About community support

This webpage is the central webpage with information about the complete Qultura Fallback system of first contact unconditional community support. There's three different levels of community support we offer anyone. It consists of a short video which guides you a rough guide as to how Qultura Fallback is designed to work. If you want to get deeper into the details and rpacticalities you're going to have to get into reading the text below. Please keep in mind that all you need to do to be able to access this is to register on our community message board to become a member of the Qultura community. You also have access to Qultura methodology and the whole community as it develops. Change is always possible in our community.


Just like our 'About page' we present everything in detail. You read or learn as much as you need to so as to become aware and understand what you feel you need to know. Then if you're interested click on the button below if you're ready and interested in reversing your participation (you need to be a member of the Qultura community before you do this).

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About first contact unconditional support in the Qultura community

How to access community support through Qultura Fallback


 

The guiding principle

Qultura Fallback is our developing native community support project which is based on the guiding principle of first contact unconditional community support. Any community needs a reliable, effective means of supporting its members who are affected by personal trauma, hardship, struggles and life crises but since the 1990's and the development of common core (or common purpose) and widespread conditionality applied to all community support and welfare no such opportunities exist in the wider local community. If you hit hard times and need to reach out to someone for community support, you receive support on the tacit understanding that you also relinquish total control of your life.

There is no ethical or moral reason or justification for any such requirement. You're relative to an environment, both natural and social, and you have a unique, individual mystical transaction with your environment. This has always been the case ever since you were conceived in your mother's womb, and it will continue to be the case until you die and no longer have a mystical transaction in this lifetime.

The difference between trauma and suffering

Fundamental to the development of Qultura Fallback is the understanding of the difference between trauma and suffering. Trauma is perfectly natural, inevitable, and the starting point for any new creative process. Contrast this with suffering, which is neither natural nor inevitable. Suffering comes from not having the sufficient level of consciousness to be able to deal with the trauma you experience, it is based on the fear which comes from not knowing if you can get past the trauma, and this creates an emotional and psychological attachment which is usually associated with the last time or memory when your life flowed. You suffer generally because you are no longer able to go back to the time when your life just flowed and you're no longer in that sort of environment or have that set of circumstances.

So you become stuck, and trapped, usually by one or more barriers or hindrances which prevent you from moving forward. These barriers can be:

  • practical barriers
  • financial barriers
  • social barriers
  • emotional barriers
  • psychological barriers

First contact unconditional community support v. conditionality

The Qultura community is a new type of mystical community resource which offers you the opportunity to learn mysticism through Qultura methodology so that, just the same as you would through other such methods as Buddhism or Taoism, you can change your state of consciousness, let go of the suffering, and get yourself into a situation in life where you can deal with the trauma and move forward towards a situation where your life starts to flow again.

However unlike Buddhism and Taoism you're not learning a method which you need to follow. Qultura methodology is a complete methodology. You learn the complete methodology, which is a lot less than studying the Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path of Buddhism, for example, and you develop your own unique Qultura methods completely free of charge through the Qultura community based on a new understanding of mysticism and having achieved mystical enlightenment.

You're therefore not restricted to methods such as meditation, contemplation and yoga. If you're suffering because you're hungry or cold, because you've got no money for food or to put in the gas meter, you can meditate all you like but it's not going to put food in your fridge or gas on the meter, is it?

The Qultura community is a mystical community resource being developed as a community, not an organization (you would be amazed at the number of people who struggle to understand this key difference). As we are not an organization but a community, there is no need, and we have no desire, to impose any kind of conditionality on you.

It doesn't matter who you are or what set of circumstances you find yourself in. You could be a homeless man stuck on the streets freezing your nuts off, just to provide an extreme example. The Qultura community is an empathy-focussed community and through Qultura Fallback you can reach out to our community and we can try and figure something out together. All you need is an open mind, a willingness to become familiar with Qultura methodology, and a way of getting yourself online and included in our community.

From message board thread to Community Appeal

"Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds."

--Bob Marley, "Redemption songs"

Qultura Fallback is the native community support project of the Qultura community and it's also our central and most expansive project as it is multi-dimensional offering different levels of community support both inside and outside our community. This is just in case you think it's just an online support group such as you find elsewhere such as social media or even a support community centred around an internet message board.

We kick off with a Bob Marley quite and will even throw in a lyrics video of Bob Marley's 'Could you be loved?'. This is just to make the point that despite it being a religion, the closest thing to Qultura methodology isn't either Buddhism or Taoism, it's Rastafarianism. This is for the fact that either way you need to be closely connected to both your natural and social environment to develop your consciousness. There's a point to sharing the lyrics to the Bob Marley song because developing a Qultura method involves three things - life, love and truth - and nothing else beyond this.

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Why is Qultura Fallback so important as a community project?

