Falco: The Passing of a Master
Alan Steinfeld, founder of NR writes: Visionaries are usually people who dream of a future possibility. Falco was a person who lived and created that dream. Damanhur is the dream of a society base
Alan Steinfeld, founder of NR writes: Visionaries are usually people who dream of a future possibility. Falco was a person who lived and created that dream. Damanhur is the dream of a society based upon optimism and on the fact that human beings could be the masters of their own destiny without having to depend on other forces outside of themselves.
In 2008 I had the great fortune of visiting this modern temple and meet with its master Falco, who claimed to be from 600 years in the future. Perhaps he has returned to that future. In my special meeting with him he let me in on some of the secrets of his vast knowledge. We talked about the transmission of his artistic visions in his painting, his ideas of a sacred society and his knowledge of time travel. In the video of that interview to be released n the new New Realities website, I can mention briefly here some of what he said about time travel. He said something like: "all objects in addition to having a size and weight also have a temporal quality, in that where they are in time and space is as important as any other feature. If we understand this we have key to understanding how to manipulate those energies as well."
From the Damanhu Website: Massimo Introvigne, one of the most eminent sociologists of religions in the world and director of CESNUR (Centre for the Study of New Religions), in an interview for the British company 'Amora', says "Damanhur is one of the most prominent spiritual community groups in the world and I think that it is linked to the tradition of the 'Ancient Wisdom Movements' yet, from another point of view, it is a completely new reality. I think that the founder, Oberto Airaudi, has managed to create something truly new whose success is supported by the fact that this experience has kept on going much longer than even the best expectations of sociologists. The stability of Damanhur is rather unusual and exceptional and this goes against several theories which say that this type of community will work only for a few years in the post-modern world. Perhaps the theories should be reviewed in the light of the experience of Damanhur. Damanhur is large enough to be able to make us reconsider these theories because it is not a question of a group of 20 people living together – it might be an exception in this case – but we are talking about over 600 people."
Always a reserved person, little inclined to promote his own image, Falco did not have a decision making role within the political and social structure of Damanhur, which is managed by elected bodies, but he was available to collaborate with the Guides elected by the citizens and with those responsible for the organisations of the Federation. Falco was very active in the field of therapeutic, artistic and new sciences research.
From the Danhur Website:
Falco, Oberto Airaudi, founder and inspiration of Damanhur, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 11:12pm (23.12), in the nucleo community of Aval where he lived together with other Damanhurian citizens since 1980. Falco was 63 years old and had been sick for some months. In mid-March, in an article in Damanhur's daily newspaper the Qdq, Falco alluded to the fact that health itself was leaving him, inviting – in his own, personal style – Damanhurians to gather tightly around their ideals with friendship and affection, which for years he indicated was the goal to achieve collectively. In the span of a few months his condition deteriorated rapidly, but Falco continued to carry out his commitments, including two weekly public gatherings – Thursday evenings and Friday afternoons – adding more events, courses and individual meetings with citizens. The intensity with which he lived until his last day, never missing an opportunity for humor, devoting all his energy toward increasing awareness and unity between people, are an example for all.
Before passing on, he left all his available property to Damanhur because, as he often said, "I arrived on this planet naked, and that is how I will leave it." In his last messages, he urged others to follow his example and give a personal contribution toward the achievement of a shared dream – Damanhur – and to continue the work in the Temples of Humankind, because, as he reiterated many times over the years, spiritual growth passes through the concrete and consistent support of that in which you believe in and in which you value. Falco invested his whole life in this. His extraordinary yet human, brilliant and sensible nature will forever leave an indelible mark on each of us.
Falco was born in May of 1950 in Balangero, close to Turin, Italy, about forty kilometers away from the place where he founded the community of Damanhur. He tells about his childhood and awakening of consciousness in his latest book, Stories of an Alchemist, published in 2011. Even today, his mother Dovilia - who lives in Damanhur - still tells about how he was a lively child from early on, with interests outside of the norm. He had an endless desire to explore, understand, discover and communicate. As an adolescent, he began experimenting in unusual fields, developing a strong sensitivity and the ability to heal the pain of others. He attended a teachers college, and during that time he published his first two books: "Poesie dei miei sedici anni" (Poems from When I was Sixteen) e "Cronache del mio suicidio" (Story of my Suicide). He decided to leave his family early, becoming emancipated when he was 18 years of age (at the time, 21 years was the usual age), also becoming financially independent through his work as an insurance agent. He was probably the youngest Italian insurance agent when he married the mother of Valeria and Adriano, his children.
