Through 20 years of research, Ivan Stein has created a detailed understanding of the timeline of events leading up to these these historic times. These events include: economic depression, world war III, food & water shortage, martial law, exponential conscious evolution, earth changes, geophysical and magnetic pole shift, passing galactic equator, and entering a new ice age.
The success of any community depends on the ability of the community members to live, work, and play together. The manner in which any community functions is a direct reflection of how affective the community members function. In other words, in order to achieve success at the community level, the community members must also be working towards achieving fulfillment on a personal level.
Project TriStar understands this relationship and has designed the community lifestyle, operations, and activities around the concept that if the individual members find inner fulfillment, then the community achieves fulfillment. This means that it's important for each member to have access to work and play activities that provide them with conscious stimulation, as well as a sense of personal satisfaction.
If you look at sustainable communities throughout history, you find that the majority of community efforts are expended on the daily living needs of building, planting, growing, harvesting, and fabricating items that are used within the community. People in those communities spent most of their waking moments working to ensure they would have food on the table, clothes to wear, and shelter over their heads. They found fulfillment, exercise, and play in these efforts. In those communities, life was not as casual or excessive as it has become in modern society.
The ultimate goal of a spiritually awakened being is to find fulfillment no matter what they are doing; no matter how small, insignificant, or redundant the task may seem. This is a conscious gift and represents the art of living in the moment. Project TriStar's entire lifestyle model is founded on helping each community member achieve these goals on a personal level. In other words, when work is harmonious with ones lifestyle, then a person can find meaning and fulfillment in virtually any task.
Of course, every community has tasks that are necessities and must be completed daily in order for the community to sustain and survive. Then there are tasks that are not absolute necessities, but that help to ensure an easier transition in the future, and still there are other tasks that are for the social harmony and well being of the community consciousness.
A community or society is primarily a group of people who are organized to effectively solve the everyday issues that allow the community to get from one day to the next and beyond. If even the simplest task is not completed, the community falls behind and decay begins. Therefore, it's essential that community members treat their work assignment as important for the greatest good of all.
We live in a world where all forms of action are required to sustain any lifestyle. Although some actions may be more physical than others, they all require effort. Every single task within a community is equal and important to achieving sustainability while maintaining individual and community harmony is essential for a healthy and fulfilling existence. As such, each task, no matter how small or how large, is honored and respected within the community.
Project TriStar understands that each member of the community has specific gifts that benefit the community and that a members true gifts may have nothing to do with their prior lifestyle, education, or past choice of employment. Even statistics show that one third of the population ends up working in a field that is completely different from their educational background.
The goal of the Project TriStar community experience is to help each community member realize their true gift and full potential no matter what their previous background. In some cases, this may already be realized, however, in every case this pursuit provides the adventure of a lifetime.
Work assignments are determined by the membership committee who takes into account the member education, previous work experience, personal preference, and community needs analysis. This means that most members may receive a work assignment that relates, at least partially, to some skill they have developed before entering the community. Since the Project TriStar community will not be maintaining many of the systems and beliefs of current social structures, it is also true that some of what members had learned in society will have little to no use in the community.
Initial work assignments in the Project TriStar community will build on known and existing skills that have relevance to the community operations. From there, work assignments may change from time to time in order to help each member expand and achieve a greater level of fulfillment and balance.
As time goes on, it's important for members to maintain a well rounded experience that includes physical exercise, intellectual stimulation, and spiritual evolution. In other words, it's important to the entire community that each member find their inner balance between mind, body, and spirit. Besides achieving balance and fulfillment, the goal of work assignments are to help each member realize their highest purpose, as well as to develop and master their gifts.
For most members, this may include working in a variety of assignments concurrently or sequentially as needs and interests of the community and member change. This means that members experience work assignment that provide a combination of physical, intellectual, and spiritual activities within the tolerance of their specific circumstances. It is also intended that each member have the opportunity to participate in individual work assignments and group assignments.
Work assignments in the Project TriStar community are necessary, yet voluntary. No one is going to force a member to perform a task, for this concept is futile in the spiritual sense. Voluntary work assignments are only possible if members are mature and responsible, want to grow and expand to their highest potential, and want to help the community maintain it's sustainability. Ultimately, this means that each member must make a choice to operate in service to others rather than in service to self. Self importance has no place in a conscious community environment founded on the principals of co-creation.
