Greetings, everyone. Welcome to The Rock. Transformation Now is a website that I want to describe as a park. "Oasis" would be a nice word to describe the website. An oasis is a place of beauty and growth and peace and nature. But it implies that the land surrounding the oasis is a desert. So in that regard it is not quite appropriate--although that could be argued. I tend to see the land (cyber land) surrounding this park as a vast, dense metropolitan area. It is one giant planetary urban landscape. The purpose of this website/forum is to be a park in the middle of the vast urban cyber jungle. Think of Central Park in Manhattan or your favorite urban park. It is a beautiful piece of nature surrounded by skyscrapers and millions of people. It is a refuge, a place to momentarily escape the tick-tock human world and connect with nature and through this connection find peace and rejuvenation and connect with the divine energies underneath the dysfunctional insanities of the mental/egoic human world surrounding the park. It's a meditative place where we can silence the cacophony of the mind and reconnect with our true inner selves and the flow of unconditional love permeating our reality.
See a park with trees and grass and flowers and bushes and a lake with wildlife. There are birds and squirrels and turtles and maybe even a deer or two. And don't forget the butterflies! There are park benches to sit on and take in the beauty and there are walking trails and even a playground or two. It's a park in every sense of the word. You can be on the 87th floor of some skyscraper in the middle of a business meeting but all you have to do is take the elevator down and walk across the street and you're suddenly in this wondrous beautiful park. Can you feel how your body and mind changes and reacts to entering the park? It feels good, doesn't it?
So that is how I envision this website. I want it to be a park where anyone can go to de-stress and reconnect. There is the discussion forum where you can sit on a park bench and have lengthy conversations with other park-goers about whatever is on your mind. Or you can just sit on a park bench and listen in on what others are yakking about. Or you can just wander around and enjoy the park-ness of the park.
Then there is The Rock. Somewhere near the center of the park is a giant rock protruding from the ground. Think of Australia's Ayers Rock, except a little smaller. It's just a big rock sticking up out of the ground. This is like the heart of the park. It's a magic rock, by the way. It exudes mojo. This rock is known as the community page. Everyone who visits the park is sure to walk by and look at the rock. The custom (which I'm trying to start) is that everyone who comes to the park stops by the rock at some point in their journey through the park and they leave a little message on the rock. It's kind of like the price of admission to the park but there is no money involved. You don't have to pay to enter the park but it is customary to leave a message on the rock. Imagine writing a message on a sticky note and then sticking it to the rock. Whenever you come to the park you stop by the rock and leave a message.
Think of the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, where people go to pray and they write their prayers on a piece of paper and stick the piece of paper in a crack between the bricks of the wall. But you don't have to leave a prayer; just a message. (It can be argued that all messages are prayers but we won't get into that.) There are certain parks here in America where somewhere in the park there is a rock that seems to stick out and that rock always seems to be covered in graffiti. Leaving messages on giant protruding rocks seems to be a natural human thing to do. But instead of permanent spray paint or temporary sticky notes the Transformation Now park has.......The Rock community page. The community page is the giant rock protruding in the middle of the park where we can all leave our messages. It's kind of like a guestbook or bulletin board except it's even better.
The discussion forum is for discussion but the The Rock is just for the leaving of messages. What kind of messages? That is strictly up to YOU to decide. It can be a short and sweet note that you were here. It can be a short expression of gratitude for the park. It can be the expression of an insight or epiphany that you had while in the park or while on your way to the park. You can stick a photo to the rock that you recently took. You can share a poem. You can share a prayer or a request for divine love. You can leave an expression of appreciation for something in your life. You can relate what happened to you while walking through the park. You can share whatever happens to spout forth from your heart.
It is NOT a place for advertisements (we have a forum for that). It is NOT a place for quotations (we have a forum for that). It is NOT a place to post videos (we have a forum for that). It is NOT a place for in-depth discussion (we have a forum for that). It is NOT a place for spam (we have no place for that). It is a place to share a brief message from your heart.
One cannot start a new topic in The Rock. The topics are ordered according to the current month. One can only post a reply to the thread for the current month. (That's how I set it up and I hope it works.) The threads will not be discussions but rather just an accumulation of all the messages everyone leaves on "The Rock" while in the park. There will be a new thread for each new month so everyone will be able to either read all the newest messages or go back and read the messages left on the rock in previous months. Is that simple enough? Is everyone willing to leave a message on The Rock when they visit the park? It certainly is not mandatory but it would be a great way to add to the cumulative mojo of the rock at the center of the park. You don't have to engage in discussion or expound on metaphysical concepts. You don't have to talk to anyone or share anything personal. All you have to do is make a post and say, "I was here and I enjoyed myself and felt the mojo," or something like that. Of course, you could also say, "I was here and felt nothing." What you say is not as important as simply saying that you were here. This is what adds to the mojo of the rock. It's not much to ask and it's very, very simple but if most everyone does this then we can build a very, very powerful mojo rock. Wouldn't that be cool?