The standard for community support in the Qultura community is always first contact unconditional community support. It's the central community project because we're developing a much larger volunteering community around community support volunteers around this one community project. Currently we're working to bring together as many community support volunteers from all walks of life to create the necessary online social environment for this community project. But if this ends up with a lot of people needing support with fewer community support volunteers it's all good, because through the message board we can support each other, right?

The only thing we need as a community from you if you're seeking community support is a story or narrative and mystical truth through insight, and nothing more than this.

If your circumstances are bad enough that you need to be signposted elsewhere for practical, financial and material support then we will invite you to come into our universal volunteering system by reversing your participation in the community. This means that you're not expected to do any actual volunteering or take on any other volunteering or activist role and additionally, we strongly recommend that you don't until you've resolved enough of the barriers and difficulties in your life and have managed to get back some 'flow' in your life experience, some autonomy, and have got past the point of suffering and fear. All we need from you until that point is a story and your individual truth and nothing more than this.

Reverse participation status is symbolized by the number 9 and The Hermit card from the Major Arcana in the Tarot, which is also representative of the outcome of Unmind, the criteria for a successful Qultura method. Both 9 and The Hermit are symbolic of mystical truth and insight.

Think of this as an opportunity to change direction in life.

If the circumstances and your situation in life is so bad that you experience fear, distrust, anxiety or apathy then clearly you are suffering. If you're suffering then you're not able to deal with the trauma, heal and recover to move past the trauma and get past the disruptions to your flow of life. You're stuck and dependent, and because you're stuck and dependent you're also vulnerable. Any organization out there, be it a government department or another type of organization can exploit your fears and desire for change and manipulate you through conditionality into any direction they like, which may not be the same trajectory where you want or feel you need your life to go. There's only one consequence to allowing that to happen, and that's enslavement.

While we do what we can to develop some kind of social support network or community around you, what we suggest you do is to learn the methodology and through developing your own Qultura method strip away any social and mental conditioning that could be dis-empowering you and clouding your perception and appreciation of your reality and your mystical transaction.

The necessity of self-empathy

A fundamental part of eliminating suffering and misery from your life is learning self-acceptance and self-appreciation. Stop dis-empowering yourself through believing in such things as self-improvement, mind control, or thinking that you're a failure, you're useless, bad, unworthy, undeserving, just because you don't conform to some arbitrary societal standard. Okay so your life may not be the way you want it to be right now. But see.. all existence is change, all existence is relationship. No matter how bad your circumstances are in life, you have value as a human being, you have a fascinating story to tell, you are capable of love and are capable of being loved. You just need to become conscious of your energy frequency and figure out a better connection to your natural and social environment.


This is where we encourage you to explore, experiment, learn and discover ways of creating your mystical truth.

Why we don't recommend meditation, contemplation or yoga

The surviving founder of Qultura and author of Qultura methodology is Stella Baker, who's the mystic and shaman who functions as the Core Facilitator at the centre of everything. As a teenager for over 2 years she trained in Therevada (Tibetan) Buddhism under an elderly Bangladeshi Therevadin master in London and her training included being trained in Vipassana meditation techniques. She's also a Fringe dramatist and stage director and discovered during her work in Polish alternative theatre where she ran drama workshops for the homeless and people struggling with addiction and mental health issues. This was when she discovered that drama workshops involving participation in a production were far more powerfully effective at transforming someone's state of consciousness than any form of meditation or yoga.

Just to give you some idea of some of the different techniques. Let's start with Zen Buddhism. 'Zen' is a Japanese word for the Chinese word 'Chan' which comes from the Sanskrit word 'charna' which means 'meditation'. The Chinese had great difficulties pronouncing 'charna' so it was changed to 'chan'. As they also found Mahayana Buddhism miserable and boring they decided to liven it up a bit by demanding that students meditate on various koans (or riddles), such as:

  • Try to imagine one hand clapping.
  • Find a way to steal the Moon
  • Explain how to fit a mountain into a matchbox.

Training in Zen Buddhism is all about 'opening your mind' finding the answers to such koans while sitting perfectly still for hours on end, or 'za-zen'. Vipassana meditation is even more extreme and involves sitting motionless for days while trying to find your 'inner truth'. Yoga is essentially meditation while sitting in a weird position for hours. Contemplation is the Western flavour of meditation and involves giving up your life and living in a convent or monastery, often observing a vow of complete chastity and silence. Belief in all these practices is centred around a belief in a Higher Self and people shell out lots of money to participate in such courses.

The whole point of all these practices, if you haven't worked it out already, is to make you even more compliant, servile and obedient than you already are. The courses on offer are of course courses in guided meditation, yoga and contemplation, where you submit to and obey an authority figure who's pushing you to control your mind according to some method. It's because of this and British upper class beliefs that 'suffering is good for you' that people have such a messed up comprehension of the word 'discipline'.

