Community (common-unity), where human beings live. We are social beings. Few of us are isolated hermits living alone on a deserted island. We thrive when connected to others. They act as mirrors, reflect back thoughts, ideas, words, inspiration so we continuously adjust ourselves to become the best person we can possibly be from the human level all the way through the continuum to God-Source and Universal Consciousness.
A community where we are truly unified, of one mind and consciousness, would indeed be heaven on earth. If only that’s how it could be. But until then maybe, we can wrap our minds around the concept and allow it to become the paradigm of our new world. Together we envision a society that meets the needs of all its citizens while inspiring souls to contribute for the highest good of their local and global communities.
When I was a young woman in my 30’s my husband and I would go to the Amish country in Lancaster, PA, and spend a week to 10 days camping once a year. Every morning we would rise before dawn, get on our matching mopeds and travel out to the farms to capture the incredible colors of the sunrise against the panoramic views of quaint, Amish farm life. We witnessed calves being born and saw red foxes and huge, flying owls.
I felt captivated and was instantly transported back to simpler times when the quality of our lives depended on the cooperation of ourselves with our neighbors. And in cooperation we’d lift each other up, build homes and barns, plant, sow and reap the harvest for the common good.
The Amish knew how to capitalize on tourism as the “English” (as they called us no matter what our race) flocked to purchase their wares they’d produce (like Amish quilts and crafts) and feast Amish food, Amish style on long, wooden tables.
While you and I know no culture’s 100% perfect, there was much to be learned by anthropologically observing successful communities living in harmony, surviving and thriving inside a large culture of capitalism and greed.
My friend lived in State College, Pennsylvania right next to an Amish Community. She developed a friendship with some of them. On her property she had a large house for herself and her family and right next to that house was a smaller house for her in-laws. One day that smaller house burned down to the ground in a fire.
Before they could even file a claim with their insurance, the Amish showed up with a team and blue prints for a house just like the one they lost which included plumbing and electricity. The Amish rebuilt the house to code. They did this for a family who was not part of their religious community, but they were part of their larger community. This generosity totally touched my heart.
Now this was about 25 years ago. Maybe the world has changed so much we’ll never be this way again. But as I remember how humanity can go a step beyond and support neighbors, I am inspired even in these days of Covid-19 and a global pandemic, that the human heart is huge and we can look upon our neighbors near and in foreign nations with love, empathy, compassion and help when, where and how we can.
While we face our darkest times, we define ourselves in relationship to eternity and our eternal selves that are forever connected to GodSource and Universal Consciousness. If we can personally bring heaven to earth, we can perhaps bridge the gap and blanket the planet with love, send loving energy everywhere and physically affect our healing and global recovery. God bless us all, Tiny Tim, especially when it’s our turn to need help and give help.
How to Build an Amish Barn
By Rebecca Boardman ; Updated September 29, 2017•••
Amish Barn Raising
Building an Amish barn is no mean feat. It requires skill, help and lots of hard work. To build an authentic Amish barn means no power tools, no electricity, and lots of elbow grease. But if you build a barn in true Amish style, you will have a structure that will weather the years as sturdily as any wooden building can. Some Amish barns standing today were built over 200 years ago and are still in use.
Find some people to help you. The Amish make barn-building a community effort. Families converge on the site and usually complete the entire project in one day. You may not be able to do this if you are not a member of the Amish community, but it will certainly make your task easier if you can secure some friends, family and other helpers to assist you in building your barn.
Create a foundation. Do this two days before your actual barn raising, as the concrete will need to dry for a full 72 hours. Measure off the area of your barn and stake the four corners. Run a guide-string from corner to corner, and place your concrete barrier 2-by-4s down to help you shape and guide the cement. Pour your cement with a professional concrete service if possible. This is not an area you want to mess up.
Set your corner posts on the day of the raising. The posts need to be set in concrete in holes that are at least 2 feet deep. Depending on the height and size of your barn, you may or may not need a joist to lift the foundation beams into place. Install the foundation beams as the first step in the actual barn-raising process.
Use hand tools to cut, fit and create the foundation beams and roof beams. Foundation beams will be moved by hand and notched and hammered into place. The roof beams will need a joist to lift them into place in order to secure them. It will take many skilled hands to do this, as you will be high up, so make sure you have professional help for this step.
Complete your frame after erecting your foundation beams. Your frame should be a rough outline of your completed barn. It will serve as the skeleton for the rest of your lumber. The frame is created by fitting the lumber to the foundation and roof beams, and attaching them by hand with your hammer, nails, dowels, and pegs.
Fill in the open spots with your 2-by-4s or 1-by-2 slat lumber. These are your walls, and in traditional Amish barns they run up and down, not side to side. If your roof is at an angle, you can hold the board up, mark the angle with a pencil, then cut the board to fit. Hammer these in until you have filled in all the open walls of your frame.
Roof your barn with 2-by-4s and then cover it with shingles. Do a thorough job on your roof, as it must withstand wind and weather.
Hang your barn door. The doors must be prepared beforehand and ready to hang. Use a level to hang the doors straight, so they will hang plumb and swing freely.