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DIALOGUES FOR THE WORLD

BUILDING RETREAT CENTERS!!

WILL CREATE PLACES TO:

REST, REPOSE, RELAX, REGENERATE, REVERE, RELEASE, RESPOND, RENEW, REFLECT,

REJUVENATE, REVITALIZE, RESET, RESORT, RELIEF...

ALL THESE ALONG WITH INSIGHTFUL, MEDITATIONAL, CREATIVE, INCLUSIVE, HOLISTIC MEDIAN TO LARGE GROUP DIALOGUES....

 

 

2020 - 2021 and beyond FUNDING CAMPAIGN

Funding Base:

I am converting a bare land, 10.5 acres of land located in San Luis Obispo County, on highway 41 about 12 miles east of Atascadero., into an ecological, sustainable Retreat Center.

My general project involved three areas in progress : first, developing a non-profit organization called: 'Dialogues For The World'.

Second, (part of the future organization 's mission) to build and develop beautiful, sustainable, ecological and sound Retreat Centers in key parts of the world, beginning in California. In this case, Raul Ranch Retreat.

Third, implementing transformative median to large group dialogues in the Retreat Centers, in order to change, transform, deep, fragmentary, fearful and hateful factors rooted in our society, culture and consciousness by using median to large groups (12 to 30 or more people) techniques or approaches to dialogues developed by Patrick de la Mare, David Bohm and others, and supported in part by neuroscience's research findings related to adult neurogenesis.

Specifically I am currently working in three areas:

A web site, here is the web site address, be advise that it's still unfinished: www.dialoguesfortheworld.org (obviously the site is the one now opened)

Secondly, I am working and converting (very slowly due to limited resources) a 10 and half bare land located in San Luis Obispo County, east of Atascadero, highway 41, next to 3715 east highway 41, into a beautiful, sustainable, ecological Retreat Center called: Raul Ranch Retreat.

Lastly, I 'm also focusing on refining the socio-psychological, philosophical, and humanistic principles, along with the rigorous science, spirituality and post-modern perspectives behind the transformative effectiveness of the median to large groups dialogues.

In sum, the money will be used for developing and converting a bare land into a beautiful, ecological, sustainable Retreat Center (called Raul Ranch Retreat), a place for having median to large group transformative, restorative dialogues.

I have already started the work by setting up a water drip system, bought two water tanks, 6 thousand gallons total. Fencing the property, planting trees, also hired a geologist that did a study on potential area for a Water well.

What it is needed:

1) build roads and driveway

2) drill a water well, about $20,000

3) plant more trees, specially mature trees

4) build or buy a shed

5) build or buy a couples of pergolas

6) finishing fencing

7) buy a tractor and/or a truck

8) buy a used trailer for temporary stay

9) build cabins or cottages

10) buy tools

11) buy solar panels and equipment

Thank you! Rafael G.H. Founder

Please join me ! It's cheaper than a political campaign

 

Future Site of Raul Ranch Retreat, located in San Luis Obispo County, California.

Sponsored by Dialogues for the World:

RAUL RANCH RETREAT GLOBAL EDUCATIONAL LAND

Raul Ranch Retreat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
PLEASE READ OUR VISION AND MISSION AT THE END OF THIS PAGE
 
 
 
 
INTRODUCTION AND MORE DETAILS

501(c)(3) non-profit (in progress)

DIALOGUES FOR THE WORLD will exist to stimulate and catalyze fundamental changes in today's human society, in our brain and in our consciousness.

RETREATS created by Dialogues For The World will allow genuinely concerned individuals to gather, to meet (preferable a median to a largen group size of 12 to 30 people) and engage for a few days, better weeks or more in open conversations or dialogues, verbal or nonverbal, with others, with themselves, with nature. So that everyone has the opportunity to explore freely themselves and each other, explore the entire question of ‘who are we, the nature of conflict, of freedom, violence, the nature of individuality and society, of fear, of thinking, emotions, feeling, affection, the nature of love, truth and genuine spirituality, the whole activity of the brain, mind and body, the nature of relationships, social responsibility and more. All these endeavors, dialogues, will be taken place within a relax and beautiful environment, without the pressure of any particular knowledge, or any other stresses.

We emphasize that we envisioned these places as places impacting and perhaps healing anyone, just by visiting them, just for its own beauty, just for being ecologically sound, and just for reflecting our respect for nature.

Now, the reason for having certain amoung of people gathering is because the intention of these dialogues is to appeal to the whole of society, and a diverse group of people can represent a cross section of society and in this way allowing individuals to examine, reflect, dialogue, so as to break down societal's narrowed perspectives. Healing the whole through the individual will also heal the individual.