Qultura is all about conscious living

This goes against pretty much everything Qultura is all about which is pretty much conscious living and developing consciousness as much as possible through ways which come entirely natural to you, the individual human being. This means evolving out of your Ego and finding ways to 'break' your social and mental conditioning - very much in the exact same way a chick hatches out of an egg to become a bird. Yes discipline is involved, but the kind of discipline that involves a commitment to pleasure, happiness, mindfulness, fun and love, because it's pursuit of any activity which brings these conscious experiences which is going to promote healing, recovery and growth from personal trauma.

There are three components to Qultura Fallback.

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Your narrative (your story)

This is a central component not just of the Qultura Fallback community project but the whole Qultura community, especially now as we're rebuilding the community through our community message board. The Qultura community is an empathy-focussed community with completely different Community Standards from what you find out there in the wider community or society where your Ego and self-image seems to matter more than anything else. In the Qultura community we're not interested in your Ego. We all have one. We're sick and tired of having to live up to it for the benefit of other people and finding ways of trying to defend it just to get that little bit more self-esteem. Not sure how you feel about being in this situation. But we feel that it makes life much harder and far more complicated than it needs to be, don't you think?

So what we've always asked people to do when coming into our community is to drop the Ego - leave it for things outside the community where you need it - and come into the Qultura community as you are in reality, you the individual, with nothing more than an open mind and a narrative or story.

The tale of the monkey and the fish

For far too long most people have assumed that they know enough about reality, the universe, nature, this planet, society and other people to know and understand what they're talking about. But back in 1830 less than two centuries ago, around the time of Darwin, most people believed that this planet was no more than 4,000 years old. At the end of the 19th century, thanks to the same Freud who gave us the Ego's most people believe is all there is to them, everyone kept the legs of furniture such as tables and chairs covered to prevent 'sinful' and 'lustful' thoughts. So what? In a little over a century we've somehow managed to figure everything out?

Your Ego is a tiny fraction of who you really are. Your Ego fits neatly onto one A4 sized sheet of paper which you send off as a CV or resume for a job application. Do you seriously believe that the story of your whole life experience, from early childhood onwards, will also fit neatly onto one A4 sized sheet of paper? Please bear in mind that the life you are living now is just one life cycle out of an infinite number of different lives, each one as a completely different individual human being developing the same conscious perspective. Everyone else around you is going through the exact same evolutionary process of developing the same conscious perspective through reincarnation and different life cycles as different human beings.

To assume that you know and understand most of what constitutes reality, existence and even your own life is ridiculous. This is how we end up with countless social situations and encounters which match the tale of the monkey and the fish.

"Here let me help you," said the monkey to the fish, before putting the fish safely up a tree.

Explanations divide, narratives connect

This is where we get to the difference between belief and truth. Whenever you are explaining something to someone, anything, you're sharing information from a position of authority and forcing someone to make a choice as to how to relate to you. This isn't so much of an issue if someone wants or needs that information and they already accept you as an authority on the subject you're talking about, and the information you're sharing matches up with what they expect you to say. But beyond that limited scope explanations are generally divisive and counter-productive. Some people will play along and humour you, others will either let their eyes glaze over and pretend to be listening, and some will be somewhat more hostile.

Narratives on the other hand are based on an individual truth from an individual conscious perspective (the Principle and the Process). This is the fundamental basis of the novel, the short story, the poem, the movie, the stage play, and the song. You're not explaining yourself, not trying to justify yourself, you're just making a statement to say this is what I'm experiencing right now, this is how I feel, this is what I think. This is how I see things from my perspective. This is my story about something that's happened to me. It still gives people a choice over whether to accept or reject what you're saying, but that's their choice, not your choice, and herein lies the fundamental difference. Truth exists irrespective of whether people believe it or not. Most people generally will accept your story as a possibility and be far more open to connecting to you.

Nothing develops empathy and connects people than a narrative, and that's the whole point of the Qultura community.

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Reversing your participation

So assuming that you've become a member of the Qultura community, your life is in a mess or you've hit a crisis in life, the first step - usually when you start experiencing disruptions in the flow of your life - is to start a new thread in the Qultura Fallback category on the message board based around a narrative of what you're experiencing and having to deal with. Please be sure to write about the barriers you're facing and give us some idea of what kind of community support you need to get past those barriers.

If anything you need goes beyond the first contact unconditional community support - the emotional and psychological support from other members of the community - what happens next is someone will suggest you come into the Qultura Core network or universal volunteering system and reverse your participation. As you can see reverse participant is one of the three base volunteering roles in the universal volunteering system. However unlike an actual volunteering role which is associated with community development or an activist role which is associated with community engagement - the two aspects of developing the Qultura community, the reverse participant role is that of the supported volunteer.

