My Life In The One World Family Commune

CommentApril 10th, 2010 00:00

By Del Rainer

“It has been over 40 years since a group of us dropped out of the old world of duality, of buying and selling for personal gain, and joined together to live as a communal family, sharing all things in common, giving, receiving and forgiving. This is the story of my experience, covering the wonderful days of the One World Family Commune and the revelations of truth that have come to me as the result of living and sharing together and, above all, being associated with an enlightened Being, Galactic Channel Allen Michael.”

I: An Awakening Experience

It was the late 60′s, and I was a married woman with four children, a home in suburbia and a husband who was having a “nervous breakdown.” Michael was suffering from the nightmare of being trapped for life, responsible for the support of a wife and four children and signing away 30 years of his life as a wage-slave to pay for his “American Dream.”

A short time after signing the papers for the mortgage on a house in Marin County, a San Francisco bedroom community, Michael was led to group therapy and I, at home with four small children and a house to take care of, began to soak up the broadcasts from Pacifica’s listener-sponsored radio station, KPFA-FM in Berkeley. It was a time of awakening, and I began to take notice of what was going on in the rest of the world. I was attracted to what I had been hearing about the “Flower Children” of Haight/Ashbury and persuaded a friend to accompany me on a trip to San Francisco to check it out. I didn’t understand it at the time, but I had a feeling of elation as we strolled along Haight Street, taking in the high vibes of the Flower Children.

Thanks to KPFA’s in depth coverage and more enlightening programming, even more a rarity at that time, I was introduced to the teachings of Krishnamurti, discovered the meaning of the word, karma, and tuned in to the songs of the Beatles, Joanie Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and the many other inspired New Age musicians of the time.

One day, as I was walking down the street in Mill Valley, I noticed a sign posted on a building that read, “Get out of Vietnam!” Up to that time, neither I nor any of my friends ever discussed politics, or world affairs, no doubt recognizing the disparity between what we heard and what we could see in the world around us, along with a feeling of being disconnected from it all. The sign about Vietnam, however, piqued my interest, and then, in listening to KPFA-FM, I heard the truth in direct broadcasts from Vietnam and from the people involved, about what was going on, of the CIA’s covert operation in Vietnam, as well as in many other places throughout the world. It was a far different story from what we were getting from the establishment-controlled mass media, and I was surprised to find the number of people who were also aware of the true story and were protesting the inhumane acts being carried out in their name as U.S. citizens. None of which, of course, was being reported in the media.

I had many passionate discussions with friends and acquaintances regarding the travesty of our involvement in Vietnam, but always found myself to be the lone protestor. It was a revelation to discover what a backwards, uninformed society I lived in. I joined the Peace and Freedom Party, but with four small children and a house to maintain, my only participation was to stand with others at the Port Chicago Weapons Depot for a day, protesting the shipment of arms to Vietnam.

 One evening, Michael made a suggestion that came as such a surprise I still remember it clearly. He had just finished reading a biography of Benjamin Franklin, who was a vegetarian, and out of the blue, he suggested we eliminate meat from our diet. It’s hard to imagine now, living in California in this day and age of “natural food,” but I had never heard of such a thing as a “vegetarian.” I’d been programmed to think that the more red meat, the better, and was amazed that Michael could even consider such an idea. However, beginning with Gaylord Hauser, the health enthusiast and body-builder, and then Adele Davis, the nutritionist, I had long been health-conscious. So after the initial shock, I was more receptive when Michael later introduced me to Georges Asawa’s “macrobiotic” diet. I read Asawa’s book, and it made sense, so I agreed to take on the challenge of radically changing our diet to macrobiotics and eliminating meat.

The next step in our awakening occurred when we were coming home from an encounter group session in Berkeley, and we picked up a young man named Richard (hitch hiking was “in,” in those sharing Hippy days). Richard was leaving the Haight/Ashbury and was on his way back to his home in the Midwest. We enjoyed his company and invited him to stay with us for a few days, at which time he helped Michael build a beautiful gate for our fence.

We had been interested in the effect of smoking marijuana, so one day, Richard went to San Francisco, brought some back, and we “turned on.” It was such a revelation, and I felt like I was suddenly seeing the beauty and truth of the real world for the first time. It was as though I was awakening to something I had known as a child and had forgotten (the main reason the establishment wants to prohibit psychedelics). Michael and I didn’t really fit the roles of suburban homeowners, and with our growing awareness, we were becoming more and more discontent with the separateness lifestyle in suburbia. We discussed, with our friends, the “radical” concept of living and sharing with other families, and they all agreed that it would be the most reasonable thing to do, however, none of them were ready to take the leap and make such a commitment to change.

