20 years ago I was invited to a circle gathering for a weekend. I showed up with no understanding of what a small group of people could create in a circle. I left humble, translucent & transformed. This doesn’t take a mystic or seasoned sage…..trust me, those arrive without invitation. There are many books around about ‘calling a circle’, and it only takes 2-3 friends to get it off and running. Sometimes less is more:) But creating an Emerging Soul Circle can become an exploration of your greater IAM presence and the newly discovered awareness of what that may entail. Are you ready to see YOU and all of your miraculous mystery?
I created a small circle of 5 friends around The Emerging Soul Cards this year. My intention was to explore the cards, one or two at a time, as guided. My dear friend & resident mystic, Nancy, helped me create the framework that we would work within each time we met. It goes something like this.
After setting your space (Candles, incense, oils, prayers, sound tools, meditation. Perhaps invocations designed to set your circle’s intention.)
1. Opening To Your Greater IAM Presence ~ Readings from selected IAM writings. Examples: IAM THAT by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Blueprint of Oneness Saint Germain/McNamara. We also love Hafiz (The Sufi Mystic) and Eva Bell Werber’s writings…..she was such a christian mystical writer. And the Upanishads.
2. Sharing ~ Images of your Divinity. Each time you gather, bring an image of Your divinity and copies of that image for each person in the circle. Over the time you meet, each participant can be kept in a binder filled with these images, as well as shared wisdoms, journaling, etc. Open for surprises and gifts with this act of sharing. Below is my favorite image of Divinity that I brought to my initial ES circle. When selecting the image of YOUR divinity…. ask your self, where do I see GOD/Creator/Source in me today. Then find an image that invokes this, or expresses this. (This could be helping others, working in the garden, filling the hummingbird feeder, caring for my beloved pet, being patient, compassionate with someone, nature, breathing…. it goes on and on.)
3. Explore ~ an Emerging Soul Card. This can be done in a variety of ways. We started line by line. We discussed what the line triggered in each of us. What did it mean? How is it relevant in my life today? Perhaps examples of life experiences that expanded the card’s message. We kept our own personal insights on each card. Short notes to remind us of our journey through the 56 cards.
4. Gratitude ~ For the circle, our muses, our insights and our noble selves. Expressing gratitude leads to peace and joy. It removes all disappointments, judgements and fears. Find your way of expressing gratitude each time you gather as a closing to your circle.
This is just a beginning, an outline of where you might want to start. Infuse your own spiritual traditions into the circle and build layers of ceremony to assist your exploration.
Keeping the circle to an agreed upon time is most beneficial.