Choosing a High-Vibe Tribe

April 17, 2010 | 26 Comments »

In their Manifesting What You Really Want lecture, Wayne Dyer and Deepak Chopra speak about the importance of leaving behind our tribal consciousness.

They say that tribal consciousness holds us back by passing on belief systems like viruses being the cause of colds and AIDS, God being a higher power separate from us, and other such nonsense.

For example, Deepak Chopra says that no illness is ever due to a pathogen; that that’s a misleading idea in medicine.

Rather he says illness is always a conspiracy of improbabilities; that a susceptible host falls prey to a pathogen.  To not be a susceptible post, we must rise above fear-engendered responses.

And our tribe is expert at fear-engendered responses.

Which is why Wayne Dyer says he left the tribe a long time ago.

But I’m thinking there might be a tribe that doesn’t handicap us, but rather empowers us to new levels of consciousness and understanding.

I’m thinking there are groups we can seek out and opt in to to leverage the power of tribal consciousness.

In fact, I might even suggest that this Good Vibe Blog community is just such a tribe!

Maybe I’m playing loose with the definition of tribe,

okay, I looked it up:

Tribe, n.  “A unit of sociopolitical organization consisting of a number of families, clans, or other groups who share a common ancestry and culture and among whom leadership is typically neither formalized nor permanent.”

I think we count.

.. regardless, I believe we don’t have to “leave the tribe” as much as we just need to choose one on purpose that supports what we’re up to.

I believe a carefully chosen tribe could support us in achieving high levels of consciousness and along with that, huge powers of manifestation.

(In fact, Wayne and Deepak have created such tribes! I visited Deepak’s last year – it was fab!)

Personal development guru Jim Rohn is often quoted for reminding us to be deliberate about who we hang out with, because that group has a strong effect on who we’re becoming. He says we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.

So I’ll accept Wayne and Deepak’s wise advice to consciously opt out of the particular tribal consciousness that says we are powerless players in a random and chaotic world and that there is good reason to fear others.

At the same time I’ll happily plug into the tribe that reminds me of the truth: that we are powerful creators, all connected, made of the stuff of Gods.

That’s a tribal consciousness I can get on board with.  😉

How about you – what is your tribe programming you with? 

This is your official invitation to take a good look at what your tribe is peddling and make a conscious new connection if it isn’t serving your highest interests.

PS – what are your favorite tribes?  Let’s hear how you found it, what it is, and what it does for you.  Someone here may be looking to join!

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26 Responses to “ Choosing a High-Vibe Tribe ”

  1. Janette says:

    What a fabulous post! And timely, as usual 🙂

    Over the past 18 months, since really getting into LOA, I’ve been scouring the world for people and resources and ideas. The most exciting part of the journey has been my increasing capacity to identify who and what resonates for me. All this time I’ve been building my tribe, and I didn’t even know it!!

    I love my tribe! Of course the Good Vibe community is a tribe to which I feel honoured to belong; and I’m also a happy camper when hanging out with my writing tribe, either online or in the flesh. I have a tribe to which I belong by default through the day job, and that’s probably the one which doesn’t fit me (something to think seriously about!!).

    But my tribes aren’t limited to the so-called real world. I realise that for many, many years I’ve been quietly building a tribe within the world of fiction. Characters who inspire me become part of that tribe.

    In recent years, Rosette from Kim Falconer’s wonderful “Quantum of Enchantment” series is there, as are her co-creations Kreshkali, Nell, Jarrod and Teg. There is also Laura Roslin (President of the Twelve Colonies from the recent TV series Battlestar Galactica – played with immense grace, compassion and steely resolve by Mary McDonnell, whom I met yesterday and am still swooning over!). And many of the women created by SF authors Anne McCaffrey, Ursula le Guin and others are still an inspiration, if a little dated now.

    This tribe made up of fictional characters is full of individuals who make me ask “what would so-and-so do?”. I love sharing in their wisdom and being inspired by their stories.

    This explains why I love to re-read books. I’m not just visiting the world created by the author, I’m also revisiting those characters whom I love to have in my tribe. Thanks Jeannette for helping me understand this dynamic 🙂

  2. Yay for building your tribe, Janette! I know just what you mean about drawing inspiration from Rosette & friends. That’s a tribe I visit with in my mind often, as well.
    🙂
    Do you recognize, Janette, how you’re also leading your tribe?

  3. Glad says:

    Wow – this is timely for me. I just finished clearing out my Facebook friends (tribe?) list. I read a comment by one, a Fan page pick of another and just become so disappointed. I decided I only wanted people in my FB tribe who made me feel good. This is not politically correct, or nice, or Facebook etiquette, I’m sure.

    Oh well.