Following a trip to Los Angeles to spend Christmas with Michael’s family, I received a phone call from an attorney who was unaware that I had been out of town and had not heard the sad news of my mother taking her life. It was particularly shocking because my mother and I had never been close, and sadly, I had had no indication that she was in such a state of mind. She had been a very strong and independent person, but was unable to fit into the dog-eat-dog buying and selling world of duality and wage slaves and had been unable to have close, meaningful relationships. With the insurance I received from this tragedy, Michael and I were spurred on to make the total change in our lives we had been dreaming of.

Dropping Out Of the Status Quo

Toward the end of the summer of ’68, Michael and I sold our home and were preparing to leave for a communal project we had found called the Boudouin Society in Oakhurst, near Yosemite Valley. Prior to that, during our search, we had called the Haight/Ashbury Switchboard, and thru them, met “Flower Children,” Iris and Eddy. They had discovered a communal group in San Francisco, the One World Family, and insisted that we should meet them there. So, before leaving on our trip, we joined Iris and Eddy and their baby, Gentle, at the Commune’s macrobiotic restaurant, the “Here and Now” on Haight Street.

We agreed to meet them there, where we were introduced to the communal family on shift and our first delicious soybean “macroburger.” I was particularly impressed by a letter posted on the front door, written by the communal members protesting Allen Michael’s incarceration in the county jail following a narcotics entrapment. The letter described Allen Michael as a man of integrity and selfless service to humanity, who was channeling from Galactica the plan to bring about the kind of world we all want to live in, with absolute freedom, security and abundance for everyone. Michael and I were both turned on by the high energies and attracted to the communal members we met there. A few weeks after that, Allen Michael was released from jail on bail, and we decided to attend his “Evening of Enlightenment.”

The One World Family Commune was located in an attractive, renovated three-story Victorian house across from the Golden Gate Park Panhandle on Oak Street. I’ll never forget the evening we entered the beautiful meditation room, with its soft colored walls and colorfully carpeted platforms and pillows. We were met at the door by Carl, a visitor with a long white beard who welcomed us as old friends. Allen Michael, communal members and guests were gathered, and, as we joined in on some Family songs, both Michael and I had that wonderful feeling of being with kindred spirits.

During the meeting, Allen Michael responded to a group of young Baptist Bible students who had come with their minister to question his statement that he was a “messiah,” or messenger, and was the entity fulfilling the prophecy of the Comforter, spirit of truth. In spite of the fact that I had always been turned off by organized religions and their dogmatic interpretations of the Bible, when I heard Allen Michael say that he channels messages from the Godmind being broadcast from Galactica and that he is the entity spoken of in the Bible, who would come as “the comforter,” in St. John 14:16,17 & 26, I had that flash of knowing we get when we recognize the truth for the first time. Even the Baptist minister, who had brought the Bible study group to challenge him, commended him for his knowledge of the Bible. I could finally see the true meaning of the prophecy – it all just clicked. It’s evident to me now that Michael and I had been led to be there on that particular evening.

The concept of flying saucers, UFO’s and extraterrestrials was new to both of us. However, when Allen Michael spoke of ETI (extraterritorial intelligence) and the Galactic Space Beings’ role in the transformation of the planetary consciousness, it all rang true. His vision of a world of sharing, love and forgiveness was the best thing I’d ever heard, and I felt a kinship with the people who had gathered with him – Diane, Kathy, Bill H., Bill B., Beldon, Aundor, Steve, Thera and Jubal. I admired their sincerity and dedication to Allen Michael as an enlightened Being and Galactic channel. Allen Michael communicates from a Universal perspective of relativity beyond anything I’d ever heard before, and although it was all new to both of us, we recognized the truth of it. It was all so natural and simple. However, joining a Hippy commune in the city was something Michael and I hadn’t even considered, and we continued on with our plan to go to Oakhurst.

The Boudouin Society was quite a change from the status quo world of conformity we had come from in Marin County. Although it was a cooperative arrangement rather than the total sharing one we had been looking for, it was a valuable transition between where we had been and our new lifestyle to be. We went from owning a house in suburbia, to sleeping in tents, milking goats and feeding horses. I remember it being a wonderful, liberating experience when I got up my nerve, took off my clothes and swam nude in a beautiful mountain lake surrounded by pine trees near our property.

It was the beginning of the school year and when we enrolled Mike and Rhys in school, the teacher told us in no uncertain terms that we would have to cut their hair – which actually touched their collar. We were beginning to look like Hippies, and there was much fear at that time, especially in small towns, of the Hippy movement.

When we returned to San Francisco to get some things out of storage, we attended another of Allen Michael’s “Evenings of Enlightenment,” and that was it! This time when we heard Allen Michael channel and were reacquainted with the communal members, we could see that Allen Michael had the wisdom and far-reaching perception that only an enlightened Being could have, and that the One World Family Commune was just what we had been looking for. We had a great feeling of elation as we made the decision, then and there, to move back to San Francisco and join the Commune.

