1. The Author
I wrote the HanuHanu Gita under the name of ´Blind Cupid´. But it was more than a name. Blind Cupid was a character. And entering that character as I wrote, the way an actor gets in-role, I let him write through me – and out came the HanuHanu Gita!
Me, I was born in 1954, in London. I have been a hippie, a monk, an author, a psychotherapist, and a homesteader. Today I live off-grid, not far from Barcelona, and am absolutely serious when I jokingly call myself ´Mark The Mystic Activist´.
I devote half of my time to the chickens, the allotment, and odd jobs on the land – and half my time to my ´mystical activism´. I have a Telegram Channel called ´Soul Tribes´ (and another ´Tribus del Alma´, in Spanish). The tag line reads:
“SOUL TRIBES. Earth. Autonomy. Connection.
Inspiring and supporting the development of face-to-face (not online) tribes of 10 – 20 people – united in soul, hearts united, and united in the real co-creation of an alternative culture.”
On the channels I offer online courses, video-conferences, and perhaps above all The Soul Tribes Booklet, which paints the big picture of cultural transformation, but also gets into the nitty gritty of setting up small, local tribes – and offers lots of recommendations for keeping them conscious, and intimate, and on track.
At the end of the booklet I share my biography, in terms of my lifelong exploration of community:
“I was born into a non-religious Jewish environment. There was Tribe, there was community. But I couldn´t accept the authority or the beliefs, which seemed too rigid. I came to feel I had to leave this first experience of belonging to a Tribe, to a community – my first, cosy, childhood experience of belonging – and at 17 I left…
Then from 24 to 34, I spent ten years as a Hindu monk – and had an even deeper and more intense experience of the unity and closeness that being part of a Tribe can bring. But at the same time, it was also a deeper and more intense experience of rigid authority and hierarchy, and of unquestionable beliefs – so that, finally, I felt I had to leave that community too.
I wrote a book `Sex, Spirit & Community´ in the late 1990s – trying to clarify what kind of Tribe I was looking for. And in my forties and fifties I co-founded and co-directed a project that promoted community based on a collective understanding of gender. We formed self-knowledge, growth and personal development groups for men, women and couples (not just heterosexual). At first it was wonderful, but little by little, I came to feel that this collective approach to gender was provoking too much anger in the women, and too much guilt in the men – and although I´d co-founded the project, I felt that, once again, my search wasn´t going to end there…
And so, at almost 70, after a lifetime of exploring how community is woven – I started the Soul Tribes project – still convinced, in fact more convinced than ever, of the beauty and importance, perhaps for almost all of us, of having our Tribe – and trying to unite everything I´d learned.
As I said at the beginning of this booklet: Soul Tribes are experiential (not online) Tribes of 10-20 people – united spiritually, emotionally, and in action (in becoming in-depenent of the dominant culture). After so many years of exploration it might seem a very simple vision – and it is – but sometimes it takes quite some struggle to arrive at simplicity!
In my long-term vision, these Tribes interweave and form Local Communities; and these Local Communities interweave together to form a new extended culture – little by little… But the first thing is to form Tribes, extended families – not biological extended families, but extended values-based families – families of the soul.
And when I say “the first thing is” – I don’t mean to imply that a new culture hasn’t already been emerging for years. I recognise, of course, that many currents – from psychotherapy, to permaculture, to meditation, to holistic nutrition – have already been influencing mainstream culture for a long time. At the same time, I feel that there is a space we have to fill, if we are going to transform the culture in a radical way. This is the space between the individual activist, and the masses who come out to demonstrate. It is the space where The Tribe fits. We can´t do it alone. And we’re not really united if we only come together on the streets, or online. We are not really united if we don´t even know each other!
Perhaps the Plandemic is over. Maybe that´s true, maybe not. For me, it doesn´t matter. For me, the Plandemic was/is just a strategic manoeuvre, just a step on the ruthless and relentless march of the Dominant Culture towards a Transhuman and Inhuman Global Dictatorship.
In my opinion, we have to continue resisting. But for our resistance to be real, it has – deep down – to be affirming another way of being. And we have to practice this way of being, we have to learn it – and we don’t learn it by ourselves. We learn it in Tribe, together – in an atmosphere of trust, creativity and courage.
And we can co-create this atmosphere for ourselves, in our local areas. We don’t need every person on the planet to sign up – we just need a dozen daring souls to choose a life lived in the present, in the sacred present, in the magic and mystery of the moment – brothers and sisters, children and grandchildren – a dozen ‘grounded-dreamers’, ‘realistic-idealists’ – who also refuse to have their minds cropped by the Technocrats; who also want to live in openness, appreciation, and gratitude for the Gift of Life…
Make the call! Convene your own Tribe! Don’t expect someone else to do it for you! And as I have said, several times, in this booklet – I´m here: happy to support you in whatever way I can…
With love and respect always,
Mark the Mystical Activist.”