At the same time, some residents/participants will have the option to pursue serious research, investigation, discourse, and summaries of relevant neurobiological data worldwide that could support or reject the insightful states resulting from these open conversations or dialogues but .keeping in mind that, as Krishnamurti has very well expressed it, " It's far more important to discover for oneself how one's own brain is acting rather than be told by experts, professionals, scientists, what the brain is."...(K. talk, July, 1983). So the science component at these retreats is going to be just a reference point, in case someone interested in science might needed for support or to request areas to explore, but in no way, we feel this science component, can replace anyone own findings from exploring her or his brain, or mind through dialogues, however Science is important and in this retreats places will function as a complement and support of anyone's findings.

This is a long term project and we are looking for anyone to join us, and why not now? to get a new perspective, to contribute, to get a fresh new beginning this year 2019 or next 2020, 2021?

VIDEO ABOUT DIALOGUE:

 

APPEAL FOR THE YEAR 2020/2021!!

FIRST AND FOREMOST: COMMITTED VOLUNTEERS, no matter the level of your skill or resources, you can help!

SECOND: MONEY OR ANY OTHER CAPITAL!

LOCATED IN THE COUNTY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA

ABOUT 20 MINUTES EAST OF ATASCADERO, HIGHWAY 4...THIS LAND IS SLOWLY BECOMING A SUBSTAINABLE RETREAT CENTER CALLED:RAUL RANCH RETREAT, A 'Dialogues For The World' Project.

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SKEPTICAL?

 

Many people are very reluctant and skeptical about projects like this and rightly so, we have seen in history many cults and groups claiming and promising all kind of desperate changes and liberations for its members or sympathizers, but at the end they have ended up bringing their members and society the opposite of what they have offered and claimed.

Now, in what way this project is different? first, we do not follow or are anchored to or by any ideology, dogma or fixed set of ideas, (we certainly have a vision and values, but this is different) second, we do not promise any future utopia or heaven or reward, third, we promote enquiring, doubt, exploration, and we appeal to the simplicity of facts, Will this mean that everything goes and everything is relative and that nothing fundamentaly good will come from these endeavors? obviously not, there are realities and actualities that are reflected in our vision and values and truths that if properly understood as we propose, could have, we feel, tremendous value to our world. So the intention of these places is for anyone that comes here to have an opportunity to bring these and other truths and actualities along with our vision and values up, and seriously uncover, examine, unfold, clarify, see it falseness if necessary, with others, so that these truths or truth, are not only meaningful but create as well the accions for our world that we are all looking for.

In other words, we want to create a place, a beautiful environment, conducive for such activities so that anyone who is serious can stop her or his daily routine for a while, and see, discover, and understand by themselves a rich, joyous way of living, a life as living individual along with a sense of the whole.

THEN, WHY A PLACE?

We feel that one fundamental step in pursuing peaceful, joyous, meaningful human relationships, and actual transformation among each other in a society that is increasingly dysfunctional and full of suffering, is to create places that are conducive for dialogue and reflection. These places are not to be used as isolated and separated communities to escape from the world, but rather places where anyone can genuinely pause for some time from our daily lives to reflect, listen, observe, reconsider, re-evalute, converse with others, be with nature and/or in silence in order to understand ourselves and to find out what else is there so we can actually move beyond our limitations and problems.

WHY DIALOGUE?

What is the magic of dialogue? why dialogue? why dialogues in a retreat center? Dialogue is not an easy term to define, but it can be viewed as an open process of self-discovery and in a retreat setting, a self-discovery with others. This activity required a quality of freedom, an energetic pulse, a discovering disposition that as we interact with a diverse group, a cross section of society, could generates a genuine insightful movement in our being allowing us to change as we sense or be aware of our own brain and mental activities and its unknown depth. It's a movement that in itself we feel could bring about genuine changes in our lives and could generate a deep holistic intelligence as well.

" A dialogue is very important. It is a form of communication in which question and answer continues till a question is left without an answer. Thus the question is suspended between two persons involved in this answer and question. It is like a bud which untouched blossoms... If the question is left totally untouched by thought, it then has its own answer because the questioner and answerer, as persons, have disappeared. This is a form of dialogue in which investigation reaches a certain point of intensity and depth, which then has a quality which thought can never reach. It is not a dialectical investigation of opinions, ideas, but rather exploration by two or many serious, good brains. (part of a statement by K, see below the whole of it, in january, 1984).

Again, It is important to reflect on the fact that we are dealing, in these creative dialogues, not with a particular brain, but with an ancient common human brain, which makes the source of human problems universal and systemic. And although it includes particular problems, the source of these problems is deeper and universal, and there is a need to deal with them at that level.

 

WHY ANY POINTERS, FROM ANYONE?

