If you have been following our journey, you are probably already aware of Travis Henry, the maker of the Flag for a Threefold Way, and of our desire to support his work with all we have. Travis has done extensive work for threefolding, and we could not have completed our journey without meeting with him and in fact considered it a necessity if we were to truly collaborate with one whose work speaks to the heart of our own.
Travis sees his work as making a path for a Threefold Republic. While it might not come about in our lifetime, Travis is hopeful that during the lifetime of the little babies who have just incarnated, at least one country will take the form of a Threefold Republic. Our actions can make it possible.
The fire for threefolding was lit in Travis when he was attending a workshop with Stephen Usher, who said that for threefolding to come about, a state like Vermont would need to secede from the Union. In that moment, Travis found great hope, realizing later that Usher was trying to express the unlikelihood of this possibility. Still, the right words had been spoken to move Travis forward.
Originally from West Virginia, Travis went to graduate school in Montana for Native American Studies. His goal was to heal and resolve the entire Native American injustice, but he came to realize that such resolution would not be possible within our current nation/state concept. This injustice casts a dark cloud over all Americans. In West Virginia, there are little-known Native American tribes who interested Travis as he was growing up in the area. The rhododendron could be felt in the landscape. We asked Travis whether the Native Americans he has studied carry a threefold picture. He said that threefolding is for all of humanity; it is truly human. We felt really fortunate to go with Travis to the Two Row Wampum event for the Iroquois. It magically fulfilled the circle of our journey to have actually been there at this most important moment where a 400 year old agreement was looking to be brought forth and renewed, a hope for a new American way of being.
Incredibly knowledgeable and prolific regarding the threefold element in Rudolf Steiner’s work as well as the inner workings of the Native Americans’ tribal governance, Travis has designed three flags for every country in the world, representing the cultural, political, and economic spheres of each. These designs he carefully birthed forth out of each nation’s current flag along with a thorough study each land’s culture, history, and mythology. If you are interested they can be found on his website along with an in-depth look at threefold and its possible implementation. You can also order a copy of his book of flags, which he is currently updating.
During our visit with Travis, he showed us several other cloth flags that he had made, which were so beautiful and touching to us, seeing how truly he is dedicating all his time towards this hoped for goal of Rudolf Steiner. The flags included designs for the other spheres in America and an Appalachian flag. We also saw the two prison jumpsuits that he acquired while serving time for non-violent action for his threefold vision..
On July 4, 2012, Travis stepped over the dividing line at Independence Hall and spoke a Declaration of Interdependence, signed the Threefold Declaration, and flew a Brotherhood Economy flag of America. With a flag over his shoulder, Travis described to us how he came through the building with a tour group and stepped over the line when a space opened up. He told the others present that they did not need to worry. Before being grabbed by the police he spoke:
“In the name of the United States–the American People–we declare our independence from Corporations, and our Interdependence with one another as human beings. This is a flag for an Interdependent Economy of America–for an Occupied Economy achieved through the Separation of Business and State.”
Travis was arrested for his actions and, after being released, was arrested again for not paying his fines. During his time in prison, Seth Jordan was his liaison to the outside world, bearing letters and words of support.
Travis is a part of a group of nine households working economically with a shared bank account. Each individual or family posts a budget online for transparency. Naturally, great trust is involved. What started out as a six-month experiment has recently been extended for another six months. Anthroposophists talk about an associative economy – yet are they willing to put their money in the pot? As to how the experiment went, “No one starved to death.”
We need to bring about a nation/culture with purified rights. It is time for a renewal of our national folk culture. The blue state/red state divide is no better than the blue state/gray state divide. We have reached the end of the American Way. What is beyond it is anthroposophy. Travis says, however, that he is tired of the word “anthroposophy.” We need to focus on the true, the beautiful, and the good. The language of anthroposophy has to be a language of everyday people.
What Travis loves is connecting with his people, which gives him further hope. He is a member of Think OutWord and moved to New York to be near his soul family. He is inspired by anthroposophy as a formative force and finds such beautiful people in it. He continues to bring forth books and sends copies of them to world leaders. One current focus for his work is Korea. Travis believes in the responsibility of one human being to put out an alternative to nuclear detonation.
His aim is to keep unfolding epic ideals. “I sow seeds. Which seed will sprout?” In the conversation, we realized that he is working so strongly with intentional community and asked him if he would draw up a blueprint for threefolding, for a trisector partnership. He has much on his plate, but will look into it. In the process, he would like to pair amends to humanity with threefolding.
We felt so welcomed by Travis who spent time taking us to the diner, driving us around, offering us a place to sleep, and joining together in fruitful conversation late into the night. It was fantastic to see the space that Think OutWord and Free Columbia use and where their community comes together for Monday night gatherings.
Travis is a sincere striver for a future worthy of our true humanity. A question we carry is how to support and free Travis to do this important work. Let’s get behind him and support him! A beautiful friendship has been born, and we look forward to standing with Travis and supporting the vision we hold in our hearts.
To view Travis’s work, see his site here: https://sites.google.com/site/threefoldnow/home