My Life in the One World Family Commune

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.

The concept of “channeling” was new to us, but when we heard Allen Michael speak, the words resonated with that inner part of us that knows the truth when we hear it, and it lifted us to a higher awareness of being. Since that time, society has come to use the word, “channel,” to describe people who allow disembodied entities (usually from the heavenly abode, or within this solar system), to speak thru them. These channeled messages benefit many souls on this planet who are at a certain level of awareness. However, the distinction needs to be made that they are of the 7th dimension and not the same as the Universal channelings of the Godmind, coming from Galactica of the 12th dimension thru Allen Michael.

In my single days, living in San Francisco, where sophistication was a valued goal along with the seductive glamour of materiality, I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined being part of anything called “The Messiah’s World Crusade.” However, when I heard Allen Michael channel, I realized that the true meaning of the word, messiah, was messenger, and at last I could see a far greater vision of it all and my connection to it.

We were being guided along the way, which I now know is always the case when we can let go of the fear of survival and not being in control. We are in service to one another and to humanity in a sharing relationship. This is the natural way all life will be when we let go of the ungodly usury money system and the fear of lack that goes with it.

With the world sharing economy, we come into the higher realization that we are all one, in telepathic communion with the Universal Mind. We are here to share all things in common and to serve one another without thought of reward, as did Jesus’ disciples in Acts 4:32-35. Just as the stars and planets rotate together in harmony in the solar system, and the solar systems all rotate together in harmony in the galaxy, and the galaxies rotate together in harmony in the Universe, we are all One.

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Del Rainer

It has been over 40 years since a group of us dropped out of the old world of duality and buying and selling for personal gain. We joined together to live as a communal family, sharing all things in common. These experiences and revelations are based on my wonderful days at the One World Family Commune.

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    John says

    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.

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    Joseph says

    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!

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    Bill Best says

    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 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

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    Nick Oliver says

    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 : 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 Until then, Love, Nick

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    Dolores Hansen Nelson says

    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.

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    Mark Grimsley says

    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.

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    Del Rainer says

    Hi Mark, It’s always rewarding to hear from a kindred spirit. Where do you live? I’d be happy to send you an EG if you’d like.
    Happy New World,

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    Cathy Cross says

    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!!!

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    Cathy Cross says

    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.

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    Lori Roche says

    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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    splat says

    In reply to john.

    John, I cooked the magic mushroom eggplant parmesan at Cafe Paradise in 74 and 75 using the cookbook.

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