My Life in the One World Family Commune

The Beginning of the End of an Era

As our children grew, we could no longer have three or four sharing one bedroom as we did when they were smaller, and as well, the older children were being harassed in the neighborhood. So, we began to move in smaller groups to another part of Stockton. It was an interesting transition – living in the world of separate houses. For several years, we continued to maintain our communal structure and alternated dinners at the different houses during the week. We experienced the truth of the old saying, “It goes with the territory,” as we were brought face-to-face with the secular programming that goes along with that lifestyle of separate households, where people are caught up in the day-to-day status quo business-as-usual cares of the world and its inherent fear of survival. We no longer had communal cash flow projects that our maturing youth could participate in, which is one of the reasons that many communal members began to spread out and integrate back into the community’s economic and social structure. Little by little, different members of the Family went off separately and in small family groups to experience life once again in the buying and selling world.

Because of resentment and feeling alienated, after graduating from high school our son, Michael, chose to leave the communal group and “make it” in the status quo world of effects. Since then, he has had many of the same unfulfilling experiences and problems relative to money and relationships that the majority of people experience in that world. However, with his beautiful high spirit, he has made great strides in overcoming old conditioning. Now, even people with relatively happy childhoods and those who have become “successes” in the status quo world are beginning to realize that there is something very wrong with the way we, as a humanity, live on this planet and that there is a great need for a total social change.

The Nation’s Capitol

In November of 1982, our publishing facet, Starmast Publications, published the fourth of the Everlasting Gospel series, “GOD-Ultimate Unlimited Mind-SPEAKS”. Allen Michael felt that the place to be to reach the most people with our latest publication was the Nation’s Capitol. At that time, Thera was in New York attending a UN meeting, and from there she went to Washington where she found a large furnished house that was to be available for rent two months from that time. This was the publication date of the fourth Everlasting Gospel and the exact time we had planned to be in D.C. Once again, synchronicity!

Michael and I went to Washington to prepare the house ahead of the others who were to follow with Allen Michael. I had the same feeling of exhilaration when we arrived there as I did when I was eighteen and first arrived in San Francisco, the home of the catalyzing energies of the Flower Children.

The Nation’s Capitol is a beautiful, dynamic city, no doubt a result of the high energies recorded there by the vision of the Founding Fathers of a government of, by and for the people. Theirs was the vision of the new world – the world of life, liberty and the pursuits of happiness for all people, born equal, with free cash flow money as guaranteed in Article I, Section 8, Paragraph 5, “Congress shall have the power to coin [and print] the money and regulate the value thereof.” This is the key plank of the U.S. Constitution, which was to bring freedom from the Old World Bankers and absolute freedom, security and abundance, equally for all. But we can see how that old satanic energy took over entities who brought in private banks and usury money, so that the cornerstone as shown on the one dollar bill wasn’t laid for the New World at that time.

Allen Michael, Michael B., David, Joseph, Jeff and Amra joined us in our big house, a block from Connecticut Avenue near the D.C. Zoo. Very shortly, we became acquainted with the more enlightened people of the community who, we were pleasantly surprised to find, were more receptive to our lifestyle than any other community we had been in previously. The media, however, was more establishment-controlled than we had anticipated and in spite of our many interviews and on-going promotions, we received little press or TV coverage. This, of course shouldn’t be so surprising since the Nation’s Capitol is the “heart of the beast,” the headquarters of the money changers, and we were hitting a little close to home. All things being relative, it was a good experience and more seeds sown. Washington is a beautiful city of high energy, and there was a feeling that reminded me of the Flower Children era in San Francisco, with people becoming aware of the changes that must be made in our society. The hills, the trees, the Potomac River, the historic houses and neighborhoods, the monuments and the large African American community, all add a richness and uniqueness to this special city, and of course, it is the world headquarters of the Luciferic powers-that-be.

The nation’s Capitol has been cited as one of the worst, relative to environmental and social problems. Just as in the other large cities, the negative effects of the system, with the people unable to build and maintain their environments the way they should be, are building to the point of no return. The money system keeps the people from being able to have their public services, roads, streets and buildings built and maintained on one high standard for all, and the homeless fill the streets in growing numbers. It’s the negative prod to progress as antithesis and thesis come up against one another, ultimately to come together into the synthesis – the new world of equality and sharing.

I was attracted to the African/American community, for their warmth and unity of spirit. As a result of the negative effects of the usury money system, they were uniting together to improve their own lives and the lives of their children in ways that are now beginning to happen in more of the middle class white communities. The big mistake many African Americans and other minority groups in this country make, is that they place the responsibility on the “white” race and on the Zionists for their plight as the underprivileged. It’s not only that those of all minority groups are at the bottom of the stack in the usury money getting-for-self world. It’s the money system that’s to blame for bringing about the cause for prejudice in the first place. The inequality and fear of lack are a direct result of the getting-for-self usury money system of haves and have not’s. When the planet’s abundance is shared equally by all as one family, there will be no fear of lack, or its effects, prejudice, greed and jealousy.

In spite of not getting the coverage in the major media we had expected, we sowed a lot of seeds with our books and literature and made many friends. One of them was Barbara Carpenter, who had founded the Network of Light. She had been inspired by the communal experience she had at Findhorn in Scotland and had brought together many harmonious spiritual new age groups to share together in recognizing the truth of One. We participated in the yearly Heart To Heart Festival and enjoyed many communication gatherings with the Network of Light, as we shared our vision of the New World.

After we’d been in D.C. about a year, we felt it was time for our small group to get back to California. My son, Rhys, came out and took over management of our house on Garfield Street, and for the next 14 years he managed it as a group house for university students. Allen Michael and the rest of the crew returned to Stockton, except for my husband, Michael, who chose to remain on the East Coast. I went on to our commune in Maui to spend a few months before returning to California.

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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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