Beliefs and Agreements

The Farm Community – Beliefs and Agreements
The Farm Community is comprised of many individuals, each with their own vision and ideas about spirituality as it applies to their daily life. It was founded on the principle that we respect all religions and practices. There are many basic agreements that were telepathically understood, however in an effort to avoid the creation of dogma and ritual, no formal document exists that defines the spiritual beliefs of The Farm.

Some years ago, several members of The Farm Membership Committee endeavored to create such a document, researching through previously published books and materials to identify statements that could still ring true for most members of the community. Although we make no claim that it represents every person completely, we present it here to give you some concept of our original beliefs and agreements.

As a church, we live in community and our reverence for life has always been central to our ways. Within The Farm Community, people could live together and pursue a spiritual path that includes, but were not limited to, the following common beliefs and agreements:

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We believe that there are non-material planes of being or levels of consciousness that everyone can experience, the highest of these being the spiritual plane.
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We believe that we are all one, that the material and spiritual are one,
and the spirit is identical and one in all of creation.
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We believe that marriage, childbirth and death are sacraments of our church.
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We agree that child rearing and care of the elderly is a holy responsibility.
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We believe that being truthful and compassionate is instrumental to living together in peace and as a community.
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We agree to be honest and compassionate in our relationships with each other.
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We believe in nonviolence and pacifism and are conscientiously opposed to war.
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We agree to resolve any conflicts or disagreements in a nonviolent manner.
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We agree to keep no weapons in the community.
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We believe that vegetarianism is the most ecologically sound and humane lifestyle for the planet, but that what a person eats does not dictate their spirituality.
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We agree that livestock, fish, or fowl will not be raised in the community for slaughter.
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We believe that the abuse of any substance is counterproductive to achieving a high consciousness.
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We agree to strive for a high level of consciousness in our daily lives.
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We believe that the earth is sacred.
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We agree to be respectful of the forests, fields, streams and wildlife that are under our care.
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We agree that the community is a wildlife sanctuary with no hunting for sport or food.
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We believe that humanity must change to survive.
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We agree to participate in that change by accepting feedback about ourselves.
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We believe that we, individually and collectively, create our own life experience.
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We agree to accept personal responsibility for our actions.
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We believe that inner peace is the foundation for world peace.

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