What this means is that you're not required to do anything different from what you've been doing so far, and what hopefully you've managed to do through your OP or thread in Qultura Fallback, share your narrative or story and provide insight.

This is where you develop your community support network

The role of reverse participant in the Qultura community is no different to the role of a beneficiary relative to a registered charity. But instead of keeping you at arm's length, imposing strict boundaries and separateness, and assuming you're not capable to managing your own life affairs (and in some cases, it's got to be said, exploiting your suffering and hardship to make money out of your circumstances or promote the charity) we welcome you into the core of our community because we want to work more closely with you to support you. You have mystical insight into trauma and suffering in a way which has never been experienced before by any other human being. We want to share your story because it's going to teach us how to be able to support other people in the community or wider community more effectively. This is valuable insight you have to offer. It's consciousness.

This is where you build your community support network, by sharing your support needs as volunteering needs in the small Qultura Core network category. You just need to define your volunteering need by two criteria:

base role
Who do you need support from? Do you need support from a community volunteer, for example to help you with the content and administration of a community appeal? Or do you need support from a community activist who can help you find organizations and environments where you can find additional support from outside our community?
area of interest
The area of interest defines what type of volunteer or activist you need. Do you need a community support volunteer? A community administrator to help you manage your appeal? Someone who can help you develop content for your community appeal or transform it into a blog post, a video, or even a Living History interview? Do you need an activist who posts stuff on social media to share your Community Appeal with link on a social media platform? Someone who can help you deal with an organization such as the DWP or even someone who can help you out with computer skills?

This is the unconditional part of our community support. There's never any need for you to give up control of your life or how you manage your life. Reversing your participation is the stage where you seek to develop your own community support network through our community message board. What you're doing is creating your own personal Fallback - hence Qultura Fallback. Hopefully you can see how this is different from having to accept what you're given by an organization and left in a situation where you have to like it or lump it.

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"But I'd rather be a free man in my grave, than living as a puppet or a slave..."

Community Appeals

Assuming that...:
  • ..you're a member of the Qultura community..
  • ..you've posted a story and a need for community support in Qultura Fallback on our message board...
  • ..you've escalated your need for community support by reversing your participation in our universal volunteering system..
  • .. and you've developed some sort of community support network from volunteers and activists...

..you can start creating, and even generating community appeals.

A Community Appeal is like a community project only it's all about community support intended to provide benefit for:

  • an individual member of the local community or our community who is affected by social stigma or social exclusion
  • a group of people in a local community who are affected by social stigma or social exclusion and are experiencing the same social issues
  • to find the necessary resources - space, finances, material support, for a community project which has significant demand from people in the local community
To develop a Community Appeal you need to be willing to work with community support volunteers, community administrators, community resource volunteers, and community activists, but you don't need to 'apply' to anyone or pass any set criteria other than the criteria set for necessary content, which is:
A meme
Something which heads the appeal, such as a photo or video of some sort. You also need a specific name for your Community Appeal.
A narrative
You need a narrative or a story to give the specific needs some kind of context or environment. Pay attention to the fact that you need both a beginning and an ending. What happened before the issue? How did the issue develop? What outcome are you hoping for if the needs are met? What do you envisage happening if the needs don't get met?
A list of specific needs
This is a list of specific needs which define the material, spatial and financial support you need to reach the point "and they lived happily ever after."

All Community Appeals are published on the Qultura Core website

They feature in a listings page with all the other appeals with a brief intro and your meme together with a link to the webpage for your Community Appeal.

The Community Appeal is published on its own unique webpage and link which you can share.

On the Community webpage is a link to our webpage for Community supporters - 'Get involved > Become a Supporter' where those interested can pledge support for your Community Appeal.

The pledges go to whoever in your community support network you've nominated to handle pledges which is usually a community administrator. They work with resource volunteers to transform the pledge of support into actual follow through and actual support for you.

Whatever comes in through your appeal you get, without us making any deductions or taking a cut. Your Community Appeal runs for as long as your specific needs aren't met. Once all the specific needs are met the Community Appeal is considered 'spent' and deleted from our website. If your Community Appeal doesn't work or isn't getting you the support you need we can also delete it and you can create a new Community Appeal. You can create as many consecutive Community Appeals as you need until you get the support you need to be able to move forward.

How to access Qultura Fallback

To access Qultura Fallback from outside our community you need to click on the maroon button in the top right corner of any webpage to access our community message board, register, fill out a profile, introduce yourself in the New Members section and then head straight for the Qulltura Fallback category - fifth category down below Administrative announcements - and start a thread on whatever board you feel is most relevant to your situation.

If you've already done that and you're a member of the Qultura community having come here from our community message board and are seeking to escalate your need for community support by reversing your participation, you need to go to 'Get involved - Get support' and follow the process there.