Helping Manifest StewardHeirShip Of Soda Springs Ranch!

The Third Natural Wonder in Northern Arizona!
(The Grand Canyon is #1 of course and we believe Sedona is #2)


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 Click Here for a table with 8 possible organizational vehicles that could be used
to acquire, operate and help fulfill the highest and best use of Soda Springs Ranch.

Click Here for one example of how several of them could collaborate.

We invite any interested individuals and organizations to participate in a cocreative visioning process to discern how to manifest StewardHeirShip of this extraordinary property that consists of 134 acres with several bodies of water near Sedona, Arizona including a lodge (with 10 bedrooms, dining room, commercial kitchen, lounge), 4 houses, pastures, barn, stables, shooting range, trout pond, etc.

We invite you to participate in our project survey at

You may now purchase a copy on at

Following is the book description from

Property Ownership Versus StewardHeirShip . . . What Is the “Divine Design”?

We invite you to participate in a cocreative visioning process to discern how to manifest StewardHeirShip of this extraordinary 134 acre property with several bodies of water near Sedona, Arizona, It includes a 5,000 square foot lodge (with 10 bedrooms, dining room, commercial kitchen, lounge), 4 houses, pastures, barn, stables, pond, etc.

“The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in the 24th century. We work to
better ourselves and better all of humanity.” – Captain Picard, First Contact (Star Trek)

StewardHeirShip™ encompasses Spirit, Service, Stewardship and Sustainability. We use the acronym S.P.I.R.I.T. for Stewardship, Purpose, Integrity, Responsibility, Inspiration and Transformation. We share Bucky Fuller's vision of "betterment for 100% of humanity" and his concept of stewardship of Spaceship Earth.  We decided to use a book format to share our vision and invitation for others to join with us in this project to transform this sacred sanctuary into a demonstration Center for Conscious Sustainable Living.  In the book we share information that could be helpful to anyone planning a large-scale project. That includes resources for “Expanding the Circle of Success,” our campaign for helping generate greater individual and collective capacity for solving the social, economic and environmental challenges we face locally and globally. The book introduces Community Economic Development principles and practices of Self-Help, Empowerment and Capacity-Building, Crowdfunding, Community Land Trusts, and Intentional Communities.

It also provides an overview of two reasons we believe this is the richest time in the history of the United States of America to collaborate around a worthwhile cause and purpose, to make a difference and to leave a legacy. Benefit Corporations are a new class of cause-oriented company that use the power of business to create a material positive impact on society and the environment (incorporating the 4Ps of Purpose, People, Planet and Profitability). The recently passed JOBS Act creates Equity Crowdfunding opportunities, eases IPO rules, and will let businesses advertise and generate up to a million dollars a year from up to 2,000 non-accredited investors.

We agree with Benjamin Franklin who said “The destiny of America is not power, it is light.” We are grateful for these new unprecedented resources that we believe will enable us to help Fulfill the Ultimate Destiny of the USA and the inscription on the Statue of Liberty “Enlightening the world”. And yes we are optimistic enough to believe we may even be able to help fulfill our ultimate vision of a United State of Americans, Imagine That! (

“Love and co-operation will yet be found to be the greatest business principles on Earth.”
-- Ernest Holmes, Creative Mind and Success

The Cocreative Visioning and Strategic Planning forms included in the book are part of the consulting services we have been paid up to $25,000 to facilitate for communities, counties, chambers of commerce, companies, United Ways, etc. And we are happy to share those resources on a voluntary "Pay What It's Worth To You" donation basis.  Those of us involved in the cocreative collaborative process presently focused on this project fully recognize and appreciate the fact that the ranch is a one-of-a-kind property. We also feel it represents an incredible opportunity for us to practice what might be called a higher consciousness approach of "StewardHeirShip".  We are seeking to discern and help manifest the highest and best use of the property, what Plato referred to as the "Divine Purpose" for it whether that happens to include us and our vision for its use or not. If you have any interest in the property and or the collaborative process we are sharing, please read the book and share your feedback. We invite your participation at any level and thank you!

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We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a
community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” — Aldo Leopold

Photo with thanks to Thich Nhat Hanh
— with Mar Hadjihil, Mukunda Datta, Matt Marroquin and 21 others.

For several years, a collaborative partnership of cause-oriented companies and affiliated non-profit organizations has been seeking property near Sedona, Arizona that could serve many uses such as a retreat center, intentional community, an experiential demonstration  Center for Conscious Sustainable Living, perhaps even a Community Land Trust (CLT), etc. Click Here for a new team member with CLT experience.

Some of the non-profit organizations in Sedona Collaborative Enterprises  include: CENTER SPACE (the Center for Spiritual, Personal, And Community Enlightenment), Ultimate Destiny University for Successful Living and New Thought University. Some of the lead cause-oriented companies and Benefit Corporations involved include: Universal Stewardheirship, Inc.; Ultimate Destiny Network, Inc., and the Community Economic Development Resource Center, Inc.