In the 1970s, he intensified his research activities with various groups of friends in Turin and the surrounding provinces. In particular, he developed his ability to heal, gradually making pranatherapy his main activity. In 1975, after giving the insurance agency to his employees, he founded the Horus Center for Parapsychological and Esoteric Research in Turin with friends who were soon to become the first Damanhurians. From that moment on, the history of Falco is closely intertwined with that of Damanhur: the acquisition of the first land in 1977, the inauguration of the first nucleo community in 1979, the growth of the phenomenon that is Damanhur, the opening of the underground Temples of Humankind in 1992 (they had been built in secret since 1978), the international activities that Damanhur has been involved with since 2000.Falco was the inspiration and the animator of all this, even though since 1989 he no longer held any official roles in Damanhur. Until his passing, he remained a fundamental reference point, both for the esteem he received from Damanhurians and for being a volcano of ideas constantly in motion.
In the years of the Horus Center, Falco introduced Selfica, the art of making objects based on the precise relationship between form and material which can catalyze and direct energies to their users. One of the branches of Selfica is Selfic painting, and painting had become Falco's main activity, alongside pranatherapy. Falco's works are found all over the world, in private collections of visitors to Damanhur who appreciated the paintings, and in solo exhibitions in many cities including Moscow, London, Tokyo, Berlin and San Francisco. Falco has also written extensively, publishing thirty books, most of which have already been translated abroad. With the proceeds of these activities he has consistently supported the objectives of Damanhur. Similarly, he wanted his property and possessions to merge together with the Damanhurian properties.
In private, Falco was shy and reserved. After he divorced his first wife, he remarried Sirena Ninfea, his life partner of thirty years. In addition to his first two children, who have both given him grandchildren, he had a daughter name Laene - who is now an adolescent, with Cicogna Giungo, with whom he had been in relationship with since 1984.
Who was Falco? For Damanhurians, Falco was a traveling companion who knew the way, the spiritual father who was often demanding and just as often available and supportive. He was a medium, a philosopher and a teacher, able to mediate communication between us and the great knowledge of humanity hidden in the folds of the universe. His spiritual vision greatly emphasized action and the realization of practical goals - and therefore the community, the Temples of Humankind and the many different Damanhurian activities - as a way to deepen knowledge of ourselves and of life toward the reawakening of our inner divinity, which he said dwells within every individual and connects us with the divine soul of the universe. The spiritual path he created - the School of Meditation - is based on dialog with others, on seeking communication with the forces that populate the universe, on the development of personal sensitivity, on the responsibility that everyone has towards his or her own choices. All this with a sense of humor, which he constantly reminded us of, because in order to achieve important things, it is also important to see the humorous side.
To those who knew him "only" as a healer, artist and visionary, Falco was simply an out of the ordinary man, extremely curious and creative, and deeply human. Now that Falco is no longer here with us, his message and his work remains - he lives on within each one of us. His encouragement to build our community with vigor and imagination, to live this spiritual adventure without succumbing to the temptation to make it a religion that is rigid with dogma… they are the soil in which Damanhur will sow future events.
The best way to salute him, even when in the emotion of this moment, is to continue building the Dream of a better world, with a smile, with optimism which, as he always taught, can bring out the best in every situation, even the most difficult ones.
The connections that our Popolo has made with the Beyond will enable us to always feel him close and vigilant, together with our deceased brothers and sisters who have already been accompanying us on our path for some time, whom we will meet again sooner or later on this or other planes of existence.
"There are many other adventures to be had..." he said to us recently.
This salutation is a momentary one that we make with the certainty that what has been chosen in this lifetime will allow us to continue together in other lives, or in other dimensions of being.
Today, it is with great sadness that we publish the news of his death, but it is a source of great joy to give us the chance to tell about his life and to continue his work, with the same energy, passion and love that he has always given.