As we have stated in our Mission, we have and will consider and be inspired at these retreat centers by what Jiddu Krishnamurti and others has pointed to. Although our main inspiration comes from what J. Krishnamurti has pointed to, we are also open to any other deep and genuine inspirations' pointers that can come from any human being. Is this a contradiction regarding our non ideological and non dogmatic stance? definitely not since we feel that these are just pointers, we consider and are inspired by these pointers and take them seriouly but they are just that, pointers, and in no way shape or form are to be followed or worshiped or turned into fixed principles. So we have to make this very clear, in these retreat centers what really matter is our own discovery, our own insight, our own work and exploration, that is what really counts and what have value and will encourage this at these centers.

If you review the Mission and Vision (see below) of these Retreats we have included the science of the brain and nervous system as part of it. Our intention is not to make science and knowledge the main element of these Retreats, neither a replacement for our dialogues and our own non specialized discoveries, but rather is to allow some reference point at what is going on in the scientific area regarding the brain, the mind, the body.. Keeping this in mind, a few paragraphs will explain why we have included science in this project.

WHY SCIENCE?

These places will be dedicated (beside the main purpose of having creative dialogues) to considering and examining the science of the brain and the nervous system, in particular the field of neuroscience, neurobiology, called neuroplasticity, or brain plasticity. These studies will be gathered from multiple perspectives: genetic, molecular, cellular, anatomical, neurophysiological, system, comparative, evolutionary, computational, behavioral, societal, cosmological and beyond. They will include organisms in all stages of development, but concentrate on the mature, adult, and aging stages of development. This research component won't be for everyone, (although anyone is invited and is welcome to participate), but is mainly for people who have a scientific interest and curiosity in these areas.

Further and again, we feel that it is important to make sure that these research activities won't interfere with the overall dialogue and the deeper intent of the retreats. On the contrary, we want this scientific field and activity to give us feedback, perspective and reliable knowledge and insight when necessary. We won't have actual science labs, rather examining others science labs, so our purpose is to understand, analyze, review, and summarize other scientists' brain and nervous system research using clear and rigorous scientific approaches. There are currently in the world many scientists and labs generating good, prolific data, but there is not enough interpretation, synthesis or meta-analysis of these data.

Moreover, although we are aware that science will not solve our fundamental human problems, we feel that scienfitic qualities such as unbiased observation, dedication, and the pursuit of truth are also similar genuine spiritual qualities. Science can also give us perspective, facts, technology, and can challenge our assumptions.

In sum, the main purpose for including the science of the brain and nervous system in these places is to first, keep any of the guests ( if they are interested) who will come to these retreats, up to date on what is happening in these fields; second, to bring up issues that can be investigated in dialogues; and third, when appropiate, point to corroboration, support or refutation of the insights that will or could be generated from direct discoveries of retreat interactions, dialogues and meditative endeavours. For example, neurobiology studies, research ( particulary in the field of neuroplasticity) have already suggested and given support to the notion that the brain can undertake deep changes at any point in our lifetime.

A few more details about science. Other reasoning and asumptions for including science and, specifically, the science of the brain and nervous system stem from the following:

We are interested in changing both individuals and society. We feel that this change involves the whole structure and depth that makes us human, from our biology, body, brain, all the way to the universe; from our minds, thinking, feelings, behavior, society, all the way to what we can call the spiritual, goodness, and beyond.

We also acknowledge that the human brain, with its ancient, current and pervasive activity of thought, language, experience and knowledge is caught in a narrow behavior, fixed patterns, closed loops and one dimensional responses that has greatly contributed to its deterioration and decay, affecting its overall functioning and health.

The brain, at one point in time, (and to this day, and at every moment), apparently in the process of developing higher functioning activities, from external movements to internal, cognitive ones, shifts into protecting more the content of these particular cognitive activities (thought, emotions and self-images) rather than the actual physical reality and the meaning of its existence.

Keeping this in mind, we feel that a fundamental change in human beings has to include the brain and nervous system, which means the understanding of matter, its value and limitation, is crucial in order to allow genuine change and be able to have dialogue, an insight into its unlimited source which is where we feel the real generation of this change unfolds.

SCIENTIFIC QUALITIES

Scientific work involves experiments, observations,insights, theories, understanding of facts, truths, and evidence, and we feel that dialogue or creative encounters and conversations among each other have the same qualities and, in a way, covers a similar scientific process, (except that the 'experiments' in dialogue come from an actual understanding of one's brain/mind, what it is now called, first person methodology) and in creative dialogues theory and facts (theory, understood as a way of observing, from 'theatre' in Greek) can be viewed as the living state of our unbiased observation of our own life, of our brain, emotions and thoughts, body, nature, society. And the evidence in creative dialogue can be shown or tested by the quality of our brain/mind, and our overalll behavior over time.

In sum, we feel that the brain can not only deeply change its structure and functioning, creating a new and more meaningful culture, but can, more importantly, renew itself.

