vision and principles through whatever happens. From curiosity, I asked the question of the Open A.I. Assistant:
What are the reasons some intentional spiritual communities thrive and others disband?
Open A.I. Assistant:
There are a variety of reasons why some intentional spiritual communities thrive while others disband. Here are a few potential factors that may contribute to the success or failure of a community: