Guest Post: The Power of Community

the power of the communityThis guest post about the power of community was written by Harmony Harrison upon request:
A ring of women stand barefoot and quiet in the center of a large room. All eyes are toward one woman taking her place in the circle.
She’s crying, but also shining, as she swiftly talks through her tears and fears about a crossroads in her life. Should she do this, or that? Should she leave, or stay, or what?
Soft voices pass through the circle, merging together into questions that help her know her own heart.
But these woman haven’t come together just to talk.
They’ve come together to receive guidance on behalf of the one who is seeking answers. They’ve come together to put their spiritual connection to work for the benefit of one of their own.
This is a common scene from one of my spiritual paths, a path I was raised in and that’s dear to my heart.
But it’s not exclusive to any one path. In fact, I found it again just recently on a group phone call at Good Vibe U.
Our own Sarah Seidelmann was leading a group through a divination exercise when Jeannette received some intuitive guidance that completely perplexed her.
More than that, it had the potential to be a pretty frightening piece of personal revelation. One that might induce a bit of closet-hiding in the more timid among us (like me, in the past).
Enter the power of healthy community.
One by one, in a respectful way, the call members spoke up, sharing their insight on the revelation. And word by word, its uncertainty was transformed into pure power.
When I teach intuitive development, one of my main intentions is to see my clients become as self-trusting as possible.
Often this means reducing excessive trust in others, halting our habits of surveying everyone we know for their opinions, and trusting instead what we feel within. It means embracing the “be your own guru” philosophy.
But eventually this comes spiraling back, as all things do when we evolve. And when it does, we not only get to relish the self-trust we’ve developed, we also get to relish the trust in our communities in new, healthier ways.
Healthy community cannot exist without self-trust and a degree of self-reliance. Boundaries are essential. But so is the ability to soften those boundaries and let each other into our hearts.
Here, when we join together, miracles are made.
Intuitive insights come blindingly fast when we seek them for each other. Manifestations and synchronicities happen quickly and easily when we supercharge them for each other. And fun – that all important element in a magical life – bubbles up organically, joyously, when we come together.
The path of personal power is an inner one, true, and it’s very personal, unique to each heart on the planet.
But the true purpose of this power – its ultimate reason for being in our world today – is not just to transform individuals, but to join together in a wave that is healing the world, one community at a time.
I invite you to open your eyes to the healthy community that surrounds you, both in your local life and right here online, at your fingertips.
Join in – not just for the insight. Not just for the faster attraction. Not even just for the fun. But for something deeper, for the nourishment and acceptance and love that are part of this path.
Everything else is just gravy.
Harmony Harrison coaches and teaches with strong intuition, laughter, and shamanic consciousness. 
Called the “Wow Coach” by her clients, she midwifes fast transformation into personal power and bubbling joy. For a healthy dose of intuition, visit her blog at

  • March 7, 2011
  • Harmony, reading this post I’m remembering how hesitant you were to introduce yourself to GVU and how I kind of *forced* an introduction by starting a new thread raving about our interactions. Aren’t you glad now that you are allowing yourself to be *out there* with your knowledge and materials? Look at how far you’ve come in trusting yourself and your own power!
    I second your rave of the healthy, safe and nurturing GoodVibeUniversity community! For those who have never experienced that, it might be hard to believe. This is the first community I’ve seen that is less about judgment and more about honoring everyone’s path.
    Thank you for being part of that, Harmony, and to Jeannette for envisioning it’s creation!
    Many blessings,

  • Yes, our communities show up in lots of delicious ways! A nice reminder that this power is available to us in many different places.

  • Harmony Harrison says:

    Oh Nancy! I remember how quiet and reserved I felt when I first joined GVU. Now you can’t get me to shut up! lol 😉
    The GVU community really is about honoring our paths and helping each other feel good in authentic ways. Since I’ve joined and gotten really engaged here, I’ve also connected with another community – this one more offline – where that same spirit is strong.
    And what a blessing these communities are!

  • Annettie says:

    Harmony, I really like the way you put this. I feel the same way! Such a safe place to be – whether you’re asking the question or giving an insight. What a blessing we have in each other!
    And I sooo love watching people find their light, fuel it and SHINE!
    Being part of something like that is what I call the right way to live (at least for me!lol – not speaking for others)
    I see this feeling of belonging show up for me in other places – like work – and it feels marvelous!

  • Oh, what a blessing it is when we feel that power of community at work, too!
    Thanks for popping in to remind us of that one, Annette. 🙂

  • Harmony- so well said!! Only the mystic practices enlightenment alone or in the vacuum…for the rest of us the our power comes from our connection and relationship to our peeps:). I know I have benefitted immensely from the enormous LOVE of the GVU drumming circle- AND I have grown, had new insights on the Beasties from you, Harmony! I had asked for a “drumming circle” to show up in my life and there you all were! It takes courage and a sense that you are in a safe place to share a lot of what we share at GVU- hopes, dreams, foibles, perceived failures….I’m so glad GVU exists…I can drop in whenever I need to listen or to be heard:)

  • So glad you’re not just a part of, but a leader of, the GVU community, Sarah.
    Thanks for reading and for popping in to share!

  • Mariëlle says:

    Just beautiful Harmony!
    It’s indeed the love and acceptance and encouragement and believe in each other at Good Vibe U that make all the difference in the world. We get to feel that it’s safe to speak up and share ourselves fully.
    And I am eternally grateful for the beautiful and empowering experience that it has been for me so far.

  • Very powerful, Harmony. As a woman who has a tendency to stay in solitary mode, I have had to nudge myself to seek out community. Now it is a big part of my life (in balance with those quiet solo days writing and watching the rain 🙂 GVU is the best online community I’ve found, and I love your story about that call.

  • I’m greatly appreciating your comments about the power of community at GVU, Marielle and Ande, and also want to point out that we have strong communities on facebook, here at this blog, and in so many other beautiful places!
    Big hugs to everyone who is a member of one of my fabulous communities! mwah! 🙂

  • Harmony Harrison says:

    Thank you Annettey, Sarah, Ande, Marielle, and most especially Jeannette!
    Annette, one of my favorite things about GVU and other communities is watching people “plug in” and letting their light shine even brighter. I think that’s one of the gifts of GVU, and probably a trait of healthy community everywhere.
    Sarah, I am so utterly gobsmacked-grateful that you put a drumming circle into your vortex! And here we are – drumming away with each other. 🙂 Thank you for creating a wish that benefits so many!
    Ande, I tend toward solitary mode myself, so community is a *conscious* choice for me — and I my life is all the better because I’ve made that choice consciously. For me, too, it’s a good balance to rainy writing days!
    Marielle, GVU has been extraordinarily empowering for me, too. I can hardly believe how much my life has changed in the fourteen months or so since I joined. Isn’t it amazing?
    Jeannette, thanks again for running this guest post. You have a great knack for building community. I love learning about community-tending from one of the best — you! Thanks, sweetie, for creating places where everyone shines. 🙂

  • Cassie says:

    This is fabulous post. I love it. It’s so beautiful I can’t even think of a specific thing to say other than wonderful.
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Harmony Harrison says:

    Thank you, Cassie! Big hugs. 🙂

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