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Joining the Flying Squad | what was involved

The Flying Squad is now closed, but these admissions procedures might nevertheless be interesting to people contemplating a similar activity.

The key issue here was commitment and how to make it work so that there was a focusing and a continuity to these energy-working activities, and so that a symbiotic group evolution could lift off without the problems that can arise from people randomly entering and leaving the group.

Joining was a gradual process.
It was important that it felt right at every stage, both for the group and for new members.
It started with 'flying alongside' - a simple, flexible arrangement - and some were happy with doing that.
Full membership involved stepping up commitment and demonstrating it over time. In a team, members need to be able to rely on all other members turning up and doing their bit. Otherwise, the team is weakened as a whole.

Once a full member, a person could leave (there was a leaving procedure), but we did hope for years of involvement. The commitment involved in full membership wasn't enormous, but it was a commitment.

Flying alongside was an option if a person could not commit but wished to join in to the extent they could.

There were two levels of involvement:
flying alongside and full membership.

Flying alongside

This means that a person joined in the weekly meditations as and when they could. They would be informed of the week's meditation theme by e-mail and they would have a contact person in the group.

Flying alongside was a good option if a person's life did not permit full involvement or if they lived in another country. Flying alongside was a way of having some involvement or of preparing for full membership.

A period of at least six months flying alongside was mandatory before full membership was possible. Attending at least one further meeting in this period was necessary too, to spend time with the and 'sync' with it, to 'get into the zone' and play a part in the process.

A new entrant would be joining a team where we would depend on their presence and involvement. So flying alongside was a running-in process, and a new entrant would join by 'voting with their feet'. But they could stay flying alongside too, optionally joining the annual summer camp or other meetings to which they were invited.

Full membership

This required a willingness to make a 100% consistent commitment to doing meditations and group meetings over a longer period.

Once this habit was stabilised, it became easier. Life's circumstances would arrange themselves around it if a new member was clear about it with themselves and others.

On occasions, we did meditations in car parks, planes, sitting quietly on the edge of a crowded event, or even surrounded with munching cows in a field. Our families got used to our doing it and even appreciated its effect on them and on us.

There was no membership fee or financial commitment, and we kept costs down. The main practical issues were time and full presence when in session, plus travel costs to meetings and moderate shared costs to cover meetings.

In time terms, our commitment demanded one hour per week for the meditation and, each year, two or three long weekends for meetings and one week for the camp. We kept commitment issues doable, workable and simple, since this kept the work sustainable longterm.

More about meetings and the retreat camp

For meetings we stayed at members' homes. We agreed meeting dates and locations annually, by discussion and consensus at meetings. We would stay together, take turns to cook and we would contribute food and money to the pot. We were all present from the beginning, when the circle was opened, to the end, when it was closed.

At meetings and the camp, we would work from around 10am to 5-6pm each day, with breaks, and with some flexibility - we would keep going until we were complete. It was a process.

What was needed for full membership

- Full members would need to be willing to commit to doing every meditation without fail and attending every meeting for its full length. This is why we would ask people to fly alongside for six months, so that it gave them a sense of what the commitment involved.

- Members would need already to have developed psycho-spiritual tools and the right circumstances for managing their personal growth process. They would need to be reasonably stable in this so that their fuses wouldn't blow at crucial moments, and so that they could integrate the work with their daily life.

- We welcomed spiritual diversity. People's faith, beliefs or path were not a concern, as long as they were happy working with people who trod their own path too. A variety of perceptions enriched what we did, and we took a multi-pronged approach to this work.

- New members needed to have flown alongside for at least six months. At some point they were invited to a meeting or the camp. Eventually everyone would reach a point where we all knew that the person had stepped in and that all was well. From that time on, the new member was
in. Up to that time, they were flying alongside.

- New members needed to be happy to adhere to the processes and protocols we used. These were not rigid but, to change them, the group needed to come to a settled consensus, by discussion and a process of organic, collective shifts and developments.

- Usually we did not adopt recipes and methods used by other groups and teachers, though we might take some cues from them.

- Attending meetings and the camp involved travel, time and moderate costs, and members' capacity to sustain these longterm was a factor to consider.

- We were all self-determining, conscious, thoughtful people who sought to take responsibility for our lives. In group meetings, this also required some stretchiness. No one was in charge when the circle is in operation. Responsibilities circulated round the group over time.

- We were not there for personal growth though it did happen. It was
world work. Yet we ourselves were deeply and personally involved, and there were personal growth payoffs to this work.

How did a member leave the circle?

Stuff happens: if there was a need to leave, the person was asked to attend one final meeting after making their decision, and to down-step their meditations gradually.
Departure needed to happen in a good-natured way and in peace. Everyone needed to feel complete and for the departing member to leave with a smile. They were still welcome to 'fly alongside', and re-joining at a later date was possible too.

As in a theatre company, sport team or similar, we all relied on each other to do what we're there to do.

Why was it like this?

We did things this way to avoid 'leaky bucket syndrome'. The universe is energy-efficient and human operations are energetically supported and empowered when they're watertight and they work.

The group made a kind of 'contract' to carry out a task and, during our meetings and meditations, all else was secondary. The voltage available increased with the energy and integrity of the group as a whole. When the group fired on all cylinders, remarkable things happened. This wasn't a control agenda - it was about teamwork and group synergy.

This was the way we worked together as a group and, while the details given above might sound rather stringent and hard for some people, this was how we managed to continue for twenty years. Otherwise, like so many groups, we would have risen, peaked and declined or broken up much more quickly.

If you're interested in world work like this but the kind of approach we took isn't right for you, we encourage you to find your own way forward and pursue your calling in whatever way works best for you. If the clues given on this site help you in this, then all is well.

The world needs all the help it can get, and if we each do what we're moved to do, together we shall cover everything. Many individuals and groups doing work like this tend to be quiet, not advertising themselves, and it is good that this is so - yet we're everywhere.

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