Besides participating in the community education system, children of appropriate age are also provided work assignments. Although this is considered natural and expected in many cultures, for those coming from a present day socioeconomic system, this may sound unusual. Project TriStar feels that it's important to help children develop responsibility, interpersonal skills, and work ethics at an early age. In addition to utilizing the Waldorf Education System developed by Rudolf Steiner, the Project Tristar education model is one of apprenticeship.
In order to operate any sustainable community for long-term success, there needs to be a gradual and eventual replacement in the skilled labor force. This means that young people must be prepared to take over maintenance of the community functions, solve problems, and develop next generation ideas for every community operation. Work assignments for children are defined suing the same criteria as adults. By evaluating the child's natural gifts, understanding their interests, and finding something within the community operation that is appropriate for their level of ability and maturity. In all cases, children are supervised while on work assignment.
Just as Project TriStar has described the community economic model as compassionate consumption, the community work ethic can best be described as mutual or compassionate cooperation. The embodiment of work assignments in the Project TriStar community project involves voluntary lifestyle balance. This means that each member voluntarily participates in work assignments to support the community needs while participating in personal activities as time permits.
Skill sets are necessary, desired, and important for any community to function and flourish, however, there is no predefined requirement or discrimination based on an applicant's existing skills. Community members are assisted, as needed, in developing skills that may be required for the care, operation, and maintenance of the community or in relationship to their gifts and spiritual quests.
Through the member application, interview, and orientation process, a member’s skills, work experience, and interests are evaluated. The membership committee then discusses the work assignment options with the member to mutually determine the member’s contribution to the community. These work assignments are not intended to be permanent.
One of the most important decisions that any community must make is their choice of diet and their primary source of food and nutrition.
Why is this so important? Like everything else in life, any choice has a consequence. The choice of community diet directly affects how healthy people are within the community, the feasibility of sustainability, and what resources and expertise are required for food production.
Since Project TriStar is all about improving the quality of life for its members, great consideration has been given to this choice. Much of this consideration was developed over years of dietary experience by the Project TriStar committee members. As a result, the dietary option of raising livestock and eating meat had been removed from the list of possibilities well before the community was started.
Through extensive experience and research, Project TriStar has determined that a raw vegan diet provides the greatest opportunity for achieving the primary goals of optimal health, long-term sustainability, and food production that is harmonic with the core beliefs of the community. With an exclusive raw vegan diet, food production involves the growing of fruits and vegetables, as well as other plant sources of nutrition such as algae and nuts.
The Food Services Committee is responsible for all activities related to food production, meal preparation, and food delivery. This committee works closely with the Health Services Committee to ensure the production of food meets the nutritional needs of the entire community.
The Project TriStar community is designed to be completely self-sustainable and grow 100% of its food both above ground and within an underground facility, however, both above ground and below ground food production will be implemented simultaneously for as long as above ground operations are viable. Above ground food production will enhance the community diet by providing a wider range of food sources and to help build up a store of reserves that might be helpful during any unusual or unexpected interruptions to subterranean food production operations. Above ground food production will be utilized as long as environmental conditions are safe for human and plant life.
With an exclusive raw vegan diet, meal preparation becomes both easier and more complex. With this dietary regiment, there is no need for electricity, gas, or wood for heating or cooking any food. In other words, there is no baking, no grilling, and no sauteing. This makes meal preparation easier as it saves a tremendous amount of time and energy that would commonly have been expended in equipment, preparation time, cleanup, and heating. This does not mean that items such as hot tea are completely excluded from the community diet. Project TriStar understand the medicinal and therapeutic values that have been associated with warm or hot teas and provides the ability to offer such amenities as needed.
The only thing that could be considered a complexity with a raw vegan diet is preparing meals that are tasty, as well as being nutritious. Project TriStar understands the affects that good tasting food can have on both the pallet and the consciousness. Just as someone may feel energized by having good health, they may also feel more vibrant after eating food that tastes good.