    I want to feel connected to people who bring up my vibe. i want to learn from people who offer insights into what is real and true for me.

    Anyway, thanks for being the “sign” I needed that I did the right thing. xo

  4. Glad, you’re making me realize I was plugged into more tribes than I even realized!

    Indeed, online social media like facebook and twitter call for conscious screening and cultivation, don’t they? I also read an update in my news feed yesterday that made me question who I’m including in mine.

    Kudos to you for being proactive in surrounding yourself with those who raise your vibe.

    Your comment is inspiring me to be more diligent than polite. lol

    Thanks for posting, Glad. 🙂

  5. Kim Falconer says:

    I want to contribute something but I’m blind with tears, welled up in gratitude, so much so the type is blurred and the screen keeps coming in and out of focus as I blink.

    Thank you for those beautiful words Janette and Jeannette.

    I wrote the world of Gaela witn Rosette, Nell, Kreshkali, Jarrod, Teg . . . Tryn and Quillian (you’ll see) because I wanted to be closer to home, closer to my tribe. To hear you, Janette and Jeannette–who are my ‘people’ hear on earth–share that connection is the most cherished and profound experience I have ever had.

    seriously tears streaming here…. I don’t know what else to say. This is connection.

    xxx

  6. Jeannette says:

    You have created quite the tribe, Kim! There’s nothing else like it, and I have this feeling that it’s highly significant to the times we’re in now.

    I’d be proud if I were you. 😉

  7. Zoe Routh says:

    I love the tribe concept. I spent a lot of last year searching for a local tribe to belong to…and realised I had to start my own! It was a hard lesson in some ways – I wanted it to be easy – just slide right in – but thank goodness for contrast! It made me get very clear on how important values and vision are to a tribe – and there is no point settling for mediocre when you can have fabulous!

    I am loving Seth Godin’s blog tribe at the moment – always something meaningful coming from him that inspires me.

    And of course – the GoodVibe tribe – always an ocean of love over here.

    And I have to say that my own tribe that has been on my newsletter list for the last 8 years is extremely important and vibe-shifting for me – these are people who are focused on their own conscious creation and development – with the view of making a huge difference in the and their world. We’ve renamed it the Magnetic Leadership Center – and you’re all invited too 🙂 Lots of love flowing there too!

    And one more tribe – my mastermind group – the SAGE girls – Stellar Aussie Goddess Entrepreneurs – we have real conversations about life and business and are unconditionally supporting and loving towards each other and our work.

    It’s very cool to birth your own tribe – and just as lovely to belong to one – kudos Jeannette!

  8. Jeannette says:

    Yay for answering the call and leading your own tribe, Zoe!!

    I also appreciate what Seth is up to, and am a little jealous of your SAGE gathering. lol

    Thanks for chiming in, Zoe! You bring a powerful element to this tribe.
    🙂

  9. Janette says:

    Yes yes yes to the clean out of Facebook friends, Glad!

    I just did the same two days ago – realised one in particular was given to long rants full of rage and angst. They are at that stage on their path, but nothing says I have to allow their energy into my tribe. I always say to my husband, I only ‘friend’ people with whom I would want to share a meal / coffee / beer. Yay for tribe building.

    And Jeannette – gulp – how revealing that my first response to your comment about leading my tribe was “wait… what, now…. ME???” LOL!!

  10. Jeannette says:

    ha – it’s going to be fun to see you grow into it, Janette!

    I just “hid” the status updates of someone I love dearly, but someone whose regularly negative observations of life were not anything I wanted to be privy to.

    Yay for us in our discernment, huh?! woo hoo!!

  11. Debra says:

    I love this post. And I LOVE conscious tribe participation.

    I’m gleefully aware that my tribe reflects me…and by consciously choosing who, when, where and how I participate, I attract and create my perfect tribe.

    This community of Good Vibers has been a blessing on so many levels. Thanks Jeannette for attracting and holding space for such a Brilliant Bunch of yummy, HIGH PLAY, good vibin’ tribers for us all to play with!!

    I love Seth Godin’s “Tribes” material as well.

    Mostly, I love my close knit tribe…my family right here at home and how the pulse of this aligned tribe radiates with JOY and LOVE…and makes it so easy-peasy to attract more of the same in our outer radiating circles of JOY and LOVE. Where there is JOY, there is a connection to our Brilliance…and where that flow is, I find my people, my tribe.

    Just like anything in life, it’s where we put our attention, our focus. The word Tribe is just a word, like any other. In my world, the vibe it holds is HIGH and POSITIVE…because that’s what I choose it to be.

    And to Kim…I’m with Janette and Jeannette!!! Your books and their characters, the world of Gaela…it’s my world too. Thanks so much for breathing into that space and creating a world where we feel inspired, connected and a part of something so amazingly brilliant.

