To encourage friendship, empowerment and action we need to connect with each other. The Full Circle Project encourages us to join together in decentralised local groups and provides practical recommendations as to how you can build effective circles. Independent and with individual flavour, yet linked through the mechanisms offered by the Full Circle resource hub, you and your group can feel strong and supported as you move into spiritually informed activism.
Before talking about the dynamics of a circle, let's start out by saying that a group does not have to take on the form of a circle. Although this has a tendency to happen naturally, it is only a suggestion. You can meet in a square, if you wish! In fact, meeting in a public square is an extremely transparent place to assemble and reminds people of their ability to participate in decision making. Think in terms of the Agora of Ancient Greece, or the Speakers' Corner; both examples of where open-air public speaking, debate and social interaction can take place.
However you meet, do so with respect for each other and all will be well. It really is this simple!
The setting is helpful to create a good atmosphere for the gathering. An outdoor space in nature, or a garden, or community allotments, or a public park. A pub if not too noisy, a village hall, a church...any place with that is convenient for your group. You can even start in your own house or garden or yard.
Much material is available regarding circle dynamics and ways to facilitate a circle meeting.
Consider that a smaller circle creates an environment where we feel accepted and can express ourselves in a relaxed way. In bigger groups it is easy to feel insecure and many people become passive supporters of the most dominant characters who get the most attention. Small circles more easily form bonds of trust and friendship while resilience is built back into the community.
If you are a larger group you can split into smaller circles which will prove helpful for problem solving and planning. A small group is more intimate and effective and it also keeps infiltration down to a minimum, allowing us to take care of problematic tendencies before they get out of control.
You can also unite the groups for certain activities and discussions both in your location, or here through the community connector and the forums
When needed, the circles can gather to create a fractal network of circles to share our strategies and coordinate a Full Spectrum Response to issues of common concern.
There are many methods of Circle Keeping that reach back into the past as well as the more modern version of circle-facilitating. We will be exploring these as well as consulting with indigenous on the circle ways of council or governance within a tribe.
Through the Full Circle Project we can together develop these methods and strategies as we put things into motion and reflect upon the outcomes, adjusting and refining as we learn together. In this way we can align our lives with social awareness and spiritual values, attending to the sacred and responding to the pressing needs of the earth, its people and creatures.
Ultimately this is a healing model to bring us back full circle to the joy of Life.