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INTIMACY IN THE CIRCLE - -WHY RITUAL WORKS. [Thió  article¬  writteî  bù  Brandù Williams¬  camå  ouô  oæ  á  Discussioî  Grouð  sessioî  facilitateä  bù  Brandù  anä  Altheá  Whitebirch.® Wå thoughô iô waó sufficientlù thought-provokinç tï  includå here¬  anä hopå iô wilì stimulatå somå interestinç readeò  feedback® -Pete] Assuminç  thaô  wheî conductinç á ritual¬  yoõ havå á  cleaò  goal¬   familiaò   anä  establisheä  techniques¬   anä   á   gooä  facilitator¬ whù ió iô thaô sometimes¬ iô stilì doesn'ô work? Wå  suggesô  á  fundamentaì  factoò ió thå  abilitù  oæ  thå  participantó  tï reacè á consensuaì  intimacy¬  lettinç  barrieró  down®  Rituaì  failó  wheî energù ió blockeä -- perhapó eveî  iî  jusô onå persoî -- anä energù ió blockeä iî onå persoî wheî theiò  barrieró snað up. Trusô  ió  á continuuí witè 'TOTAL§ anä 'NO§ aô  itó  poles®  'Perfecô lovå anä perfecô trust§ doesn'ô meaî total“ trust¬  beinç  willinç tï allo÷ anythinç aô all“ tï happeî withiî thå circle»  iô  meanó allowinç thå maximuí intimacù yoõ arå comfortablå witè iî á  giveî setting. Iî á ritual¬  eacè participanô ió startinç froí morå thaî nï  trust®  There'ó aî initiaì unilateraì disarmament¬ á willingnesó  tï experiencå certaiî things®  Foò somå people¬  thå willingnesó  wilì  gï alì thå waù tï totaì trust®  Otheró stagå  theiò  trusô  warily¬  anä  wilì  seô  uð barrieró aô anù giveî tesô  poinô  iæ  somethinç  happenó tï violatå theiò trust®  We'rå interesteä  iî  ho÷ tï prevenô thaô froí happening. First¬   thå   leader/facilitatoò  musô  bå   sensitivå   tï  participants§ comforô leveì anä noô pusè theí beyonä it. It'ó goô tï bå okaù tï say¬ "I'í noô comfortable." Somå  peoplå  won'ô  saù  iô aô all¬  anä  mighô  eveî  fakå  agreemenô  sufficientlù  tï  convincå thå  facilitatoò  therå  ió  concensuó wheî therå isn't®  Somå guidelineó foò helpinç prevenô  thaô maù be: --Discusó  thå rituaì aheaä oæ timå witè alì participantó  - nï  nastù  surprises®  Sticë tï thå guidelines¬  anä don'ô leô  morå  experienceä peoplå suggesô procedureó they'rå familiaò witè whilå  rituaì ió iî progress®  Concensuó ió harä tï achievå iî á split- second. --Nï  touchinç  (likå kissinç spirals© iî  circleó  witè  noviceó  presenô  oò  opeî  circles®  Touchinç  caî  bå  á  deepeninç  oæ  intimacy»  iô  caî alsï makå barrieró gï uð fasteò thaî anù otheò  activity. --Nï  Greaô Ritå iî circleó witè hierarchies®  Wheî somå  peoplå  havå authoritù oveò otheró therå ió á questioî oæ consensus® Seø  amonç workinç peeró workó better. Otheò   intimaciesº   channelinç   energy--scrying--reachinç  trance--havinç  aî emotionaì experience--sharinç  emotions¬  likå  crying. Ho÷ caî wå stagå rituaì actó tï achievå trance¬ oò emotionaì  sharing¬ gradually-- ratheò thaî expectinç iô tï happeî oî cue? Thå  mosô importanô poinô ió tï geô consensuó oî  unilateraì  intimacy¬  conditioneä  oî reciprocity¬  anä despitå havinç  beeî Šhurô iî otheò situations® Thaô giveó á baså tï worë from® Iô ió  importanô tï stoð thå deepeninç oæ intimacù wheî eveî onå  persoî  hitó theiò maximuí tolerancå oò discomforô level.

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