    Ever in deep appreciation of my growing global family…my ohana…my Joy of Brilliance Tribe of many who are connected and aligned with living the spirit of JOY and LOVE from the inside, out.

    XO in JOY!! 🙂

  12. Jeannette says:

    Debra, your comment is making me realize just how many tribes we’re plugged into! At least, potentially.

    Hmm …

    Thanks for adding your voice to this topic, my friend!
    🙂

  13. Flavia says:

    Wow Kim! You almost made me cry with your appreciation and connection!

    Once upon a time I lived in Romania. I deeply wanted to meet others of like mind. I inspired my close friends to start exploring spirituality and I participated in an on line spiritual message board and yet I wanted more. I went to Bucharest, the capital, where they had meeting with spiritually minded people and I loved it so much I wanted to start one myself. The organizer warned me that if I did start one and if it’s in a public place that I might get unexpected visitors like priests who are wanting to preach about god or some type of police who might want to see what are people getting together about. That felt off so I didn’t take action but I still thought about it with pleasure.
    Flash forward two years later and I’m in Texas and I know about meetup.com and I think, “Hey, why not start an Abraham Group”. That idea lighted me up so much I wanted to meet them now!!:)) I did give people about 2 weeks to find out about it and show up:)) and it’s been almost four years (omg! I just realized that!). I felt such satisfaction when the Abe meetup group turned two and I remembered that my “old”desire of having a community of like minded/like-hearted people had come about so beautifully and organically that I hadn’t even connected it to that rocket of desire I had birthed all those years ago:) What once felt like a little dripping facet now feels like a pipe full of feel good people burst all over my life!

    From this meetup group I’ve gained such wonderful friends! And this tribe has created several other tribes. I now have 3 abraham tribes that meet in person! Then the wonderful Good Vibe community here on the blog and at GVU! I’m so in love with the good vibe tribes! I also love Facebook because it brings together people from ALL of my tribes!!! What a fantastic party and it just keeps getting better!

  14. Jeannette says:

    Yay, Flavia, you know how to plug in! Well, not just plug in, really, but set up the systems for tribal connections! ha

    I got goose bumps reading this: “What once felt like a little dripping facet now feels like a pipe full of feel good people burst all over my life!”

    You go, girl!!

  15. Hey, this is such an important topic. Called to mind a post I did on the subject a few years ago: http://lifeframeworks.com/the-company-you-keep

    Today, I know that who walks with me on this journey is just about as important as the journey itself.

    Glad you, Jeannette, and the Good Vibe community are walking with me.

  16. Jeannette says:

    And in four sentences Michele reminds me why I love her so much!

    I have to admit, Michele, you were my favorite part of the Martha Beck tribe, and I’m thrilled to be more directly plugged into you lately.

    You are my idea of a good time. 🙂

    PS – LOVED the blog post! Thanks for sharing the link.

  17. Coach T.I.A says:

    Well! You KNOW my tribes 🙂 First off, the Good Vibe Crew – high vibing, growth oriented FUN conscious creators who continually expand my mind and offer support like none other.

    Other tribes are adventurers – people travelling through life focused on fun, adventure, play, growth and making our world a place of beauty and joy.

    Oh wait, that sounds like GVU again! AND the cool, amazing people who visit my blog – I LOVE them! 🙂

    Also, third tribe – marketing and doing business in heart centered ways. I love people who are open, enthusiastic and vibrant! Tribes rock as long as they are welcoming of each new member

  18. Jeannette says:

    I can totally see you having fellow adventurers in your tribe, Tia!! lol

    And I love the one you’re creating in your social media world, too.

    Thanks for being a lovely part of this tribe, girlfriend!
    🙂

  19. Jason D. Kirton says:

    Hello, Jeannette and friends. Just thought I would through in a Male perspective on this post. When I first read it, I wasn’t sure that I was participating in any tribe at the moment, the tribe I was born into, I have basically walked away from, and I don’t spend much time with any one group of people, not enough to say i belong to there tribe. Then I read janette’s post.
    I am with janette, my fictional friends are very important to my. I long ago fell into the “Wheel Of Time” series by Robert Jordan. The characters that he created spoke to me, and inpired me in many areas of my real life. Its amazing how many life lessons can be learned in a fictional universe. I long to create worlds and characters that are as deep, and real to others, as these characters are to me. I have not read your books Kim, but with the endorsements I have read here, I am definately going to check them out, just as soon as I get done reading the entire 12 book series of the “Wheel of Time” for the third time. What I love about it most, is the strong female characters he created, in some ways they are stronger than the male character that is the focus of the stories. Any way, I love the idea of a conciously chosen tribe, and as was mentioned in other posts, why settle for a mediocre tribe when you can have the perfect tribe for you. I am creating that tribe now in my life.
    Thanks jeanette for sparking these thoughts.

