My Life in the One World Family Commune

Nature’s Potions

In order to maintain our revolutionary purpose as we operate in the dualistic consciousness, we were given an abundance of psychedelics, Nature’s Potions, or what we call “sacrament” – marijuana, magic mushrooms, peyote and LSD. It’s a loving Universe and even tho’ there are painful experiences from time to time, we are always being given what we need, individually and as a humanity, in furthering our path to enlightenment and healing. In the early 70’s, during that initial period of planetary awakening, it was obviously a need, because we certainly were given an ample supply of Nature’s Potions. The psychedelics helped us bridge the gap – the disparity between the consciousness of society at that time and our visionary crusade, our newly-found awareness of the Universe, planet earth, space beings and our humanity’s relationship to it all.

The ecological, self-healing, self-perfecting Universe automatically manifests whatever is needed to maintain balance and bring healing, even tho’ many times, it’s painful. Nature’s Potions have been put here by Creation as an aid in the expansion of consciousness. However, the motivation for self-gain has brought about harmful consequences from the misuse of much of Creation Nature’s gifts, from nature’s potions to the food we eat. The commercialization and wrong use of all things natural, including food, is backwards and is the basic cause of the increasing negative effects. Right-use-ness simply means using all of Nature’s gifts according to the Natural Law, which benefits all life in body and soul.

Narcotic Entrapment

A short time before we joined the Family, Allen Michael had been arrested in a narcotics entrapment by the paranoid establishment out to get the “bad guys.” It was an ongoing test during the early days of our commune as we balanced the paranoia of the status quo consciousness toward anything that deviated from “business-as-usual.”

It was in Long Beach, California that Allen Michael had his art studio and his first ETI contact in 1947. In 1967, he moved to San Francisco, and a small group of inspired people, he started the One World Family Commune. With the help of his son, Dennis, he opened The Here and Now Macrobiotic Restaurant on Haight Street. One day, an acquaintance of his from Long Beach came to see him and asked if he would get him some marijuana. In Allen Michael’s usual way of giving to those who ask, he obtained the marijuana only to discover that he had been set up for an entrapment. This was brought about no doubt because of the truth he was speaking relative to the establishment and ending the money system. He was arrested, charged with eight felony counts and then released on $3,750 bail.

Shortly after we joined the Commune, Judge Neubarth, in a paranoid state of hallucination, decided that he was a menace to society and had him put back in jail with bail raised to $25,000. With his welfare as our common bond, we were brought closer together and, during the months that Allen Michael was confined, we were able to show ourselves, as well as the authorities, that it was not because of a beguiling charm or hypnotic persuasion that we had come together with him, but because of our own recognition of the truth he was channeling. Rather than becoming discouraged and losing sight of our direction, we were given the opportunity to become stronger in our individual abilities and to serve as leaders in Creation Nature’s sharing way of living. We were once again recording in the collective consciousness the Natural way, as we had in previous incarnations, when we were the Essenes and the Disciples spoken of in Acts 4:32-35, who sold all their land and houses and “brought the prices of the things that were sold, laid them down at the apostles’ feet and distribution was made to every man according as he had need.”

While Allen Michael was incarcerated, along with operating “The Here and Now,” maintaining our home and caring for our children, we published our first newspaper, The Universal Communicator, and sold it wherever we went. In our old yellow school bus, which Allen Michael, the master sign-maker, had beautifully painted, we toured five universities and colleges in Oregon with our musical group. We chugged up and down the mountainsides in our old school bus at the top speed of 45 mph, played and sang our songs and told of Allen Michael’s entrapment and the joys of our newly-found communal way of life.