Of course, creating good tasting and nutritious raw vegan cuisine is not an issue or concern for the Project TriStar community members. The community members include raw vegan chefs, as well as hundreds of other people who have years of experience eating and preparing raw vegan cuisine. As such, the community diet is filled with cuisine that will inspire even the most skeptical of pallets.
Meal preparation and dining arrangements in any community can be handled in variety of different ways including everything from individual meal preparation, group preparation, and cafeteria style. To Project TriStar, the concept of community means more than just living and working as a community, but also playing and eating as a community.
In order to accommodate a large community population in the most efficient, practical, and healthy means possible with a raw vegan diet and promoting community, Project TriStar has chosen to implement the cafeteria style with a common dining hall.
All food preparation is managed by the Food Services Committee staff that coordinates kitchen and meal preparation and cleanup activities for the entire community. Consideration is made for special dietary needs, but there is no access for individual meal preparation.
Meals are served in a common buffet or cafeteria fashion. This means meals are served for predefined periods during the day and members are able to choose their meal from a selection of menu items. Menu items may vary from day-to-day or week-to-week in order to accommodate dietary diversity, harvest cycles, and nutritional value.
The Project TriStar kitchen, staff, and meal preparation methods are designed to provide a consistently nutritious and tasteful raw vegan diet for a large number of people with varying schedules and work assignments. In order to provide the greatest fairness among community members, eliminate any issues of favoritism, and provide consistency with the kitchen staff schedule and operations, personal or individual food preparation within the community is not allowed. If any member feels they have a raw vegan recipe or a menu item that is suitable for the benefit of the entire community, they may submit their suggestions to the Food Services Committee.
In any community, there may be instances where a community member is sensitive to specific foods or may require special dietary consideration to support personal healing issues. The Health Services Committee and Food Services Committee work with these members, as needed, to ensure that everyone is tolerant of the raw vegan diet and that any health issues are being addressed.
Every member of the Project TriStar community is encouraged to transition to a raw vegan diet well before entering member orientation. The member orientation period is designed to ensure each member is completely ready for life in the remote and off-the-grid sustainable environment. Part of that preparation is evaluation on whether the member has processed their comfort level or concerns with the raw vegan diet. If a member has any food sensitivities and special considerations, it is recommended those issues be brought to the attention of the Membership Committee during orientation to ensure these issues are addressed before entering the community.
Like most everything in the Project TriStar community, dining arrangements are designed to promote a greater sense of community and personal interaction rather than isolation. As such, meals and dining are organized in the common dining and assembly hall. As one of the larger open spaces within the subterranean facility, this hall can seat and serve up to half of the entire community simultaneously.
The Project TriStar community embodies the true nature of community and communal living. This means that the community members understand that humans are communal beings who grow and expand from interaction with one another. This social philosophy also includes an understanding that everyone needs both their space and their quiet time and that these periods are natural and provide their own experiential knowledge.
The Project TriStar community and living quarters are designed with this philosophy in mind. The community provides everything from meditation and exercise rooms to common areas and living quarters. All designed around the basic concept that both individual and mutual experiences produce opportunities for expansion through experiential learning. As such, it's not intended that community members spend excessive time in their living quarters, but rather that they participate in the community operations and activities and use the living quarters for what they are intended; for sleeping.
The subterranean construction of the Project TriStar community also presents the need and desire for optimization of space and efficiency. It's also understood that the subterranean construction is intended to provide safety and shelter for an extended period of time as necessary and that community living may take on a different look and feel once the above ground concerns have pased. The living quarters are designed with consideration of both the social philosophy and the subterranean construction.
Due to the nature of the construction, member living and sleeping quarters are primarily to accommodate sleeping, storage of clothes, and other small personal items. The space in all other areas of the community is optimized for specific functions to support the community operation and lifestyle. Therefore, it is essential that community members be prepared to live, sleep and work in closer proximity to one another than they may have experienced prior to entering the community.
The member living quarters are located in close proximity to one another to enhance the community living experience and in close proximity to the bathrooms and showers. Each living quarter is equipped with individual lighting, beds, and solid insulated walls for privacy. In order to accommodate the diversity of community members, living quarters are divided into two different types to accommodate families and individuals.
Each room of the living quarters is designed to accommodate up to four community members. The below image does not represent the actual design of a family living quarters, however, it does provide a representation of the approximate size and one possible layout.