  20. Michelle says:

    Wow Kim! You almost made me cry with your appreciation and connection!

    Once upon a time I lived in Romania. I deeply wanted to meet others of like mind. I inspired my close friends to start exploring spirituality and I participated in an on line spiritual message board and yet I wanted more. I went to Bucharest, the capital, where they had meeting with spiritually minded people and I loved it so much I wanted to start one myself. The organizer warned me that if I did start one and if it’s in a public place that I might get unexpected visitors like priests who are wanting to preach about god or some type of police who might want to see what are people getting together about. That felt off so I didn’t take action but I still thought about it with pleasure.
    Flash forward two years later and I’m in Texas and I know about meetup.com and I think, “Hey, why not start an Abraham Group”. That idea lighted me up so much I wanted to meet them now!!:)) I did give people about 2 weeks to find out about it and show up:)) and it’s been almost four years (omg! I just realized that!). I felt such satisfaction when the Abe meetup group turned two and I remembered that my “old”desire of having a community of like minded/like-hearted people had come about so beautifully and organically that I hadn’t even connected it to that rocket of desire I had birthed all those years ago:) What once felt like a little dripping facet now feels like a pipe full of feel good people burst all over my life!

    From this meetup group I’ve gained such wonderful friends! And this tribe has created several other tribes. I now have 3 abraham tribes that meet in person! Then the wonderful Good Vibe community here on the blog and at GVU! I’m so in love with the good vibe tribes! I also love Facebook because it brings together people from ALL of my tribes!!! What a fantastic party and it just keeps getting better!

  21. Whitney Ferre' says:

    Jeannette,

    I was already blogging about “tribe” and the power it has, in a positive way, and Nikki Shannon told me to check out your blog! Love the synchronicity! I included your “tribe” here at Good Vibe in my blog entry: http://www.creativelyfit.com/?cat=1

    There is no doubt that when you are lucky enough to tap into a group that shares your passions and motivation your power is exponentially magnified. It is when we feel alone and isolated that the feelings of frustration or hopelessness kick in. Thank you for providing such a positive tribe here. I am joining now!
    Creatively yours, Whitney

  22. Jeannette says:

    Here’s to finding our “homes” in lots of different ways, Jason! I’m so glad you shared this, because I know there are some people – even those who read this blog who might feel “tribeless” who will find comfort in what you shared here. That not all of our tribes have to be represented in the flesh and blood.
    🙂
    Thanks for adding an important depth to this conversation, Jason!

  23. Jeannette says:

    Wow! HUGE synchronicity, Whitney! Love your blog – and thanks for the link in your post!

    I’ll share the resource here that you included in your post for finding your tribe: http://www.tribe.net

    Thanks for tapping in, Whitney! 🙂

  24. Ande says:

    I have long been aware of the power of group consciousness. Tribe influence, as you say so beautifully, can be barriers that keep us limited or a launching pad into new experience. However much you may want to unhook from a certain “tribe,” though, the very fact that you want to change tribes creates a paradox that may well attract to you another tribe with similar limitations. What we want creates in us a vibrational match for the lack of it. Instead of looking for a tribe, we need to become the tribe we want to be part of.

    It all starts with a tribe of one, the YOU that you want to be. I am happy to take part in groups of positive people like the wonderful group you have reading and commenting here, but I also believe I need to create a sort of tribe consciousness about myself (and no, I’m not talking about multiple personalities 🙂 ) I’m talking about giving myself the sort of support I would seek from others.

    Oddly enough, as a postscript, the most powerful tribe I’ve linked into lately is the tribe of dogs. I’ve yet to meet a dog whose natural state of being (untainted by training) is joy. Dogs inspire me.

    Oddly enough, I have discovered one tribe

  25. Jeannette says:

    Good point, Ande – we don’t want to flow resistance to the old tribe and in doing so, recreate another one. lol

    That it all starts within is a good reminder. And you might suspect that I agree wholeheartedly about the benefit of the dog tribe!!

    Never thought of nature or animals exactly in that way, but whether we call it a “pack” or a “tribe” – it’s a distinct energetic phenomenon that I thoroughly enjoy.

    Thanks for posting, Ande. Always a treat to hear from you.
    🙂

  26. Ray Walker says:

    But let’s be objective about this. He told us you could reverse your aging, but can he really say he did that himself? Isn’t it true that he has the same health problems as typical for his age? Or his advice on lasting relationship what has happened to his marriages and his infidelity?

    I’m not trying denigrate Dr. Dyer in any way for going through the same ups and downs as anyone else, but he cannot honestly say his methods are proving to work in his own life.

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