After we returned from our tour of colleges in Oregon, we held a demonstration in front of the San Francisco Federal Building, protesting Allen Michael’s return to jail and the increased bail. Just as everything was happening in those magical days, we met Richard Cohen, a young attorney who had just passed the bar and volunteered to represent Allen Michael in court without a fee. We rounded up the people and put on a week-long benefit at the Straight Theatre on Haight Street, which, among the many local bands, included the Sons of Champlin, Tower of Power and The Congress of Wonders, all donating their time and energy toward raising money for Allen Michael’s bail. It was the wonderful all for one and one for all sharing consciousness that prevailed during those inspired days of the Flower Children in “the Haight,” and a precursor of the coming New Age of sharing.

After spending four and a half months in jail, Allen Michael was free, thanks to an unknown friend who donated the $2,500 needed as premium for the $25,000 bail bond, and to Allen Michael’s friend, Leland Mills’ generous posting of property with equity worth over $100,000, the amount required by all SF bail bond companies.

Even though the status quo powers-that-be had their minds made up regarding his “ulterior motives,” Allen Michael’s testimony during his trial was so powerful that Judge Eimann, who had replaced Neubarth on a defense motion to disqualify, was unwilling to sentence on his own and sent him to Vacaville, the State of California rehabilitation center, for 90-days observation.

The Everlasting Gospel

Two very special events took place while Allen Michael was in Vacaville. He channeled what was to become the first of The Everlasting Gospel series of books, “To the Youth of the World,” and Allen’s wife, Dianne, gave birth to Allen David, the first of their three beautiful children, Allen David, Cosmon and Synthea.

When Allen Michael was released, the doctors and Vacaville authorities described him as a genius, recognizing his acute perception, rational mind and singleness of purpose, and gave him a high recommendation for probation. Judge Eimann ignored the reports, saying he stopped reading on page two and sentenced him five years to life. The decision was appealed and ultimately reduced to three years probation, with the mortal-minded provision that Allen Michael would see to it that all single male and female members who were actually living together as couples, would be “sanctified by the state” in marriage.

It was wonderful having Allen Michael back with us and being free of the uncertainty of whether or not he would be sent to prison. We had been growing as spiritual revolutionaries, getting high serving one another and the community our natural, nutritious food in our little Here And Now restaurant. It was truly a magical time, and the inspiration of it all brought forth hundreds of songs and music that we all have played and sung together over the years.

With our leading musicians of the family, Bill H., Steve W., Aundor, Leaetta, Bill B, joined by others of us in the band and chorus, we traveled around in our brightly painted school bus, performing at fairs and putting on “happenings” at churches and colleges all over the Bay Area. Allen Michael channeled his far-out messages from Galactica, revealing the truth of the solar catastrophe, which was the cause of the negative energy in the duality consciousness of this planet and the resultant satanic usury money system, along with the Plan to end the money system and bring forth the world of sharing as one humanity. We were spiritual revolutionaries inspired by the truth of it all, as we performed our music, served our delicious natural food and cared for our children.

A short-lived but bright spot in the Bay Area music scene was the Family Dog, an enormous hall at Playland-by-the Beach in San Francisco operated by Chet Helms and friends. For a short period of time, we operated the natural food concession there for rock concerts and also provided the natural food concession for Steve Gaskin’s popular “Monday Night Class.” The concession was not only financially rewarding, but also provided us with exceptional weekend entertainment, which included the Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane and many other top rock bands. We were impatient to get Allen Michael’s message in the EG to the people. So, in spite of the fact that we were barely getting by financially, when it became evident to us that we were not to be given the opportunity to communicate our message and that all of the energy we were putting into the food service was solely to maintain a money-making venture, we ended our affiliation with the Family Dog, unable to see the relativity of it all.

Little did we know how many years it would be and how much more the negative effects would have to increase for the consciousness to grow to the point of recognizing a higher truth. Of course, it’s all the same day in the Universe, and all things are happening together in the Uni’s perfect synchronicity – everything in its own season. Time, as most people think of it is simply mortal mind counting this planet’s revolutions around the sun so they can add interest to money, collect taxes and get paid. As we say, it’s always the same day in the Universe, always NOW.

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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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