In the above example, you can see that there are two double bunk beds, storage space under the beds and on the adjacent walls, and a small desk area. In the case of the individual living quarters, there are two single bunk beds on the left and two single bunk beds on the right as you enter your living quarter. Storage is under the beds with a desk and more storage between the beds and against the far wall. From these explanations, one can see that the Project TriStar community living quarters might be similar to student housing at a college or boarding school.
The family living quarters are designed for parents with children or multiple couples. In other words, due to space limitations and the need for efficiency, no couple will occupy a family living quarter by themselves unless under a temporary arrangement while awaiting the arrival of new occupants. This design is also meant for parents with young children to occupy the same living quarter. In the case of parents with grown children, the children may either occupy the same family living quarter with their parents or move to an individual living quarter with other single members. The third arrangement is when a family living quarter is occupied by two separate married couples.
The individual living quarters are obviously designed for those members who are not married and are mature enough to operate on their own. The individual living quarters are gender specific for occupancy by women or men only. Men and women do not occupy the same individual living quarter.
Special arrangements are made where young children have been admitted into the Project TriStar community without their parents. Depending on the individual circumstances, these children may be assigned to either a family or individual living quarter. In either case, Project TriStar will assign an adult chaperon to supervise the children and in some cases occupy the same living quarter to ensure that young children and children with special needs are cared for in the manner necessary.
The location of a member living quarters within the community is coordinated by the membership committee. Before assigning a living quarter to a member, the committee takes into account the member family size, work assignment, member preference, and any other special circumstances that may be relevant.
Bathroom, sink, and shower facilities are located directly adjacent to the living quarters area and still central for easy access. This provides efficient placement for construction and maintenance and practical access from any part of the community. Due to cost, efficiency, and maintenance issues, there is no plumbing in the individual or family living quarters.
All bathrooms contain sinks and are designed in a corporate or municipal fashion with toilet stalls for privacy. Showers and changing rooms are gender specific and do not contain any locked, secured, or private storage. All personal items are to be stored in the living quarters.
Due to space limitations, efficiency, and necessity, clothes and personal items are limited for each community member. Each member is allowed up to two suitcases of dimension and weight similar to the standards used in the airline industry. The suitcase size and weight allowances and all other considerations related to acceptable or non-acceptable personal items is handled by the membership committee and listed in the Project TriStar Member Handbook.
Each living quarter contains nominal storage for clothes, sundries, and small personal items. There is no room in the living quarters, community, or storage for any member to bring furniture or any other personal items that do not fit in their suitcase. If a member has any item that may not fit in their suitcase, but that may have use in the community, the member should relay that information to the membership committee who will determine if there is justification for entry of the item into the community plan.
Living quarters are designed with capacity, admittance of new members, and reproductive expansion in mind. There is a built-in vacancy within the living quarters planning to allow for natural growth of the community during the relatively short-term in which the subterranean structure is deemed necessary, desired, and suitable for member occupancy. This means that some living quarters may remain vacant until needed or only partially filled until the remaining space is occupied by another member of the community. Member living quarters may also be changed where special considerations arise and/or a family expands beyond their current living space.
As a conscious sustainable community, the communal living environment is designed to bring people closer together both physically and consciously. Due to a variety of issues, no adobe or other type of personal domiciles will be built above ground until we have concluded the potential for above ground risks have passed. This means the only living arrangement will be underground for some unspecified time.
The communal living arrangement of the underground facility serves several purposes. The first is related to practicality with costs and efficiency for such a large undertaking. Second, the close proximity to one another will help people through the process of letting go of their lifetime programming of separateness and to reconnect with people on deeper levels. Third is the fact that this community and the future of humanity is only successful if we are able to release our attachment to material possessions and learn to harmonize with natural laws again. As a conscious community based on natural and universal laws, there is no need for attachment to stuff.
Therefore, the requirement of only two suitcases per person is for both practical and spiritual purposes. Practical in the limited space that can be provided to each member of the community. Spiritual because we are attempting to start over with a mindset that everyone is equal, that everyone is working through their need for attachment to material possession, and that everyone is working to heal and transcend their need to have something more or better than others.
