There are many reasons why a gathering of people in a circle is powerful.
A circle is a shape that is found repeatedly throughout the natural world, and it is a symbol of perfection. We recreate this perfect shape when we join others to form a circle.
From tribal circles to the Agora of Ancient Greece to the mythical round table of King Arthur, the circle has been the shape adopted by gatherings throughout history for the purpose of decision making and social interaction.
The circle is acknowledged as an archetype of wholeness and integration, with the centre of a circle universally understood to symbolize the Source. Inviting Source or Spirit to be present with us is vital to helping us make wise decisions.
When a group of people come together in a circle, they are united and protect the core at the centre. When people choose to speak, they can gaze upon this central point (often a fire or candle flame) and their words become inspired by careful reflection on this sacred aspect of Life.
While one person may act like a single beacon that emanates light, a circle of people is like a satellite dish that receives and transmits a blaze of Life Force.
Because a circle has no beginning and no end, the agreement to connect in a circle allows energy to circulate from one person to the next, rather than being dissipated into the environment.
There is power in numbers, and when the commitment is made by many to face one another with respect and focus on one intention, this power increases exponentially. Like a drop of water rippling on the surface of a pond, the circle emanates ripples of energy that radiate outward and can effect beneficial change in the world.
The Full Circle Project is effectively 'Calling in the Circles' with the beat of a different drum. This is in accord with the tribal drumming circles which call people busy with their tasks to return to the centre of the village for a social exchange of communal benefit or for a matter requiring a unified response.
And as Black Elk of the Oglala Sioux says:
"You have noticed that everything an Indian does, he does in a circle.
And that is because The Power of The World always works in circles...
and everything tries to be round ...
the sky is round and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball,
and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls.
Birds make their nests in circles for theirs is the same religion as ours...
even the seasons form a great circle in their changing and always come back again Full Circle to where they were.
The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where Power moves."
Connection happens through listening and is the basis of respectful relationships.
When we use a talking stick, a sacred pipe or a similar article to pass around the circle we are reminded of this lost art of listening to the other while stilling our own minds.
Deep listening begs empathy and consideration. If we really listen with open hearts and open minds, others will be more inclined to speak their truth rather than attempt to manipulate the listener. This process can help shift our perspective and enable us to incorporate other ideas and solutions into our own without the ego constantly defending itself.
If we can listen to each other's stories and weave new stories together we can resolve differences and have peaceful exchange and profound insights.
If we listen attentively, Truth speaks clearly.