I recently became a Minister, a Minister without my own chapel…so I thought to myself, “How can I give back to others and my community in a unique way?” What seemed like a small thought soon turned into a decision to form a new company called New Perspectives http://www.newperspectivesministry.ca New Perspectives is a way of seeing the world and people around us in a new light…one that is kinder, realistic, and much more open. Since my intent is to bring new perspectives in the thinking, actions, feeling and spiritual lives of others, the name really fits for me.
That being said, I decided that I wanted to create the feeling of community and inclusiveness, not only for others, but for myself. Years ago I co-created a community circle that went from 5 people to over 60! It was a beautiful experience that I still reflect on today. I recognize that being open and vulnerable to others about how we feel about ourselves and life can be powerfully healing. To go beyond hearing, and to really listen to the voices and spirits of others is a precious gift that produces sisterly/brotherly love and a unique bond.
The beginning of a new moon cycle and the first of 2012, was the perfect time to begin and have our opening circle. So, what is the purpose of the New Perspectives Community Circle? The purpose of community circles is to bring people together to share their values, wisdoms, culture, talents and gifts. This idea is based on the foundation that we need all our lives to be filled with happiness, meaning, purpose, creativity, money, energy, friendship, relationship and more.
Traditionally, people gather in circles when they come together to eat, share and to create. The shape of a circle helps to improve communication, and sitting in a simple circle brings people together in a meaningful, empowering, healing, and creative way. It allows us to experience belonging and contribute to relationship building.
When we meet in a circle with the intention to truly listen to one another, we begin to experience the power and support that cultivates from the circle. When we sit together in a circle we create a safe space for each person to be themselves, to learn, and to grow. The circle is a holding place where our thoughts, feelings and inner wisdom can be brought forth. Circles can be a space to be nourished and inspired – a holding place where we as individuals and as groups can clarify our focus on what has real meaning and value. Because the center of a circle is related to our own inner center, it reminds us to be present while we listen and while we speak. Sitting in a circle is an opportunity to be present in ourselves and with each other.
The 22nd was a blustery day with lots of rain so a few didn’t make it and others fell ill. Our total for the group was 6, three men and three women, a perfect balance of the Divine Feminine and Masculine energies. The great thing about it, was that 3 members had never been in a circle before so it was a new experience for them. The smaller circle provided an opportunity to repeat each question twice, compelling each of us to dig a little deeper the second round. Going into a deeper space, opens the heart, mind and our being to new possibilities and ideas that emerge.
I came up with a list of topics to get the ball rolling and the evening before the circle my partner and I chose a dozen or so we felt would be appropriate for our first gathering. I printed them up, put them in a bowl and as a group decided to go with whatever question was drawn from the bowl. My hope is that as our circle evolves, the members will contribute questions that we can incorporate into the mix.
We began with each person sharing their name and a little about why they were at the circle. Followed was a short meditation to ground us and open our hearts. Next our first question was selected, “Tell us something you would like less of in your life”, the next question that was pulled from the bowl was, “Tell us something you would like more of in your life”, and the last one to be drawn was “Tell us where you get your inspiration” A poem was read at the end, which I changed a little to better serve our needs…I have enclosed it below. We completed with each person sharing how they were feeling. I found that with the smaller group we were able to do three topics before we ate, in larger circles we would do one topic or question, break for goodies then return to the circle.
For me, the social aspect afterward was fantastic. I felt that once I really listened and understood another members deepest feelings on a topic, I really was drawn to learn more about them.
There are some simple guidelines that we have:
- Consider it a sacred space
- One person speaks at a time; whomever has the rock
- Speak and listen from the heart
- Encourage and welcome diverse points of view
- Listen with discernment instead of judgment
- Offer experience instead of advice
- You do not have to share
- When in doubt or need, pause and silently ask for guidance
- Everything in the circle is to be held in confidence
- Speak from your own experience and beliefs rather than speaking for others
- Open and close the circle by hearing each voice (Check-ins and check-outs)
We have decided that all the donations collected each month will be saved. twice a year we will decide, as a group what type of charitable action we would like to make with the funds. I’m am so excited about our group going out together one day and spreading good will, love and ourselves to community! I am happy to report that our first gathering yielded $60.00 of Love.
If you want to join our circle this is what you need to bring:
- Your beautiful spirit
- Openness to be present
- A light snack to share
- A love donation (to go to charity)
Join us at Soul Alchemy Healing to share with a unique group of individuals, to speak, be heard, heal, create, laugh, cry, bear witness — and be cradled in compassion. Our shared topics allow new insights and perspectives to penetrate you life. No experience necessary. Join our community and empower yourself by truly being heard!
Gatherings are the third Sunday of each month from 1:00-4:00pm
RSVP is a must, limited space available!
Contact Carol for location details @ 778-887-4400 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Imagine a Person (previously Imagine a Woman)
by Patricia Lynn Reilly
Imagine a person who honors their experience and tells their stories.
Who refuses to carry the sins of others within their body and life.
Imagine a person who believes they are good. A person who trusts and
respects themselves. Who listens to their needs and desires, and then meets
them with tenderness and grace.
Imagine a person who has acknowledged the past’s influence on the
present. A person who has walked through their past. Who has healed into
Imagine a person who authors their life. A person who exerts,
initiates, and moves on their own behalf. Who refuses to surrender except
to their truest self and their wisest voice.
Imagine a person who names their own gods. A person who imagines the divine
in their image and their likeness. Who designs their own spirituality and
allows it to inform their daily life.
Imagine a person in love with their own body. A person who believes their body
is enough, just as it is. Who celebrates their body and its rhythms
as an exquisite resource.
Imagine a person who honors the face of the god/goddess in their changing
face. A person who celebrates the accumulation of their years and their
wisdom. Who refuses to use precious energy disguising the changes in their
body and their life.
Imagine a person who values the people in their life. A person who sits in
circles of other people. Who is reminded of the truth about themselves
when they forget.
Imagine yourself as this person.