There may be some who believe they can maintain a bank account and store their stuff to retrieve after the coming events. This belief is not in alignment with the intent and opportunity of Project TriStar and all we can hope is that people have evolved past these attachments prior to applying for membership. Project TriStar is not about going back to the same lifestyle after the potential events. Project TriStar is about creating a new paradigm of mutual coexistence and leaving the old paradigm behind.
We understand that Project TriStar is a huge leap in community as it supports the continuous evolution of every member to become aware, address, and heal through generations of distorted programming of why we are here and how we can coexist without money, possessions, and attachment. We also realize this step out of society, into a spiritual existence, and back to nature is not for everyone.
The orientation program will provide an opportunity for members to experience and test their resolve before entering the actual community location. Members will remain in the orientation program until they have dealt with their transition issues. We are well aware that some people may believe they are ready, but they may change their mind once they experience this lifestyle first hand. As such, we know that some will choose to leave the orientation program and seek another option.
After the potential above ground risks have passed, everything will be re-established above ground again. Some of this process can only be planned while others can only be estimated. The community design and building materials can be planned, however, the intent of remaining a cohesive community can only be suggested as mutually voluntary. Without personal ownership of resources, the process of rebuilding will become mutually agreed for the benefit of everyone. At that time, those who choose separateness over community may wish to leave the Project TriStar environment.
The Project TriStar initiative and community is about creating an environment where people can live a safe, healthy, and fulfilling life through growth and expansion of consciousness and spirit which is not limited or influenced by material possession or personal wealth. As previously discussed in the Project TriStar Overview, this is not a fantasy, but rather a realization of the reality and the choice to live life as it was intended.
Throughout human history, there has always been enough resources and material wealth for the whole of mankind to effectively sustain a moderate lifestyle that achieves these goals. With a balanced perspective, respect for one another, and being responsible towards nature, virtually any closed or open economic system can achieve long-term sustainability and ultimate success. So, how has society and humanity created the economic and social chaos that we see throughout modern history? The answers can be boiled down to greed, over expansion, and excessive consumption.
Project TriStar's vision of creating a sustainable community that is based on spiritual and natural laws rather than material possession may seem extreme and unattainable to some, however, the perception of something being attainable or unattainable is always a refection of ones level of understanding, learned experiences, fears, and self limiting thought. To the members of the Project TriStar community, the common economic and lifestyle vision is completely attainable and desired.
The concepts of material possession, money and any economic system are contrary to the desires, beliefs, and motivations that embody the Project TriStar community. Members of the Project TriStar community are not moving out of society and off-the-grid simply to prepare for the catastrophic potentials that may lie ahead for the world. Instead, they are moving towards a healthier, more natural, and more peaceful lifestyle they believe is inherited and a more synergistic existence between man and nature.
Project TriStar is well aware that money, trade, and barter are not necessary for human life to exist on Earth and especially not to live a sustainable life off the land. Project TriStar understands that money and economic systems are not evil and have been applied effectively in cultures throughout ancient history. Project TriStar further understands that most modern applications of economic systems and the moral weakness of mankind has corrupted the human connection with spirit, nature, and each other and is accelerating the demise of existing social structures worldwide.
The economic approach, or lack thereof, of the Project TriStar community is to maintain and build on the positive influences of our knowledge of current and ancient society and nature and to let go of as many of the negative influences as possible in order to sur-thrive through these times and beyond. To do this, the Project TriStar lifestyle involves discarding many of the same beliefs and practices that mainstream consciousness may find natural and even healthy.
We've all heard the term "co-op" which stand for co-operative, but we rarely see this term implemented in it's purest forms. Co-operative farming, for example, usually implies the creation of individual plots within a common physical location. Cooperation is the very key to working and living together in peace and harmony. In other words, the ultimate levels of peace and harmony are only attainable through the application of the purest forms of cooperation. Project TriStar understands these concepts and it's economic model reflects this understanding.
So, how does one go about creating a co-operative community? Very simply, by eliminating competition. Competition in any form, based on the law of cause and effect, only breeds more competition. Why would anyone want to compete in a community based on conscious growth and expansion? Very simply, there are no reasons besides insecurity and ego.
