The Oracle Institute

Valley of Light

Our Headquarters Along the New River

The Oracle Institute is located in a small Appalachian town called Independence, Virginia. Independence is located in Grayson County, Virginia, whose motto is: Protector of Nature.

Oracle has acquired 22 acres along the New River,  which is the oldest river in the Western Hemisphere, and the third oldest river in the world.

The New River Valley region stretches 320 miles: starting in North Carolina, passing through Virginia, and culminating in West Virginia, where the New River meets the Kanawha River and ultimately flows into the Ohio River.

Valley of Light Project

Oracle believes that the world is on the verge of a major paradigm shift, the likes of which we have not witnessed in 2000 years. The worldwide resurgence of religious fundamentalism coupled with emerging New Age theosophies are just two indicators that we are in the midst of intense confusion and a transition – a "Great Cusp" – which always precedes a Spiritual Paradigm shift.

In addition, Oracle is cognizant of the many unprecedented factors contributing to this turbulent period, including: global warming, food and water shortages, pandemic indicators, terrorism, energy limitations, and a lack of visionary focus by political and business leaders. We believe the key to a smooth transition into the 21st Century is the adoption of a new way of living based on an awareness of the interconnectedness of all life (i.e., the Golden Rule). To that end, Oracle is committed to assisting the New River Valley region of southwest Virginia - the "Valley of Light" - prepare for the future.

The Eleven Sectors of a Sustainable Community

The Valley of Light will be part of a resilient economic and environmental community in the New River Valley. This community will actively participate in planning the future, since we are likely to face problems our government will not solve. For example, it is prudent to assume no governmental assistance in the event of extreme emergencies (like Hurricane Katrina). In short, we must assume control of our own fate and make self-determining decisions that support a more compassionate way of life in the 21st Century.

Additionally, due to escalating Earth changes, our community inevitably will be forced to make heretofore unthinkable choices for those born in the United States, such as: (i) the preservation of natural assets; (ii) equitable allocation of scarce resources; (iii) use of recyclable and renewable materials; (iv) independence from fossil fuels; and (v) moral decisions on a variety of issues. We encourage all Valley of Light residents to start developing these eleven sectors of a full-spectrum community:

  1. Learning & Education:

    Including progressive education and ecological literacy
  2. Communications & Media:

    Including collaborative media and information networking
  3. Art & Culture:
Including music, fine arts, and the performing arts
  4. Economics & Business:
Including complementary currency, cooperative businesses, social venture capital, and living wage principles
  5. Security & Peacekeeping:
    Including alternative dispute resolution and peace building
  6. Justice & Governance:
    Including alternative democratic models and community/regional representation
  7. Health & Wellness:
Including traditional medicine and integrative holistic methods
  8. Food, Water & Environment:
Including agriculture and food production, and protection for water, air, soil, forestry, and wildlife
  9. Infrastructure & Resources:
Including renewable energy (solar, wind, hydro), green building, and affordable housing
  10. Science & Technology:

    Including breakthrough and clean technologies
  11. Spirituality & Religion:
    Including inter-faith dialogue on religion, spiritual enlightenment, and the evolution of human consciousness