Click Here for a PDF of the Power Point Presentation from our Community Gathering April 23, 2014








Click Here to download a complete 36 page PDF

Click Here for a Possible Resource for Green Homes at Soda Springs Ranch

We realize that there are several other individuals and non-profit organizations that also have a vision for and interest in this specific property. While we would love to acquire it for our purposes, our overarching interest is to help facilitate the maximum utilization of the property to the benefit of the largest number of individuals, organizations and the extended community. For that purpose, we are inviting anyone who is interested in helping discover the "ultimate destiny" of the property to join us for a cocreative visioning and strategic planning process.

Our team members have cofounded many successful projects (including the Fellowship for Intentional Community, Community Development Corporations, Community Action Agencies, Community Development Resource Centers, etc) and have generated over 100 million dollars in grants, contracts and donations for affiliated non-profit organizations (NPOs). We have also raised several million dollars in equity capital for cause-oriented companies involved in personal, organizational and community development and empowerment.

We have decades of experience developing award-winning Community Economic Development (CED) programs, projects and organizations including multi-million dollar property redevelopment projects. We have expertise in publishing and marketing and in producing and promoting major development training programs (featuring many of the world's leading experts and best-selling authors) for up to 1,800 participants. We have experience and expertise helping facilitate cocreative visioning and strategic planning for NPOs, Chambers of Commerce, United Ways, cities and counties, etc. (Some examples are available at and

And we have access to substantial resources for: (1) helping determine the highest and best use of the property; (2) helping create the most appropriate organizational infrastructure for acquiring, operating and maintaining it; and (3) attracting additional strategic alliance partners and the required financial resources.

 Click Here for a table with 8 possible organizational vehicles that could be used to
acquire, operate and manifest StewardHeirShip
of Soda Springs Ranch

“The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking (consciousness) with which we created them” -- Albert Einstein

What we have posted so far on this web site is just a first draft that we have shared with a few others interested in the property, a few board members, and prayer/spiritual mind treatment partners (including Shannon Peck). What we envision adding next is content about how we believe this is an opportunity for us to practice and demonstrate a higher level of consciousness and discernment and stewardship. Then we envision issuing an invitation to Universal Creative Power to reveal the ways and provide the means for Stewardheirship of the property NOW, through Divine Right Action, Divine Order and Perfect Harmony.

Rather than many individuals and organizations perpetuating the old paradigm of competition by seeking to acquire the property for their own individual use, this is an opportunity to collaborate and seek how we might help manifest the highest and best use of the property. For example, have invited Shara and Dale to help add content describing how their vision and mission of Awaken Earth Network and Ascension Earth Network relate to the vision of cocreative collaboration in discerning what the "ultimate destiny" of Soda Springs Ranch truly is.

“For the first time in history it is now possible to take care of everybody at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. All humanity now has the option to become enduringly successful.” -- R. Buckminster Fuller

Yes, my heart sings when I envision being blessed to live and serve in the sacred sanctuary setting and my soul feels richly nourished as I see how many ways the property can help humankind A.R.K. -- Awaken to our true identity as immortal spiritual beings having a temporary human experience, Realize more of our inherent potential to express "Godhood" and Know how to fulfill our individual and collective purpose and Ultimate Destiny.  For me, that is all encompassed in the word Stewardheirship which includes Spirit, Service, Stewardship and Sustainable living. We share Bucky Fuller's vision of "betterment for 100% of humanity" and his concept of stewardship of spaceship Earth.  

To us, this situation with so many light workers/seekers wanting to buy the property for their own use, (especially all those planning to do so with expected windfalls from the global currency revaluation that is believed by many to be part of the shift to the new paradigm), may be the first "test" of the extent to which our consciousness is evolved (or evolving) as we say we seek Awakening, Enlightenment and Ascension.


Our earlier answer to the question "How to design a spiritual business?"

How to design a spiritual business?  If you were designing a business from the outset, so that it would embody spirituality within it (NOT religion, but spirituality), what would you do differently from simply launching a new business in the 'normal' fashion? (asked by by Graham Wilson on the Tyson Center for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace blog site)

A few years ago at a Social Venture Network annual membership meeting, one of the codirectors invited me to help facilitate a group conversation focused on how to most effectively discuss the initial inclusion of Spirit as one of the core foundational principles of SVN. I don’t remember now exactly how I shared an acronym for S.P.I.R.I.T. I said it included components such as: Stewardship; Purpose; Integrity; Responsibility; Inspiration and True identity (remembering we are spiritual beings having a spiritual experience temporarily in a human form.) There was a wonderful response.

Of course we had already covered the difference between spiritual and religion in the conversation and I am sure most of us were familiar with Patricia Aburdene’s great work in Mega Trends 2010, Seven Trends That Will Change the Way We Live, Work and Invest.  She reported in her book that 3 of the 7 trends were spiritual and the most significant trend was spiritual, especially in the world of business.