Note: Brain renewal and changes in its structure and functioning throughout life is supported, as we stated before, by current neurobiological research, a theme that will be addressed in the science section.

QUOTES:

"i suggest that if we can sustain a real dialogue, we will find in the end that talking and thinking together is very like a kind of improvised singing and dancing together." (D. Bohm, Changing Consciousness', 1991).

"When there is an insight the brain cells themselves undergo a change. When there is insight, the insight transforms the brain cells." (J. Krishnamurti, 1978 Rishi Valley).

"We also suggested the possibility of perception through the mind, the ability to see that things are not coherent or the ability to get new ideas and so on, perhaps going on to insight. This suggests that the brain and the whole system may be able to act beyond dependency on memory. Now, there are two things that are clearly beyond memory. One is awareness, and the other is attention." (D. Bohm, 'Changing Consciousness' 1991).

"Of decisive importance is a change in awareness, which cannot, however, be brought about by force in any way; it must emerge through the insight of every human individual." (H.R. Maturana, 'From Being to Doing', 2004).

 

"You see, if the pebble is very light, the ripple is just two waves. But if it is a rock it goes down and causes a great many waves. If the challenge is great, the waters must move in a series of waves; but if the challenge is small, there is just a ripple. So the act of listening is not only to the person who questions, who challenges, but also to the answering. It is, in other words, a total state of listening---a listening to both the questioner and the person who replies. And, yes, when the answer, the reply, is not quite as it should be, there naturally is a movement away. Because you are listening, there is a withdrawal from that and, then, you change the movement." (J. Krishnamurti, New Delhi, 1981).

It is essential sometimes to go to retreat, to stop everything that you have been doing, to stop your beliefs and experiences completely, and look at them anew, not keep on repeating like machines whether you believe or do not believe. You would then let in fresh air into your minds.

J. Krishnamurti

 

AGAIN GENERAL GOALS AND OBJECTIVES for 2020/2021 ....2022

 Legal formalization of a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Construction of a well-designed website. Already a reality, we have finished this current design and althouth not fully operational, the main parts are, we will continue to work on it this year.

Formation of an organizing team committed to developing the formal and informal steps necessary to bring these centers to fruition, and to provide the scientific networks for neurobiology and brain research.

Formatization of a Board of Directors. Anyone interested in being part of a Board of Director? please write to us.

Exploration for funding, including revenue guidelines essential to initiate and build a solid financial endowment. Anyone ready to donate? Please write us an email!

Developing substainable Retreat Centers based on Frank Lloyd Wright's organic visions, and Christopher Alexander's design theories of architecture .

Discussion of management styles based in part on Peter Senge's organizational insights.

 

VISION

The Vision and the Purpose of  ‘DIALOGUES FOR THE WORLD’ IS TO CREATE RESPONSIVE, SECURE, INCLUSIVE, VITAL, AND WISE, WORLDWIDE SOCIETIES AND COMMUNITIES, EMERGING FROM THE CULTIVATION OF THE WHOLE HUMAN BEING, FROM THE UNFOLDING OF GOODNESS AND INTELLIGENCE, IN ALL RELATIONSHIPS, FROM THE FLOWERING OF WISDOM, FROM A HEALTHY BRAIN AND BODY, FROM A NEW SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, AND FROM SCIENTIFIC AND SPIRITUAL MATURITY.

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MISSION

The Mission of ‘DIALOGUES FOR THE WORLD’ IS TO FACILITATE, CONVOKE, CREATE, CONDUCE, COMPOSE, AND COORDINATE, MEDITATIONAL AND CREATIVE DIALOGUES WORLDWIDE, AMONG COMMUNITIES, ORGANIZATIONS, AND PEOPLE. FURTHER, TO PROVIDE, PREPARE, PUT TOGETHER, UNFOLD, AND SHARE ECOLOGICALLY BEAUTIFUL SETTINGS AND FACILITIES, SUCH AS EDUCATIONAL RETREAT CENTERS, WHERE INDIVIDUALS CAN FREELY ENGAGE AND PARTICIPATE IN MEDIAN TO LARGE GROUPS DIALOGUES, AND THROUGH MEDITATIONAL DIALOGUES AND MEANINGFUL ENCOUNTERS, EXPLORE PERENNIAL QUESTIONS OF LIFE, LEARN ABOUT THEMSELVES AND OTHERS, BE OPEN TO INSIGHT, SILENCE, AND DAILY ACTIVITIES, AND WHEN NECESSARY, CONSIDERING, MIND/BRAIN INQUIRIES AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, AS WELL AS WHAT JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI AND OTHERS HAVE POINTED TO, AND IN THE PROCESS, REGENERATE AND CHANGE HUMAN SOCIETY.

 

 

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