Flying Squad meditations held a world-healing theme as their primary focus.
Themes were drawn from specific issues and the places where critical world issues were manifest, or from which they could be influenced. Somewhere like Gaza is a nexus for conflict, or the Arctic is currently changing ecologically and climatically, and while these issues have their local causes, they are world issues too. We all variously have a stake in causing them and also in the outcomes arising from them.
Themes are non-judgmental, non-directive and intended for the highest good of all. Within this context, the themes we worked with mainly addressed:
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- Stuck situations - intransigent political situations persisting for years without resolution or breakthrough;
- Crises and threats - flare-ups, wars, cruelty and violations, as well as natural disasters;
- Humanity’s relationship with the planet and natural world - deforestation, climate-change, war damage, epidemics...
- Microcosm / macrocosm - using ourselves as an expression of deeper patterning and human potential, through engaging with our own feelings, fears and experiences and connecting them up more widely to the world situation;
- Underlying patterns and archetypes - healing energetic conditions and disturbances within humankind's psyche or the heart of nature and the world.
Participants could use any silent meditation method that they wished to use while working with the theme, and monitoring what arises. We all came from different backgrounds, using a variety of practices. But they worked together. And, working from a range of viewpoints and methods, we could enter into the situation and perceive it from many angles.
Through remaining open, receptive and non-judgmental, insights into the complexities of any situation could be gained. In inner communication and communion with individuals, groupings or forces in a region, new possibilities, empathy and openness could be brought into the situation.
When insights were shared in the group, a remarkably broad, insightful and cohesive picture of the situation often emerged, together with creative leads to help resolve the situation we were addressing.
At our meetings or camps, these were then worked with, sometimes meditatively, sometimes acted out and sometimes through deep intuitive discussion, until we reached a clear feeling of resolution. When such resolution happened, we could feel it - the whole mood and atmosphere changed.
This then established a pathway, a precedent or pattern of resolution that was available to the collective psyche of the world to draw on.
This sounds amazing, perhaps, though it required a lot of sitting, focus, patience, thought, perseverance and intuitive connection, sometimes tackling blockage and torpor amongst ourselves too. Even the tea-breaks and evenings around the fire were a significant part of the process.
During meetings and camps we did meditations as part of the mix, yet it was one long process involving various elements, starting at the beginning and finishing at the end. It was a journey, at times with significant unknowns. But, remarkably, we always managed to conclude the matter and bring resolution, sometimes by quite remarkable means.