In other words, if the goal is to grow and advance consciously then the only use for material possession is to support that goal. What material possessions are necessary to support such a goal? Very simply stated; food, clothing, and shelter. Does this surprise anyone? We know the basic morality of existence and our relationship with each is broken as soon as some go without while others have more than they need. Unfortunately, this is the natural cause and effect of any economic system as they are based on the concept of attaining more stuff than the next person.
Any system that revolves around an exchange of one thing for another will eventually create a division of classes and economics. This is an economic fact, not an illusion. It will also create the desire to sell and consume rather than the desire to conserve and sustain. In other words, as soon as one product or service is valued more than another, the economic system starts an exponential trip into the unequal distribution of wealth and social standing.
Project TriStar is about understanding the equality of all people and how working together (cooperation) for the common cause of growth and expansion on an individual and group level is about honor and respect for self, others, and the environment rather than some material reward for expended efforts.
The Project TriStar economic system may sound a lot like socialism to some people. Maybe that is the closest modern definition in economic terms, but it is much more than that. The Project TriStar economic model is best described by the term "Compassionate Consumption".
Compassionate consumption is founded on the principle that every member provides their skills without expectation or need for personal or material compensation, members consume only what is necessary to maintain a moderate lifestyle, and that all member skills are treated equal and important to the greatest good of the entire community. As such, the Project TriStar economic model operates on a collective level rather than an individual level.
Who needs money in a community or society where everything is provided for free and all you need to do is participate willingly in the operations and activities to the best of your abilities and act responsibly in your use of that system and resources? Answer: nobody, however, in order to achieve such an objective, there must be a sense of mutual honor, respect, and maturity along with a dedication to taking personal responsibility for all your actions and an understanding of the importance of community and the goals of the collective over the need for self importance.
There is no economic system at all within the Project TriStar community. This also means there is no barter and no trade. Project TriStar believes that any form of monetary system eventually leads right back to the world of material possession, greed, excess, over consumption, and eventually a division in classes and poverty.
This Project TriStar community is about service to the greatest good of all rather that one person wanting or needing more than another person. This is about valuing all services equally with everyone having equal access to services and resources without the need for money or barter. This community is about service to others in the highest form by providing services without the need for material or emotional compensation with the only reward being a sense of personal gratitude and accomplishment.
The Project TriStar community project operates on the notion that its members are in alignment with the concepts of a simplified lifestyle and living in harmony with natural laws. Members of the community choose to be part of this community because they have let go of competition and ego and the need to be better or wealthier than another person. They willingly provide their knowledge and service with humility for the betterment of each individual and the community at large.
To many people, simply being able to put food on the table means they are sustainable. Of course, on an individual or micro level this probably feels true. After all, if someone has been able to provide for themselves or their family throughout their life, then you could say they have sustained their life. To these people, being sustainable is simply the act of perpetuating their own existence.
On the global or macro level, the concept and application of sustainability has been anything but sustainable. To this day, governments and global populations have applied the approach that once a resource has been depleted, you simply move to a new location where the resource is plentiful or transport the resource to the population. In fact, throughout global society and recent history, the term 'sustainable' has meant little more than "existence through irresponsible over consumption".
Here is a quote from the movie “Matrix” that expresses man-kinds’ historic impact on nature and our natural resources. This is a quote by Agent Smith, while speaking to Morpheus about his perception of the human species.
“I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species. I realized that you’re not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply, and multiply until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You are a plague.”
From these examples, it shouldn't surprise anyone that global human existence is on the threshold of self destruction?
From all accounts, the word ‘sustainability’ appears to be one of the most overused and misunderstood terms in modern times. To understand the meaning of sustainability, maybe it's easier to consider the consequences without it. Without sustainability, any form of life in an ecosystem (in this case - humans) will either die off completely or die off to the point where the remaining population becomes sustainable. After all "sustainable" means the act of perpetuation or continuing to exist.
In recent times, there has been an increase in interest for options and possibilities to become more sustainable, however, these discussions are generally limited to communities, small groups, and individual families. To date, there is little being done that would create sustainability on a global level and for obvious reasons. Unsustainable growth has been embraced as the standard for so long that we can not simply step on the brakes and reverse directions. In other words, the issue of sustainability on a global or even social level is just too massive for any government to even begin to adequately address.
