My Life in the One World Family Commune

Communal Children

When we live together as one family, sharing the roles of mother, father, sister and brother, we relate on a different basis than those of the status quo world of employers, employees and segregated parental-dominated family units. We recognize our children as Universal Beings, as we are, with knowledge gained from their former lifetimes. The special bond earth parents have with their children is being extended to encompass all children on the planet as we come into the awareness that we are one humanity of Universal Beings.

We all shared the responsibility of the children’s care and well-being until, through their experiences, they gained the ability to care for themselves and serve one another. As our commune grew and the number of children increased, our Children’s shift was quite a challenge. It was an invaluable learning experience, not only for the parents, but also for the older children and young women and men, who had the experience of caring for infants and toddlers before having children themselves. Unfortunately, this continuity is lacking in most of the separate households in the more affluent Western World.

In order to be of one mind and consistent in our guidelines for the children, we had weekly meetings to discuss such things as diet, discipline and structure. Coming from my past conditioning, I probably had the most changes to go thru in this regard. In my role as the “woman of the house,” I had been the authority relative to our children and our household, and those old conditioned patterns were not easy to let go of, but thankfully, too painful to hold on to. It’s been a totally rewarding and an on-going process for all of us, learning together to let go, to forgive and to share.

Right-use of the tools, equipment and supplies, as well as cleaning up when we are thru, are all part of our learning experience. In an environment of acceptance and free of judgment, children are anxious to learn by example and love to share with others in creative projects. We say “love is service done” – and when we have that attitude as we carry out our daily shifts and do them with joy, the children are naturally attracted to be with us.

The traumatic effect on children whose parents separate or divorce, so prevalent in our society, was lessened in the commune inasmuch as when a man and woman no longer felt compatible living as a couple and sharing the same room, one simply moved to another room. The fact that they could relate during the day in other creative endeavors made it possible for them to work out their differences objectively and helped eliminate the children’s fear of losing a parent. The children grew as brothers and sisters, participating with the adults in our many productive creative endeavors, joining with us to dance and sing and serve. Our music and hundreds of songs were inspired by the lifestyle we were living and the knowledge that we’d found the real thing.

Having the family members share in the care and guidance of the communal children, enabled those of us with children to develop our individual abilities in the different Schools of Experience. The children were included in many of the SOE’s and, under Thera’s direction, even had their own Children’s Raw Candy Factory.

The so-called “generation gap” in our society between the adults and the youth occurs at the age where the teens are resisting the adult’s world of effects. It’s a time in the young men and women’s lives before they take on the programming of the status quo. It is a time when they begin to see the great disparity between what they have been told and have accepted as guidance given by parents and authorities and what is actually being demonstrated by the adult world, the hypocrisy, lies and inequality, and they are struggling to maintain an identity before succumbing to the mold of conformity. The youth mistakenly blame the older generation, who, just as equally, are victims of the system and its negative effects.

Our whole society is a case of “mistaken identity.” The youth, out of fear of rejection, of homelessness, and of starvation, either take on the yoke of the wage-slave to become “responsible adults,” or because of the conditioning of deprivation, are unable to fit into the usury money system and end up in prison or on the street. Now, with the increasing inequality and failure of the system, more and more people of all ages are on the street and homeless in “the land of the free!” As Allen Michael says, “free to buy your way around.”

Natural Childbirth

Along with other things natural to life on this planet, we were crusaders in home birthing, and I am grateful to have had the wonderful opportunity of assisting in several home births in our Berkeley and Stockton houses. Most of our beautiful New Age children have had the good fortune to have experienced natural birth and home delivery, and many of the men, as well as the women, have had the opportunity to participate in this marvel of Creation. It’s an experience so sadly lacking in our compartmentalized world of professions and separate households, along with the other simple joys of living and sharing. Because they have become subjugated to materiality, most people have become divorced from the real things of life, the only things that bring true happiness.

What is thought of as extreme pain in childbirth is in truth the dynamic energy needed by the body to expel the baby from the womb. It is the resistance to this force, out of ignorance and fear, along with the unnatural position women are forced to be in, which produces the excessive pain they experience. The men, who are totally superfluous to a woman in this perfectly natural aspect of Creation Nature, have taken control, with their medical priest craft. Naturally the men of the medical establishment have no direct experience of this phenomenon, so are unable, not only to enlighten the women on the subject, but they have their own fear to deal with. They have been given a status of omniscience in our society, so we expect them to have an answer for everything relative to the body. There are, of course, many in the medical field who are more enlightened relative to childbirth, to the inherent ability of the body to heal itself and to the relationship of a healthy body to food, exercise, the environment and the mind. It is those of higher consciousness who are bringing forth the holistic and alternative methods of healing and natural childbirth.

This is not to say there is no need for medical care for the women who suffer from the negative effects of a backwards society and are unable to experience natural, healthy childbirth. Due to misuse of Creation’s Natural Laws generation after generation, the genetic strains have been affected, causing the deformities and weaknesses in strains of bodies. However, no abnormalities will exist when we return to the natural way of life on a sharing, caring, healthy planet.

When I became pregnant in 1958, I had heard of “natural childbirth” and began to read everything I could get on the subject. So, when I gave birth to Michael, my first child, I was able to experience the wonder of this creative process even tho’ I was living in Spain, which then, was even more backward than the US in this regard. I was sent books on natural childbirth from the States and shared them with many of my American friends who were also preparing for childbirth.

The Feminist Movement has been part of a natural progression in the awakening consciousness. However, for us coming out of the male-dominated world of business-as-usual, there is little gender consciousness or thought given to roles. We all take part in all aspects of communal life as much as possible. As the children so quickly pass thru their early formative years, the men have been able to share with the women in the joy of guiding and nurturing them, bringing a continuity to the lives of men and women, sharing and serving together as equal partners and friends.

The general belief is that everything has to be taught from books, as though the entity comes into the world a blank. Because of this, most adults look upon children and youth as lacking in ability to understand things of life. What the children don’t understand, in their perfect state coming from the heavenly abode, is life on this planet, which as it stands now is a perversion of Creation Nature. As they grow, young children are conditioned not to share but to guard what is called “theirs,” and as they mature, to expect a reward in exchange for their creativity and services, rather than being able to recognize that the joy is in the doing. As the children grow and are conditioned in this backwards way of life, they take on fear and lose their trust, spontaneity and God-given knowing. Their intuitive awareness is replaced by a constant self-monitoring system in search of approval in a program that conditions money-motivation. The money system of usury and taxation keeps the people under fear of lack. They are as slaves, turning the wheels for those who control it and who contribute nothing of value toward the necessities of life. The world bankers and giant corporations, along with the so-called government, are the biggest welfare recipients of all.

The concept of “possessions” and the fear of losing them has manifested out of this fear of lack and thereby, feeling the need to control. None of this has anything to do with life in Creation’s Universe, or on a planet which is abundantly rich in all things to be shared. All of the difficulties experienced in relationships between nations, tribes, religions, races, men and women, parents and children will automatically be healed when the consciousness is free of fear, and even predator animals who are mutations of the original earth strains because of the negated energies, will “lie down with the lamb.”

All things being relative, we can see that much of the limiting roles the people have assumed in their relationships with one another has been a necessary social structure during this period of awakening. In this planetary healing it has been necessary for Galactica to use money as a prod to progress, to motivate the people to bring about the science, technology, computer electronics, and finally, the Internet, before the 30/30 Plan of the World Wide Work Stoppage/Karma Yoga Exercise and the ending of the money system could be carried out.

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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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