As a result of the influences of fellow members back then in SVN, Spirit in Business, World Business Academy, Association for Spirit at Work, IONS, the Association for Global New Thought, etc, the cofounders of Universal StewardHeirShip, Inc. set our intentions on designing a cause-oriented company based on the 4Ps of Purpose, People, Planet and Profitability. We hired Pat Sullivan ( to help us learn how to apply her powerfully effective innovative model for developing a spiritually-based business plan. We highly recommend Pat’s services!

Over the past few years, we have discovered that if we tune into Spirit, Inner Guidance, the Creative Force or Source Energy, whatever one calls the Infinite Power, the “Divine Design” inherent in anything, including a business, will reveal itself rather than our having to DO anything other than BE STILL, LISTEN, LET GO AND LET SPIRIT and take only appropriate ACT/I/ON.  

Now I certainly don’t claim that we haven’t made mistakes or that we haven’t often gotten in the way of that Divine Design unfolding. In fact we have cocreated some fascinating new tools such as Discernment Grids for discerning the difference between what we referred to as a “Divine Appointment” or a “Devilish Distraction” as we attracted and sought alignment and coherence with potential strategic alliance partners.

We became familiar with techniques from HeartMath® that helped us individually and as a team enjoy the state of “heart-mind coherence”. Before our board meetings we frequently would begin with an exercise we learned from HeartMath known as a “heart-lock in” which always magically seemed to produce greater clarity, synergy, alignment and deeper access to Universal Wisdom available from within.

In the past few years, we have steadily made progress in actualizing our shared vision of cocreating a global marketing and distribution infrastructure that would facilitate our mission of helping millions of people A.R.K. – Awaken to our true identity as spiritual beings (having a spiritual experience temporarily in a physical body); Realize more of their inherent potential; and Know how to cocreate their ultimate destiny (whatever that means to each individual).

We regularly practice Spiritual Visioning exercises taught in New Thought Centers. For example, we might contemplate and share insights we receive as we turn within for answers to questions such as:

What is Spirit’s Vision for our enterprise?

What do we have to be or become to allow Spirit’s vision to manifest?

What do we need to let go of to allow Spirit’s vision to manifest?

What is the Gift of Spirit that I personally bring?

Is there anything else I could know or receive from Infinite Wisdom?

Then as each individual shares the insights, images and ideas they received in response to the questions, we collectively consider the final question:

“Given all this wisdom and inner guidance, what are the next steps we need to take to facilitate Spirit’s vision coming forth in, through and as us?”


One exercise we now invite you to help us complete is to adapt this vision process to help us discern what the property itself desires for its utilization. Please let us know if and how you might like to contribute your love, light, wisdom and expertise in helping discern the "ultimate destiny" of this extraordinary property.

We also invite you to participate in our initial project survey at

Please click below for other examples of visioning and strategic planning forms and processes we may utilize in this project.

Click Here for the blank Cocreative and Visioning Exercise      Click Here for completed sample Visioning forms

Click Here for the blank Mindstorming Exercise                            Click Here for a completed sample Mindstorming form

Click Here for the Three Round Method of Brainstorming

Click Here for examples of the Strategic Marketing Matrix

For more information on the possible uses of the property we presently envision and our invitation to help discern the highest and best use of this extraordinary property and the ultimate path to manifesting "stewardheirship" over it, please contact Charles Betterton, MSCED, at 928-554-4715 or 


Charles Betterton, MSCED


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My personal and corporate interests in helping manifest stewardheirship over Soda Springs Ranch are much broader than this particular property.

Our priorities are (1) to help facilitate the establishment of an international network of Centers for Conscious Sustainable Living (including Community Land Trusts, intentional communities and retreat centers); and

(2) to expand the Community Economic Development Resource Center to provide technical assistance and access to funding to help individuals and organizations acquire and operate these facilities for what Bucky Fuller referred to as "betterment for 100% of humanity". 

The individuals and organizations we are working with have been sharing that vision for over 10 years with fellow members in Social Venture Network, World Business Academy, IONS, Heartmath, Association for Global New Thought, Spirit in Business, International New Thought Alliance, the Centers for Spiritual Living, etc.

I have lived in spiritually-oriented intentional communities for over 25 years, (including Stelle, IL), cofounded several non-profit organizations including the Fellowship for Intentional Community, Community Development Corporations, a Community Action Agency, a Community Foundation, the Illinois Chapter of the National Congress for Community Economic Development (CED) and more recently incorporated a network of CED Benefit Corporations.

One "frame of reference" for our new cause-oriented StewardHeirShip LLC is based on the international network of Centers affiliated with the Emissaries of Divine Light (EDL). At one time a few years ago, they had to sell  Green Pastures, their beautiful property in New Hampshire. Because there was no resource available to help ensure continued operation of the property as an intentional community, it was sold for commercial development.

And I know of many other properties like Soda Springs Ranch that could had fulfilled a much higher purpose if there was a resource available to help provide technical assistance and funding to acquire and preserve special "sacred sanctuary spaces" like the ranch is to me.  That is why I am offering my services to help explore this process of cocreative collaboration to discern the "ultimate destiny" of the property.

Following are examples of forthcoming publications from sponsoring organizations:

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