So, to the astonishment of friends and disbelief of family, we retrieved our children in Oakhurst and moved into the One World Family Commune in the Haight/Ashbury District of San Francisco. As Timothy Leary was teaching, we had “turned on, tuned in and dropped out.”

The One World Family Commune

Coming out of the buying-and-selling world of money motivation, and into a world of sharing, giving and receiving and serving without thought of reward, has been an on-going awakening to who I really am and what life on this planet is all about. Since our beginning in 1967 as the One World Family Commune, all of the remarkable things we accomplished have come about because of the inspiration and guidance we have received from Allen Michael and our having a purpose greater than ourselves.

It was such a wonderful experience to come together with others of like-mind, who were actually living according to what they knew to be true. We intuitively recognized the truth of the existence of extraterrestrial Beings and of flying saucers, as Allen Michael spoke of the out-of-body experience he had in 1947, when he was opened up to be a telepathic channel of the Godmind. He had accepted the mission from the Godmind to be the channel of the “Everlasting Gospel,” fulfilling the role of the “comforter,” prophesied in St. John 14:16,17,26 and 16:7-14.

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11 commentsHi! Share what's on your mind...

This was great reading. I lived in Lahaina in 75 and loved the Cafe Paradise. The tables were set within a bunch of banana trees. All the hippies in Lahaina ate there. I still use the One World Cook Book. It was while using it that I got interested and checked out where you guys were. It was fun to read this story about the group.

So happy to have assisted with the update, Del. Quite a read indeed!

  • Joseph

Bravo! Del, you really nailed it right on the head. My honor to have shared so much of it with you, Allen Michael and everyone. What an unbelievable crew, what a life!! An abundance of creative talent and energy in revolutionary service to a new world. And what a channeling, from the EG down thru the daily details, ETI is omnipresent with us and in us.

Thank you God, we are ever grateful. Love is service done

Aloha Del,
Thanks so much for your article and especially the pictures. It was great to see the restaurants and family (where are they now?) and even my pizza poster! Please post more and keep up the good work. I would be happy to know the family listened to my daily radio show 10 to 2PM ( Maui time ) Monday thru Friday on manaoradio.com. A lot of great music (non-commercial) with a few positive ideas mixed in. On the fly with an I phone etc. download the app tunein radio. Keep it UP, Bill Best

  • Nick Oliver

Dear Del,

Remember me ? … brother of Chip ( black and silver ) . Early days … Berkeley, Larkspur. That aside … I read your article. Truly fabulous. You have an amazing memory, just like me. I’ll never forget your tan face and salt and pepper ponytail. I posted my email address in the required field, but I’ll post it here just in case you don’t receive it : h2o6164@att.net. That’s h2o, as in water, that’s an “o”, not a zero. Del, just one rule I have … nothing impersonal, like ecards or groupthink, etc…. gotta be you, and you only. If you’d like to send an email to Chip, his email is alpholive@yahoo.com. Until then, Love, Nick

  • Dolores Hansen Nelson

I am a first cousin of Steve Wolfe, whom I believe was a member of this group. I never got to know him but would like to know more now. Anyone who would care to share stories? I know he was an accomplished musician.
Dolores

  • Mark Grimsley

My, My, What a great feeling in my heart to know that I have found something of interest in this world again. I’m intrigued to find a belief I have felt all my life but was too supressed to succeed. I hope to make this a new beginning. I am ready! Let those unknowing learn, share & develop.

  • Cathy Cross
Comment on : May 2nd, 2013 8:50 am

You all might remember me and my husband Christopher Cross. Our daughter Crystal was born while we were living in one of the Berkeley communal houses. I am in the picture of the family from 1973, immediately to the right of Allen Michael. I think about all you you and was glad I found this web page. Sorry to hear about Allen’s passing, but he did live til he was 92 and he certainly had a long rich life! I live in Amsterdam, Holland now with my Dutch boyfriend, but if I have a chance to visit any of you that remember me I’d love that. Please get in touch with me through my email if you’d like to reestablish a connection. Best of luck to you all!!!

  • Cathy Cross
Comment on : May 2nd, 2013 8:57 am

GREAT ARTICLE!!! Brought back so many awesome memories of those days in Berkeley, the restaurant, peoples’ park and all the wonderful times I shared with everyone in the family for the years I was with you guys! Hope you are all doing well.

  • Lori Roche

Loved reading the history of One World Family. I lived in Hawaii in ’75, and learned airbrushing from Debbie and Michael. I lived with them in Sunset Beach on Oahu. They would take me to Maui to help work in the store. I was in Lahaina recently and looked for the location, but it has changed so much. Great memories! Hello to Debbie and Michael!

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