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Response to Heated Debate on Facebook

by Sean Wilkinson During my recent travels leading Circling and receiving personal messages, there have been many concerned by some of the activity on our Fb forum. There has been a flurry of controversy, a few accusations, sincere attempts to bring understanding or depth and even some satire thrown in! The concern has been especially for the leaders and the level …

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Non-Doing and Olaf’s Frozen Adventure 

by Philip Watson Last night I was relaxing on the sofa, cradling my infant son Alexander and watching the new Disney short Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. In the film, (*spoiler alert*) Olaf the affable talking snowman embarks on a quest to find a holiday tradition for his friends Anna and Elsa. He searches far and wide, collecting all manner of traditions …

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Thoughts about Hierarchy

by Tina Svingerud I just finished the 6-day long SAS Plus in Austin and would like to share one of the things that got clearer in me during that week. I have heard the guys talk a lot about hierarchy, and I also know that this is an important thing in the Integral community. I have never really gotten it. It …

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Los Cinco Principios de Circling

La intención de los Cinco Principios es que sean luces en el camino hacia la presencia compartida. No son reglas; son guías. No son respuestas; son preguntas para ser vividas. No son estáticos; evolucionan conforme nosotros evolucionamos, redefiniéndose momento a momento mientras crecemos y cambiamos. Compromiso con la Conexión: Una invitación a permanecer en conexión con lo que está emergiendo …

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Encountering the Stranger

by Sean Wilkinson The Furnace On the last day of the festival this year we created ‘The Furnace’. It was a workshop based on an ancient Mesopotamian ritual where the leaders are taken from the city and asked to answer for where they did not live up to their ideals. Inspired by this notion, John, Jordan and I sat in the …

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Circling & Integral Altitudes [link to hi-res below]

[–> click here for table with bigger font size <–] by Jordan Myska Allen Here’s a new way to look at the question “What is Circling?”… Answered from 8 different developmental frameworks of making meaning: Can you find where all of these perspectives have a relative truth inside of you right now? Can you see where Circling can honor these parts of your being, …

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Circling: How to Party Well & Grow While Doing It

by Jordan Myska Allen Party Well? The other day I listened to Ken Wilber interview in which he summed up Integral Spirituality in two simple words: “party well.” Cutting Cosmic Grooves Why? Because some part of us is at the leading edge of an entirely new way of humans relating to the world around us. A stage of development arising in …

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Everything is Radiant, Everything is Empty

Our kitchen isn’t just the heart of our house; with three practicing Circling leaders in one space, it’s a developmental crucible/dojo. We stand around telling each other the truth that we had not dared to see until this moment, while snacking on popcorn, going beyond empathizing while wiping down the countertops. In every single conversation one of us comes completely …

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This is your community… a rallying cry for conscious self-organization

by Jordan Myska Allen I’ve seen people I love and respect “gracefully bow-out,” when they didn’t like something in a Circle, Circling group, or community. Don’t they know that I crave their critique as much as I crave their praise!? Don’t they know how much the group longs for their feedback? Don’t they know how necessary their dissent is for …

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On Surrender

After leading this for many years, it’s rare for John to find the words to express what Surrendered Leadership is… Jesus on the cross represents perhaps the highest level of surrender. As a symbol it points to a complete integrity of values, a willingness to feel everything, a sense of connection to everything and a love and honour that transcend …