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Spiritual Development Circles
A spiritual development circle consists of 6-12 participants whose collective aim is to develop themselves mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
The circle last for about 4 hours depending in time commitments and follows a format that includes a variety of different skills to be practiced and developed.
To prevent the circle practice from becoming boring, the skills practice is rotated each month.
The circle format is divided into two key areas, which are ‘personal development’ and ‘spiritual development’.
Personal development includes developing the ability to think and reason, as well as developing greater emotional understanding.
Spiritual development includes understanding our nature as a human soul and that relationship with the wider universal force that is called ‘God’.
The benefits of participating in a circle
The circle format allows like-hearted individuals to come together to share a sense of unity and to develop their potential as true spiritual beings.
Taking part in a circle is not always easy because where there are people there is the potential for differences of opinion.
The circle format provides a good foundation to teach non-judgement and tolerance. Circle participants can also learn more about themselves,
which can lead to a greater sense of personal happiness and compassion towards others.
The circle format
The circle format has been created in such a way that allows each participant to develop in a way that suits his or her level of understanding.
Each practice within the format allows the participant to experience balance in the areas of personal development and spiritual development.
It is important to include that spiritual development is a very personal process and is not about being better than anyone else.
Below is a basic outline and description of the circle format.
Basic Circle format
Prayer: A prayer is often said at the start of a circle as an expression of gratitude and thanks for our life experience or as a point of sharing our gratitude for the well being of others. The prayers in general can be about anything and anyone.
Meditation: Meditation is a vital part of the circle because it teaches us how to still our mind and relax our bodies. The benefits of developing a still mind and relaxed body are many. Utilizing the benefits of meditation also teaches the art of focusing our mind so that we may develop our spiritual communication.
The Book: Each month the circle participant reads one of the writings from the book, “A Course In Miracles”. They are then asked to write down their thoughts and feelings about that writing. This aspect of the circle helps to stimulate the participant’s ability to think as well as teaching a broader view of humanity and spirituality.
Spiritual card Reading: Practicing cards is another essential aspect of the development circle because it helps the participant develop their communication with their spiritual guide. Reading cards is a unique experience for each circle participant card reading styles will vary, although the spiritual message will come from the spirit guide.
Spiritual healing: Spiritual healing or hand on healing is the age-old art of channelling healing energy through one person to another. To develop hand on healing the circle participants learn to clear their mind and ask for healing energy to be given to the recipient.
Pendulum: The pendulum is a divining tool that has been used for centauries. In the circle format the participants learn to use the pendulum to help them communicate with their spirit guide in the form of asking questions.
ESP Practicing: To develop the participants ESP abilities we will collectively take turns to focus on one person at a time and say what we pick up from that person, passing on images and messages each on gets. This practice is about clearing the mind to sense or use extra sensory perception. Each participant can learn about these meanings.
Testimonial from Spiritual and Personal Development Program run once a month:
2016/10/22 “When I arrived at The Portal of Alchemy seven months ago, I had no idea what to expect and my reason for going there was to meet some new people.
There were three ladies present who were warm, wonderful people who I felt I could talk to without being judged and although I had never been particularly religious or spiritually inclined, I realized, that day, that I belonged there and also how much I needed to learn and understand.
With Fiona’s help I have learned so much about myself and my life’s purpose. I have learned to let go of so many things which were the result of a lifetime of incorrect thinking and which I have allowed to hold me back from enjoying my life.
I have learned to put my trust in God and the Universe and not let my life be governed by fear, anxiety, superstition and compulsive behaviour.
I have learned to understand myself and my relationship to other people which has helped me to be less critical and more accepting of others.
I am now much more conscious of feelings of superiority / inferiority, self pity and resentment as being destructive to myself and my relationship with other people.
Finally, I have learned to live in the present and not worry about past or future events.
Lately I have started to feel happy and content for no real reason other than the change brought about in my life since I met Fiona. I know there’s still a lot to learn but I also know that I’m on the right path. ” Love and light Barbara V