In the most basic understanding of supply and demand, sustainability means that you only consume the resources that can be replenished or replaced by nature before you need to use that same resource again. In order to achieve such a goal, any society would need to be in balance with nature and be living in alignment with the natural laws.
One example of a sustainable resource is water. We drink water from a stream or lake, then it rains or snows and the water supply is replenished. As soon as we drink, consume, or pollute the water faster than it can be replenished by nature, we become unsustainable. If you look at the global fresh water supplies or virtually any other natural resource that human's consume daily, you begin to see just how unsustainable the current human population has become on planet Earth.
When we consume minerals, the byproducts are often toxic, unable to be recycled, and in many cases such as gold, silver, platinum, oil, and coal, Earth is not capable of replenishing these resources in any known natural cycle that provides a balance with human consumption. Until a society, community, or group has achieved a balanced relationship with supply and demand of natural resources, they are not sustainable and have no long-term viability.
The Project TriStar community has embraced the primary objective of sustainability through an understanding of what it means to live in harmony with the natural laws. To Project TriStar, this means knowledge of the natural environmental, understanding the needs of the community, conservation of resources, reducing waste, and eliminating toxic byproducts. This is complimented by a lifestyle and spiritual foundation that sheds the attachment to greed, ego, and the emotional insecurities that result in over consumption; the need to have more material stuff than another person; as well as a mission that is for the greatest good of the community rather than to oneself.
To the Project TriStar community, this translates to an understanding that community sustainability can only be achieved if you first achieve personal sustainability between the mind, body, and spirit. In other words, in order to achieve balance within a community, the community members must first be able to achieve balance within themselves. As such, the Project TriStar community lifestyle is designed to help each member process through their personal challenges, to support continuous experiential growth, healing, and balance on a personal level in order to shed the self-destructive patterns that have consumed the consciousness of modern man.
Every member of the community is a producer and consumer of resources and, as such, is responsible for their personal consumption patterns, environmental impact, and waste. Another way to put this is being conscious of your actions and having respect towards others and nature. The Project TriStar community, as a whole, bears the bulk of these responsibilities through its planning, lifestyle, and governance to serve the goals and well being of the individual members and the community while being aligned with the natural laws.
On an individual or member level, this responsibility means continuous efforts to shed personal insecurities and fears that can cause people to horde, become greedy, and compete for resources; to have respect for everything in nature; and to understand the impact of personal actions on other members, nature, and natural resources.
On the community level, this responsibility means understanding the balance between the natural laws of supply and demand, to allow the natural environment around the community to thrive with minimal interference, and to monitor and manage resources for the benefit of the entire community. This also includes: a minimal community footprint, a more natural and organic approach to power generation and use, reduced waste, and resource recycling.
Of course, all of these actions come with some pretty hefty challenges. After all, it has literally been hundreds or even thousands of years since any significant society has achieved a 100% sustainable lifestyle.
To Project TriStar or any other remote and off-the-grid community, the concept of sustainability is taken to another level also known as self-sustainability.
Sustainability implies that you could draw on neighboring resources in times of need. This single concept has been the basis for the majority of warring actions against our neighbors since the beginning of colonization. In some cases, resources have been plundered to survive a natural disaster. In other cases, due to poor planning, management, or overpopulation. And still in other cases, simply out of greed.
Self-sustainability implies that you do not have access to the resources of a neighboring community or neighboring land. This could be due to the remoteness of a community or the location being in a harsh environment where resources are scarce. The result is that any self-sustainable community requires better preparation, planning, and management of resources.
A big part of the Project TriStar preparation and planning has been consideration of the community location in respect to remoteness, changes in weather and environmental conditions, Possible Earth Events, and the probability of Socioeconomic Impacts from global over consumption. As a result, Project TriStar has determined that the community and its members are best served with the community being both remote and self-sustainable.
This doesn’t mean the community won’t have access to neighboring resources, but only that the community plan and design are such that use of those resources should not be necessary. It also means the community must have access to several disciplines of essential knowledge to create and maintain a self-sustainable existence. Any knowledge on self-sustainability that is not native to the community membership will be acquired and stored as part of the community development.